Bill Belichick Press Conf. Transcript - 12/04/2002 [5:09 AM]
Patriots.com reports: 'Q: What kind of runner is Travis Henry? How would you characterize him? BB: I think Travis Henry has a lot of strengths as a runner. He's got real good balance, he's got good power, and he's got good speed. He likes to bounce the ball out and cut it back a lot. He doesn't always hit into the hole, not that he won't hit into the hole because he does, but he's also a threat to take the ball outside and send it back to the weak side of the formation, or the weak side of the way the play is designed to go. He's a guy that can really hit you on all fronts. He's been nothing but impressive. I talked about him before the first game about how impressed I was with his running skills, his ability to break tackles, make yards after the first hit, and outrun people as well as be strong and run over them. I think he's got a real good set of skills there to run the ball, and he's also catching the ball coming out of the back field, and of course turning into a good runner in those spots too. He makes some big plays for them consistently. He's had a real productive year.'
Bills Head Coach Gregg Williams Conf. Call 12.4.02 [5:08 AM]
Patriots.com reports: 'Q: In scouting the Patriots, in a lot of games this year, Antowain Smith has not been a big factor, yet every time he plays you guys, he's a major factor. How do you approach that? GW: Obviously, he's a focal point and, as we want to be able to establish each week, that you have to make sure you're able to play the running game strong and he's done a very good job in improving himself in the pass game and they're doing a good job of utilizing him and we need to make sure we take the necessary steps to make sure that we can minimize the gains when he's in the ballgame.'
Chargers sign Price [9:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Price's first five seasons in Buffalo were under general manager John Butler, who became the Chargers GM in January 2001. Butler has signed several ex-Bills the last two seasons, including defensive end Marcellus Wiley and quarterback Doug Flutie, the backup to Drew Brees.'
Linebacker's role expands with Bruschi injury [9:03 PM]
AP reports: '''On a personal level, I feel bad for'' Bruschi, said Drew Bledsoe, anticipating his first game in Foxboro since his offseason trade. ''But on a professional level, I'd be really happy to see him standing over there in street clothes because he is very tough to play against.'''
More than 'Bledsoe Bowl II' on line for Bills [9:01 PM]
AP reports: '''We can't worry about winning one for The Gipper,'' guard Ruben Brown said Wednesday. ''We've got to win one for the Bills.'''
Bills sign DT Seals to practice squad [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'To make room for Seals, the Bills released receiver Rodney Wright from their practice squad.'
Ask Eric Moulds A Question [6:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: With his 5th 100-yard game of the season (21st of his career), the former 1st Round Draft pick by the Bills also went over 1,000 receiving yards for the season to give him his third career 1,000-yard campaign. In addition, he extended his franchise-record streak of games with a catch to 77 games. Now is your chance to ask the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver a question!
Bills Add One To Practice Squad [5:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has added defensive tackle Richard Seals to it practice squad. Seals (6-3, 305) was drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the 2000 Draft out of Utah. After being released by the Jets at the end of the preseason he then spent part of the 2000 season on Jacksonville’s practice squad. To make room for Seals...
Bledsoe's return is a big game [4:44 PM]
Patriots.com reports: 'So while Belichick will obviously be preparing for Bledsoe as a key Bills weapon, that is not the story of the game. Patriots and Bills matchups are always exciting affairs, and with both teams still clinging to playoff hopes the real story will unfold between the first and last whistle. Bledsoe Bowl II talk makes for enjoyable fodder, but a competitive matchup is even better.'
Office wrist nicked, but he should play [4:02 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Left end Kendrick Office is questionable for the Patriots game with a sprained wrist. He's the only Bill on the injury list. The unfortunate part is that Office was just getting comfortable, having battled a number of injuries since early training camp.'
Law, Belichick tough opponents to beat [4:00 PM]
Shout! reports: '"There's no question when you put something new in, you have to make sure the players A) have to be able to adjust to it, and B) that they're physically capable of being able to do what you want them to do. A lot of times you get into practice and find it's going to be either harder than you thought or easier than you thought. You listen to the players' feedback."'
Phillips shows how D can be learned [3:59 PM]
Shout! reports: 'On the other hand, Williams seems to be prepared to ride his 46 mutant all the way to the unemployment line.'
Where Are They Now: Mark Brammer [2:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills went 11-5 during Brammer’s first season and won their division for the first time since 1966. It was also the first time in six years that they were in the playoffs. Some of Buffalo’s fans were ‘Talkin’ Proud’ and supporting the team Sunday afternoons at Rich Stadium and early Monday mornings at the airport.
