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Buffalo Bills News - October 8, 2004

Marker Your Turn [1:24 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Do you think it's time for the Buffalo Bills to bench quarterback Drew Bledsoe? Selected answers will be published on Oct. 17.'

Marker Evans is a man on the move [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It feels good to get a chance to make some plays and be a bigger part of the offense," Evans said. "It gives me confidence that the coaches, the quarterback and my teammates have confidence in my ability to make things happen out there."'

Marker Henry normally reaches stratosphere against the Jets [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know why, but I've been pretty successful against them," Henry said. "We've always gone into that game intent on running the football. Hopefully we'll have the same game plan and the same outcome."'

Marker Giants Stadium tough task for 0-3 Bills [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It's difficult to imagine today that Buffalo was once 3-1 under Bledsoe on the road, because it is 2-11 since.'

Marker Bills still a threat [5:01 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It's not going to be a pretty running game," Mawae said. "We've got our work cut out for us." The Jets' offense has piled up 451 rushing yards through three games, but they don't figure to have an easy time against the Bills' tough defense.'

Marker Tracking Henry is Jets’ primary mission [5:00 AM]
New Haven Register reports: 'But Henry wasn’t the only one, since the Jets gave up 100-yard games to opposing running backs eight times. "If we go back to last year, we have a score to settle with every running back we played," Jets linebacker Victor Hobson said when asked if there would be any extra incentive facing Henry again.'

Marker Friday's New York Coverage [4:59 AM] reports:
Buckley's Voice of Experience Is Prized by Younger Jets (New York Times)
Chad, receivers playing catch-up (New York Daily News)
Bills still a threat (New York Post)
Wideouts getting few chances (Newsday)
Weather gives Brien a boost (White Plains Journal News)
Jets appreciate having Moore (Newark Star Ledger)
Strait injures his foot and status is uncertain (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets' McCareins waiting for clearance to take off (Bergen Record)
Jets notes (Bergen Record)
Tracking Henry is Jets’ primary mission (New Haven Register)
Abraham vows to have a better year (AP)
Receivers Contributing to Edwards' Favorite Stat (
Jets Add Kearney to Practice Squad, Release Nerys (

Marker Belichick comes clean on hits [4:58 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots' coach even suggested the Bills might have been guilty of some misconduct. "I definitely might point out a couple of plays in the Buffalo game I have an issue with going in the other direction, and we'll see how that turns out," said Belichick, who did not specify the plays.'

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October 7, 2004

Marker Bills' center out for Sunday versus Jets [10:15 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Teague's streak of 51 consecutive starts, dating back to 2001 when he was with Denver, will likely end.'

Marker Prioleau Ready if Needed [10:07 PM] reports: '“Pierson's a smart player, solid player, a good tackler,” head coach Mike Mularkey said of Prioleau. “Probably the best thing about him is he's smart, and you put him where you want him, either free or strong (safety), and you feel comfortable about him.”'

Marker Teague out for Sunday's game against Jets [5:21 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday a scan of Teague's left knee revealed a problem just below the joint.'

Marker Bills Head to Meadowlands [3:50 PM] reports: 'The Bills have had difficulty against the Jets at Giants Stadium recently. They have won only one game in their past six visits against the Jets, but this week they may be a bit more desperate to get a win against a division opponent. The Bills nearly stole one last week from the defending Super Bowl champs but came up short in the fourth quarter on mistakes. Buffalo is 2-11 in their last thirteen road games so they will have to play a near error-free game in order to get their season back on track.'

Marker NYC Bills Backers Transform McFadden's [1:47 PM] reports: 'Needless to say, these Bills Backers do a pretty good job of turning McFadden's into a mini-version of Buffalo on gamedays. It's probably because the group is so big that it could rival a small town. With 800 current members, the club has grown rapidly in a short amount of time. Kabel, along with co-founder Matt Soreco, started the group during the 2001 offseason.'

Marker Jets are a surprise, but not Edwards [1:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“One of my pet peeves is don’t commit foolish fouls. Our players understand how important that is ... we stress it. We have officials at every practice during the preseason through right now. They throw the flag, we talk about it, I emphasize it. We put their numbers up on the board ... how many penalties you’ve had ... you can’t beat yourself. (Officials) come (to practices) three days a week and it’s just like a game. I write the down the penalties and after the meetings I write them down on the board. One thing players don’t want is to seem like they’re hurting the football team. And when you make a strong commitment to ‘This is what we’re about and this is what we’re going to do,’ they get it. After awhile, they don’t want to see their number up there, because it becomes, ‘Hey, why are you up there all the time.’”'

Marker McGahee still waiting his turn with Bills [1:11 PM]
AP reports: '''It's not frustrating for me,'' said McGahee, limited to playing in mostly third-down situations. ''My time will come. I'm not going to rush it. I've waited this long. I can wait as long as it takes.'''

Marker Pain secondary to Bills [11:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As part of a pro-Bills promotion here in western New York, a local grocery chain yesterday handed out boxes of cereal with the mug of safety Coy Wire splashed on the front. The breakfast food in question? Shredded Wheat.'

