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Buffalo Bills News - September 28, 2005

Marker As Donahoe fiddles, Bills' season burns [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sixty-seven games into Tom Donahoe's reign as president and general manager, here's how it breaks down for the Buffalo Bills: Two head coaches, three offensive coordinators, three opening-day starting quarterbacks and a 27-40 record upgradeable to 24-27 by granting the boss one year's grace for inherited salary cap nightmares.'

Marker Crowell is ready to execute backup plan [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a good player that's really been behind a great player," coach Mike Mularkey said. "He has a chance to be a very good one, but he just really hasn't had the opportunity. Here's a chance to step up, practice with the first team all week and get comfortable with them."'

Marker Pat-downs precede first down at stadium [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If people went to the stadium quicker and didn't stay in the parking lot until the last minute, there wouldn't be a problem," said Patrick M. Howard, who supervises police and peace officers for Apex Security at the stadium. "The lines aren't bad at quarter after 12 or 12:30. The lines are bad at 10 to 1. People are waiting in the parking lots too long."'

Marker New Rule Results In Delay Of Game For Some Bills Fans [8:26 AM]
AP reports: 'Patrick Howard supervises police and security officers at Buffalo homes games. He says anyone who waits until ten minutes before kickoff to head for the gates is going to get stuck in a long line.'

Marker The ringleader [5:06 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Many things have changed since 1980 ... but Kudela and his friends — and a few more — are still meeting for a Bills game every year. The past weekend marked the 25th anniversary of the gathering. At least 55 people got together for a weekend reunion and to attend the Bills game against Atlanta. “I cooked 25 pounds of Polish sausage, 20 pounds of chicken fingers ... and a full salad,” Kudela said. “Everything went.”'

Marker Hall of fame QB will discuss nerve disorder that killed son [5:05 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills quarterback and hall-of-famer Jim Kelly is coming to Canton to talk about his life and raise awareness about a fatal nervous system disease that killed his son. ``An Evening with Jim Kelly'' will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the McKinley High School's Umstattd Hall, 2323 17th St. N.W., Canton.'

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September 27, 2005

Marker This Has Become The Perfect Year To Train Losman [9:15 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'J.P. Losman isn't where I thought he'd be after three games, but I'm not shocked. I expected at least a Carson Palmer learning curve and we're getting it.'

Marker McGahee gets back on track, but Bills 'O' still struggling [5:14 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'As good as McGahee was, second-year quarterback and first-year starter J.P. Losman was that bad, as he put forth his second abysmal performance after looking sharp in the first game of the season.'

Marker Write Your Own Bills Column [2:08 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: 'Fortunately, there is still a solution that will allow everyone to be happy, one that will allow Bills Daily to get a weekly column, one that gives the reader what they want to hear, one that allows me to spend more time with my wife and kids rather than slaving over a keyboard – a do it yourself Bills column! I’ll provide the framework of the column, and you, the reader, can fill in some easy blanks to create the column you want to read! Here you go...'

Marker Jacobs: More than a football player [2:07 PM]
Canton Daily Ledger reports: 'Jacobs started for the Patriots for two years then became aware of the perils of football after Nick Buoniconti was drafted and given his job. But things couldn't have worked out better for the Canton product as his trade to the Bills was to a team on the upswing. Buffalo compiled a 12-2 record the next season for their first of back-to-back championships. The second was a 23-0 victory over San Diego in 1965.'

Marker Game 3 review: Atlanta Falcons shred Buffalo Bills [2:06 PM]
Gwinnett Daily Post reports: 'The coaches did better in having the team prepared for the Falcons. But ultimately, until it all of a sudden clicks in JP’s head, there’s not much they are going to be able to do in terms of play calling. Taking JP out at this point is not a solution, as you just delay his development. At some point, you just have to bite the bullet and let JP take the reins. Every time you switch to a new quarterback, a team will have to go through with this, and when the Bills decided to let Drew Bledsoe go, this decision was made. Like it or not, the fans, as frustrated as they may be, will need to give JP the time that he needs to develop – much like the Giants did with Eli Manning. Eventually, those results will payoff I think. JP has all the tools and the physical attributes as well as the mental attitude that you want. What he needs now is experience and game time to finish developing.'

Marker Bills' Positional Recap - Week 4 [2:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Second year quarterback J.P. Losman has shown the ability to move the offense into scoring position.'

Marker Buffalo ‘D’ stands for depressing [12:04 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Clearly, Losman is early in his learning curve and needs some major help from a defensive unit that swore it had his back. But unless it happens soon, this team is in big trouble ... and it’s not all on the quarterback.'

