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Buffalo Bills News - September 19, 2005

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:29 PM] reports: 'We don't really feel that our efforts to develop J.P. Losman are sacrificing the future of the team. While Sunday's game was not what any of us wanted, the blame should not be placed totally on the quarterback. The only way a player at any position becomes productive in this league is by playing. Last week, after JP's performance against Houston, some people wanted to canonize him. We have to be patient with any of our young players to give them the opportunity to develop.'

Marker HS Football Coach of the Week - Week 3 [5:29 PM] reports: 'Coach Al Cavagnaro of Starpoint High School has been named the Buffalo Bills High School Football “Coach of the Week” for the third weekend of the 2005 season (September 16-17).'

Marker Bills melt in Florida heat [4:52 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“We played against a good football team that was better than us today,” Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. “Maybe it’s a wake-up call for us.”'

Marker Bills crash back to earth [4:51 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Granted, the Bills' offense, which held the ball for only 21 minutes, 10 seconds as compared to Tampa Bay's 38:50, didn't help give the Buffalo defense much of a rest by continually going three-and-out, but the defense didn't help its own cause. The Bills' defense talked about helping out young quarterback J.P. Losman by creating turnovers and giving the offense some good field position. But that's all it was -- talk.'

Marker J.P.'S bumbling triggers pummeling [2:44 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Bills MVP: Um, Lindell made his only kick.'

Marker Vick to undergo MRI [12:50 PM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Michael Vick is scheduled to go through a battery of tests today, including an MRI, to determine the severity of damage to his left hamstring. Falcons coach Jim Mora said he's optimistic Vick will play Sunday at Buffalo, but until the team gets results of the tests, Vick is listed as questionable for this weekend.'

Marker Tripped up in Tampa [11:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Talk about debunking a tease in one week.'

Marker Bills had blunders all around [11:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'On the second play of its final possession, with 3 1/2 minutes to play, the Bills had 73 yards and four first downs in less than 18 minutes’ possession time.'

Marker Plenty of lowlights for Bills in loss to Buccaneers [11:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'For one series in the fourth quarter, head coach Mike Mularkey benched Losman in favor of veteran Kelly Holcomb. “I put Kelly and Shaud (Williams, backup running back) in there to see if we could get a spark at both positions. We were stagnant all day and (I was) just trying to get something going.” To which Losman responded, “I’m upset ... I don’t want to share this position. But this is a team game and I realize I’m young and the coaches know what’s best for me.”'

Marker Bills-Bucs Postgame Notes [11:24 AM] reports: 'With today's loss, Buffalo snapped their 5-game winning streak against NFC opponents.'

Marker Steam rolled [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the next three hours, the Buccaneers seemed to know exactly where the Bills wanted to go, they usually were waiting for the Bills to get there, and Losman couldn't figure out what to do about it.'

Marker Cadillac gets good mileage on Bills' defense [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He broke our back today, especially on those long runs," Bills free safety Troy Vincent said. "He is a guy that you can't count on going down until you are sitting on top of him."'

Marker This horror show has many stars [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sorry, but when Josh Reed is your most effective offensive weapon, something is wrong.'

Marker Bucs' D proves its mettle [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bucs played like they had something to prove, holding the Bills to just 147 total yards - only 47 on the ground - and keeping the opportunistic Buffalo offense out of the end zone for the first time in eight games, dating to a 29-6 defeat at New England last Nov. 14. The Bucs, in fact, have not allowed a touchdown on defense in two games this season, having forced five turnovers in last weekend's 24-13 victory at Minnesota.'

Marker Run game slows to a crawl [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Right tackle Mike Williams got a scare when his left leg was rolled up in a pile of players in the third quarter. The team said Williams suffered an ankle injury, though he didn't walk with a noticeable limp in the locker room after the game.'

Marker A leap backward [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clad again in their throwback uniforms, the Bills turned in a road performance that was a throwback to the worst moments of the Bledsoe era.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Offense didn't come up with any solution to Bucs' defensive scheming. Defense had trouble adjusting to runs up middle.'

Marker Grading the Bucs [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gruden made good use of his 3:17 a.m. wake-up calls. Kiffin made Losman's life miserable. Maybe these Bucs are for real.'

Marker Bills Offense Never Gets Going [7:25 AM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: '"They blitzed more than we expected them to," said wide receiver Eric Moulds. "We expected them to come out and play similar to what they did at Minnesota in the first game. But they came out and totally shocked us as far as when they started blitzing. They had a great game plan and they executed it."'

Marker Road woes return in painful fashion for Buffalo [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Before padding his statistics during one final possession in garbage time, Losman was a mere 5 of 18 for 39 yards, including 3 of 10 on third down throws, many alarmingly off target even when he had time to throw.'

Marker With slow offense, Bills need a defense better than perfect [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buccaneers ran for 11 first downs and two touchdowns. They hogged the ball for nearly 39 minutes, leaving Buffalo's wilting defense looking like my lawn in this summer of little rain.'

