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Buffalo Bills News - October 2, 2004

Marker Simms takes offense over talk on QBs [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It is important that (Bledsoe) plays well for a lot of reasons," said Simms, "for himself, for his team, the coaches and even for the fans and the media. You have to do something that people go "OK, he can do it.' " But he laughs at talk show complaints that focus on Bledsoe's lack of mobility. "It (mobility) is just so over-talked about in the NFL," said Simms. "Is (Indianapolis quarterback) Peyton Manning the most mobile guy in the world? Kurt Warner (of the New York Giants) is not the fastest. Tom Brady (of New England) arguably could be the slowest guy in the NFL at quarterback. Bill Walsh (the legendary coach and QB guru) said all you have to do is sidestep and avoid one guy to get the next little window and throw the football. There are so many guys in the league who are not mobile."'

Marker Bills braced for energy of Dillon [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In Cincinnati, his teams went a combined 34-78 and never went to the playoffs. New England has captured two of the past three Super Bowls under coach Bill Belichick and is 42-14 since the start of 2001.'

Marker Belichick exposes Bills' OL [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills coach Mike Mularkey is trying to use Belichick's comments to fire up his offensive line and quarterback, but there probably aren't many Bills fans expecting it to be a factor. If Buffalo beats New England on Sunday, the defensive unit figures to be taking most of the bows.'

Marker Can Szabo corner the market? [5:04 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"If there is knowledge that you have about your opponent that would help your team win, then it definitely would be appropriate and it should be done. It should be mentioned. He should bring it up. He should be able to say, `This guy is not that fast. Everyone thinks he's fast. But I coached him. He's not that fast.'"'

Marker Law longs for Milloy [5:03 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``Don't get me wrong - I want him to lose,'' Law said. ``I want him to play well, but I'm not rooting for those guys to win. Hell, I hope it's a big ass-whupping this week.'''

Marker Are Belichick's secrets safe with Szabo? [5:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'While players regularly change teams and bring information with them -- Bledsoe and Lawyer Milloy both have gone from the Pats to the Bills in the past two years -- few people know Belichick, and how he operates, as well as Szabo.'

Marker Belichick’s comments provide fodder for Bills [5:01 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Although the Bills haven’t read the book, they’ve been informed about its contents. According to The Buffalo News, Bills head coach Mike Mularkey was caught on camera by a news channel needling defensive back Nate Clements – whom Belichick said could be exposed deep in the book – and the offensive line about the insulting remarks.'

Marker Old friend Szabo could give Buffalo an edge [5:00 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"It’s definitely a concern," Belichick said. "Steve spent a lot of time here last year and he’s a very smart guy. He graduated from the Naval Academy and was a double major, so he’s smart. He was here and did a lot of things for us on a volunteer basis and was helpful for myself, the defensive staff and the defensive linemen."'

Marker Brady, Bledsoe face off in Buffalo Sunday [4:59 AM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: '``Anybody that you come across anywhere outside of the building, you have to just be careful of being influenced by comments, positive or negative,'' Mularkey said. ``There is too much work that goes on in here for anybody really outside to know the amount of time and effort that goes into it. It's not like they're going out there to try to please the crowd,'' he said of his players. ``That's not their objective. They're trying to win a football game. To me, that's just a distraction. If you bring it up they're going to be looking for it, so I really have not addressed it that way. I've just said be careful of outside sources.'''

Marker A Beating Not Soon To Be Forgotten [4:58 AM] reports: 'The casual observer might disagree. The Bills had the Patriots by a mile in every aspect possible, including energy, discipline and execution. Drew Bledsoe never has such an easy time with a Bill Belichick defense. The Bills’ defense was flying all over the place, inducing four Tom Brady interceptions, one of which was run back 37 yards for a touchdown by Buffalo’s Son Of Sam, Sam Adams (whose dad was a former Patriot lineman). Given the 13-1 regular season (and a Vince to boot) which followed this game, only a shattering development like the Milloy release could have precipitated such a horrid result for the Patriots.'

Marker Eagles show support for Vincent [4:57 AM]
Trenton Trentonian reports: 'Vincent, a former Eagles star defensive back now playing for the Buffalo Bills, remains a major supporter of Trenton. "It’s not difficult maintaining my interest in Trenton. I have the right people in charge here and Mayor (Doug) Palmer keeps me in the know,’’ said Vincent.'

Marker Saturday's New England Coverage [4:52 AM] reports:
Rhythm not thrown off by their line dance (Boston Globe)
Can Szabo corner the market? (Boston Globe)
Law longs for Milloy (Boston Herald)
Snake-bitten Klemm hurts foot (Boston Herald)
Snapping streak is no small task (Boston Herald)
Are Belichick's secrets safe with Szabo? (Providence Journal)
Rotating in, out of games gets OK from offensive line (Providence Journal)
Old friend Szabo could give Buffalo an edge (Woonsocket Call)
Belichick’s comments provide fodder for Bills (Woonsocket Call)
Bills use book as motivation (Springfield Republican)
Brady, Bledsoe face off in Buffalo Sunday (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
O-line's tough enough (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
New England at Buffalo (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Pats anxious to face overdue Bills (
A Beating Not Soon To Be Forgotten (

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Marker Pats anxious to face overdue Bills [9:27 PM] reports: '“It seems like it has been a long time since we have played,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said to open his Friday morning press conference. “I think everybody is anxious to get back out on the field and play again. We know how tough it is going to be in Buffalo, but in terms of playing a game, we have had a lot of preparation time, a lot of meeting time and [we have] run a lot of plays. Hopefully we are ready to go. I think everybody is feeling anxious about getting out there. We know we have a lot of regular weeks coming up, and we haven’t had any yet. Hopefully, we are into a little bit of a routine here. I think the players are looking forward to it.”'

