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Buffalo Bills News - September 4, 2001

Marker Christie keeps kicking job . . . for now [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Monday, Bills coach Gregg Williams asserted, "Steve's still our kicker." That didn't need to be said two months ago.'

Marker Haslett says Saints healthy [7:58 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'The Saints are interested in signing veteran strong safety Henry Jones, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Saints general manager Randy Mueller talked with Jones' agent Jim Steiner on Monday about trying to arrange a visit sometime this week, said Ben Dogra, a partner in Steiner's St. Louis-based office.'

Marker Hill thrust into Bills' starting safety position [6:05 AM]
AP reports: '"It's hard because I hope everybody doesn't expect me to fill his shoes, because I can't fill his shoes," said Hill, who coincidentally learned of the news while celebrating his 25th birthday on Sunday. "He's Henry Jones and I'm Raion Hill. And all I can do is be me."'

Marker Hill now Bills safety valve [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Two years ago Raion Hill wasn't good enough to make the Buffalo Bills opening-day roster. As of Sunday afternoon -- the day he celebrated his 25th birthday -- Hill is the team's new starting strong safety.'

Marker Bills applying pressure, but Christie doesn't wilt [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Sunday, the Bills brought in veteran Al Del Greco and young Jon Hilbert for tryouts in the wake of Christie's disastrous 4-for-11 preseason, but both left town without the Bills' job. "Steve is still our kicker," Williams said. "He's made a bunch of kicks in his time, and that always figures in."'

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September 3, 2001

Marker Christie's job on the line entering season [6:36 PM]
AP reports: 'After blaming his recent troubles on tall grass in Cincinnati, and the fact that he has a new long-snapper and holder, Christie is now pointing the finger at himself. "It was me. And I'll take the responsibility for that," Christie said. "I just need to come through now, so that's that."'

Marker Ask Leif Larsen [5:24 PM] reports: Ask Bills Player of the Week defensive tackle Leif Larsen a question.

Marker Colts agree to contract with former Bills CB [3:47 PM]
ESPN reports: He was 1993 Buffalo Bills 1st round pick who has been with the Bears but was released under a change of management. He signed a 1 year, $1 Million deal with Indianapolis Colts.

Marker Bills send Henry Jones packing [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It wasn't an easy decision. It's something we gave a lot of thought and consideration to over the last couple of weeks. We certainly wish all the best for Henry. He's been an outstanding player here and a better person for the organization and the community. We wish him well."'

Marker New ghosts will haunt Bills' payroll [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With the release of veteran safety Henry Jones, the Bills have about $20.5 million in cap space committed to players who are no longer on the team. That means 30 percent of their $67.4 million salary cap total for this year is devoted to invisible men.'

Marker Williams burns his signature into Bills' canvas [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The coach had other ideas. No matter how good the Bills were on defense last year, they weren't as good as the unit Williams had overseen in Tennessee. The Titans' relentless, swarming defense yielded the fewest yards in the league. They played out of the 4-3, and so would the Bills. If the personnel didn't fit the mold, well, he'd cram it home.'

Marker NFL kicks in to give football field a face-lift [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'City officials and representatives from the Buffalo Bills will hold a news conference at noon Tuesday at Emerson Field, next to Emerson Vocational High School on Sycamore Street. They are expected to discuss a $243,000 restoration that will include an improved playing surface, new bleachers and a new scoreboard.'

Marker Bills waive bye to safety Jones [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: '"We've got a certain style of defense that we are trying to implement here and it requires a strong safety to play a little differently than maybe the previous defense required the strong safety to play. "The strong safety in our defense plays more like a linebacker, probably more than some of the other defenses in the league so, philosophically, we have a different style of defense."'

September 2, 2001

Marker Jones tops list of most surprising cuts [6:06 PM]
ESPN reports: '"Stunned," said Jones, a 10-year veteran, after his release. "There's no other word for it. I never saw it coming. There were no hints at all."'

Marker Veteran safety Jones among Bills players cuts [5:23 PM]
AP reports: 'Without Jones, the most experienced player in the backfield is third-year veteran Keion Carpenter. Backing up Jones on the current depth chart is Raion Hill, who appeared in 16 games last season, mostly on special teams.'

Marker Bills make cuts [4:37 PM] reports:

  • Curtis Alexander, RB, Alabama
  • Reggie Allen, WR, Central Michigan
  • David Bowens, DE, Western Illinois
  • Jon Carman, T, Georgia Tech
  • Kwame Cavil, WR, Texas
  • Henry Jones, S, Illinois
  • Brian Leigeb, S, Central Michigan
  • Jarrett Procell, DE, Louisiana Tech
  • Jimmy Robinson, LB, Western Illinois
  • Josh Whitman, TE, Illinois
  • Jimmy Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

    Marker Bills have already started cutting and examining waiver wire [11:29 AM]
    WNSA reports: They were lesser known players, Allen Rosier (WRs) and LB Robinson. The Bills will now be making more decisions before Sunday afternoon.

