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.'
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.”'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'''
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.'
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.'
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).'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.
Osunde Signs With Bills [5:08 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"I'll start on the practice squad and try to show them I am what they said I was before the injury," Osunde said. "I kept working out every day. Now it's up to me to do my part."'
Wednesday's St. Louis Coverage [5:01 AM]
Martz rebuts Miami report (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Road show will impact Rams' fate (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Shoulder injury puts Tercero out for season (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Game 10 Preview: Rams vs. Bills (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Rams' secondary was fired up (Belleville News Democrat)
Gentle Side To Timmerman (StLouisRams.com)
Smith Making a Name for Himself [9:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Just call me Jonathan because I am tired of hearing about my nicknames," Smith said. "I used to wake up before elementary school to watch the Flintstones and people just started calling me Fred after Fred Flintstone. I used to walk around saying 'yaba-daba-doo' and the nickname just caught on."'
Ex-Demon McGee on Sports Illustrated's mid-season All-Pro team [9:20 PM]
DeRidder Beauregard Daily News reports: 'The 5-9, 201-pounder won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after he became only the third player in Bills history with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season. McGee, who handles cornerback and kick return duties, is the only player in the league with two kickoff returns for touchdown. The NFL single-season record is four. He is third on the Bills team with 35 tackles and also has a fumble recovery. In preseason, Sports Illustrated listed McGee as the "Bills' Player on the Rise" projecting him for a breakout season based on his preseason camp performance.'
Bills Sign Another For The Practice Squad [5:32 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The former UConn player signed with Cleveland as a free agent in April. He had 22.5 sacks with the Huskies.'
Bills sign DL Osunde to practice squad [5:32 PM]
AP reports: 'In Buffalo, he fills the spot left open after tight end Jason Peters was promoted to the Bills active roster last weekend.'
Bills Sign Osunde to Practice Squad [4:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Osunde was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Connecticut in April '04. At UConn, Osunde holds the Huskies career record with 49 tackles for a loss and is second in the program's annals with 22.5 career sacks.'
New England Still Dominant [3:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This doesn't signify the end of Drew's career, it just means he was struggling and the team needed to go in a different direction for the final minutes. Drew has had better games in his career, but it's not fair to pin the loss on him. I know that he wanted to play better than he did, but I'm sure everyone on the team felt that way.'
Flashback: Tasker, Bills Bury Rams [3:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"That was the only time in my 11 1/2 years of playing in Buffalo, of all the cold games and all the away games, that we couldn’t get home," Tasker said. "We flew in and they let us land in Niagara Falls, at the military base. Then they bussed us over to the Hilton and we stayed there for the night. The next morning, we got up and got on a bus and drove down to the airport, where our cars were, and they were buried under two feet of snow! I mean, it was awful. Some of the staff members for the Bills had been up there trying to shovel them out for us, but it was like nothing I’d ever seen. All the way up over the wheel wells. The cars were just buried. It was unbelievable."'
Bledsoe, Holyfield reach twilight time together [1:54 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'But they have to see the handwriting on the wall. Their time has come. While they may not be going out on top, they should contemplate bowing out gracefully while we can still remember them when they were great and not just as shells of their former selves.'
Pats’ game wasn’t Bills’ best moment [11:30 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Every single piece of optimism Buffalo had generated in three consecutive victories at home was systematically debunked by the Patriots.'
Bledsoe's best days long gone [9:54 AM]
Concord Monitor reports: 'Bledsoe gave $150,000 to his alma mater, Washington State, in the name of his grandfather. He's the international chairman of the Children's Miracle Network, raising millions of dollars to benefit hospitalized children around the world. He's been honored by the Pop Warner organization. He's written children's books. He's the ideal role model. He's the kind of guy you want your daughter to marry. But he's not the kind of guy you want quarterbacking your football team.'
Seething With Anger [9:53 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The Bills team that showed up in Foxboro on Sunday night is the worst team in football. Arizona, San Francisco and Carolina all showed much more spark than the Bills. Even Miami had a better week and they were on a bye.
Bledsoe is still starter . . . for now [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's still too early to rule out where we're going from this point in the season," Mularkey said after meeting with his players. "There are seven games left. We're not out of it. Drew has proven in three (wins) of four (games) before this game that he was a big reason why. We'll start with Drew this week."'
Enough: Let Losman start at QB [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They're 3-6 now. It doesn't matter how they got there, or how close they came in a couple of the losses. They are what they are - an utter mediocrity, a team that front-runs in its own stadium but lacks the talent and heart to compete on the road. They have no shot. I'm told Wade Phillips has declared them out of the playoff race. So they might as well end the Bledsoe charade once and for all.'
Is there anything left to play for? [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I hear there's a No. 11 jersey clear-out sale this week.'
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