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Buffalo Bills News - December 12, 2002

Marker Don't tell Tomlinson Buffalo's defense is soft [8:56 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"Last year, I used to get excited about playing teams that are ranked in the lower half in rushing (defense). But it seemed like every time we played those teams things didn't go the way we wanted them to go."'

Marker Tomlinson, Brees making Chargers brass look good [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flutie is 40 years old now, his days as a starter are over. The Chargers needed to put in place their quarterback of the future, and they have with Brees.'

Marker Chargers devise plays for Flutie at WR [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: ' If No. 7 enters the game, he wonít go unnoticed, Bills coach Gregg Williams assured.'

Marker Flutie on other end of ball? [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Receiver Eric Moulds said he still talks to Flutie weekly.'

Marker Slim hope for playoff in Buffalo [5:33 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe isn't about to concede, but he admitted the mood on the practice field and in the locker room has changed dramatically. "Obviously, guys aren't laughing and joking as much as we were a week ago. The mood isn't as light," Bledsoe said, referring last Sunday's crushing 27-17 defeat at New England, Buffalo's fourth loss in its last five games. "When you get in a situation like this, you find out a lot about the guys on your team," Bledsoe said. "So far, I can say everyone on the team has responded the right way."'

Marker Dangerous and Snowy [5:31 AM] reports: 'Snow is the forecast for Sunday. Temperatures in the low 30's. Football weather. The Chargers are not used to football weather playing in the plush confines of sunny San Diego. This is the test of their meddle, the test of their will, the stumbling block that could dim their playoff hopes or help then take the next step towards success.'

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December 11, 2002

Marker Len Pasquarelli: Billick, Gruden in secure positions [10:52 PM]
ESPN reports: Gregg Williams, Buffalo: There continues to be rumbling that he might be in trouble if the Bills don't finish at .500. Those rumors are unsubstantiated, and while some of his decision-making can be scrutinized, he figures to have a playoff contender by 2003. Of course, if he doesn't then he might have some concerns.
Security level: 3 (Secure ... for now)

Marker First came Priest, then came Ricky, now Bills face Tomlinson [9:38 PM]
AP reports: 'It doesn't get any easier for the Bills, two weeks after giving up 228 yards rushing to Williams in a win over Miami, and four weeks after allowing Holmes 104 yards in a loss to Kansas City.'

Marker Conway, Parker practice, still questionable [9:37 PM] reports: 'Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said that wide receiver Curtis Conway, who has missed the last two and a half games with a shoulder injury, and starting right tackle Vaughn Parker, who has been out for four games with an elbow injury, both returned to practice on Wednesday. Conway and Parker were both listed as questionable on the Chargersí official injury report.'

Marker Gilbride's Offense a Challenge For Chargers [7:23 PM] reports: "We're still a work in progress," Gilbride cautioned last week when asked if the 3-13 Bad News Bills of a year ago were on the verge of becoming the NFL's next Greatest Show on Turf. "We have a lot of young, talented guys, and if this unit stays together, it could become something really special. But we're not there yet. We still have a ways to go."

Marker 'Second String' scores a few TDs [4:09 PM]
Ventura County Star reports: 'At first, there are no real surprises about these characters. But as Bellows tackles the game, "Second String" quickly makes one touchdown after another in writing and acting.'

Marker Bills Add One To Practice Squad [3:27 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has added offensive lineman Joey Hollenbeck to the team's practice squad. A native of Enumclaw, WA, Hollenbeck played collegiately at Washington State. He signed as a rookie free agent with the St. Louis Rams last spring but was released prior to the start of training camp. Hollenbeck replaces offensive lineman Michael Early, who was claimed off the Bills practice squad by Minnesota.