    It's also expected the Bills will be scouring the waiver/cut wires to see if there is someone that could be useful to the Bills especially on the offensive line. Even getting someone with NFL experience would pose a problem for the player since he would have to start fresh with a new system.

    Marker Right cornerback: Irvin still has it covered [9:15 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'He's too short. He's not fast enough. He doesn't make enough big plays. He can't cover the top wide receivers. If those things are true, why is Irvin starting at right cornerback for the Buffalo Bills? Is it out of the goodness of the Bills' heart that he's been a starter for three of his first six seasons in the NFL? Or is it that maybe, just maybe, Irvin is better than he's been given credit for.'

    Marker Coach Williams isn't the only one who makes lists about the Bills [9:13 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson needs to adopt some of that old Jim Kelly swagger, the attitude that says, "I'm the Man and I don't care what anyone thinks." Could you imagine Kelly complaining that Sports Illustrated had photographed him in a hot tub and depicted him as a playboy? He'd have thrown a party at his house and handed out copies.'

    Marker To be, or not to be . . . Bills have way more questions than that [9:12 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'In the last 12 games, starting with the Jets at The Ralph on Oct. 7, the Bills play just two 2000 playoff teams. Even with a horrible start could they make enough hay in the next three months to make a run at a wild-card spot? Or is 8-8 the best we can expect?'

    Marker Bills depth chart [9:10 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have to cut their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. today.
    Here is the depth chart as of Saturday afternoon...'.

    Marker Arthur Diemer Obituary [9:03 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'Arthur N. "Archie" Diemer, who was considered the Buffalo Bills' first season-ticket holder, died Saturday (Sept. 1, 2001) in United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, after a lengthy illness. He was 81.'

    Marker Arrival of Flutie has teammates charged up [5:47 AM]
    Boston Globe reports: '"I knew [the Bills] were going to cut somebody out of there," [A.J] Smith said. "We didn't know which one, but we did suspect it, because of Doug's age, and it's well-documented that Ralph Wilson does not like Doug Flutie."'

    Marker Plenty of questions [5:29 AM]
    D and C reports: 'Donahoe and Williams won't admit it, but they are. This team will be hard-pressed -- even if it stays healthy -- to win seven or eight games, and that might be pushing it. The Bills need time to adapt to their new styles of offense and defense, their new players, and their new coaches. This will be a season of learning, and some of the lessons will be tough ones.'

    Marker Cowart's not just a momma's boy [5:28 AM]
    D and C reports: 'And as he prepares for his fourth NFL season which begins next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, he may be on the verge of greatness. He is only 26, and the switch to middle linebacker in coach Gregg Williams new attacking-style "46'' defense is expected to take full advantage of Cowart's extraordinary sideline-to-sideline agility and quickness.'

    Marker Wilson says Johnson can still be 'great' QB [5:27 AM]
    D and C reports: '"If Rob can learn to get rid of the ball in this new West Coast offense, I think he'll be a great quarterback," Wilson said. "I use the word 'great', too. I really believe that. He's intelligent, he's tough, he's accurate, he can move around. Will he get hurt? Heck, they all get hurt. Hopefully he won't. But he's got as good an arm as I've ever seen. If they can coach him in this scheme, I think he can be outstanding."'

    Marker New boss, new plan in place [5:26 AM]
    D and C reports: '"It's the learning curve of the offense," Johnson said. "It's just a matter of doing it over and over. We've been working hard and I think we'll be all right."'

    Marker Bills take on a different sound [5:24 AM]
    D and C reports: 'Both WHAM and WCMF will have extensive Bills programming before and after games, as well as during the week, when each station (and their affiliated stations) will trot out a series of experts to talk about the team. "We're putting more time and effort and energy into coverage of the Bills this year than we did when we had the play-by-play," says Jeff Howlett, station manager at WHAM. Howlett adds that WHAM decided not to buy the play-by-play rights because of the high cost, a cost it did not want to pass along to its longtime advertisers. WHAM has been running ads that declare that its coverage is not "the company line," suggesting that WCMF will cave into pressure from the Bills to be positive.'

    Marker On any given Sunday [5:22 AM]
    D and C reports: '20. Buffalo Bills...predicted record 6-10.'

    September 1, 2001

    Marker Let the games begin [11:40 AM] reports: Im just glad we got the preseason out of the way, and we can start working on the Saints, said defensive tackle Pat Williams. We just ran basic fronts, and we didnt want to show anything. Were saving everything for the Saints. For the grand opening, you will see our whole playbook.

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