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Buffalo Bills News - December 7, 2000

Marker Bills playoff hopes rest on Johnson, offense [8:14 PM]
AP reports: '"People aren't flying around and being real peppy around here right now."'

Marker Wiley delivers big plays by the sackful [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills took a chance in letting Bruce Smith go in a salary cap-cutting move after the 1999 season. There were many people outside the organization who weren't sure if Wiley was ready to assume full-time duty at Smith's right defensive end position. However, Wiley is making the gamble pay off.'

Marker Phillips should coach Bills next year [7:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'I don't believe he deserves to be canned. At least not yet.'

Marker Bills offence a symptom of poor coaching [7:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Ultimately, it is the head coach who must prepare his team every week and it was utterly clear from the opening moments that the Bills were not ready. In the one area where he could have made a difference, Wade Phillips failed his team.'

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December 6, 2000

Marker Bills will be back home for holidays [7:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'And after what we all saw on Sunday, that embarrassing performance they gave in a 33-6 loss to Miami, it's probably a good thing.'

December 5, 2000

Marker Bills, Dolphins Search For Themselves [10:26 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'As surely as two losses in three weeks to the Bills had punctuated the Dolphins' decline under Shula, the end for Johnson started with last November's 23-3 loss in Orchard Park. Miami lost five of its last seven and got butchered in the playoffs, triggering the retirements of Johnson and Marino.'

Marker Bills figure to be home for the holidays [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But they finally came to grips with that grim reality Monday when coach Wade Phillips basically told them they probably won't be in the postseason for the first time since 1997.'

Marker Reinforcements may arrive in time for Colts game [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The injured player the Bills desperately need back is cornerback Donovan Greer, who has been sidelined for two full games and most of a third with a sore ankle. "We especially have to get him back because of his speed and he's a corner and we just don't have any corners," Phillips said.'

Marker Bills: We must regroup [7:09 AM]
D and C reports: '"We've got a lot of proud players, a proud team, and this next game, we'd better come back smoking."'

December 4, 2000

Marker Bills' playoff hopes slim to none following loss to Dolphins [8:31 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills situation is so desperate that they could be all but mathematically eliminated by the time they next take the field, Monday night at Indianapolis.'

Marker A Finn-ishing blow for the Bills [1:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Nothing like a public flogging in your own building to officially signify the end of your season.'

Marker Forget math, the season is over for Bills [1:21 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And that's why Buffalo's playoff hopes are as cooked as deep-fried baloney.'

Marker 'A little embarrassing? No that was a lot embarrassing' [1:20 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't like Flutie anymore," said a fan as he trudged out to his car late Sunday afternoon. "Not since he danced with Hillary."'

Marker Adding insult to injury [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Four starters were missing, so Buffalo's defensive problems in Sunday's 33-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium was no surprise. The Bills' offense had no excuse, however.'

Marker Bills' playoff hopes take beating [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How did the Dolphins exploit the Bills so badly? Let us count the ways...'.

Marker Patchwork defense shredded [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was tough to watch," said linebacker Sam Cowart, who was one of the walking wounded. "To see our defense struggle out there and knowing you could do something about it but can't . . . It was a helpless feeling."'

Marker Chilled Dolphins don't play like fish out of water [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Dolphins' dominance didn't belong solely to the offense. Their defense trampled Bills quarterback Rob Johnson, sacking him five times before he was benched in favor of Doug Flutie late in the third quarter.'

Marker In the final tally, Bills look like they've quit [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is still a mathematical chance they could make the playoffs, but you might as well turn the Bills over now. They're done. Barbecued. Home for the New Year. They had hopes of running the table before the Miami debacle. Now it wouldn't be a surprise if they ran it in reverse by dropping their last four.'

Marker Returns are in: Black, Price have potential [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Wade Phillips has resisted the idea of using Black or Price all season, but injuries left him no choice. Price took over punt return duties to relieve Watson, who is now starting at cornerback and is on all the other special teams.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ralph Wilson Stadium sold out for the seventh time in as many games as 73,002 showed they were more agreeable to handling the blustery weather than the Bills' performance. About 3,002 were there at the end.'

Marker Buffalo disintegrates in home loss to Miami [7:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'The offense was outclassed by a staunch Miami defense that limited the Bills to 14 first downs, 196 total yards, 36 net passing yards, 8 completions and 3 third-down conversions, numbers that tied or set season lows.'

Marker Surprise: It's December and the Dolphins are hot [7:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Another thing you can put to rest are the Bills. They'll be home for the holidays. Unless wild-card contenders collapse all around them, there will be no postseason for these Bills.'

Marker Miami delivers some truths in Buffalo [7:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'After the Miami Dolphins came into the Bills' house yesterday, stealing their wives, their beer and the remote control in a 33-6 victory, there were no land mines though. Only blank stares and hollow statements.'

Marker Bills swamped by early interception [7:27 AM]
D and C reports: '...Rob Johnson threw an ill-advised pass to the right front corner of the end zone to Jeremy McDaniel, which Patrick Surtain intercepted to kill the threat. From that moment on, the Bills were never in the game.'

Marker Bills left out in the cold [7:26 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'And the vaunted Buffalo Bills defence? The 73,002 at Ralph Wilson Stadium are still waiting for it to charge out of the tunnel.'

Marker Buffalo suffers massacre [7:24 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: '"It was just like a snowball that kept getting bigger and bigger," Johnson said. "It just seemed that no one was picking up the slack."'

Marker Great defense, timely offense lift Dolphins in tough venue [7:23 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Defensive tackles Daryl Gardener and Tim Bowens playfully tossed a little stuffed Buffalo about the locker room, which is about the same thing the Miami defense did to the Buffalo offense.'

Marker Great coaching, timely plays have Dolphins gaining confidence one game at a time [7:22 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'They came in here, where winter has forever flattened them, and flat buried the Bills.'

Marker Eric the (not so) great [7:21 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins held wide receiver Eric Moulds, who came in with an NFL-high 84 catches, to a season-low-tying two catches for 31 yards. Bills quarterbacks Rob Johnson and Doug Flutie threw to Moulds only four times for the entire game. The two passes Moulds didn't catch were intercepted.'

Marker O-line batters Buffalo [7:20 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'In short, the Dolphins kicked the Bills when they were down.'

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