Marker Bills attempt to zone out mistakes [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The New York Jets have marched inside their opponents' 20-yard line nine times this season and scored six touchdowns on those trips. The Buffalo Bills have been in the red zone eight times and come away with only two touchdowns. The Jets are 3-0. The Bills are 0-3.'

Marker Don't blame Mularkey for this mess [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey's doing all he can. Now it's time to examine the character of his players.'

Marker Injuries force lineup changes [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey said Teague still was being evaluated and would not rule him out for the Jets game. He hurt his left leg against New England, and it's believed there is a crack in a nonweight-bearing bone in the leg. "There's something there, but it's not weight bearing," Mularkey said. "It's not like he can't push off or be effective with it. But we want to be sure. It's a long season. We don't want to test anything that's not sound. So we're going to give it a day of rest and make some more decisions (today) on it."'

Marker Schobel expects to make QB sacks [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're blitzing a lot and I've dropped more (into coverage) than I have in the past, but I'm not saying that's the reason for it," Schobel said before practice at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Wednesday. "Sacks are hard to get when you're behind, that's for sure, but I've always said that as long I'm getting pressure — like I have — the sacks will come."'

Marker McGahee stays upbeat despite sitting [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's not frustrating for me," the 2003 first-round pick said. "Like I said before, if Travis (Henry) is moving the ball good, there's no need to take him out. Let him stay in his rhythm. You just have to wait your turn."'

Marker Sack-prone Bledsoe having trouble adjusting [5:00 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Bledsoe has been sacked 14 times in the last two games and has not adapted well to Mularkey's West Coast concepts (three touchdowns in three games). The offensive line has played poorly and is dealing with injuries to center Trey Teague (questionable, knee) and LT Jonas Jennings (questionable, neck).'

Marker Jets keying on Henry [4:59 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'Henry, the compact Bills running back, has three 100-yard rushing days in five career games against the Jets. In a 17-6 victory over the Jets on a freezing day in Buffalo last December, Henry ran for a career-high 169 yards despite playing with damaged rib cartilage and being only two weeks removed from suffering a cracked fibula.'

Marker Jets' top worry: Tackle Henry [4:58 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"He's an excellent runner," Edwards said. "(Henry) can run. We haven't stopped him yet. We can't tackle the guy. He knocks us over like bowling pins."'

Marker Bledsoe at a loss to stop opponents' many sacks [4:57 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Why so many sacks?
To be honest, it's been a group effort. A few of them have been attributed to missed assignments. One or two of them have been errors on behalf of myself and the receivers as far as breaking off the sight adjustments and me getting the ball out of my hands. Some of them have just been guys getting beat physically.'

Marker Thursday's New York Coverage [4:56 AM] reports:
Jets Don't Miss a Beat With Their 1,2,3 Kick (New York Times)
Grieving Ellis rushes back (New York Daily News)
Brien finally getting his kicks (New York Daily News)
Shaun's aching (New York Post)
Chad looking to vary his targets (New York Post)
Sack-prone Bledsoe having trouble adjusting (Newsday)
Putting the Fear in them (Newsday)
Jets keying on Henry (White Plains Journal News)
Ellis looks back in sadness (White Plains Journal News)
Jets' top worry: Tackle Henry (Newark Star Ledger)
Pennington set to feel the heat (Newark Star Ledger)
Bledsoe at a loss to stop opponents' many sacks (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets' DB always on the ball (Bergen Record)
Jets notes (Bergen Record)
Pennington promises to fuel Jets’ wideouts (New Haven Register)
What happened to McCareins? (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Ellis plays through pain of losing his father (AP)
Targeting Travis (

Marker Those Buffalo blues [4:55 AM]
Rochester City Newspaper reports: 'In order to remain calm, you should accept that Drew Bledsoe and the Buffalo line is a disastrous mixture during obvious passing downs. Expect a sack nearly every time. Now, if they convert, you'll be pleasantly surprised. And if people bug you about the Bills at the water cooler, or if they call you up incessantly to rip on them and bring you down, do what Dr. Wayne Dyer, a motivational expert, suggests whenever people get on your nerves. Refuse to ingest it. Remain calm and simply say, "I'm sorry, that's your stuff, and that has nothing to do with me."'

Marker Buffalo (0-3) at NY Jets (3-0) [4:55 AM]
AP reports: '``It's (a hole) we have to climb out of,'' said Buffalo coach Mike Mularkey of his team's 0-3 start. ``We'll find out what we're made of during the next few weeks. There is a lot of football left and I believe in these guys.'''

Marker Inside slant [4:54 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'While the 3-0 Jets have shown they know how to win, the 0-3 Bills have mastered the art of self-destruction. They are minus-two in turnover margin (the Jets are plus 8). They have been flagged for 25 penalties, good for 227 backward yards (the Jets have just nine penalties for 64). The Jets have won by 7, 6 and 8 points.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:53 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bills DTs Pat Williams and Sam Adams vs. Jets C Kevin Mawae - They don't come better, or tougher, than Mawae who snapped left-handed against Miami last week because his right hand was heavily taped to protect a cracked bone. If Williams and Adams can wear on Mawae, it will open some blitz lanes for the linebackers and DBs.'

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