Listen up [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sunday's 1 p.m. match of the Bills against San Diego is scheduled be heard at the buffalobills.com and yahoo.com Web sites.'
Pendry: Upturn is near [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're going to get better," Pendry said Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's meeting with the San Diego Chargers. "Everybody has to grow, and we have to make plays. That's the bottom line. "I would be extremely discouraged," Pendry said, "if we were making no first downs in the game, if we were three-and-out every game, or even worse, if we were throwing interceptions or fumbling. But we're not making turnovers. "I feel like this offense is moving the ball, but the consistency factor must be better, and when we have a chance to make a touchdown play, we're not making it," Pendry said.'
A little Flutie might do a lot right about now [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So when Phillips suggested he might use Flutie in an unconventional fashion this year, as a change of pace, it was hard to take him seriously. It's too radical a concept in the ultra-conservative football coaching fraternity. But the time has come for him to consider it.'
Players air out feelings at meeting [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills players were optimistic Wednesday that a players-only team meeting that was held this week would help improve the team's mental attitude after three straight losses. "I don't think all team meetings are always effective," said quarterback Rob Johnson. "But the team meetings here have been really good. You've got guys like Henry Jones and Phil Hansen talking. Doug (Flutie) talked. You get veterans like that who've played a lot and hopefully the young guys will listen."'
Chargers to rotate Harbaugh, Moreno at QB [7:21 AM]
AP reports: 'In a move similar to an exhibition game, San Diego Chargers quarterbacks Jim Harbaugh and Moses Moreno will each play a quarter in the first half Sunday at Buffalo. This isn't the exhibition season, though. The games are real, the Chargers have lost all six of theirs and are desperate for a win heading into their bye week. Harbaugh, coming off a three-interception day, will start. Moreno, who hasn't played since hurting his right shoulder on Sept. 17, will play the second quarter.'
He's not Anto-whine [6:33 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I just have to approach it the same way," said Smith, who requested the Bills trade him after he was demoted to third string after three unproductive games. "It didn't happen for me. I would like to be somewhere where I have the opportunity to play, but I have to make the best of it."'
Bills rally round Rob [6:31 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"He's a competitor and a great leader," Linton said. "We have to protect him. We need him for the season." Backup quarterback Doug Flutie, who saw his first action of the year during the final three minutes of the Dolphins game, agreed. "(Johnson) has taken some shots, you don't want to see the guy you work with get beat up like that," Flutie said. "He's playing (this Sunday) like anybody would. If I could barely walk on the field, I'm playing. That's just the way it is, you go until you can't go anymore."'
Johnson to start for Bills [6:30 AM]
AP reports: 'While listed as probable, Johnson and coach Wade Phillips said there's no question that Johnson will start against San Diego on Sunday. "I tested it," Johnson said. "It's one of those things where it gets better as the week goes on. ... It's just one of those things." The question is how much more of a licking he can take.'
Baffled Bills look to one another for answers [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: '"This is not a losing program in Buffalo," first-year starter Keion Carpenter said. "They're used to winning in Buffalo and when you come here, you have to uphold that tradition. The older guys called a meeting and kind of challenged us to step up. We have to do whatever it takes on Sunday. "Guys said what they had to say, spoke about what was on their minds. I think that gave us a spark. I can sense the difference the way guys are walking in the locker room and I sensed a little more concentration on the practice field. It was definitely meaningful."'
Smith bristles amid confusion [5:03 AM]
D and C reports: '"It didn't happen for me," he said. "I'd like to be somewhere where I have the opportunity to be out there playing, but I'm here now and I'll make the best of it."'
Confusion abounds as Smith disappointed he's still in Buffalo [8:18 PM]
AP reports: 'News of Smith's trade request arose Tuesday when agent Scott Casterline told The Buffalo News that he was trying to get Smith dealt before that day's NFL trading deadline. The trouble is, as Smith pointed out after practice Wednesday, that he fired Casterline about six months ago and is now represented by Herb Rudolph. Smith, however, didn't hang around long enough to explain why Casterline might have been speaking for him.'
Bills try to fix what's broken in return game [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are at the point of no return. They rank dead last in punt returns. They rank second from the bottom in kickoff returns. But special teams coach Ronnie Jones doesn't think those stats will reflect the performance the Bills will turn in Sunday against the winless San Diego Chargers in Ralph Wilson Stadium. "We're going to get it fixed," Jones said. "I expect us to break out this week and have a good day. I expect to see a lot of improvement this week. "I like what I'm coming up with after watching film. I think I've drawn up a play that gives us a good chance at a big return this week."'
For Smith, all systems are not 'go' [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think there's confusion among the coaching staff," [Antowain Smith's agent Scott] Casterline said. "Some people want Antowain and some people don't. I don't see a resolution unless he plays somewhere else or until there's a coaching change. "As long as there's certain coaches on the staff, Antowain's best future won't be with the Buffalo Bills, which is too bad because he enjoys the town and his teammates."'
Playoffs are far from a lock for Bills [9:29 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '...their 0-3 division record virtually dooms them to a wild-card spot and a berth in the post-season is hardly guaranteed.'
Smith stays with Bills as NFL trade deadline passes [9:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Running back Antowain Smith didn't get his wish granted as he remains a member of the Buffalo Bills after the NFL trading deadline struck on Tuesday. A Bills spokesman said no deals had been made after the 4 p.m. deadline passed.'
