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Buffalo Bills News - October 22, 2004

Marker Bills having a field day on their new artificial turf [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The players like the turf. The initial reaction of almost everyone seems to be: Thank God we don't have to play on the old AstroTurf anymore.'

Marker Bills can't let up on Lewis [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"You have to run right at Ray Lewis," Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson said that night after the Chiefs gained 178 yards on the ground, 125 by Priest Holmes. "He's too fast and too smart to try to run sideways against him. If you run sideline to sideline with him, he'll make plays."'

Marker Ravens will be in a rush to put pressure on Bledsoe [5:04 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'At 6 feet 5 and 238 pounds, Bledsoe constantly waits and waits until either a receiver comes open or he's knocked to the ground. "We don't like playing against the Michael Vick or Donovan McNabb," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "A stationary quarterback, you know where he is going to be and you know how you can get there."'

Marker Friday's Baltimore Coverage [5:03 AM] reports:
Ravens will be in a rush to put pressure on Bledsoe (Baltimore Sun)
McAlister's view mostly one-sided (Baltimore Sun)
Ravens' Billick concerned about talented Bills (Carroll County Times)
Preaching patience (

Marker Football is year-round job for Buffalo's Adams [5:02 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'Adams, who maintains an off-season residence in Kirkland, recently purchased the NIFL team that begins play in March. He's still looking for a coach and players - the team will hold a tryout Sunday at Arena Sports in Seattle - but Adams is already optimistic that the Hawks will be an immediate success.'

Marker Bills vs. Ravens [5:01 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Ravens 13, Bills 10.'

Marker Bills sign defensive cooridinator Gray to extension [5:00 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Under Gray's direction, the Bills ranked second in the NFL in total defense last season. Buffalo ranked 21st and 15th the previous two seasons.'

Marker Bills defensive coordinator Gray gets contract extension [4:59 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Gray, who was entering the final year of his contract, is in his fourth season with Buffalo. In 2003, the Bills finished second in the league in total defense, yielding 4,313 yards. Only Dallas allowed fewer yards (4,056).'

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October 21, 2004

Marker Taking Momentum on the Road [9:48 PM] reports: '“We got our confidence, and that win is what we needed,” said linebacker Jeff Posey. “I think we're off to a great start.”'

Marker Healthier Henry expects to return as Bills starter [5:17 PM]
AP reports: '''Give and take, yeah, there's a little pain here and there,'' Henry said. ''But for the most part, I feel way better than I did last week. ... It's well enough so I can play.'''

Marker Bills Sign Gray To Contract Extension [5:06 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gray is currently in his fourth season with Buffalo, one of the few holdovers from Gregg Williams' staff.'

Marker Eight With Bills Connections On Canton's Preliminary List [5:05 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Players nominated are ST Steve Tasker (1986-1997), C Kent Hull (1986-1996), LB Darryl Talley (1983-1994), DT Fred Smerlas (1979-1989), WR Haven Moses (1968-1972) and LB Chris Spielman (1996-1997).'

Marker Punting in Buffalo's a breeze for Moorman [5:01 PM]
AP reports: '''He's our secret weapon,'' linebacker Takeo Spikes said. ''I wouldn't trade him for nothing.'''

Marker Buffalo and Baltimore Meet for 2nd Time [4:07 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens have only met once in the Ravens short nine year history, but Buffalo will look to capture the same result they did five years ago when they won 13-10. Baltimore went on the win the Super Bowl the next season led by one of history's most dominant defenses. The unit hasn't had much of a drop-off the past few seasons so the Bills offense will have their hands full.'

Marker Gray Receives Contract Extension [4:06 PM] reports: 'Gray, who directed the Bills defense to a second-place ranking in 2003, is currently in his fourth season in Buffalo.'

Marker Vincent Highlights Student Leaders Meeting [4:06 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Student Leaders were given valuable first hand experience Wednesday Oct. 6 from various Community Relations speakers. The second meeting of the year was highlighted by presentations from Tom Donahoe, Gretchen Geitter, Michelle Roberts, Chris Lewis, Troy Vincent and Alicia Lamanna.'

Marker Bills extend defensive coordinator's contract [4:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray signed a contract extension with the Buffalo Bills on Thursday.'

