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Buffalo Bills News - November 24, 2004

Marker Thanksgiving means football, family [12:05 PM] reports: Jim Kelly quarterbacked the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive AFC championships during an 11-year NFL career. In 2001, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with one of his childhood heroes, John Stallworth. Not surprisingly, many of Kelly's Thanksgiving memories revolve around football.

Marker Seahawks Game Preview [8:52 AM]
Bills Daily reports: The Bills head out to the West Coast for the second of three trips this year. Going out west is always tough for a team and what makes it harder is the Bills abysmal road record over the past two years.

Marker Plan to beat Rams dated back to '99 [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We had some success against those guys when they were at the top of the game, so I knew there were some things we could do in order to disrupt their guys in coverage to help us out," Gray said. "The best thing we have here is we've got a lot of good, young DBs that can cover. We've got two linebackers (Takeo Spikes and London Fletcher) that know exactly what they're doing when they're in nickel coverage and we've got penetrating D-linemen."'

Marker Wilson graduate earns start for Bills [6:49 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'It took 10 games to crack the starting lineup, but better late than never for Rashad Baker.'

Marker Seahawks' Next Opponent: Buffalo Bills [5:14 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'How much does Sam Adams actually weigh? They don't call him "Big Papa The Show Stoppa" for nothing. The Bills list Adams as 335 pounds. But the rotund defensive tackle was listed at 300 when he played for the Seahawks. He was probably closer to 330 pounds in Seattle, so how much are the Bills fudging now?'

Marker Wednesday's Seattle Coverage [5:13 AM] reports:
Seahawks' Next Opponent: Buffalo Bills (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Seahawks Slant (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Seahawks' Rice latches on to new role (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Jones gets boot for new punter (Seattle Times)
Big C has a lot going on, like throwback jerseys (Seattle Times)
Subtle impact (Everett Herald)
‘Jerry ... Jerry’ is the man (Tacoma News Tribune)
With his ankle healed, Rice finds his stride in Seattle (AP)
Time for Rice to step up in Seattle (The Sports Network)

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November 23, 2004

Marker Flashback: Brooks, Bills Defeat Seahawks [2:51 PM] reports: 'While those were Brooks’ 37th and 38th career touchdowns, scoring his first was second-year tight end Lonnie Johnson, who had a game-high seven catches. "That in itself was a milestone, having finally come to the realization that I was in the NFL and having an opportunity to play for one of the best teams in the NFL," Johnson said. "And then to catch a pass from one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, in my opinion, actually solidified the fact that I was a big leaguer. It was just an exciting moment. I looked to it as being something that was going to lead up to even greater things in the future."'

Marker Sunday’s win was ‘special’ for Bills’ April [12:49 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo, unlike most NFL teams, puts two returners deep on punts because Clements and Smith are so talented. “Nate’s got a lot of ability,” April said, “and Freddie has handled the ball twice and had two big returns (he took a punt 70 yards for a TD at New England). It’s usually the returner (making the difference)."'

Marker Man in the middle [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think Sam is playing as well as any defensive tackle in the league right now," said Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. "He's been very consistent with his game. I thought he played well for us last season, but he's raised his game to a new level this season. If he keeps playing like he has, he'll get a lot of votes."'

Marker Mularkey disputes charges [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Based on what I watched, I don't understand his comments and I'll just leave it at that," Mularkey said. "I don't see what he felt. He's got his opinion and I don't understand them."'

Marker Willis McGahee Interview [8:20 AM]
IGN Insider reports: 'Who else on the Bills gets down on the Xbox and Halo 2?
WM: Mike Williams, Sam Adams and Nate….what's Nate's last name again? Yeah, Nate Clements. And out of that group, I got the skills. I got the skills to pay the bills.'

Marker Bills' security is on safer ground [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That's one of the advantages to the way our games are done in all our stadiums (in the NFL)," Donahoe said on Monday. "There is some separation between the bench area and the fans and in some of the other sports there isn't. It's a much more conducive environment for trouble and to watch some NBA games, there are almost people sitting on the benches. It's not a good situation."'

Marker Can the Bills end their road woes? [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills' playoff chances are about as realistic as leftovers at Sam Adams' house following Thanksgiving dinner. But for that flickering flame not to get extinguished, the Bills have to win on the road. They haven't won in four tries this year, and now they have to travel four of the next five weeks to Seattle, Miami, Cincinnati and San Francisco. Can you say sweep?'

Marker Martz relents on Bills' blocks [4:46 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"The one on Torry (Holt) ... I mean, it's legal, doesn't matter," Martz said. "Torry wasn't immediately involved in the play, yet (cornerback Nate Clements), for whatever reason, went after his knee. There's not much you can do about that, I guess. It angered me, but ... it's legal. The other ones, you know, what are you going to do? That's just the way they play the game. There's no more to be said, really."'

Marker Buffalo loss troubles Martz [4:44 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '“I didn’t sleep at all last night,” Martz said. “This is the first night in my coaching career where I didn’t sleep. A lot of things went through my head. The more I thought about it and looked at it, the more clear it became. I do know what the approach is and the course that we will take.”'

Marker If Rams don't like getting hit, maybe they should hit back [4:43 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'There is only one tactical reason for such a ploy – to injure a Pro Bowl player. The network cameras caught the play and Clements was properly singled out for his cheap shot.'

