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Buffalo Bills News - October 7, 2003

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:21 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Once again the Bills won in spite of their suspect coaching.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:20 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'FB Sam Gash, who has had almost no role in the offense because the Bills have shunned the running game, was used as a pass receiver against the Bengals. He caught three passes for 32 yards and would have had a fourth if he hadn't dropped it.'

Marker Field goal folly? [5:19 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But pleeeeeze. Ask his players how many of them think he should have lined up to kick the field goal on 2nd and goal at the 2. Rian Lindell’s hand would be the only one to go up, and I’m not so sure about that.'

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October 6, 2003

Marker Marvin Lewis news conference [10:00 PM] reports: 'With 23 seconds left on the clock, you called for quarterback Jon Kitna to kneel to run out the clock. Could you have tried to shoot downfield for a last-second field goal?
“I’m glad someone asked that. We had one time out left. (In the 20 games per year I’ve coached in), I have never seen anybody do that. (If) somebody (were to) move the ball over 40 yards for a field goal with one time out in that situation, I would want to commend them."'

Marker The Day After: Gregg Williams Comments [9:54 PM] reports: '"Eric Moulds is sore. It's really still too early to tell. We've got a couple of days here before we've got to get a status on everything. Sam Adams is sore. Travis (Henry) came out of it pretty good, carrying the ball 25+ times in the ballgame running backs are usually a little bit sore. I didn't notice any residual effect from the ballgame. Just listening and talking to him, no, (Travis) is no worse for the wear."'

Marker Team encouraged to see leader on field [9:50 PM]
ESPN reports: DE John Abraham, arrested last week for drunken driving and sent home to South Carolina by Edwards, was not at practice as the team returned from its bye week. Edwards said he expected Abraham at practice on Tuesday. His status for Sunday's game against Buffalo isn't clear. Asked if Abraham will play Sunday, Edwards replied: "I haven't decided what I'm going to do."

Marker WR Moulds' status uncertain because of groin strain [9:47 PM]
AP reports: '``He's sore but it's really still too early to tell,'' coach Gregg Williams said of his star wide receiver.'

Marker Pennington throws for the first time since injury [9:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Pennington, who had seven pins removed from his left hand and wrist about 10 days is not expected back until the Jets' Nov. 9 game in Oakland at the earliest.'

Marker Bengals coming up just short of wins [9:34 PM]
AP reports: 'They lost in Oakland on a field goal in the closing seconds, and let Buffalo tie it with a field goal in the final minute of regulation Sunday, sending it to overtime. The Bengals got the ball first and Jon Kitna severely underthrew uncovered Kelley Washington on third-and-2, forcing a punt that set up the Bills' winning touchdown. Just like that, another one got away.'

Marker Reed dropping balls a growing concern for Bills [9:33 PM]
AP reports: '''He's just got to play with more confidence and that way everything will iron out,'' said Williams. ''He's made enough plays in his career at all levels of ball that he'll be fine at this level, too.'''

Marker Jets' linebacker sees Bills game as chance to avert obituary [1:35 PM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I think I'm going to have that juice regardless," Cowart said before coach Herman Edwards' Jets ended their bye week of practices Friday. "Herm has challenged us as a defense and as linebackers. Individual players have to play better. We're going to have to step up and accept the challenge."'

Marker Levy's Week 5 snapshot [1:25 PM] reports: The East is beastly. The preseason indications that the AFC East was going to be a tough division was somewhat diminished, but now reaffirmed. The Dolphins beating the Giants in NY; New England recouping like they do; even the Bills, although it wasn't glamourous, got back on the winning track.

Marker Buffalo returns to basics in beating Bengals [1:09 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Cincinnati's defense entered the game ranked a miserable 25th in the NFL against the run, but No. 8 against the pass. Henry's ribs had healed enough to play, giving Buffalo the quality running back it lacked a week earlier against Philadelphia. So, of course, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called for 18 passes in the first half, as opposed to 10 runs.'

Marker Bills struggle to down Bengals in OT [1:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But you could do worse than speculating that the Buffalo Bills’ head coach’s future was on the line late Sunday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Close no longer good enough for Bengals [1:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We’re not winning games that we should win or that we could win,” said defensive back Artell Hawkins. “When does that all change? I don’t know. But we are playing harder. We are right there, and every team that we play knows that. Now, the onus is on us to finish it, to get the Ws that are sitting right there in front of us.”'

