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Buffalo Bills News - January 2, 2002

Marker Bills' quarterback controversy continues [5:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'For those of you keeping score at home, that's two wins this season for Alex Van Pelt, one for Rob Johnson.'

Marker Wannstedt's first 2 years: low key, effective [5:03 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Also, consider that Wannstedt has done this with his team playing a first-place schedule and three games in 13 days; struggling with turnovers and in the running game; and missing its top two projected left tackles, its best offensive lineman (Mark Dixon) and a standout defensive tackle (Daryl Gardener), among others.'

Marker R. Williams, E. James might be seeking trade to Miami [5:02 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'A radio report on Tuesday out of Austin, Texas, where Williams starred with the Longhorns, said Williams will push for a trade to Miami this offseason. Williams wanted to be traded last April after the Saints drafted running back Deuce McAllister in the first round. The Dolphins investigated the situation, but were turned down. James, a former UM star, has reportedly told numerous associates he doesn't like living in Indianapolis. James has done his rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right knee in South Florida, despite the Colts' objections.'

Marker Dolphins talking run, trusting pass [5:01 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler insists what their offense does Sunday against Buffalo at Pro Player Stadium will be dictated by how the Bills' defense plays and where the best matchups can be found. But he acknowledges that the team no longer adheres to Wannstedt's philosophy of living by the run.'

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January 1, 2002

Marker Bills' defense redeemed itself [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While the Jets actually outgained Buffalo, 375 yards to 368, the Bills weren't burned by big plays like they were in Atlanta.'

Marker Pat Williams may return for Miami game [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said he hopes to get defensive tackle Pat Williams back on the practice field Wednesday.'

Marker Finally, Buffalo gets divine sign [8:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It's enough to convince a fellow that the Bills are on their way to respectability with a young team that is bound to get better. One thing that could ruin it is the return of quarterback Rob Johnson. Maybe they'll get lucky and he'll be lost in a snowbank.'

Marker Bills are steadily taking shape [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"We're getting into a groove and playing better. I'd like some of these young guys to have more chances to play but we've only got one more game left and we're going to go out and see if we can win it."'

December 31, 2001

Marker Frustrated Jets team must move on [1:50 PM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: '"That's not our will to do that but unfortunately that's the way things have been working out," Martin said. "If that's what we're going to do then we just have to work on finishing it off at the end, if that's the team we're going to be we just have to finish better."'

Marker Long out of it Bills prolong playoff race [1:40 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"I've played enough years to know it was a screen, especially when Vinny dropped back a second time."'

Marker A feel-good story spoiled by the Bills [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"We were competitive in six of the last seven weeks in close ballgames," said Bills' coach Gregg Williams. "Today we made enough plays in this ballgame to win a close one ... and that's something this team needed."'

Marker Bryson runs up Thomas-like numbers [1:38 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Sunday marked the first time this season - in seven such games - that the Jets lost when Martin rushed for 100 yards.'

Marker Quick Hits [9:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Phil Hansen recorded his first interception since the 1992 AFC Championship game in Miami at a key time, killing a Jet drive to take the lead late in the fourth. Nate Clements also recorded his third interception of the season in the first half, which puts the rookie in the team lead in that category.'

Marker Bills ground Jets' divisional hopes [9:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Shawn Bryson also followed up last week's 130-yard performance in Atlanta with his second consecutive 100-yard performance, rushing for 107 yards on 28 carries. With his second solid performance in place of the injured Travis Henry, Bryson becomes the first Bills back since Thurman Thomas in 1995 to rush for back-to-back 100-yard games.'

Marker 5th Down: Year in review [9:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Unless you had some wonderful personal event-- maybe a marriage, or a birth-- it would be difficult to call 2001 a good year. But it was a year of change and action, both around the globe and around One Bills Drive. CNN will take care of filling you in on those world wide changes, so letís take a few moments here to talk Buffalo Bills.'

Marker This time, Bills find a way to win [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Ever since I've been here we've never given up," quarterback Alex Van Pelt said. "That's a trademark of Buffalo."'

Marker Bryson making a stunning run at starting job [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He is the first Bills running back to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back games since Thurman Thomas did it in 1996.'

Marker Riemersma finds redemption in showing against Jets [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets' safeties paid a lot of attention to Bills receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, which opened up the middle of the field.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Unsung Hero: Tight end Jay Riemersma, who dropped two passes and committed two penalties last week, redeemed himself in a big way with a career-high eight receptions for 78 yards. He burned the Jets by getting open down the seam for several key gains.'

Marker December follies back for reeling Gang Green [9:10 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I don't think we treated this game different than any other game. But when we came out, we just hit the quicksand."'

Marker Buffalo enjoys victory dance [9:09 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I don't care about spoiling," quarterback Alex Van Pelt said. "I just want to end the season on a good note. They had to win today and we came in and stole it from them."'

Marker Vinny passes the blame for Jet loss [9:08 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Every year, there's a perfectly plausible excuse for his failures and usually in his mind, it starts with someone else.'

Marker Jets' playoff drive goes to final week [9:07 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'If they beat the Raiders in six days while New England (at Carolina) and Miami (home for the Bills) lose, they can still sneak through as the AFC's No. 2 seed. And they can still miss the postseason completely, if they lose at Oakland and the Seahawks win at home against Kansas City.'

Marker Bills 14, Jets 9 [9:07 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"We had many opportunities not to come to work this week," Williams said. "A lot of people in Buffalo stayed home this week and didn't go to work. Not one of these guys missed [practice]. There weren't any focus problems all week. I think that speaks volumes."'

Marker An AFC upset for sure, but win was no snap [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'How many of you even knew who Mo Unutoa was before yesterday afternoon?'

Marker Let's raise our glasses to this season's bright spots [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hansen, a bridge to Buffalo's Super Bowl era, will celebrate how the football gods smiled down on him in what could be his final season.'

Marker Testaverde's gaffe a big boost [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Did you really think that with 13 seconds left to play, with no timeouts at your disposal when you took the snap at the Buffalo 24-yard-line, that the Bills were going to jump the short route and forget about defending the end zone?'

Marker Report Card [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'Gun shy on some fourth downs and another squib kick nearly backfired but Gregg Williams' guys beat a much more talented team.'

Marker With Door Open, Jets Hit a Wall [5:08 AM]
New York Times reports: '"All I'm going to say is the play came in from the sideline and we executed it the best we could," he said. "I'm not going to say `what if' because then it looks like I should be calling the plays and whatever play came in was wrong. You guys can make you own decisions based on what happened."'

Marker Defensive Holes Catch Up With Jets [5:07 AM]
New York Times reports: '"I think we had this game in the bag and let it slip away," he said. "We did not stay focused. We didn't do what we needed to do to win."'

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