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Buffalo Bills News - September 23, 2003

Marker Ricky none the worse for wear [5:17 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'In fact, Williams seemed to gain strength as the game went on, setting up his 1-yard touchdown run with a 21-yard gain, his longest run, with 2:39 remaining.'

Marker No rest of the story for Ricky [5:16 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'At halftime against Buffalo, Wannstedt told Williams he was going to work backup Travis Minor into the mix. But every time Miami began a possession, there was Williams, sprinting to the huddle.'

Marker Record night doesn't wear out Ricky [5:15 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The back breaker appeared to come with 2 minutes, 39 seconds remaining, when Williams turned the left corner and ran 21 yards to the Bills' 8-yard line before being pushed out of bounds. He would eventually score on a 1-yard run with 1:52 to play, sealing Miami's victory.'

Marker Inside slant [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The play broke down because the Bills' offensive line was pushed deep into the backfield by Miami's front line. Henry took the handoff and had to immediately get rid of the ball. Reed realized what happened and broke off his route, but Henry's wobbly pass never made it to him as Surtain leaped to grab it.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'For the third week in a row the Bills failed to establish a viable rushing attack, and it has now become a prime concern.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:12 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'RT Mike Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft, has not played particularly well. The Bills have not been able to run behind the 370-pounder like they expected to, and he was beaten cleanly for a sack by Adewale Ogunleye.'

Marker Running Back Shortage [5:11 AM] reports: 'Joe Burns could be a key player for the Buffalo Bills when they host Philadelphia Sunday. Not bad for a guy who ran the ball just five times last year.'

Marker Henry, Morris And Crosby Nursing Injuries [5:10 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'That leaves Joe Burns and Sam Gash as the only healthy backs on the roster. Williams says the club will spend Tuesday looking to see if there are any backs out there they can bring in. They could also activate Ken Simonton from the practice squad.'

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September 22, 2003

Marker Workhorse Williams carries Dolphins to top of division [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams had more touches (45) than Buffalo did total offensive plays (44) in a methodical performance.'

Marker Morris to miss two weeks; Henry's status uncertain [9:17 PM]
AP reports: 'Even if Henry is healthy enough to play, Williams said the team will consider signing a running back.'

Marker Week 3: Drew Bledsoe Quotes [1:33 PM] reports: '"I certainly didn't see us coming out and playing the way we did. I thought we would play better than we did. But they did a great job. They had a plan for us. They changed things up, which they haven't done in three or four years. They gave us some different looks and they had a good plan for us and we didn't respond to it very well." "They changed up a couple of their fronts on some of their third downs, which is something they normally don't do. They changed up a couple of their fronts in the running game. So they had a good plan for us but we've got to respond in those situations. We have to make our plays."'

Marker Miami Knocks The Bills From The Top Spot [1:18 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If it wasn't for the defense, the Dolphins would've won by quite a bit more.'

Marker Talk is cheap [1:17 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Still, as disappointing and horrid as this game was from the Bills perspective, all is not lost. The Bills probably needed a little splash of reality, and they were given a face full of that.'

Marker Henry's folly sends Bills down path to first loss [1:13 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: For reasons known, hopefully, only to offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, the Bills chose -- at the game's pivotal moment, two plays after Takeo Spikes' 29-yard fumble return put them at Miami's 16-yard line -- to let Henry throw the ball. "Throw," in this useage, isn't really the right word, as it implies some sense of purpose and aim. "Lob," "heave," or "shot-put" would be far more accurate.'

Marker Big Things Come in Small packages [11:44 AM] reports: Antonio Winfield stands 5-9, and weighs in at one hundred pounds. Short enough to be considered, er, short, and small enough to look just like you every day run-of-the-mill athlete. But beneath number 26's uniform, lies one of the NFL's most unlikely heavy hitters.

Marker Week 3: Gregg Williams Quotes [11:44 AM] reports: 'O-Line: A lot of it is fundamentals, a lot of it is technique. Tonight it was just a physical mismatch in the respect of that they were more physical in the trenches then we were on those particular plays. We didn't match the intensity physical wise. We didn't do a very good job in that respect."'

Marker Dolphins-Bills Game Notes [11:43 AM] reports: 'Sam Gash: His second quarter rush attempt was his first since he had two carries for the Baltimore Ravens on 12/23/01 vs. Cincinnati.'

Marker Who was that masked man? [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's embarrassing," defensive tackle Sam Adams said of the loss. "We didn't keep them in check. They were dragging us up and down the field. We should let this burn in our gut and go to work on Monday and go get it fixed."'

Marker Born to run? Bills fail to prove it all night [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This was supposed to be a statement game, a chance to answer some of the critics' questions, an opportunity for the Bills to show the nation and their NFL peers that they are worthy of consideration as a Super Bowl contender. Instead, the loss renewed lingering doubts about this team.'

Marker Dolphins, Surtain let defense do the talking [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Surtain refrained from gloating over the victory or his team's success at keeping Moulds from being a factor. But it was obvious that Surtain will savor this game for a while.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Halfback option??? That awful call blew up worse than last week's fake punt. It took away Bills' chance at big momentum.'

Marker Grading the Dolphins [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Give play-caller Norv Turner credit. He kept hammering away with Ricky and dominated time of possession.'

Marker Dolphins, with power of Williams, vanquish Bills [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was a debacle.'

Marker Time to think inside the box [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '4.6 -- Drew Bledsoe’s quarterback rating in the first half, about 140 points below his final rating last week.'

Marker That AFC title will take some work [5:26 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'A junior high ploy to get Moulds off his game? Perhaps, but it worked.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When Drew Bledsoe is good, he’s very good, and when he’s bad, well, he’s very bad.'

Marker Making Bills pay [5:24 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The heroics were enough to overcome an offense that gave away almost as many points as it scored and tried to give the game away.'

Marker Secondary stands out [5:23 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''Sam and Pat and Brock and those guys really played football tonight,'' Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. ``[That was] as outstanding a defensive effort as I've been around in a long time.'''

Marker Ricky gets carried away [5:22 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Seemingly growing strong as the game went on, Williams added 69 yards on 14 carries in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Bills defender gives Fiedler fits [5:21 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Against a Bills unit that came into the game ranked eighth in the NFL in total defense and eighth against the pass, Fiedler held his own, even though it took a while to move the offense early.'

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