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Buffalo Bills News - October 22, 2001

Marker Marv Levy's Week 6 snapshot [2:12 PM]
NFL.com reports: Don't place blame -- find solutions. That's what the Buffalo Bills did this week. They simplified their game-plans and worked on fundamentals. They didn't run that 4-6 defense with all the clever blitzes.

Buffalo at San Diego Rob Johnson vs. Doug Flutie . This is one game that I really think Buffalo prefers to play on the road. The general sentiment in Buffalo is that the fans love Doug Flutie. Johnson had a very good game against Jacksonville. I think San Diego has learned their lessons on the road -- they have to earn every victory. This will be a very hyped game in both cities.

Marker Here we go again - Flutie vs. Johnson, anyone? [1:49 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'It's about Johnson and Flutie. It figures to stay that way until Sunday. And probably long after.'

Marker Other Sunday stories [10:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It's the best game I've seen out of Rob," said A.J. Smith, the Bills' former pro scouting director who now fills the same duties for the San Diego Chargers. "He did an outstanding job. He looked very comfortable, made all the plays. And his accuracy, it was outstanding."

Marker Time for a pep talk during a dismal Bills season [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fred Rogers, from TV's "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood": "Sometimes a football game makes us very happy, like after an onside kick that our team recovers on the first play of a game. Other times, it makes us sad, like when some knucklehead on our team gives the ball back on a fumble. It's best to draw pictures of the play that made you the angriest, then have Dad roll it up in a big envelope and send it to One Bills Drive, c/o Gregg Williams. He'll be very happy you shared your feelings."'

Marker Ralph charges into 'super' matchup [8:09 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Some observers believe Wilson went too far with his statements about how badly he wants to win this game. Given the lost season this is turning out to be for the Bills, the "Ralph Bowl" is about as good as it's going to get.'

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October 21, 2001

Marker HOF mailbox: Former Bills G Billy Shaw [7:53 PM]
NFL.com reports: Every week of the 2001 season, the Pro Football Hall of Fame lets you submit questions to Hall of Fame legends as part of our Spotlight Game coverage. Your E-mails will be forwarded to each Hall of Famer as they sit down and discuss their careers, current NFL action, or anything else you want them to talk about. Questions will be collected by Thursday of each week. Then come back on Friday to read what they had to say.

Marker The Williams era pays first dividends [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The major accomplishment of the victory over Jacksonville was that it made clear Gregg Williams and his staff are not the confederacy of dunces the first four games suggested.'

Marker Keep an eye on the team [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Football fans, if you want to see the world through the eyes of the Buffalo Bills, you can literally do it.'

October 20, 2001

Marker Bills finally put it all together [12:27 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: Johnson finished 23-of-30 passing for 238 yards and a 27-yard third-quarter touchdown to Eric Moulds. More important, he directed an offense that controlled the ball for 35 minutes and 34 second without turning the ball over and converted six third-down opportunities in 14 tries.

Marker Bills hoping to build on positive performance [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A young team has to learn how to win," linebacker Keith Newman said. "The last few weeks have been frustrating, but I think getting this win lets us know that we're not a bad football team. But this is just a small step. We can't be satisfied. We still have a lot of work to do."'

Marker Company connections [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York was named the official healthcare company of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Redemption for Johnson [6:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Johnson's numbers were solid enough, completing 23 of 30 attempts for 238 yards and one touchdown. But most impressive was the game-winning drive.'

Marker Bills' Henry investigated for sex offense [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'People 21 years of age or older who have sexual relations with someone 17 years or younger can be charged with statutory rape regardless of consent.'

Marker Bills take big step with win [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'It was just one win and nobody was warning the rest of the AFC East to take cover.'

Marker Winning at San Diego would be lift for Johnson [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'No one should expect Johnson and the rest of the young Bills to run off a long winning streak at this stage of the team's development, but they're capable of beating San Diego with a top effort.'

October 19, 2001

Marker Bills gut out first win in 13-10 victory over Jaguars [11:08 PM]
WGR reports: While Thursday night’s game didn’t have much flash and dash for the Bills, it was a hard fought win filled with efficient play for the offense, and much improved play for the defense that led to the 13-10 win. It did come down to a rather important special teams play for the Bills to win the game.

Marker Bills buoyed by first victory [7:41 PM]
AP reports: 'Although it wasn't altogether pretty, Buffalo found a way to capitalize and not squander its opportunities.'

Marker Police investigate Bills rookie running back Henry [7:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Henry's agent, Timothy McGee, said his client has fully cooperated with police. "It's an investigation and we know the facts," McGee said. "Quite honestly, it's the magnitude of his status that's causing the commotion. We feel comfortable that nothing will come out of it. There's nothing wrong with being investigated. Unfortunately, it was made public."'

Marker Maybe the Bills aren’t so bad after all [5:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'You see this is exactly the kind of game Buffalo would have lost over the first quarter of the campaign.'

Marker Former Bill Henry Jones fined $5,000 for helmet-to-helmet hit [2:44 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Along with Vikings WR Cris Carter, safety Henry Jones were fined $5,000 each by the NFL. Jones had a helmet-to-helmet hit on Lions quarterback Charlie Batch in the second quarter.

Marker At 80, vagabond Lou Saban still finds work [10:48 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: Lou Saban once drove through a Pennsylvania snowstorm to reach the home of recruit Jim Kelly. The storm was so bad Kelly's mother was late for the meeting. So Saban, then football coach at the University of Miami, stuck a towel in his belt and made dinner.

Marker Bills' skid gets the boot [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The defense played great," Williams said. "Rob was outstanding, it was a great team effort by everyone. The victory was nice and a long time coming. Hopefully we can use this and get on a roll."'

Marker D - line turns up the heat on Brunell [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now that was more like it.'

Marker Clements is latest rookie to get starting nod [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move meant the Bills had four rookies - Clements, middle linebacker Brandon Spoon, running back Travis Henry and offensive right guard Jonas Jennings - in their starting lineup.'

Marker Rob delivers one of his finest games [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the end, however, it always comes back to Johnson. His supporters say he gets too much blame for the Bills' losses, and there's some truth to that. But against Jacksonville, he showed how much it can mean to a team when the quarterback is at the top of his game, when he's setting the tone with confidence.'

Marker Friday billboard [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Big Picture: Maybe there's hope for them, after all.'

Marker NFL orders Bills to pay Phillips for final year [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Said Wilson: "I had every intention of keeping Phillips as our coach, and I feel the league is creating a dangerous precedent when it allows a coach or player to collect money on a contract for failing to obey a reasonable order of a superior."'

Marker Sex charges expected for Bills running back [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry faces criminal charges that are expected to be lodged next week in connection with a sex-related incident involving a 15-year-old girl in his home, law enforcement officials said.'

Marker 5th Down: A chance to breathe [8:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: At halftime, the Buffalo Bills’ head coach pulled aside his first-year kicker, Jake Arians, and told him what was going to happen later that night. “Jake,” Williams told the kicker who had missed two field goals in the first half, “you’re going to win this ballgame for us.”

Marker Bills are on the board [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Boy, did Rob Johnson ever need this.'

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