Smith asks Bills to trade him [4:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills' spokesman Scott Birchtold withheld comment. "There's nothing there," he said. "Why would we want to comment on it?"'
Agent asks Bills to deal Antowain [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '[Antowain Smith's agent Scott] Casterline said the Bills told him in May that Smith would be the featured back in the offense. "I flew out there specifically to find out what his role was going to be and what their expectations for him were," Casterline said. "Wade and John told me he was the go-to guy, their franchise back. I feel like I was lied to. "Antowain has been patient and has never complained in his career. He has been a team player. He played hurt on a painful turf toe last year. He needs to be traded."'
Sack artist enjoys feast vs. Bills' RTs [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There was a lot of blame to go around from tight end to weak-side tackle. But two particular offensive linemen will be among the first to stand up and accept responsibility for mistakes made in Miami: right tackles Robert Hicks and Marcus Spriggs.'
Bills need fixes before playoffs become pipedream [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's time for Fina and Ruben Brown to start justifying those hefty contracts they received during the offseason. It's time for Hicks to live up to his potential. It's time for Spriggs, Jerry Ostroski, Jamie Nails and Joe Panos to raise their games up several notches.'
Johnson seeing fewer stars a day later [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When asked if he could use another bye week, Johnson replied, "I'd much rather go through a couple games not . . .," and then stopped himself before talking about the number of hits he's received. "Let the body recoup a little bit." Doug Flutie's legion of fans were excited to see the backup quarterback replace Johnson Sunday. They also might think it would be the perfect week to start Flutie and give Johnson a break. The San Diego Chargers are the closest thing to a bye week. They enter Sunday's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium at 0-6, the worst record in the NFL.'
Chargers could shuffle QBs heading into Buffalo [7:36 AM]
AP reports: 'An ineffective Jim Harbaugh or a recuperating Moses Moreno? San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley must pick one as his starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Buffalo. "Let me think about that for a day," Riley said on Monday when asked who would start against the Bills. "I don't want to jump to conclusions too much."'
Phillips needs to admit it: Bills not ready yet [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'His team is good, this I do not doubt, nor should he. But this year, it's probably not good enough to make the playoffs, so I wish Phillips would stop trying to fool us with his illogical explanations for the Bills' recent poor play and stop pretending he's coaching a Super Bowl contender.'
QB Johnson will remain the starter [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Despite the battered and bruised state of Rob Johnson, Buffalo Bills coach Wade Phillips said yesterday he has no intention of starting Flutie against the winless San Diego Chargers this week at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "No, he doesn't need the rest," Phillips said, as his sifted through the ruins of his team's third consecutive loss, Sunday's 22-13 debacle at Miami where Johnson was sacked five times and forced out of the game with 3:24 left with an inflamed throwing elbow. "If rest would make a big difference for him, that would be a different factor, but Rob's been playing this way and he still hasn't thrown and intercepton in I don't know how long. And he played better in the second half. We -- he, all of us, me -- didn't have a good first half, but the second half he did play well."'
From the locker room [8:20 PM]
Dolphin Digest reports: 'Thurman Thomas on having words with Bills LB John Holecek: "I'm sure John was probably going at me with a little extra than some of the other guys. I wasn't going out there looking for John until he said something to me and that's when it really got going. From that point on, I was really looking forward to getting a shot at him and letting him know that I was out there on the football field."'
Bills tight ends coach hospitalized [8:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills tight ends coach Max Bowman was hospitalized for precautionary reasons after suffering dizzy spells on Monday. "I think he's fine," said Bills coach Wade Phillips, noting that Bowman suffers from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).'
Bills offense failing to pull its share of the load [7:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's defense has been mostly doing its part, allowing an average 18 points per outing. The offense on the other hand has scored more than 16 points once and, against Miami, gave up nine points -- one touchback and a touchdown off a fumble. "It's boiling down to one or two plays," Johnson said. "We're not playing well enough throughout the game to not have it come down to those one or two plays." Perhaps, center Jerry Ostroski put it best, saying: "Hopefully, we've hit rock bottom, because I don't think we can get much lower."'
Dolphins defense rides again [2:22 PM]
Florida Today reports: 'Somebody asked Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor on Sunday afternoon if he was surprised by his team's 5-1 record. "Hell, no, I'm not surprised," Taylor said angrily. "We think we should be 6-0. But I'm happy about where we are."'
Dolphins' victory satisfies Thomas [2:21 PM]
Florida Today reports: 'Veteran running back Thurman Thomas had modest statistics Sunday afternoon during the Dolphins' 22-13 win over the Buffalo Bills. But it was one of the biggest wins of his career.'
Dolphins stays even-keeled [2:19 PM]
Florida Today reports: '"People better start taking us seriously," Miami defensive tackle Jermaine Haley said, nodding his head slowly. "I'm tellin' ya, we're for real."'
Johnson Beaten Up In Bills’ 22-13 Loss [1:41 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'Sam Cowart, Antoine Winfield, Ted Washington and Phil Hansen are playing their hearts out, but No. 1 rankings don't mean anything when your offense can't put the ball in the end zone with any consistency. Shoot, it can't even protect its quarterback. It's proving to be a recipe for disaster. For the life of me, I don't know how Johnson gets out of bed on Monday mornings.'
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