Marker Adams puts confrontation behind him [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've talked, and I think that situation has been handled," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Milloy should be back [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Nothing's holding me back," he said. "Last week was more of an introduction. I knew that going in. But this week is a good week."'

Marker Bills' Adams puts focus back on job after outburst [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills (1-4) play at Baltimore (3-2) on Sunday to take on a Ravens team that Adams helped to the 2000 Super Bowl title. After spending the 2002 season with Oakland, Adams tried to re-sign with the Ravens but was insulted by a low-ball offer by Baltimore before joining the Bills. "I don't like them. I've never liked them," said Adams, a two-time Pro Bowler. "They're my enemies right now. I won a championship with those guys but that doesn't mean a thing. When we put it on, on Sunday, I'm coming to prove something."'

Marker Milloy set for Bills debut [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Milloy practiced on a limited basis last week, primarily to see what he could do. Wednesday, wearing a protective pad on his right forearm, Milloy participated fully, and while he's listed as questionable, it looks as if he'll have the green light. "We'll keep that as a surprise when we get out there, but things are looking very good," he said. "The bone is secure with the plate and the screws, but there's a risk that I could break it again, so it's a precautionary thing. Last week was more of an introduction, I knew that going in, but this week is a good week."'

Marker Back on track, McGahee is running again [5:05 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: '"McGahee is talented, hitting the hole just as hard as Travis Henry," said Ravens cornerback Gary Baxter. "The only difference between the two is that Henry has more experience. They both run tough. Buffalo has two great backs, a nice one-two punch, and it's going to be a challenge for us."'

Marker Thursday's Baltimore Coverage [5:05 AM] reports:
Back on track, McGahee is running again (Baltimore Sun)
If Boller can't make Bills pay, benching should be next step (Baltimore Sun)
With J. Lewis suspended, rotation to have new spin (Baltimore Sun)
Suggs dancin' on fallen QBs (Carroll County Times)
Billick seeks to modify NFL's suspension penalty (Carroll County Times)
Ravens' plans won't change (York Daily Record)
Billick: Jamal Lewis should be with Ravens (AP)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Focused on the future (
Brian answers (
Transcript of Bills-Ravens Wednesday Press Conferences (

Marker True fans put loyalty ahead of team losses [5:03 AM]
Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin reports: 'Following the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills has been the ultimate character builder. Not only are their losing seasons dismal, but sometimes even the winning seasons are devastating. When the Bills and Sabres falter, it is in spectacular, headline-grabbing fashion.'

Marker Inside slant [5:02 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Mularkey is receiving a lot of kudos for not deviating from the plan he concocted for the Bills and the personnel he inherited from Gregg Williams last off-season. Even when Wilson said he was tired of "smash-mouth" football, Mularkey stuck to the run against Miami, and wore the Dolphins down by controlling the ball a whopping 13:22 of the fourth quarter.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Gray said he didn't sit Adams to punish him or because he was playing poorly, although Miami ran the ball well in the first half. He did it because Edwards (four tackles, two sacks) got hot and he wasn't tiring. Gray said he wouldn't scrap his rotation system because he wants his defensive linemen to stay fresh and he also doesn't hold a grudge against Adams for confronting him. Adams, who was back with the first-unit defense on Wednesday, wasn't fined and there is a good dialogue going on.'

Marker Notes, quotes [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills, who were averaging eight penalties per game, got it down to seven against Miami. The team began using two ex-Arena League referees at each of their practices last week. The refs toss flags at anything they see wrong. "We learned some things even in that game that happened with some of the calls (from practice). I see no negative about having these guys out there helping us out," coach Mike Mularkey said.'

Marker Bills' Milloy set for season debut; McGahee might start again [4:59 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Before this season, Milloy has started all but six games in his nine-year career with New England and Buffalo.'

Marker Milloy And Jennings Look Good To Play Against The Ravens [4:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Travis Henry practiced and his bad arch is questionable. Mularkey didn't think Henry looked all the way back yet, but felt it's the best he's looked since the injury happened against the Jets. Trey Teague rode the bike, but isn't expected to play and is doubtful. J.P. Losman and Troy Vincent are still out.'

October 20, 2004

Marker Buffalo (1-4) at Baltimore (3-2) [10:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Milloy's presence bolsters what's been a banged-up defensive backfield that will be minus starting cornerback Troy Vincent, who will miss his third straight game with a right knee injury.'

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