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Buffalo Bills News - September 20, 2003

Marker Consultant makes another pre-Miami visit [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have hired Elko to speak to the team regularly the past two years. He talks to the players about positive thinking, dealing with distractions and getting the most out of their ability on the field.'

Marker Protecting Drew [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The offensive line has been spectacular,” Bledsoe said. “I had as much time against Jacksonville to throw as in any game I’ve had in my career. The big play to Bobby (Shaw, 54-yard touchdown) at the end of the half, there was nobody around me and I could deliver the ball in comfort.”'

Marker Buffalo fans shouldn't fret over RB Henry [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It is much too early to be seriously concerned about Buffalo’s sputtering running attack, and it won’t be a shock if Henry gets his first 100-yard game of the season Sunday in Miami.'

Marker Itchy McGahee stays patient [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I really think I’m going to be back this year,’’ McGahee says. “But it’s going to be up to the general manager (Tom Donahoe), the coaches, the physicians and the trainers. The decision isn’t in my hands.’’'

Marker OT helps with Bills [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"We've got enough time to go out and socialize in the off-season but we've got a job to do during the season."'

Marker Newcomers still settling in [5:15 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins defense is ranked 30th in the NFL.'

Marker Surtain calls Moulds `unmanly' [5:14 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''It was a shock to me. It was made up,'' Surtain said. ``None of these things ever happened. I don't know where he comes off making those kind of allegations. It was funny because it was a lie, a blatant lie.'''

Marker The Dolphins can only simulate proper way to tackle in practice [5:13 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"Tackling is a skill. It truly is. It is no different than jumping rope. You have to do it. It has to be a repetitive thing to be good at it."'

Marker Moulds won't get Surtain off game [5:12 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"He is supposed to [say that]," Surtain said. "You have got to have swagger to play in this league. I would say no one can complete a pass on me if you guys ask me."'

Marker Thomas shares his sobriety [5:11 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"As upfront a guy as who has ever lived," Jones said. "What you see is what you get."'

Marker Griese getting comfortable in Miami [5:10 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"This is a different situation than Denver and I am happy,'' Griese said. "When I came here, my role wasn't to create controversy, but to create consistency at the quarterback position.'''

Marker Surtain fires back at Moulds for comments [5:09 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"It was unmanly of him (Moulds) to do it and then come back and say he didn't mean it," Surtain said. "It's severed between us. It's all business now."'

Marker Wade Smith steps up, steps on [5:08 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Wade Smith is so mild-mannered and laid-back, it seems surprising when he reveals he used to be a bit of a trash-talker his final two seasons at the University of Memphis.'

Marker Dolphins hope to slow down high-powered Bills [5:07 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Look for the Bills to move to 3-0 winning by more than a touchdown.'

Marker Wide receivers often struggle with new teams [5:06 AM]
ESPN reports: 'On the subject of "tough kids," Buffalo right guard Mike Pucillo hasn't gotten much attention yet, but he certainly ranks in that subset. The Bills haven't been very productive in running the ball through two games and their 2.3-yard average is the lowest in the league. Buffalo has just two runs of 10 yards or more and none of 20 yards. But the Bills said they were going to be better balanced in 2003, to protect Drew Bledsoe from taking so many hits, and coordinator Kevin Gilbride has stuck to that script.'

Marker Keys to Winning at Miami [5:05 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"We just need to contain things down to a minimum. I think that starts with Ricky Williams," linebacker Takeo Spikes explained. "We can't allow him to do what he did last year and have a chance."'

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September 19, 2003

Marker Surtain says Moulds lied about spitting spat [8:37 PM]
AP reports: '''It's made up,'' Surtain said Friday. ''It was funny because it was a blatant lie.'''

Marker Way Overrated [4:13 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "He goes to the Pro Bowl every year on reputation. There are some Bills who insist he is the worst player on the offensive line now. He's not that he's a bad player. Just not Pro Bowl deserving.

Marker Balancing act [4:13 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"If teams are going to commit to stopping the run, then we can throw the ball," Bledsoe said.'

Marker ESPN's Take [1:26 PM]
ESPN reports: 'This is a classic matchup. Miami's strengths lie in its running game and defense. Although the defense didn't look very good in Week 1 against Houston, it came back with a little vengeance against the Jets -- a bad team admittedly. So, the Dolphins are going to have their hands full with Buffalo on Sunday night.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins should be a heavyweight fight [1:22 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Here are three keys the Bills must focus on to beat the Dolphins...'.

Marker A Closer Look at Coy Wire [9:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: What restaurant has the best buffalo wings? CW: Gabriel's Gate, but I haven't been many places for wings.'

Marker They're off, but not running [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The statistics suggest Henry has been ineffective, but this might be a time when numbers don't tell the whole story. Henry has 115 yards on 48 carries for a 2.4-yard average through the first two weeks. His longest gain is 11 yards. It's not the start the Pro Bowl running back had in mind with 2,000 yards rushing his goal for the season.'

Marker Miami under pressure to improve pass rush [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The lack of a pass rush and poor coverage in the secondary have resulted in the Dolphins ranking last in the NFL against the pass, allowing an average of 316 yards in two games. This from a team that was No. 1 against the pass in 2001 and hasn't ranked lower than eighth the past five seasons.'

Marker Be very afraid when Bills face Parcells' team [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Cowboys are the one Bills opponent it would be dangerous to underestimate. They may not look like much, but think about it. What Parcells team really ever has?'

Marker Henry denies magazine quotes about McGahee [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gary Hoenig, editor in chief of the magazine, said it stood by the story.'

Marker Campbell thrives in passing lane [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I can catch the ball, I just haven’t had much of an opportunity to catch it,” said Campbell, referring to the three seasons he played for the Cleveland Browns, where he caught just 46 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns. If that play in Jacksonville is any indication, it looks as though Campbell’s going to get an opportunity to catch the football with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Henry casts doubt on quotes in ESPN article [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Finally, on the issue of wanting to remain a Bill, Henry said “Yeah. They drafted me. This is where I want to be. I want to spend my whole career here, if that’s possible.”'

Marker Finding just the right touch [5:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Statistically, the Dolphins offense has become a three-man unit. With quarterback Jay Fiedler distributing the ball, Williams and receiver Chris Chambers have accounted for nearly 75 percent of the touches. They accounted for 67 percent of the touches last season.'

Marker Surtain refutes WR's comment [5:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''We never talked in Hawaii,'' Surtain said on ESPN's NFL Live this week, echoing comments he made during training camp. ``And we never kicked it in Mississippi.'''

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