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Buffalo Bills News - November 18, 2004

Marker Bills-Rams Officially Sold Out [2:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tickets still remain for the Bills final two home games against the Cleveland Browns on December 12 and the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 2. Tickets for those two games are available in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office, the Rochester office in Pittsford Plaza, and at all participating Tops Markets locations.'

Marker Just in time, Rams guard Nutten back to speed [2:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Martz said the free agent departure of LB London Fletcher for the Bills after the 2001 season was the worst loss he's had to absorb as head coach. "He's my kind of football player, he always has been," Martz said. "That one broke my heart. He was the heart and soul of our defense at that time."'

Marker Is JP Ready? Will Bills Win? [2:31 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 24 Rams 20.'

Marker Vincent feels helpless about Bills' woes [11:32 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: '"I came here to contribute, and I'm not contributing on the bench," Vincent said. "I can't help my football team, the players, outside of cheering and rooting them on. I'm not a cheerleader, I'm not a guy who's supposed to be holding your hat while you're out there playing. That's a part of the game, but that's not me."'

Marker Bills Begin Focus On Rams, Promote Baker [11:06 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Baker, an undrafted free agent from Tennessee, posted five tackles at New England and said he became more comfortable and confident with every series. "As the game went on, I got comfortable," said Baker. "I felt myself getting into position to make plays."'

Marker St. Louis Bills Backers Looking to Expand [11:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'But after a few weeks the members decided to search for a better gameday atmosphere, which they found at Ozzie's Restaurant and Sports Bar, named after "The Wizard of Oz" himself, Ozzie Smith. "It's a pretty nice place, it's centrally located near the I-270 around St. Louis," Weyman said. "Ozzie has his 13 gold glove awards sitting in the showcase."'

Marker Bills QBs turn their focus on Rams [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you're going to play in the NFL, particularly the position of quarterback, you've got to be strong," Bledsoe said. "You've got to be strong enough emotionally and physically and mentally to fight those battles when it's not going right. When everything's going right, it's fun and sometimes it seems kind of easy. But when it's not going right, that's when the test of your character individually and as a team comes into play."'

Marker Rams coach eyed Losman in draft [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We really liked him," Martz said in a conference call with Buffalo media. "He's very accurate. The things that we look at in a quarterback to draft, we ranked him very high in all areas. He's very accurate, he's very intelligent, very competitive. We loved his competitiveness. High energy, tough, intelligent."'

Marker Bledsoe era awaits final sack [7:41 AM]
New Bedford Standard Times reports: 'If you were drowning, would you want Drew Bledsoe to be the guy throwing the life preserver? Good luck. At this point of his professional football career, he'd be lucky to hit the water.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. St. Louis Rams [7:40 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Bills 27-21.'

Marker A quarterback quagmire [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've always felt with the quarterback position you stay with him as long as you possibly can. You just do," said St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz, who is no stranger to QB musical chairs and whose team visits Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. "I've had a situation here in the past where you feel like you have to make a change, and at that point it has to become obvious to you. And if it's not (obvious) and you're not sure, you can't make that change."'

Marker No, Losman won't start [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I haven't made that decision on No. 2, that's probably something that will happen on Saturday," coach Mike Mularkey said in reference to Losman's status.'

Marker Bills face handicap in road night games [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'All of that is understandable, but playing exclusively on the road in prime time is a long-term disadvantage because the hosts generally are better-than-average teams and their fans get extra pumped up for night games on national TV.'

Marker Thursday's St. Louis Coverage [5:01 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Nutten is ready for his encore (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Dishman gets a double dose of knee trouble (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
'Just like old times' on Rams line? We'll find out (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Rams turn over their flu vaccine to health officials (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Tom Nutten is back at his old spot (Belleville News Democrat)
Dishman will be sidelined four to six weeks (Belleville News Democrat)
Rams hold another physical workout (AP)
Martz: No interest in Dolphins job (AP)
Rams' Holt practices, expected to play Sunday (The Sports Network)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Buffalo Bills Head Coach Mike Mularkey (StLouisRams.com)
Buffalo at a Glance (StLouisRams.com)
Head Coach Mike Martz (StLouisRams.com)
Rams Continue Full Contact (StLouisRams.com)
Open Locker Room (StLouisRams.com)
Snow Roast (StLouisRams.com)
Hometown Huddle (StLouisRams.com)

