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Buffalo Bills News - October 13, 2002

Marker Bledsoe faces Texans and former teacher Palmer [5:31 AM]
AP reports: '"It's fun personally to work with a guy who thinks he has something to prove," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "He's on a mission. He wants to make sure everyone understands he's not done playing this game and he can play at a high level for quite a while."'

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October 12, 2002

Marker Cicci teams with Hall of Famer Kelly [8:25 PM]
Corning Leader reports: 'They have the shop, but no driver, sponsors, crew chief or manufacturer was announced Friday. However, Kelly did say the Hunter's Hope Foundation he and his wife Jill created for their son, Hunter Kelly, who was born with Krabbe's disease will be a prominent part of the team. "With the support of the Busch Series and Frank Cicci Racing, Hunter's Hope will reach more people than ever before," Kelly said. "Our goal is to increase public awareness of the foundation and ultimately to raise funds to support research efforts to find a cure for Krabbe and other leukodystrophies."'

Marker Riemersma playing waiting game [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He's making $2.5 million after refusing a pay cut, which was what the Bills proposed when they asked him to restructure his contract. His deal calls for him to make $3.5 million next season, but there's a better chance he'll be released.'

Marker Bledsoe knows all about Carr's rough ride [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: '“As a matter of fact I starred in his Nike commercial for three or four years based on that game,” Bledsoe said with a laugh, recalling the ad that featured Smith’s wipeout of Bledsoe.'

Marker Capers tries to write an expansion success story - again [6:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Long before Gregg Williams had his storied interview with Tom Donahoe. Even preceding Marvin Lewis and John Fox being rumored as the leading candidates for the Buffalo Bills’ head coaching job, there was Dom Capers.'

Marker With Bledsoe at helm, Bills' receivers flex considerable muscle [6:13 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"In my mind, Eric and Peerless are playing as well as any receivers in the league," Bledsoe said this week during a break in preparation for Sunday's game against the Texans. "Teams are starting to focus on trying to shut them down, but they're still catching the ball and making plays. "I have supreme confidence in those two guys right now. I'll take some chances throwing the ball to them that I wouldn't take if they were other guys."'

Marker Posey a steal at LB [6:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Utilizing anaconda-like strength with the quick-strike ability of a cobra, Posey has charmed his way to a team-high 3 1/2 sacks -- half a sack more than his total for the first four years of his career.'

Marker Texans summary [6:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Texans coach Dom Capers and Bills coach Gregg Williams share a common bond as head coaches who were defensive coordinators, so Capers can sympathize with Williams, whose Bills have the 26th-ranked defense in the league, and have allowed an average of 36 points per game, the highest total in the NFL.'

Marker Forming a new team [6:10 AM]
Raleigh News and Observer reports: 'Kelly's role is less about racing and more about profits. His monetary contribution was not revealed, but Cicci said the retired Buffalo Bills quarterback would try to attract sponsors and use his contacts to help market the team.'

October 11, 2002

Marker Jim Kelly becomes owner in Busch series [8:32 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Kelly is teaming up Frank Cicci to form a team in the Busch Series. The team will be known as Frank Cicci Racing.'

Marker Jim Kelly gets into racing [8:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Kelly said being involved in the Busch team will also give him another platform from which to generate support for the Hunter's Hope Foundation, established by Kelly and his wife, Jill, in honor of their 5-year-old son, Hunter, diagnosed shortly after birth with Krabbe Disease.'

Marker Len Pasquarelli's Tip Sheet [5:23 PM]
ESPN reports: It looks like the Buffalo Bills are prepared to part with defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson and will seek to recoup a prorated share of his signing bonus and, after perhaps keeping him around for a week following the end of his suspension, waive him.

Marker College Rivalry: Tennessee Volunteers (Trey Teague) at Georgia Bulldogs (Jonas Jennings) [4:40 PM] reports: Jennings: "That's a no brainer. Georgia! Last two years we've beat Tennessee. We're going to keep it going. I'm definitely going to follow the game. We're looking to beat them by three touchdowns. If you talk to my Georgia boys tell them I said go out there and play ball."

Marker Tops Game Ball of the Week: Peerless Price Q&A [2:46 PM] reports: "Eric (Moulds) has helped me a lot along the way. He's been a tremendous help. This year alone, Drew Bledsoe and Kevin Gilbride (have helped me). Drew from the standpoint of having confidence in me and believing in me. Coach Gilbride for the schemes and all the things he allows me to do."

