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Buffalo Bills News - November 30, 2003

Marker Out clause could put Haslett on Bills' radar [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Haslett basically has control of personnel decisions in the Saints organization. Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis is a salary cap expert and does not stand in Haslett's way on player moves. Haslett obviously would not have full control of player moves with the Bills. Haslett's family also is happy in the Big Easy. The Saints also have a decent group of young players - Deuce McAllister and Aaron Brooks among them - and could be poised for a strong playoff run next year. Coaches almost never voluntarily leave a spot where they have as much control as "Haz" has in New Orleans. Nevertheless, the Saints' finish this month bears watching. After today's game with the 'Skins, they play Tampa, the Giants, Jacksonville and Dallas.'

Marker Giants assistant McNally: He shapes offensive lines and lives [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hofher can attest to the fact that McNally can have a profound effect on a man's life in a short period of time. McNally has been changing the lives of young offensive linemen, albeit in a less dramatic fashion, for four decades.'

Marker Bills, Giants say they’ll come to play [9:00 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '‘‘For whatever reason we’re not playing up to the expectations that everybody planned out for us, and what we planned out for ourselves,’’ said Bills’ halfback Travis Henry.'

Marker Q&A: Terrence McGee [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams is fond of saying nobody’s a rookie any more at this point in the season. Is that how you feel?
Yes, very much so. I’ve been here since May. They drafted you for a reason and you’ve got to do the job they drafted you for. I feel I’ve been here long enough to know something about the defense and get out there and contribute.'

Marker Williams, Fassel feeling the heat [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills, 8-8 last season, spent lavishly on free agents to take that next step. The Giants returned 20 starters from a 10-6 team that made the playoffs.'

Marker Giants Hoping They Still Have Something Left as Motivation [5:12 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Bills Coach Gregg Williams pushed aside the question of whether his players would continue to play hard under the circumstances. "These are prideful men," Williams said in a conference call this week. "I don't think you would ask the doctor that when he is going into surgery on a tough surgery, either."'

Marker Time to play, not whine [5:11 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Yet as bad as all that sounds, there's not a feeling of chaos inside the Giants' locker room - at least not yet. Publicly, the players remain mostly united. They don't expect this season to deteriorate into a finger-pointing mess.'

Marker Giants' will to win [5:10 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It shouldn't be tough to get up," Allen said of today's game against the Bills, a meeting of two 4-7 teams that weren't supposed to be in such dire straights. "I'm in desperate need of a win, no matter what may happen as far as [the] postseason. You still have pride, you still want teams to respect you. Going out there and fighting hard each week is fine and dandy, but at some point we've got to come up victorious at the end of the game."'

Marker Fassel's wife asks fans for support [5:09 AM]
New York Post reports: '"Let's hear the 50,000 other fans; let's listen to that other voice, too," Kitty told The Post in a telephone interview. "It would be wonderful if they would start a chant 'Keep Fassel.' How about that? 'Keep Fassel.' So I hear what is not being said."'

Marker Tiki: It's 'easier' to play out the string [5:08 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It's probably easier," Tiki Barber said. "The way we've been playing, we have nothing to lose. We can go out with a little bit of reckless abandon and not feel any inhibition about making mistakes. We can just play football and hopefully get better as the weeks go on."'

Marker Giants On the Rocks [5:07 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The fans, too, are braced for the worst. Their team has not won a home game since the opener Sept. 7. They won't be in a forgiving mood on a blustery day against a bad team on a holiday weekend.'

Marker Giants will be taking a look in the mirror today [5:06 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"We would use the words 'extremely frustrated' around here," said Bills linebacker London Fletcher. "Especially these last three weeks."'

Marker Giants-Bills matchups [5:05 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Giants 23, Bills 16.'

Marker Giants need to win back fans [5:04 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'A win over a struggling Buffalo squad, which has running back Travis Henry playing with a cracked bone in his leg, and Bledsoe having missed two days of practice with lingering affects from a concussion, would help keep the boo-birds away.'

Marker Giants-Bills scouting report [5:03 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'They'll face a quarterback in Drew Bledsoe who hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in four games. The Bills' top wide receiver, Eric Moulds, is playing through a groin injury and caught just three passes for 38 yards last week against the Colts. He has been unable to go deep, as indicated by his 14 catches for 123 yards in four of the past five games. Travis Henry is playing through a cracked bone in his right leg but still rushed 22 times for 77 yards last week. The fourth-quarter defense remains a sore spot, as the Giants have been outscored 71-56 in that quarter.'

