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Buffalo Bills News - December 29, 2001

Marker Edwards Determined to Make His Own History [6:02 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Of the 88 first-year coaches in the league since 1990, only 9 led their teams to the playoffs that first season.'

Marker Bills' First Opponent Is Snow [6:01 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets have a 1 p.m. date with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Giants Stadium. They only hope that the Bills are there.'

Marker Jets Ask Safety To Nick Bills [6:00 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Knowing Parcells actually wanted me and sought me out, after that, there's no coach or no one in this league who can downplay me as a player," Ferguson said. "The guy is a master at the game of football, winning wherever he goes and finding that diamond in the rough - like me."'

Marker Abraham Ready For Sore Spot [5:59 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"If I feel like I can't play at a level that helps my team, then I am not going to play," Abraham said. "I will take myself out. Rick Lyle is playing well and he can help this team. Me hurting and not being able to chase down the ball is not going to help the team."'

Marker Jets and Jints aim for great weekend [5:58 AM]
New York Post reports: 'There will be Joy in Jetville, because the mighty ghosts will have struck out. Fireman Ed, one of the heroes from September 11, will be hoarse on the euphoric day the Jets defeated the Bills and made it back to the playoffs against all odds with the rookie head coach and 38-year-old quarterback.'

Marker Abraham gets green light to rush Bills [5:57 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Rick Lyle will likely start, but having Abraham around to run around the Buffalo backfield and chase down QB Alex Van Pelt will certainly help.'

Marker Jets: Abraham May Be Ready [5:56 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"He's very knowledgeable and a good reader of defenses," said Cottrell, who knows Van Pelt well, having been the Buffalo defensive coordinator for the previous three seasons. "He knows how to get rid of the ball quickly and he spreads the ball around."'

Marker Glenn, Abraham have a healthy outlook [5:56 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"(The Bills) have a very productive offense. They're a team that's playing very, very hard. That's the one thing you see on film. They'll come down here excited about trying to beat us."'

Marker Abraham hurting, but he'll play [5:55 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Jets coach Herman Edwards said Abraham will play against the Bills, but mostly in obvious passing situations. Whether the second-year defensive end will fully resemble the player who is tied for second in the AFC in sacks is another matter.'

Marker Jets win without the Parcells way [5:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'It's just intriguing and refreshing to know that coaching with a strong arm and with paranoia isn't the only way to win.'

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December 28, 2001

Marker Buffalo Snow Leaves Teams Scrambling [9:29 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills, meanwhile, are confident they'll get to New York on Saturday, enough time ahead of Sunday's game against the Jets.'

Marker Foreman steps up [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He has 23 tackles over the last three weeks, including nine in last Sunday's loss at Atlanta and half a sack two weeks ago against New England.'

Marker Highlights of this week's game notes [6:33 AM] reports: 'Centers stands an excellent chance of being selected to the Pro Bowl as the AFC's fullback. If he does he'd become just the 6th RB to go from both conferences (Centers went in 1995 and '96 with Arizona).'

Marker Newman rushes into pass coverage [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Entering Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium, Newman has three sacks to go with 81 tackles, third most on the team.'

Marker Relentless Ferguson Will Start for Jets [5:21 AM]
New York Times reports: 'They call him Angry Man. And while Jets safety Nick Ferguson is only mildly irritated when his nickname is revealed, he embraces the sort of fearless tackling that has earned him the name from teammates and, earlier in the season, a rare public rebuke from Coach Herman Edwards.'

Marker Two Marks On the Line for Jets [5:20 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It has been a long time since the Jets were the best at anything, and the players are investing a lot of pride into the chase.'

Marker Don't Expect Herm To Pass Up Run [5:19 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets are still winning. One more win and they're a playoff team. It may not be the way Herman Edwards does things, but it's very close to exciting.'

Marker Coach Gives 'em A Padding Down [5:18 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Actually, the Jets had been scaling back in recent weeks, practicing in full gear only once a week. Not anymore.'

Marker Jet o-line working on double dip [5:18 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets line has not only allowed the second-fewest amount of quarterbacks sacks in the NFL (16 to the Chicago Bears' 15), but Curtis Martin is a mere seven yards behind Kansas City's Priest Holmes in the race for the NFL rushing title - something Mawae yesterday matter-of-factly guaranteed Martin would accomplish.'

Marker Herm takes weight off Jets [5:17 AM]
New York Post reports: 'In a move that has a lot of "smiles on players' faces," according to Vinny Testaverde, Herman Edwards revealed yesterday that he plans to practice the players without full pads for the rest of the season.'

Marker A Big hit: No Contact [5:16 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'With a classic letdown game against the 2-12 Buffalo Bills in front of them, is this the time to lighten the workload?'

Marker Jets Eye Best Rusher-Fewest Sacks Combo [5:15 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'With a strong finish by Curtis Martin and no major breakdowns in the pass protection, the Jets could become only the fifth team in 32 seasons to have the NFL's leading rusher and allow the fewest sacks.'

Marker Jets have spring in their step thanks to a 'fresh' approach [5:15 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'If there were any doubts that Jets coach Herman Edwards is the antithesis of hardliners Bill Parcells and Al Groh, his latest move should be the clincher. Yesterday, Edwards announced that the team will practice without pads for the remainder of the season in an effort to keep the players fresh for the stretch run.'

Marker Line looks to make history [5:15 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"You can go around and say we had the league's leading rusher and we led the league in the least amount of sacks. It's huge. (It would say) we're the best."'

Marker Becht turns out to be good catch [5:14 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Don't look now, but Becht is being counted on big-time again.'

Marker Vinny appreciates clean jersey [5:13 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Testaverde's blockers have yielded no sacks in the past three games against Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. If they pitch another shutout against Buffalo on Sunday, it will mark the first four-game stretch without allowing a sack since the team began its life as the Titans in 1960.'

December 27, 2001

Marker Moore tries to revive career with Miami [9:35 PM]
AP reports: 'Moore believes the offseason incidents were a major reason the Bills released him, but he said he harbors no grudge. "I don't have to prove anything to them," Moore said. "They know what they let go."'

Marker Tight end becoming key in Jets' developing offense [3:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Until recently, Becht hasn't had much impact in the pros. But against Cincinnati and Indianapolis, he caught game-winning touchdown passes. He is becoming a more integral part of New York's offense.'

Marker Yes, the Bills and Jets are eerily similar [1:47 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So, with all those similarities, how is there a seven-win difference between these two teams? Two glaring statistics...'

Marker Jets' plan: Capitalize on postseason opportunity [10:14 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'If they beat Buffalo and Oakland in their remaining two games, the Jets will win the AFC East and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.'

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