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Buffalo Bills News - December 30, 2002

Marker Kitna falls 6 snaps shy of bonus [9:42 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The Bills have suffered their share of defensive woes this season but finished off the season strong. In their final 12 quarters of the season, the Bills gave up just 32 points, including just three touchdowns.'

Marker Eight is not enough [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: '“We made progress, but we certainly hope there’s nobody in the locker room who’s satisfied with 8-8 and going home because if there is, we have the wrong people,” Donahoe said. “And I don’t think we do. I think our players realize we made progress, it’s close, but we’re not there yet, we still have work to do.”'

Marker However you spin it, 8-8 is just 8-8 [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'Instead of 610 pass attempts for Bledsoe, how about 100 more carries for Travis Henry (fumbles and all)?'

Marker Five more wins means one more chance for Bills' coach [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'For that reason alone, Gregg Williams deserves at least one more shot as Bills coach.'

Marker Bengals prove it could be worse [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Once again the Bills came out of a game without any serious injuries, finishing a season that had to be one of the best in team history in terms of health. It is believed the Bills lost the fewest man games to injury of any team in the NFL.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 16 report card [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'There haven’t been many times over the past two seasons when Gregg Williams and his staff outclassed the opposition, but this was one of them.'

Marker Questions surround 8-8 Bills [5:33 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Moulds had 94 catches in 2000 as well as 1,326 yards receiving. That prolific season prompted the Bills to secure Moulds' future in Buffalo. He was signed to a six-year, $40 million (U.S.) contract with a $12.5 million signing bonus. Can the Bills afford to do the same with Price?'

Marker Bengals reach new low in 27-9 loss to Bills [5:32 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'On finishing 2-14, LeBeau said, "I could have done without that question. We're not happy about it."'

Marker Bengals players, fans wait for Brown to act [5:32 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'They are a combined 55-137 since the start of the 1991 season, also known as the Mike Brown Era.'

Marker Frustrated Spikes contemplating future [5:31 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Bills fans cheered Spikes throughout the game. "Yeah, they did," Spikes said when asked if Buffalo fans let him know they'd like to see him wearing a blue uniform next year. "For a minute, I kind of felt like I was at home. How much support they, a lot of fans were talking, even if I made a play, when I walked back to the sidelines, they were happy, more than I was happy. It was interesting to see."'

Marker Bengals Notebook [5:30 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'For the sixth time this season, the Bengals fell behind Sunday by at least 20-0.'

Marker Bengals Report Card [5:29 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'COACHING, F: The players laid a big egg in what was likely Dick LeBeau's last game as head coach. The team was uninspired. The only time the players showed spark was after Bills linebacker London Fletcher took three cheap shots.'

Marker Bengals game by the numbers [5:28 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '4th, 6th, 5th, 5th, 5th, 4th: Bengals' finishes in their own division the past six seasons.'

Marker Bengals in 3 words: Stink, stank, stunk [5:27 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Bengals linebacker Takeo Spikes got some love from Bills fans who want him to sign here as an unrestricted free agent in 2003. Don't worry, Bengals fans. The club is prepared to use the "transition player" tag on Spikes, meaning the Bengals can match any offer sheet he signs with another club. "They (Bills fans) were telling me, 'This is where you belong,' ’’ Spikes said. "It was nice to know."'

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December 29, 2002

Marker Game-day notebook: Holmgren offers to give up GM duties [8:49 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The hottest name being thrown around in the Cincinatti is Tom Modrak, currently working with the Bills (coincidentally Cincy's opponent today). The Buffalo personnel man and former Eagle would be interested in becoming a GM, even in Cincy, if Brown decides to restructure.

Marker Week 17: Tom Donahoe Postgame Quotes [8:01 PM] reports: "I think Gregg did an excellent job and under the circumstances I think that some of the criticism he was taking was unfair and unwarranted. Our coaches in two years have not operated with a full roster. Next year we will. I'm anxious to see them coach and perform with a full complement of players."

Marker Week 17: Bills-Bengals Postgame Quotebook [7:44 PM] reports: "We are disappointed, granted the team did not have a lot of success last year, but I think when we got together as a team and saw what we had we felt like we had a team that could contend and could get into the playoffs and make something happen. So we are disappointed with what has happened this year but at the same time, optimistic looking ahead to next year. I think that we did a lot of things this year that we could build on and we are still a young team."

Marker Bills Close Season With Win [7:43 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe hooked up with Eric Moulds for 10 touchdowns this season. This is 92nd occasion since 1970 that an NFL QB-receiver combo have teamed up for 10+ touchdowns in one season (two other combos in 2002: Jeff Garcia-Terrell Owens, S.F. and Peyton Manning-Marvin Harrison, Ind.)

Marker Bengals end worst [5:16 PM] reports: 'A season dictated by a series of blowouts in the first month of the season fittingly ended in one for the Bengals.'

Marker Bills 27, Bengals 9 [4:17 PM]
AP reports: 'It also was a most discouraging finale for Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna, who came six snaps short of earning a $1.625 million contract bonus. To achieve the bonus, Kitna needed to take part in 61 snaps against Buffalo to appear in 80 percent of Cincinnati's offensive plays this season.'

Marker Buffalo 27, Cincinnati 9 [4:16 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Capping an outstanding first year in Buffalo, Bledsoe completed 23-of-31 passes for 230 yards to help the Bills (8-8) match a franchise record by registering a five-win improvement over last season.'

Marker Pride is on the line for Bills and Bengals [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Contrary to widespread speculation, Gregg Williams likely will remain in Buffalo next season. That doesn't mean he's completely safe, but a win over the lowly Bengals should make him a little more secure.'

Marker Around the block [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He is still a work in progress. He is not St. Louis' Orlando Pace or Seattle's Walter Jones yet. The learning curve is steep for rookie offensive linemen because of all the precise techniques they are required to master.'

Marker End of the line [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I never thought I'd quit coaching," said Levra, the Buffalo Bills' defensive line coach who is retiring following today's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. "I thought I'd die on the sideline."'

Marker Fans should stop talking nonsense and get off Bledsoe's back [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe could be the Bills' leader for the next two U.S. presidents. Be happy. There are at least 10 NFL teams without a viable quarterback.'

Marker Feeling down? Look at the Bengals [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'In the team’s first 23 seasons with Paul Brown as coach, general manager or both, Cincinnati was 171-168-1 with two Super Bowl appearances. Under Mike Brown, the Bengals are 55-136 and have never made the playoffs despite drafting in the top 10 nine times.'

Marker Q&A with Ryan Denney [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] How will you spend New Year’s Eve? [A:] “We’ll be driving back to Colorado. Unfortunately, the season has ended a bit early for us.”'

Marker Isolation Booth: TKO Vs. Bledsoe [5:08 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bills are reportedly interested in Spikes as a free agent. So is New Orleans.'

Marker Keys to the game [5:07 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Although the Bills were eliminated from playoff contention in last week's 10-0 loss at Green Bay, they desperately want to win today.'

Marker Bengals-Bills by the numbers [5:06 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '52 - Sacks allowed by Buffalo. 23 - Sacks by Bengals defense.'

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