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Buffalo Bills News - October 26, 2001

Marker Late night with Flutie is a hit [10:17 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Linebacker Junior Seau (groin) worked on Thursday; Sam Rogers (thumb) didn't. But coach Mike Riley said Rogers is more certain to play Sunday against the Bills than Seau. "He's not full speed, so we are going to reserve judgment,'' Riley said of Seau. "But it is encouraging that he worked a little bit today." Said Seau: "I practiced at a controlled pace.'' Riley said Rogers will play with a cast on his dislocated thumb. If Seau can't go, Gerald Dixon would move from the strong side to Seau's weakside position, with Rogers taking Dixon's spot.'

Marker Rabid reunion [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wiley doesn't begrudge the Bills' decision. He just wishes they had made stronger attempt to keep him.'

Marker Special teams get charged up [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Buffalo Bills' special-teamers didn't realize they were in for a big test in San Diego, they found out the moment they looked in their locker stalls this week. The Bills' special-teamers found a sign reminding them that the Chargers rank No. 1 in the NFL in kickoff coverage.'

Marker Still touchy, Flutie remains a winner [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Prick him lightly and you'll find the resentments are still there, just beneath the surface.'

Marker Hansen may come back from elbow injury against Chargers [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive end Phil Hansen participated fully in workouts Thursday at the Bills' practice facility and appears ready to return to the lineup Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.'

Marker They meet again [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's the biggest (Bills) game since the last Super Bowl," said Chuck Dickerson, the "Coach" on WGR-AM. "Everyone has chosen sides, and those who deny it are BS'ers."'

Marker Pillar of Bolts secondary, Harrison ceding stats [9:18 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Strong safety Rodney Harrison did it all for the Chargers last season. He led the team in tackles (127), interceptions (six) and passes defensed (17), and outpaced every NFL defensive back with six sacks. The scary part? He's playing better this year.'

Marker Buffalo's QB isn't coy: 'Flutie not nice person' [9:17 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"I'm not even going to respond," he said. "I'm glad I'm here. I think there are a lot of people here, too, that are glad I'm here. I've got a lot of friends on that team and had a great experience in Buffalo. I enjoyed my three years in Buffalo and now I'm in a great situation here and looking to take a run at the playoffs."'

Marker Flutie takes another shot [5:19 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As of late yesterday, 5,000 tickets remained for Sunday's game...'.

Marker Doug's a big fan of Canadian ball [5:17 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Chargers GM John Butler refused to be interviewed by Buffalo radio or TV stations this week. He did agree to talk to San Diego outlets, but only on the condition they didn't share the tape with affiliates in Western New York.'

Marker Johnson: I'm not facing Doug Flutie [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: '"I don't really care about them," Johnson said of Flutie Nation. "Fans are going to support who they want to and I don't think it's really going to change anything."'

Marker Johnson almost reunited with Chargers coach Riley [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'The two very likely would have been reunited last off-season had the Bills decided to release Johnson and keep Doug Flutie as their quarterback. Instead, Flutie was let go, he signed with the Chargers, and now Johnson's arch enemy is playing for his buddy. A strange twist indeed.'

Marker Chargers, Bills not hiding dislike for each other [5:08 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"It's one thing to see football -- that's a drama in itself," Wiley said. "But this one's expected to be a notch above that. It starts up top, all the way down to the field. It's just relationships. It's almost a chance for the little brother to beat up his big sister if he can, and mama don't get mad."'

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October 25, 2001

Marker Containing Flutie key for Bills defense [7:54 PM]
AP reports: 'The only one not expressing concern is nosetackle Pat Williams. "There ain't no magic," Williams said of Flutie and the Chargers. "They lost against the Patriots, the Browns. They've been playing average. They ain't showed me nothing."'

Marker Johnson-Flutie rivalry once again takes center stage Sunday [4:12 PM]
AP reports: '"I think he's starting to get a good feel for it," general manager Tom Donahoe said of Johnson. "He played with a lot of courage and a lot of effort. He has all the tools. ... He's definitely a quarterback that can win a lot of games for us." Whether he ever wins more than Flutie, however, remains to be seen.'

Marker Football fire still burning [2:23 PM]
Myrtle Beach Sun News reports: 'NFL Films is doing a "Where are they now?" on Saban on the sidelines at Chowan and ESPN also is doing a feature on Saban's nomadic career.'

Marker Fascination with Flutie continues [2:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As of today, Flutie is 34-16 as a starter ... making it all the more curious that he's with his fourth NFL team in eight seasons.'