Marker Week 15 Injury Report [3:26 PM] reports: Jennings, Jonas T Leg Questionable Stevenson, Dominique LB Head Questionable

Marker Ask Brian Moorman [3:26 PM] reports: For the season, Brian Moorman is averaging 43.82 yards per punt (ranks 3rd in team history). In 19 of 29 career contests, he has at least one 50-yard kick and 30 of his 130 career punts (23.1%) have forced opponents inside the 20 (8th all-time in Bills history).

Marker Bills sign OL Hollenbeck to practice squad [1:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Hollenbeck, released by the St. Louis Rams prior to training camp last summer, fills the spot vacated by center Michael Early, who was signed by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday.'

Marker Funke on the Bills [11:43 AM]
WHEC-TV reports: '...Peerless has been a heck of a receiver for this team this year. He's over a thousand yards. Will he be too expensive to keep? Probably, although the Bills salary cap circumstance isnít as bad next year. Still, Josh Reed has proven that he can be a nice compliment to Eric Moulds and the Bills need money to improve their defense. It'll be a tough call for Tom Donahoe, I'm sure he doesnít want to bust up what could be a very good thing, but Reed is ready.'

Marker Chargers scouting report [9:50 AM]
North County Times reports: 'So Buffalo has learned that Bledsoe isn't perfect. Then again, he isn't Rob Johnson, either.'

Marker Parity means playoffs still open [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fourteen of the AFC's 16 teams are still mathematically alive for the playoffs. That includes the Buffalo Bills, who need a lot of help.'

Marker Scouting Report [9:00 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The Bills have allowed fewer than 17 points only once this season and more than 20 points in all but three games. Only the Bengals are allowing more points per game.'

Marker 5th Down: Where Now? Some FAQ's [12:05 AM] reports: Does that mean this season is not a success? A: That completely depends on your expectationsÖ And admit it, they've changed three or four times already this season. Over the summer, most people outside the team would have been happy with a .500 record by year's end. When the team stumbled off to a haphazard 2-3 start, those expectations lowered a bit. Then the team surged to 5-3, and people suddenly started talking Super Bowl.

Marker Q&A: Monday With Gregg Williams [12:03 AM] reports: Final Three Games "Stranger things have happened. We're not out of it until someone says we're out of it. We've got to control what we do and that's winning this weekend."

Marker Game Photos [12:03 AM] reports: Photos from Sunday's Bills/Patriots game.

Marker On Any Given Tuesday: Dec. 10, 2002 [12:02 AM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe, punter Brian Moorman, and safety Tony Driver will attend the Rush for Reading party at the stadium with 125 kids from the Buffalo Public Schools. The kids earned the visit to the stadium by participating and excelling in the Bills literacy program.

Marker Bills Help Youngsters Manage Cap [12:01 AM] reports: $100 and two hours to shop at Dick's Sporting Goods. That was the dilemma 50 underprivileged kids from the Salvation Army had at Dick's Sporting Goods near the McKinley Mall in Hamburg on Monday night.

December 10, 2002

Marker Tuesday Morning QB [9:32 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Drew Bledsoe deserves better than a high-school coach.'

Marker NFL issues one-year suspension to Bills' DT Robertson [9:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson was suspended for one year by the NFL on Tuesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy for the second time this season.'

Marker NFL keeps eye on Chargers' playoff possibilities [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'The Chargers hosting a wild card game wouldn't be much of a problem, Steeg said, but hosting the conference championship would be the worst-case scenario.'

Marker Nobody asked but [1:11 PM]
Cape Breton Post reports: 'But in the weeks and months that passed, it has been the manner in which Brady, Belichick and his players have picked Bledsoe and the Bills apart in two meetings this season that now has everyone convinced the Patriots management made the proper decision when they opted to make Brady their pony of choice for the race toward a second successive appearance in the Super Bowl.'

Marker Strong Armed Gambler? [10:05 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Letís face it, Tom Brady didnít even need to get his uniform dry cleaned after his games against the Bills.'

Marker Chargers look to get hot down the stretch [10:05 AM]
North County Times reports: 'If the season ended today, the Chargers would be on the outside looking in.'

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