Marker The only good thing the Bills did was win [1:05 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In short, about the only good thing the Bills did on Sunday was win. And that’s enough ... for now. But losing in virtually everything but on the scoreboard isn’t a recipe for a continued victories and, hopefully, the Bills realize it.'

Marker Bills Notebook [1:04 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'When it was revealed that Buffalo’s undefeated heavyweight boxer Baby Joe Mesi — who has gotten a lot of criticism for the lack of quality opposition on his resume —would lead the Bills out on the field, the recurrent line was, “The Bengals must be terrible ... Baby Joe only shows up for pushovers.”'

Marker Bengals-Bills Game Notes [11:35 AM] reports: 'Led largely by the play of defensive tackle Pat Williams, the Bills run defense surrendered just 67 yards on 27 carries (2.5 average) and stopped the Bengals for no gain or negative yardage on one of every three rushes (9 of 27 attempts).'

Marker Grand Island's Dean Santorio Named Bills HS Football "Coach of the Week" [10:47 AM] reports: 'At the end of the season, one of the weekly award winners will be named the “Coach of the Year” and will receive an additional $1,000 donation to his program from NFL Charities. The 2003 "Coach of the Year" will be honored at the Bills-NY Jets game on December 7 and at the final luncheon meeting of the Monday Quarterback Club on December 8.'

Marker Clemons sacks hat trick [10:45 AM] reports: 'Really, it came down to these two throws on third down: With 3:31 left in the game and trailing 16-13, Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe is facing a do-or-die third-and-11 from his own 40. At the last possible instant in the face of a strong rush, Bledsoe drills a 14-yard line shot to wide receiver Bobby Shaw on the sideline. Rookie cornerback Terrell Roberts, in the game because of Jeff Burris’ neck injury, has decent coverage, but what are you going to do? Then, on the third play of the overtime, Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna has rookie receiver Kelley Washington over the middle on third-and-two and underthrows him. The Bengals have to punt and never get the ball back.'

Marker Henry and Bills land on their feet [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This was a big emotional game for us," said Spikes, who bested his former teammates. "We got the win, that's the only thing that matters."'

Marker Henry's a sore subject after win [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I knew I had to be in the game for us to win the game," he said. "I had to suck it up. I just wanted to do anything in my power to give the team a boost."'

Marker For Bengals, wins as elusive as joy [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's really tough," cornerback Artrell Hawkins said. "We don't get to put W's in the moral victory column. We don't want to. . . . Once again, we played a game that we were in and we didn't finish like we should have. We're going to get to that."'

Marker Win is more a relief than cause for celebration [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, it's a win. But this makes three weeks in a row that a supposed Super Bowl contender has looked like a very average team.'

Marker There's no running from fact Moulds is dynamic [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It'll be interesting to see where Gilbride takes it from here, whether he'll finally relent and make a true commitment to the running game. A team cannot survive by the passing game alone. Nor can it play the Bengals every week.'

Marker Moulds, Adams not concerned over injuries [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds' injury appears to be more serious. He suffered a pulled groin muscle on a pass reception in overtime. Moulds stayed on the field for Travis Henry's winning touchdown but appeared to be in serious pain as he was helped into the locker room by the Bills' trainers.'

Marker Monday Billboard [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Play of the Game: The Bills were trailing, 16-13, and facing a fourth-and-3 situation after the two-minute warning when Eric Moulds caught a 5-yard pass from Drew Bledsoe and turned it into a 19-yard gain. It set up Rian Lindell's 29-yard field goal, sending the game into overtime.'

Marker Effort is there; so is a loss [8:04 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The Bengals didn’t know what to make of themselves afterward. They didn’t play like lovable losers. They didn’t get smacked. They stood toe to toe with a playoff-caliber team. But they lost.'

Marker Kitna off target late, while Bledsoe hits bull’s-eyes [8:03 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Kitna was thoroughly outplayed down the stretch yesterday by counterpart Drew Bledsoe, and that was the major difference in the Buffalo Bills’ 22-16 victory.'

Marker Spikes has empathy for Bengals after latest loss [8:02 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: '"I understand how they feel," Spikes said. "I totally do. Especially the guys who were there before and the guys who were there when I came in. My heart goes out to a guy like Willie Anderson . . . Corey Dillon . . . Brian Simmons . . . Adrian Ross . . . . I wish them the best. I wish them the best."'

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