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Buffalo Bills News - December 23, 2003

Marker Discouraged Bills prepare to wrap up `surreal' season [8:55 PM]
AP reports: '''It seems like you're in a bad dream,'' receiver Eric Moulds said. ''It feels like we can't do anything right.'''

Marker Injured Patriots LB Colvin optimistic about next year [8:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Colvin said he's not overly frustrated. ''If the guys weren't out there doing good I think it would be worse,'' he said. ''But they're doing a good job, so I'm happy.'''

Marker Williams, Van Pelt Both Questionable [8:53 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Only two names are on the list heading into the weekend. T Mike Williams is questionable with a knee injury. He hopes to be back out on the practice field by the end of the week.'

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews New England [8:52 PM] reports: '"It's been almost surreal to me to look at where we started. It seems like forever ago. We were playing well. I think if you only saw one game this season and then you're talking about the last week of the season, one team playing for home field advantage and the other team out of the playoffs you probably would have thought the opposite team would have been in those respective situations. It's been surreal for me to see where we started and see where we are now. It's been very hard."'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews New England [4:41 PM] reports: '"They need it for the home field advantage. We need it to give an indication about where we are in the AFC East. They are the division winners. That is where we wanted to be at the start of the year. We're not there now but we have to continue to take strides to try to get where they are. We need to play very well."'

Marker 31-0: Pats have plenty of motivation [1:34 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'Revenge is probably considered a counterproductive human emotion in the meticulously programmed week-to-week machinery of Belichick. But it must be in his players' hearts and minds this week. The Bills humiliated New England 31-0 in the season-opener on Sept. 7 in Orchard Park, back when the Patriots were clearly headed nowhere and the Bills pranced around as though clearly Super Bowl-bound.'

Marker Buffalo coordinator gets ripped [1:32 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'What would be worse for Drew Bledsoe and Kevin Gilbride - playing the regular-season finale in Foxboro against a tenacious New England Patriots defense, or playing at home before a hostile crowd?'

Marker Patriots vs Bills [1:23 PM] reports: 'The Patriots are 12-6 against the Bills in their last 18 meetings.'

Marker NE - BUF Inside the Numbers [1:22 PM] reports: '42: The number of starters the Patriots have employed this season, nearly enough to field two full teams on both offense and defense. It's the highest number of starters used by a division champion since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.'

Marker Scraping bottom [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is worse in some ways than during the Kay Stephenson/Hank Bullough coaching debacles.'

Marker Top coaches aren't found in bargain bin [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One week from now, Tom Donahoe will be looking for a new coach. He must convince the owner, Ralph Wilson, that the price of poker has skyrocketed in the NFL.'

Marker Jaworski defends Bledsoe [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In Bledsoe, he sees a classic pocket passer who doesn’t have a pocket.'

Marker What gifts should Santa bring Bills? [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'For Drew Bledsoe, a new mattress and whirlpool. I looked this up: he’s been sacked 205 times in his last 65 starts for 1,346 yards, or the equivalent of 13 1/2 football fields.'

Marker A nice recovery by safety [5:15 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"I can't wait to see the fans more than anything," Milloy said. "And then afterward, I'll shake my ex-teammates' hands and wish them luck. The fans there, I'm glad that it turned out to where I have a chance to go compete in that stadium once a year. Me coming here had nothing to do with going to an AFC East team, having a chance to play the Patriots. This organization, this team, really made me feel like they wanted me."'

Marker Season-opening flop back in focus [5:14 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots can honestly say they beat themselves that day. "I think almost half of our plays in the first 40 plays were negative plays: sacks, turnovers, penalties, some version of all of those," Belichick said. "Almost half the time we were going in reverse instead of going forward. That's not what we're looking for. We gave up 50-yard completions, pass-interference penalties, penalties in the kicking game, you name it. You can take your pick."'

Marker Pats won't forget past [5:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'And the current (hapless) state of the Bills? Forget about it. ``Look, I don't care about that. I don't care what happened last week,'' said Belichick, referring to the Bills' 20-3 defeat to Miami. ``The (Bills) took the Titans right down to the wire (in a 28-26 loss two weeks ago). It came down to the last play. They had several other big wins this year, none bigger than ours. It's not how they match up against somebody else - it's how they match up against us. The last time they matched up pretty well. We're going to have to play them more competitively than we did the last time - that's where it starts.'''