Marker Tuesday's St. Louis Coverage [4:42 AM] reports:
Martz relents on Bills' blocks (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Buffalo loss troubles Martz (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
If Rams don't like getting hit, maybe they should hit back (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Martz says Landeta needs to produce (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Special teams changes coming, Martz says (Belleville News Democrat)
After sleepless night, Martz promises changes (AP)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Special Teams Needs Fixing (
Head Coach Mike Martz (

Marker Former GW standout arrested [4:42 AM]
Danville Register and Bee reports: 'Robertson has been plagued with troubles the past few years. He is a former defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills. In 2002, the NFL suspended him for the second time for violating its substance abuse policy - he tested positive for cocaine earlier that same year and received a four-game suspension.'

Marker Home vs Road [4:41 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'I'm no Tony Robbins but here's the advice I would give. Don’t tell the media and the fans this week, that there’s no difference playing on the road. We ask the questions, and the players refuse to acknowledge the issue. Now, I’m no psychiatrist, but I will say you have to admit there’s a problem before you can solve it. This week, admit that you stink on the road, and maybe you can figure out a way to change it. By the way I dropped my only psych. class in college, so what do I know… I think I’ll go listen to my Tony Robbins tapes.'

Marker Inside slant [4:40 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'What's shocking is how Campbell became such a focal point for quarterback Drew Bledsoe after he failed to catch a single pass in three consecutive games. In a 29-6 loss at New England in which Bledsoe completed just eight passes and had a career-low 14.3 rating, he didn't dump one ball off to his big safety valve.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:39 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'A true test of a staff is its ability to regroup its men after a bad loss. After its 29-6 debacle in New England, rookie Mike Mularkey and Co. came back in a big way against the high-flying Rams, taking advantage of the fact St. Louis cares about offense but wants nothing to do with defense or special teams. On offense, the Bills attacked with the tight end. On defense, they blitzed and created turnovers. On special teams, they worked the exact returns that were drawn up on the chalkboard. Imagine if the Bills didn't slow themselves down with 15 penalties.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:38 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills' 54-yard flea-flicker involving RB Willis McGahee, QB Drew Blesoe and WR Sam Aiken was not a thing of beauty, but it worked, setting up a field goal that tied the game at halftime. McGahee was nearly tackled for a loss but at the last second, pitched the ball high back to Bledsoe, who calmly got control and just barely got off his heave to a wide-open Aiken on a post route. "I thought maybe he (McGahee) was going to keep it, I really did," Bledsoe said. "He got up there and then at the last second, turned around and chucked it back. By the time I looked up, Sam Aiken was in another county."'

November 22, 2004

Marker Mularkey shrugs off Martz's complaints of Bills cheap shots [9:35 PM]
AP reports: '``Based on what I saw, I don't understand the comments that came from him,'' Mularkey told reporters Monday. ``I'll leave it at that. I don't see what he saw.'''

Marker Donahoe comfortable with security presence at Bills home games [9:34 PM]
AP reports: '''Certainly, any time we have an incident with a fan, we will make sure that we do whatever we can do to address that.'''

Marker Mularkey Says His Team Plays Hard [9:33 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Martz says he felt Nate Clements and Ross Tucker were trying to cut block and injure his players. Mularkey really didn't want to talk about it other to say his team is just play tough football.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:39 PM] reports: 'Why is it that Drew Bledsoe seems to have the most trouble on the road? His record and his rating are terrible when he's on the road. I understand he's not on the field by himself, but he looks like a totally different QB. MM: Based on what has taken place this year, Drew hasn't had as good of games on the road. We're working on that and he's working on that. We're only halfway through the road schedule and he has a chance to make a difference in the road games to come.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:37 PM] reports: 'Specifically, how much say do you have in who dresses for games, starts, plays, substitutions, play calling, and other game day decisions? In addition, who else has an input and who has the final say in each of those areas on game day?
TD: The final say on these types of personnel decisions rest with Coach Mike Mularkey, along with the input from his staff. Coach Mularkey and I talk everyday about the players and the decisions made with regard to our personnel. Mike will often ask me my opinion on game day personnel decisions, but he has the final say with regard to who starts, plays and how the personnel is used.'

Marker Help - Role Models Needed [4:21 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Maybe Bills coach Mike Mularkey is smarter than any of us, by inserting the eager but not-yet-ready J.P. Losman into the fray at Foxboro in the final minutes. Losman was given a little piece of humble pie, while getting a slice of experience that could be beneficial later.'

Marker Bills are right at home [3:36 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'At 4-6, the Bills — 0-4 on the road — can forget the playoffs with seven AFC teams at least three games ahead of them at 7-3-or-better with six to play. But they’ve won their last four home games — outscoring the opposition 117-61 in the process — two of those victories against teams with winning records. And the last three wins have been an encouraging blend of quality efforts by the offense, defense and special teams.'

Marker Campbell sensed a big day ahead [3:35 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Mark’s a guy you’re really got to take your hat off to. It’s not like he was a high draft pick (undrafted free agent with Browns). He’s really had to work his way into the situation where he is now ... a starter and a very viable weapon for us. As far as being under-utilized, there’s some merit to that. When you can get the tight end involved, those are easier, shorter throws for the quarterback to get your rhythm.”'

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