Marker Long day of lessons for Losman [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'True, this loss can't be pinned solely on Losman, but the kid has to shoulder much of the blame.'

Marker The two-minute read [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Turning point: J.P. Losman running out of the back of the end zone for a safety.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This is exactly what Bills fans will have to endure with J.P. Losman this season.'

Marker Taking Their Licks [5:01 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'With the offense sputtering to even gain a first down, Tampa was able to dominate the time of possession and keep Buffalo’s defense on the field for nearly two-thirds of the game. Even for a solid defense like the one the Bills possess, asking that much of the unit will eventually lead to them breaking down and running out of gas.'

Marker Bills Offense Just Couldn't Get It Going [5:00 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '"I think it was a lesson learned," Buffalo coach Mike Mularkey said. "They were more physical and they executed better than we did. This is what can happen when you play a good football team. It's a wake-up call."'

Marker Losman looks lost vs. Bucs [4:59 AM]
Bradenton Herald reports: '"They had a good scheme. They knew where we would be and they watched my eyes the whole game," Losman said. "We came in high as a kite, but (the Bucs) matched our physicalness and intensity."'

Marker Monday's Tampa Bay Coverage [4:58 AM] reports:
Defense Pays The Bills (Tampa Tribune)
Offensive Line Gets Stellar Reviews (Tampa Tribune)
Bills Offense Just Couldn't Get It Going (Tampa Tribune)
Cadillac Is Leaving 'Em In His Dust (Tampa Tribune)
Defense Humming Right Along (Tampa Tribune)
Bolden Is Asked To Do A Lot -- And He Delivers (Tampa Tribune)
Bidwell, Bryant Make It Look Easy (Tampa Tribune)
Bucs Fans Experiencing Pass Interference At Gate (Tampa Tribune)
Bucs Report Card (Tampa Tribune)
Defense proving a point (Tampa Tribune)
Game photos (Tampa Tribune)
Cadillac ready to carry workload (St. Petersburg Times)
Age nothing but a number to Alstott (St. Petersburg Times)
Bucs feed off play of revamped O-line (St. Petersburg Times)
Fierce D conjures up new glory days (St. Petersburg Times)
By golly, Bucs may be on to something (St. Petersburg Times)
Penalties force Bucs to examine their focus (St. Petersburg Times)
Gimme 5 (St. Petersburg Times)
For fans, better safe than untouched (St. Petersburg Times)
A giant leap forward (Orlando Sentinel)
Bills talk, but Cadillac rolls (Orlando Sentinel)
Buffalo can't go anywhere against this stingy bunch (Orlando Sentinel)
Defensive stand (Bradenton Herald)
Losman looks lost vs. Bucs (Bradenton Herald)
Bucs offense has case of Cadillacitis (Bradenton Herald)
Bucs Gameday (Bradenton Herald)
Bucs Smother Bills (Lakeland Ledger)
Defense Answers the Challenge Again (Lakeland Ledger)
Bills Offense Never Gets Going (Lakeland Ledger)
Give Some Credit to The O-Line (Lakeland Ledger)
NFL Notes (Lakeland Ledger)
Something old, something new (Fort Myers News Press)
Bucs' defense devours Bills (Fort Myers News Press)
Rookie's energy bolstering 2-0 Bucs (Fort Myers News Press)
Alstott savoring revamped run game (Fort Myers News Press)
A blast from the past (Naples Daily News)
Bucs' O-line getting offensive (Naples Daily News)
This Caddy wasn't about to shut down (Naples Daily News)
This Cadillac is on the cutting Edge (Naples Daily News)
Cadillac, Bucs drive to 2-0 (Daytona Beach News Journal)
Bucs are a conundrum (Daytona Beach News Journal)
Bucs running game in high gear; defense stops Bills cold (Sarasota Herald Tribune)
Hey! This is a lot like Dungy Ball (Sarasota Herald Tribune)
No TDs for Bucs' 'D' (Sarasota Herald Tribune)
Alstott gets 50th (Sarasota Herald Tribune)
Quoting Bucs-Bills (Sarasota Herald Tribune)
Bucs' report card (Sarasota Herald Tribune)
Follow That Line (
Caddy, Defense Stampede Buffalo (
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Game photos (

Marker Bills' Losman learns teacher Wyche knows best [4:57 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I saw inexperience in 100 different ways," Wyche said. "Unfortunately, you can't coach it or carry it in your hip pocket. It's what young ones go through. We're not disappointed, and we're not disenchanted."'

Marker Bucs Drive Cadillac To 19-3 Win Over Buffalo [4:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In my view, I was fine with Losman being replaced, but to put him back in was puzzling. I know that every time a QB is taken out of the game, there is a chance for a possible QB controversy. But why if he just doesn't have it on a given game, can't Holcomb come in and see what he has to offer without a controversy starting up? Let either JP finish the game and struggle through it, or let Holcomb come in and see what happens. To pull Losman, then pull Holcomb a series later doesn't make much sense. I don't by that he needed to "cool down".'

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