Another Special Moment For Don Beebe [2:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Despite the fact he lives in Illinois, Beebe has made several trips back to Buffalo since his playing days. He quickly adds that coming back to visit isn't always easy; he finds it difficult to just sit back and watch.
Week 14: Bills at Patriots Injury Report [2:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Kendrick Office (wrist), questionable.
Bills - Patriots Series History [2:22 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills & Patriots will be meeting for the 85th time ever in the regular season. The Patriots hold a 44-39-1 overall series lead. The 39 wins against NE mark the second-highest total by the Bills against any team (NY Jets - 47). Six of the last nine games have been decided by 4 points or fewer (5 of 8 by three points) and four of the last six meetings have gone into OT.
Chargers replace Richey, near deal with lineman [1:29 PM]
North County Times reports: 'A team source said the Chargers brought in for a workout veteran lineman Shawn Price, who is currently out of football after being released by the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 5. He could be signed as soon as today, pending the result of a physical.'
One false step could doom Patriots season to failure [1:22 PM]
Qunicy Patriot Ledger reports: '‘‘We know what's in front of us there,'' Belichick said, ‘‘but the main thing that's on our minds now is preparing for Buffalo. We know what happened the last time we played them (a 38-7 Patriots laugher in Orchard Park, N.Y., Nov. 3). I'm sure they'll make some adjustments. This game will have some different dynamics to it, like it always does when you play a team a second time. It's never the same, so it'll be different on our end, I'm sure it'll be different on their end.'''
Coach is X and O factor behind Henry's success [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Travis Henry reached 1,000 yards rushing last Sunday, no one in Ralph Wilson Stadium was more gratified than Buffalo Bills running backs coach Steve Fairchild.'
Game in snow shows why it's so special here [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Would you rather spend Christmas sweating on a beach, or watching a blanket of snow fall in the moonlight on the roof of a hundred-year-old Victorian? That's why it was a happy coincidence that the Dolphins were in town the day the season's first storm hit. Around here, it doesn't get much better than that.'
Bledsoe is merely a side issue [5:37 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots beat the Bills in Buffalo not because they beat Bledsoe but because Tom Brady beat up Buffalo's shoddy defense the way Mike Tyson beats up sparring partners. The same holds true in nearly all of Buffalo's defeats.'
Breakthrough year for Henry [5:35 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''The guys on the team joke with me, telling me that I'm slippery,'' said Henry, the latest in a recent line of University of Tennessee runners (Jamal Lewis, James Stewart) to hit the ground running in the NFL. ''So I guess I am slippery. I'm used to breaking tackles. That's my forte to running. The offensive line blocked well, and I just hit the holes and made something happen.'''
Belichick does it the hard way [5:34 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``It's been a very, very difficult year,'' said safety Lawyer Milloy. ``It's a year where everyone is geared up to play us. I think the (opposing) coaches are more aware of (Belichick's) schemes, too. So it's harder to camouflage it. It's just a battle. It's a grind.'''
Pioli, Pats may be near deal [5:33 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Richard Seymour practiced with the team yesterday, a good sign that the defensive tackle, who suffered what he called a bruised thigh in Detroit last Thursday, will be ready to play Sunday against the Bills.'
Bills are tough on the corners [5:32 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price starting making big plays as soon as the season began. It seemed for a few weeks leading up to last Sunday's game against Miami that defenses had found a way to contain the pair, but Drew Bledsoe was again finding his favorite targets against the Dolphins in what turned out to be a 38-21 victory.'
Patriots add Hayes for safety reasons [5:32 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Recognizing a need at safety, the Patriots reacquired veteran Chris Hayes on Monday to fill their roster vacancy. Hayes, 30, was with the Patriots during training camp, but they released him on Aug. 30 before the season began.'
Last year’s ‘Team of Destiny’ controls its own destiny now [5:31 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'So who has the edge at Gillette this weekend? The Patriots have already exposed the Bills’ weaknesses on defense once this season. It’s doubtful that they will execute the exact same game plan, but why stray from what works?'
Funke on the Bills [9:53 PM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'But every offense needs one thing and it was the big difference against Miami. It's what the Bills didn’t have against the Jets. Field position.'
Patriots enter home stretch hosting the Bills [9:35 PM]
Patriots.com reports: 'Patriots running back Antowain Smith will play in his fourth game against his former team this weekend when the Patriots host the Bills. Smith has rushed for an average of 102 yards in his three games against the Bills, including his 111-yard effort in the Patriots 38-7 victory on Nov. 3.'
Wind advisory [1:14 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'In many ways the setup is similar to that of Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, which debuted last year as a kickers' graveyard - the Steelers and their opponents combined to miss 16 of 33 field goal tries there during the regular season. Once December rolled around it was worse with the two sides going a combined 7-for-15.'
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