Marker Following Favre: Deals Still Have Impact [2:45 PM] reports: Ten years ago, Ron Wolf pulled off one of the best trades in NFL history -- acquiring Brett Favre for the Green Bay Packers for a first-round draft choice. Meanwhile, everybody says "there are no more big trades in the NFL anymore." Well, the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins certainly would not agree with that theory. Trades that these clubs engineered this year are paying handsome dividends.

Marker Old Nemesis, New Team [1:50 PM] reports: 'This Sunday, the game will come down to how well the Texans offense performs against a Bills defense that can stop no one.'

Marker First-Ever 'Public Service Advertainment' to Support NFL Stars' Charities [10:18 AM]
Biz Yahoo reports: Drew Bledsoe will be one of the contributors to first installment.

NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott announced today the debut of TiVo's first Public Service Advertainment campaign, which features a video showcase and website effort named "Champions for Charity" that seeks to raise funds for the worthy causes supported by some of the biggest stars in the NFL.

Marker Newman frets over lesser role [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's been tough because I never know how much I'm going to play from week to week," said Newman, who made 189 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks the last two years. "Obviously, having just nine tackles is not good. But I can't control the decisions of the coaching staff. I just have to take advantage of the snaps I do get and maximize those opportunities to the best of my ability."'

Marker Moore might play with broken hand [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's one of those things where it's going to take time to heal, so we're kind of playing it by ear," Moore said after practice Thursday. "The willingness to play is certainly there. The question is whether I can go out, physically do my job and be able to help the team rather than be a liability."'

Marker Bills hope to pick off futility mark [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'There have been 5,145 pass attempts through the first five weeks of the NFL season and 167 have been intercepted. But none by Buffalo. Zero. Zip. Nada.'

Marker Wright will be extra hand on deck for Texans against pass-happy Bills [5:19 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"They have good receivers and a great quarterback," Wright said. "They are passing the ball and putting points on the board. It's going to be a challenge for us as a secondary to come out and go against a good offense and contain them."'

Marker Bledsoe's passing leads Bills' turnaround [5:18 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"I'm not surprised at what Drew's done," Palmer said. "After last season, I heard people saying `Drew's through,' but I knew they were going to be in for a shock. I knew how hungry he was. I knew what a sense of purpose he had about this season. I mean, we're talking about a talented, Hall of Fame quarterback who's been to the Super Bowl."'

Marker Buffalo's Bledsoe fits the Bills [5:17 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"Eric Moulds and Peerless Price are playing as well as any tandem (of receivers) in the league right now," Bledsoe said. "I've been kind of energized by the move, to be honest. After being in one place for so long and then kind of having the job yanked away from me, it kind of gave me new appreciation for what it means to play in this league, and the opportunity I have to do that."'

October 10, 2002

Marker Bills hope $1,500 pot ends interception drought [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'The linebackers and backs are anteing up $100 each heading into this weekend's game at Houston. Whoever gets the first interception collects the pot.'

Marker Lary Bump: Moore injury could hurt special teams [8:16 PM]
Shout! reports: With a broken left hand, Moore can't snap for punts. We have seen problems with long snapping going back to last season, but Moore and punter Brian Moorman seemed to be working together well before the injury.

Marker Texans Coach Familiar With QB Process [4:14 PM] reports: Chris Palmer was New England's quarterbacks coach during Bledsoe's breakout season of 1996. Bledsoe led the Patriots to the Super Bowl that year while throwing for 4,087 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Marker A touch of Texas [1:47 PM]
Beaumont Enterprise reports: 'With all of the former Lone Star State and Houston Oilers coaches and players populating the roster, you would think the Erie Canal was a football pipeline extending 2,000 miles south.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Texans Preview [9:32 AM] reports: "Their defensive scheme presents some real problems from a pass protection standpoint. Trying to figure out who is blitzing and where they are coming from and how they are doing things- their defense looks really good. We have a challenge ahead of us."

Marker Texans' zone blitz figures to dog Bledsoe [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Capers helped popularize the "zone blitz," which has been one of the most significant tactical developments in football in the past decade.'

Marker Some familiar faces await the Bills in Houston [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've seen a lot of guys who it takes a while to learn the game," Flowers told the Chronicle. "It took Trent Dilfer a while. Now, he has a Super Bowl ring. It's too early to throw the bust tag on me. I know my abilities, and I know I'm not (a bust). I will be successful in this league, whether it's now or later on."'

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