Marker Bills' defense getting run over [12:03 PM]
RealFootball365.com reports: 'That run defense was anchored up the middle by large defensive tackles Pat Williams and Sam Adams. However, Williams departed in the off-season for a bigger payday in Minnesota and his loss has really shown as veteran Ron Edwards has taken over alongside Adams. Outside of the opener, when the Buffalo Bills defense held Texans starting back Domanick Davis to just 48 yards on 14 carries, Buffalo's run defense has been porous.'

Marker Takeo gets TKO'd by injury [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It just looks like it just gave out on him," Mularkey said.'

Marker Red zone TDs continue to be a problem [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills were 29th in the NFL in touchdown scoring percentage in the red zone last season. Not much has changed this year.'

Marker Bills move on minus team leader Spikes [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He addressed the team and he was emotional," recalled fellow linebacker London Fletcher. "It hurt to have him tell you he's done for the year. You could see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice, his voice was cracking, but he was still focused on the team. In spite of his situation he wasn't feeling sorry for himself, he was more concerned about the team and that says a lot about him as a person and a teammate."'

Marker Are Bills overrated or underachieving? [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So where do they go from here? It looks gloomy, even though the season is only three games old. The Bills made a big effort on Sunday to point that out. But here's the catch: the Bills are 1-2 and face a daunting schedule that won't make Losman's life any easier and defensively, the best player in recent Bills history will be leaning on crutches on the sidelines for the rest of the year. So where are they going? In my view, not very far.'

Marker Ex-Bills player boosts charity in Big Bend [5:00 AM]
Tallahassee Democrat reports: 'So much has changed since the 1960's when sprinting out of the backfield was so easy for Bass. Preaching has become his mission. He did it from the pulpit of Tallahassee's Faith Presbyterian Church for 20 years before retiring 17 months ago. "Now you look at life and I'm happiest when I help somebody," he said. "That's better than a touchdown."'

Marker Reassessing J.P. Over Drew [5:00 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Having said that, and despite all those compelling stats I just gave you, it still isn’t obvious the Bills made a mistake, at least on the quarterback decision. It is just as obvious after three games, and this was even before the season-ending injury to Takeo Spikes, the Bills are not made of playoff stuff.'

Marker Inside slant [5:00 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' worst fears have been realized.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:59 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'After giving up 191 yards to Tampa Bay a week earlier, the Bills gave up 236 on 36 carries (6.6 yards per rush) to the Falcons. Vick, whose 27-yard scramble to convert a third-and-10 play set up Atlanta's clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter, finished with nine runs for 64 yards. Few teams can contain Vick, but the Bills made it worse on themselves by also allowing running backs Warrick Dunn (15 for 97) and T.J. Duckett (12 for 75) to run wild.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:59 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'RB Willis McGahee, who gained 140 yards against Atlanta, now has nine 100-yard games in 14 career NFL starts. Buffalo had been 8-0 when McGahee topped the century mark until Sunday's 24-16 loss.'

Marker Tuesday's Atlanta Coverage [4:58 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Falcons get back to full strength (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Mora says Hall is making most of his skills (AP)
Inside slant (The Sports Xchange)
Strategy and personnel (The Sports Xchange)
Notes, quotes (The Sports Xchange)
Jim Mora Press Conference (AtlantaFalcons.com)

September 26, 2005

Marker Bills fall to Falcons [10:10 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Losman’s passer rating for the game was 33.8.'

Marker Spikes Sidelined [10:09 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Spikes is in his third season with Buffalo and has evolved into the team's emotional leader. He has never missed a start since signing with the Bills in 2002. Angelo Crowell will assume Spikes' starting role.'

Marker Bills Unable To Circle The Wagons [10:08 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Meanwhile the Bills certainly offer the championship talk…. they sound like at team that believes they are one of the league’s best. But the proof comes from performance, and when the chips were down on Sunday, the Bills did not step up. They can talk the talk, but they have not yet walked the walk. The difference between the Bills and Patriots; the Bills think they are a good team; while the Patriots know they are a good team.'

Marker Ask him yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Mike, why on 4th-and-1 would you have called a QB sneak with J.P. instead of running Willis as well as he had been running? Do you not think he is capable of attaining 1 yard?'

Marker Ask him yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'For the better part of a decade, the Bills fans have been told to have faith and stay the course, your organization was building a winning team. Well, how much longer will the loyal fans have to endure failure and frustration before the Bills beat good teams and make the playoffs?'

Marker Spikes Lost For Entire Season With Torn Achilles [4:01 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Spikes was chasing down QB Michael Vick when he tore his tendon. The injury didn't appear disasterous when it happened but Spikes knew it was most likely a worst-case scenario as he slammed his helmet to the ground after he rolling over and grimacing in pain.'

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