Marker Giants, Bills in Pride Bowl [5:02 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'Chances are the winner will be the team that brings the healthiest mind set. After all, these clubs have proven focus problems. Buffalo's minus-11 turnover differential is the worst in the AFC; the Giants' minus-eight is tied for the worst in the NFC.'

Marker Collins looks to get Giants’ offense going [5:01 AM]
New Haven Register reports: '"Certainly we’ve struggled to score points lately, and that may have led to some things I tried to force."'

Marker Bill rips offense in diary [5:00 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Don't blame the media for this controversy.'

Marker NFL Insider [4:59 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Buffalo is paying for two big mistakes: the hiring of Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator before last season and underestimating the value of receiver Peerless Price before this season. The blame should -- and will -- fall on head coach Gregg Williams, who is in the final year of his contract.'

Marker Hey, we've heard this one before [4:57 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The sounds from Buffalo lately are similar to those heard here in Kevin Gilbride's second season as offensvie coordinator.'

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November 29, 2003

Marker Bills have Giant problems, too [10:48 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'In many ways, Buffalo's misery is eerily similar to that of the Giants. The Bills are minus-11 in turnover ratio, even worse than the Giants' minus-10. Much like the Giants and Kerry Collins, the Bills have a former Super Bowl quarterback in the midst of a subpar season.'

Marker Giants odds and ends [10:48 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"It's invisible, it seems, this year for us," Barber said. "It's hard to put your finger on where it went because we have the same personnel, albeit the offensive line has changed a little bit. Skill playerwise, we have the same personnel. We're not getting that one block, that one extra step needed to catch a pass, that little extra effort. Whatever that reason is, it's not happening and it's causing our offense to stagnate a little."'

Marker Giants' slide may cost Fassel [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fassel's teams have made the playoffs three times in his six previous seasons. In 2000, after consecutive losses and a 7-4 start, he guaranteed the Giants would make the playoffs. New York reeled off five straight victories and didn't lose again until Baltimore beat the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Last week, before falling to Tampa Bay, he promised that people would never see him sweat. "It's guaranteed," he said.'

Marker Drew feeling better [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I never really had any headaches," Bledsoe said. "I just felt dizzy and nauseated. I felt OK today. I'm still a little fuzzy, but I'm going to play."'

Marker Radio reporters cross some ethical lines with Bills' Donahoe [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was surprising Monday afternoon to hear WNSA-FM news reader Ricky Jay preface a Donahoe sound bite by saying that the Bills general manager didn't feel he deserved any of the blame for the Bills' season. Then he played a sound bite of Donahoe saying, "It has nothing to do with me, it has to do with the team, the coaches, Mr. Wilson and the fans." WNSA listeners never heard the question that led to the sound bite. If they had, they would have heard Donahoe responding to a question from Channel 2's Stu Boyar about how disappointed he was, not if he deserved any blame. Jay's packaging was totally misleading, lazy and journalistically unsound.'

Marker Giants share Bills' doleful record [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“That was two games, in our division, and it cost us, and you never know the ripple effect,” Fassel said. “That really shook the foundation of our confidence, took the wind out of our sails, and you don’t know how that affects another game and another game.”'

Marker Haslett might fit Buffalo's bill [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Haslett was the Coach of the Year in 2000, but his critics point out the team’s late-season folding acts in 2001 (0-4 after a 7-5 start) and 2002 (0-3 after a 9-4 start). He also made an untimely decision early in last week’s 33-20 loss at Philadelphia and was subjected to a level of media and fan criticism that generally is reserved for coaches on their way out.'

Marker Giants Try to End Funk; Fans Will Bring in Noise [5:18 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In two games since, the Giants have lost two road games and are not expecting the words "happy" and "homecoming" to be associated with their game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Giants Stadium. To listen to a few Giants players, most notably receiver Amani Toomer, they are expecting surliness befitting a street mob.'

Marker Fassel's a winner, says Herm [5:17 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"We know that is the business and I think how we conduct ourselves when we go through that is very, very important. Not only for yourself, but for the integrity of the National Football League and what you stand for as a football coach, because that is part of the deal and we know that."'

Marker William an ordinary Joseph [5:16 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"William has to show me that he can play better," Giants coach Jim Fassel said after benching the rookie in favor of recently re-signed Frank Ferrara in Monday's loss to the Bucs. "He just hasn't had the production in the game. You always need to relate it to how many plays (because) you can't compare production if one guy played nine plays and the other played 59. But those nine plays, you need to do some things - tackles and things like that."'

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