Marker Inside slant [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Choosing the final four minutes of a nationally televised road game, against the defending Super Bowl champions that were whipped into a feeding frenzy, for your prized rookie passer to get his feet wet wasn't the wisest thing coach Mike Mularkey could've done.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:59 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie free agent Rashad Baker will get the call to start at free safety against the Rams' No. 4 passing game featuring Isaac Bruce and Tory Holt on Sunday, replacing veteran Izell Reese. Production from the free safety spot has been a problem for the Bills for years.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:58 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Buffalo (3-6) is one of 11 teams still alive for two wild-card spots in the AFC, but six clubs (Jacksonville, Baltimore, San Diego, New York Jets, Cincinnati and Houston) have better records.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Head Coach Mike Mularkey [4:57 AM]
StLouisRams.com reports: '(On how the team has handled this season): “I think they have handled it pretty well for starting off 0-4 when I don’t think any of us thought we would. To overcome that and win three out of our next four showed that they can overcome adversity. I think they all knew that something good is going to come out of what has taken place. A lot of those losses were last minute close losses, we were really in the game. The only really true game that I felt that we were out-played and out matched was this past game against New England, where we didn’t play very good. They know how close they are, it’s just a matter of winning the close game and winning on the road. That’s something that we have to learn how to do.”'

Marker Buffalo at a Glance [4:56 AM]
StLouisRams.com reports: 'Standing at 3-6 this season, with a new coach in charge, Buffalo doesn’t appear to be headed back to the playoffs anytime soon. But with the NFL as competitive as ever, the Bills could be only an impact player or two away from contending again. The Bills have discovered one of those players already and they are fairly certain the other is on the roster.'

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November 17, 2004

Marker Baker Replaces Reese [9:08 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“We’re just trying make some changes that I think will hopefully give us a spark like we have done with running back, and we've done with other places,” head coach Mike Mularkey said in explaining the move.'

Marker Baker To Start Against The Rams [9:07 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Reese has known for weeks that he was going to lose his job anyway when Troy Vincent gets back.'

Marker Bledsoe wants to put worst game behind him [9:06 PM]
AP reports: '''The biggest challenge playing the position of quarterback is being hardheaded enough to move on,'' Bledsoe said Wednesday. ''I've had a couple of long nights tossing and turning. And I'm moving on, moving forward.'''

Marker A spark in the dark [4:38 PM]
Rochester City Newspaper reports: 'During the summer, I read a newspaper reporter's opinion that Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe was actually going to be better because he couldn't be any worse than last year. That's like saying he's going to be better because my Magic 8 Ball told me so. Clearly, in the harmless world of sports, that kind of flimsy logic is acceptable.'

Marker Players Help to Collect Money, Clothing [2:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills and the NFL are encouraging fans to volunteer and give back to their communities through the annual United Way Hometown Huddle program. In keeping with that theme, several players were out helping to collect for the Salvation Army's Gift of Warmth program to help those in need this Holiday season.'

Marker HS Football "Coach of the Week" - Week 11 [2:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Coach David Backes of Hutch-Tech High School has been named the Buffalo Bills high school football “Coach of the Week” for the eleventh weekend of the 2004 season (November 12-13).'

Marker Rams Have Very Potent Offense [1:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We didn't stop the Patriots running game on Sunday because we didn't attack. For whatever reason we didn't attack the guys up front like we have done the entire year and you saw how vital that is to stopping the running game.'

Marker Bills report card [11:12 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'A for awful, B for boring, C for calamity, D for desolate, E for embarrassing and F for flop.'

Marker Baker pushing Reese for safety spot [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey benched veteran starter Izell Reese in the first half of the Bills' 29-6 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday and replaced him with rookie Rashad Baker. Mularkey had not determined Monday whether Baker will be in the starting lineup this weekend against the St. Louis Rams.'

Marker Eli's coming; is Mularkey listening? [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Memo to Mike Mularkey: This is how a veteran coach behaves. Coughlin has won before and he's secure in his beliefs. He doesn't care if people think he's giving up on the season. He's doing what's best for the franchise and moving forward.'

Marker Bills vs. Rams Preview [8:51 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The Bills take on the Rams in their second inter-conference battle of the year. The Rams are 5-4 and in a dogfight for the NFC West division title with the Seahawks who the Bills face next week.

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