Marker Medfield trades Bledsoe for Schilling [5:12 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '"I'm delighted there will be somebody there," said Selectman Ann Thompson, who was appreciative of Bledsoe's devotion to helping local schools with fund-raising during his three-year stay in Medfield. "He'd go to local restaurants around town, and I hope Curt Schilling brings the same kind of friendliness."'

Marker Bills' ills start at the top [5:11 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe (a.k.a. The Teflon Donahoe) has carved a swath of miscalculation and mediocrity in his three years in Buffalo.'

Marker Inside slant [5:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'However, regardless of what Donahoe says on the record, there seems to be little doubt that Williams' swan song will come at Gillette Stadium.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'In a season that has been filled with bad performances, this ranks as one of Drew Bledsoe's worst, not only this year but of his career.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'WR Eric Moulds continues to be a non-factor for the Bills passing game. Hampered by a painful groin injury since Week 5, Moulds hasn't had a 100-yard receiving games since and he has scored just one TD all year. The Dolphins held him to three catches for 20 yards.'

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December 22, 2003

Marker Bill Belichick Press Transcript - 12/22 [5:15 PM] reports: 'Q: What was it that made it a 31-point difference between the two teams in the last game?
BB: A lot good plays by one team and turnovers by another. Penalties, turnovers, negative plays. I think almost half of our plays in the first 40 plays almost half of them were negative plays, sacks, turnovers, penalties, some version of all of those. Almost half the time we were going in reverse instead of going forward. That is not what we are looking for. We gave up 50-yard completions, pass interference penalties, penalties in the kicking game, you name it, you can take your pick.'

Marker Final Home Game For Miller Is A Busy One [5:13 PM] reports: '4:15 p.m. - Van begins to sign autographs for anyone who wants one. He stays and signs nearly an hour, with a smile on his face the entire time. Shortly after, Van left Ralph Wilson Stadium and rode home for the last time as the "Voice of the Bills." He probably left with a heavy heart but probably not as heavy as those of the fans that will forever cherish his voice, his commitment, and his dedication.'

Marker Even from a great seat, Bills looked horrid [2:43 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'BILLS MVP: Let's be honest here. No one wearing white, blue and red came close to earning this against Miami. But it would belong to Van Miller under any circumstances.'

Marker Schilling buys Drew's old digs [1:23 PM]
AP reports: 'The property has been on the market since August 2002, after Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills. It was originally listed for nearly $9 million, but by the fall the price had dropped to $6.5 million. Schilling said he paid "much less" than $6.5 million but declined to give the final sale price.'

Marker Wilson has `sinking feeling' about underachieving Bills [1:22 PM]
AP reports: '''When you start the season and have high expectations and then things don't turn out the way you'd hoped, you have a sinking feeling,'' Wilson said, following Buffalo's dreadful performance in closing out its home schedule with a 20-3 loss to Miami on Sunday.'

Marker Bills’ effort against Dolphins dismal [12:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Even Williams, normally defensive of his players, wouldn’t make excuses for Bledsoe’s struggling performance. “Ask him,” he said, “I don’t know ... it was a tough day.”'

Marker Dolphins’ win doesn’t guarantee playoffs [12:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'This has been a maddening season for the Dolphins. On one hand, they won a remarkable six of eight road games and had one of the NFL’s top defenses. On the other hand, they’ve lost four of their seven home games — including an opening-day loss to Houston that looms more devastating each week.'

Marker Bledsoe and offense focus of blame as Bills miss playoffs fourth straight year [12:10 PM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Mounting a comeback from a 17-point deficit is not unattainable in the NFL, but when you look at the Bills' offensive statistics, one could see that after the Buckley gift, it was all over in Buffalo. And possibly even for Bledsoe's time here, too.'

Marker Not the way they Drew it up [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is probably one of the worst games I've seen him play, but it's a team game and we have to help him," said receiver Eric Moulds.'

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