Marker Bills new and old go head to head [2:19 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Rob Johnson knows fans on both sides of the Great Quarterback Controversy have been pointing to Sunday since the National Football League released its 2001 schedule last spring. He also knows that the debate over the relative worth of he and Doug Flutie won't end after the Buffalo Bills visit the San Diego Chargers won't end there, whatever the outcome. "Fans are going to support who they want to support," Johnson said, referring to the Flutiephiles who won't, or can't, move on. "I don't think this will change anything."

Marker Wilson had a point about Wade’s pact [11:47 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Wilson's position is that the firing was justified by Phillips' failure to carry out a required task. And that's hard to argue. While Phillips gets high marks for allegiance to a staffer, he still, according to Wilson, disobeyed the man paying his salary.'

Marker Now Flutie, Johnson battle from opposite sidelines [11:36 AM]
North County Times reports: '"(Bills owner) Mr. Ralph C. Wilson didn't like Doug Flutie. Period," said Chargers assistant general manager A.J. Smith, who spent the past 14 years in Buffalo. "He didn't like Doug at all. Ralph Wilson thinks he is a personnel guy, and he really doesn't have a clue. He wanted Doug Flutie cut and gone his first camp."'

Marker Chargers contingent of ex-Bills plays down game . . . Yeah, right [9:12 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Asked the difference between Rob Johnson, the quarterback Buffalo kept in the offseason, and Doug Flutie, the quarterback Buffalo released, Chargers wideout Tim Dwight said: "Doug's good; Rob (stinks)."'

Marker Flutie's fans keep flame, airwaves burning in western New York state [9:11 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Flutie continues to be beloved here in far greater degree than the Bills could have anticipated when they made the decision after last season that freed the quarterback to be acquired by the Chargers. Flutie is "the Magic Man." He is the quarterback considered, literally, to have saved the Buffalo franchise. And the "Flutie Fanatics," who are legion, won't let anyone forget it.'

Marker Teams love Johnson for potential [9:09 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'At 28, Johnson is in his seventh NFL season. If he is going to establish himself, he must do it soon. His failure would represent a major setback to the Bills' rebuilding program. Should the team sever him, he would count $11.7 million next season against the team's salary cap. In the event he is retained -- by far the more likely circumstance -- he still counts $5 million.'

Marker Rogers dislocates thumb; Seau still day-to-day [9:08 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The Chargers' linebacker corps took another hit yesterday when backup Sam Rogers was forced from practice with an injured right hand. "Sam had a dislocated top joint in his thumb," coach Mike Riley said. "James (Collins, the team's trainer) wanted a doctor to look at it. The first indication was that it won't slow him down being ready for the ballgame (Sunday vs. the Bills)."'

Marker Bottling up Tomlinson is tall task for defense [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'San Diego's No. 21 ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing with 544 yards in six games. And he's the foundation of the ball-control attack Chargers offensive coordinator Norv Turner loves. The Chargers lead the NFL in time of possession, controlling the ball an average of 32 minutes, 34 seconds.'

Marker The Flutie factor [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When I think of a 40-year-old man, I think of a guy who has put this part of his life behind him," he said. "But I don't picture myself in that light. You're as young as you feel, and right now I feel great."'

Marker It's time for the truth about Flutie [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Doug Flutie was always about one thing. Doug Flutie.'

Marker Offensive line won't be at full strength vs. Chargers [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Reserve Jon Carman will be forced to start at right tackle because rookie starter Jonas Jennings is listed as doubtful with a sprained arch. Carman has the unenviable task of blocking ex-Bill Marcellus Wiley, the Chargers' left defensive end. Carman was cut at the end of preseason, then signed to the Bills' practice squad. He was added to the active roster just before the Pittsburgh game.'

Marker Tasker's former teammates mail it in [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steve Tasker received some long-distance words of appreciation at the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony Wednesday in HSBC Arena. The former Buffalo Bills' special teams standout was one of 11 inducted into the hall. Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly introduced Tasker. Ex-teammates unable to make the festivities, including punter John Kidd and quarterback Frank Reich, sent their regards through the mail. Kidd didn't get points for brevity, sending Tasker a four-page letter.'

Marker Stratton's hit lives on in Bills' lore [8:52 AM] reports: "You could just see the emotions and the credibility of the Buffalo Bills come together at that point," says Jack Kemp, who quarterbacked the Bills to back-to-back AFL titles in 1964 and 1965 over the talented Chargers of coach Sid Gillman. "That hit and that win put Buffalo on the major league sports map."

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