Marker Two Bills Offensive Linemen Are Feeling Better [9:12 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Guards Chris Villarrial and Mike Pucillo practiced on Friday. Both have improved and if they don't have any setbacks, could be upgraded and ready for Sunday against New England.'

Marker Bills use book as motivation [9:11 PM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'When pressed on the accuracy of his comments in his conference call with the Buffalo media, Belichick sidestepped the issue just as he had when the New England media was asking questions about Holley's book. "I'm not getting ready for any book talk," he said. "I'm just talking about getting ready for a game. That book, some of it, was done a year or two ago, and I don't think it's very relevant for this week's game."'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Brian Moorman [5:44 PM] reports: ' visitors selected punter Brian Moorman as the Tops Game Ball of the week winner for his performance against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 19. Moorman completed a 24-yard pass on fourth down to cornerback Kevin Thomas, which was the first completion by a Bills non-QB since Chris Mohr's 44-yard pass to Daryl Porter on Nov. 19, 2000. Buffalo's two-time Pro Bowl alternate also tallied two punts inside the 20 yard line and registered a 63-yard boot, marking the 38th time in 58 career games he has connected on a punt over 50 yards.'

Marker Bills-Patriots Prediction [5:43 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 20 Patriots 17.'

Marker New England (2-0) at Buffalo (0-2) [1:32 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Patriots 20, Bills 17.'

Marker Buffalo wastes draft choice [1:18 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'No one is talking about the supposed phenom in Buffalo these days. Donahoe's draft decision may be one of the worst choices in the last decade. But there is time for McGahee, 22, to prove Donahoe's decision rewarding. It's just been very slow.'

Marker Off to slow start [1:17 PM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '“You never like to see a quarterback get a whole bunch (of sacks),” Brady said. “I know that the stuff I’ve seen on Buffalo, the stuff they’re always trying to work on is not take a sack . . . I’m sure he’s not trying to take any sacks, he’s trying to find the open guy and get it to him. But sacks are part of the game when you throw the ball a bunch, too.”'

Marker Bills need law of averages enforced [1:16 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Bills, 19-17.'

Marker Guessing game awaits [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You never know how they're going to come out," said Bills cornerback Troy Vincent, who faced the Patriots last season as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. "They came out against us with a lot of two-tight end, one-wide receiver sets. When you're thinking they're going to come out and open the ball up with a no-huddle offense, they do something totally opposite."'

Marker Belichick gets some advice from Johnson [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I did talk to Jimmy, and he was very hospitable in inviting me down to the (Florida) Keys," Belichick said. "We tried to catch some fish. It wasn't a big day out there for us. But Jimmy's got a lot of insight. He was very successful at many different levels of coaching and with many different organizations and teams."'

Marker Last-play loss to Jaguars is a first for the Bills [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Furthermore, trading Henry before this year would have had a major negative effect in the locker room because he is so respected as a tough, team player and McGahee is unproven. Next offseason is a different story, because McGahee presumably will have gotten through the season healthy and have a full year under his belt. Plus there will be an acceptance within the team that they both can't be on the same roster again.'

Marker Belichick's NFL success is anything but boring [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One of the dullest interviews in all of sports, he prefers to let his team's deadly efficient play do the talking for him.'

Marker This is one book the Bills simply can't put down [5:04 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'In an interview with the Buffalo media, Belichick -- asked whether his sentiment in the book that Bledsoe wasn't a good decision-maker under pressure were his true feelings -- responded, "I'm not getting into any book talk. We're getting ready for a game. That book . . . some of it was done a year to two years ago, and I don't think it's very relevant to this week's game."'

Marker Wilfork eager to see ex-mate McGahee [5:03 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``We're like brothers,'' said Wilfork. ``We're both excited to play against each other. It's going to be fun. It's going to be interesting. Just to see him play is a blessing. And I'm proud of him. But we're on opposite ends this week. I'm going to get a chance to hit him, but nothing is going to affect our friendship.'''

Marker Bledsoe armed and dangerous [5:02 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Bledsoe’s also been sacked eight times -- partly because his offensive line is awful, and partly because he moves slower than a glacier in the pocket. The sack totals jump off the page and raise an interesting theory: Has the influx of quicker, more mobile quarterbacks like Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Steve McNair made the old-school, drop-back passers like Bledsoe obsolete?'

Marker Former player works out with Bills [5:01 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Former Florida Atlantic right tackle Ken Campos had a workout with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.'

Marker Friday's New England Coverage [4:52 AM] reports:
This is one book the Bills simply can't put down (Boston Globe)
Patriots are leaders in high-tech field, too (Boston Globe)
Weaver suddenly in a tight spot (Boston Globe)
Brown in the flow (Boston Herald)
Weaver finds way (Boston Herald)
Wilson intercepts AFC honor (Boston Herald)
Wilfork eager to see ex-mate McGahee (Boston Herald)
Weaver's deal for two years (Metro West Daily News)
No past or future for Pats -- only the here and now (Providence Journal)
Is newest Patriot a prophet or ill-timed voice of doom? (Providence Journal)
Signing will add depth (Providence Journal)
Bledsoe armed and dangerous (Woonsocket Call)
Weaver finds a home with Patriots (Woonsocket Call)
Run defense must face another test (Springfield Republican)
Weaver should fit in nicely (Springfield Republican)
Miller's fitting in just fine (Manchester Union Leader)
Buffalo wastes draft choice (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Off to slow start (Nashua Telegraph)
Weaver jumps at the chance (Brockton Enterprise)
Weaver hopes to make it big with Patriots (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Pats streak toward record (USA Today)
Tight end Weaver gets opportunity with Super Bowl champions (AP)
Pats target NFL record this week versus the Bills (The Sports Network)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)

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