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Buffalo Bills News - August 5, 2001

Marker Browns impress in scrimmage vs. Bills [6:06 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: 'The defense sacked Bills quarterbacks 11 times and Tim Couch completed 10 of 14 passes during a full contact scrimmage yesterday before 8,537 fans in Sox Harrison Stadium. Technically, the Browns won 30-12, but the scrimmage was not about keeping score.'

Marker Davis takes advantage of players' strengths [6:05 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: 'A fight broke out when Bills tackle Ruben Brown took exception to remarks by cornerback Daylon McCutcheon. Brown weighs 304 pounds, McCutcheon 180. McCutcheon did not back down. He didn't have to. Teammates Keith McKenzie and Gerard Warren jumped into the fray as players from both teams joined in.'

Marker Hall class about grit, not glamour [6:03 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: 'He said he'll likely be coming back to Canton in the near future for the enshrinement of three of his former players -- quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas and defensive end Bruce Smith.'

Marker Shuffled line exposes weakness of the Bills [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'Based on what happened in yesterday's scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns, the Bills still aren't ready. They are, however, getting closer.'

Marker Bills' offense sent scrambling for answers [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Had quarterbacks been live targets in yesterday's scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns -- you know, like they are in real NFL games -- Johnson would have been limping, frowning and his snowy white uniform would have been covered in mud and blood.'

Marker Modest Fisher establishes his case with three sacks [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think I showed the coaches that I could play a little bit, but none of it really matters, it was just a glorified practice," he said. "Next week it will be a little more live and I have to continue to improve over the next 3-4 weeks to prove they should keep me around on the 53-man roster."'

Marker Henry impresses in scrimmage vs. Browns [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"He brought an attitude to the running game the same way the offensive line brought an attitude to the run game," Coach Gregg Williams said. "That is, get up in the hole, get north and south."'

Marker Levy takes place with NFL legends [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: '"Where would you rather be, than right here, right now?" said Polian, the former Bills general manager who hired Levy in 1986. "Marv, there is no place in the world we would rather be than right here, right now with you."'

Marker Levy shines during his finest hour [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'In 14 1/2 minutes, he hit the high points of an extraordinary 76-year journey and the people who made it possible. To paraphrase Churchill, this may have been Levy's finest hour.'

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August 4, 2001

Marker Henry surpasses expectations in scrimmage against Browns [8:50 PM]
AP reports: '"It seems I'm made to play in this league."'

Marker Ex-Bills pay homage to Levy [2:30 PM]
North County Times reports: '"He's a respected leader, kind of a grandfather type, but knows his business. He's very articulate, one of those guys that you want to listen to because he always coming up with a great analogy, great story. I can't say enough about the guy."'

Marker Listen to Marv's induction [11:58 AM] reports: Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello declared Saturday, August 4th Marv Levy Day in the city. Listen in to the enshrinement ceremony (11:30 a.m., ESPN2) as Levy becomes the third Bill to enter the Hall of Fame...

Marker Marv Levy: Hall of Famer [11:57 AM] reports: Bills coach Marv Levy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 4th, 2001. Levy is the third member of the Bills organization to enter the Hall, and is the winningest coach in team history and is already a member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame...

Marker Sam Cowart Q & A [11:35 AM] reports: How will you carry over your skills from last year to this year? A: "This year hopefully I can rebound and have a good of a year this year as I did last year. I hope I can do better...

Marker The Bills take extra protection [11:33 AM] reports: In light of the recent heat related death of Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Korey Stringer, Head Coach Gregg Williams addressed the media yesterday about what steps he and the Buffalo Bills coaches are taking to help reinsure safety for their players.

Marker Bills vs. Browns Scrimmage [11:32 AM] reports: Saturday's scrimmage between the Bills and the Browns will be different than a normal NFL game, as according to Bills coach Gregg Williams, each team will get 5 different series of plays starting from their 35-yard line, with 12 plays to try to score a touchdown. Should the 12th play put either team inside their opponents 10-yard line, the offense will get another three chances to put the ball in the end zone.

Marker Davis sees attitude' in Browns [9:55 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The Browns' defense, which has feasted on two weeks of competition against its own struggling offense, needed to see the likes of Moulds, Peerless Price and 233-pound tailback Shawn Bryson for a quick reality check.'

Marker Bills buck up Browns [9:47 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'It was just one practice -- not two -- against the Buffalo Bills. But it was good enough for Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis to say his team gave itself a much-needed shot of confidence.'

Marker Claim to fame [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Meanwhile, Buffalo mayor Anthony Masiello announced Friday that today will be "Marv Levy Day" in the City of Buffalo. He will be honored by the city at a later date.'

Marker Schobel hoping for better days [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Today was one of those days," said the Bills' rookie defensive end following the Friday afternoon session at Edinboro University. "I felt really sluggish and I really didn't do too much. I don't think I did too well today. I just really felt slow and some days you just don't have a good day."'

Marker Rain gives Bills morning break [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To make up for missing the morning session, the teams combined practices and had fewer reps.'

Marker Williams showing he's right man for the job [8:24 AM]
Sporting News reports: 'Williams -- a relative unknown in the NFL coaching profession whose highest rank was as a defensive coordinator with Tennessee last year -- has given the Buffalo franchise a shot in the arm with his strict attention to detail and teaching style.'

Marker Browns, Bills have hectic day [5:42 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Only a couple hundred people were in the stands early Friday, huddled in rain gear under umbrellas and waiting for a chance to see the pros drill. But the diehards also were sent scurrying for their vehicles because of the lightning and continuing rain.'

Marker Football legends to take their place in HOF [5:30 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"I think all those people are paying their respect to this class," the former Buffalo Bills head coach said. "But I think more than that, they're paying their respect to the game of football and to the Hall of Fame institution, which helps glorify this great game. That's why we're all here this weekend."'

Marker Williams sees bright side of rainy Bills practice [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Williams, a guy who could jump out of an airplane without a parachute and convince you he'd land safely, opined that the Bills got "good, productive work" during the hectic two-hour session.'

Marker Polian, Levy meet again -- in Canton [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"I wouldn't have achieved 1/100th of what I've achieved professionally without Marv Levy," says Polian, the Indianapolis Colts general manager who has been voted NFL Executive of the Year four times by his peers. "Marv Levy gave me my start, and through the years, he gave me an education about football and about life."'

Marker Linebackers key to Williams' defense [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Get talking linebackers and Buffalo Bills Coach Gregg Williams gets a twinkle in his eye. The former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator thinks of linebackers the way an explosives expert thinks of a fuse.'

Marker Coaches impressed by rookie O'Leary [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'One player who has grabbed Bills Coach Gregg Williams' attention is rookie tight end Dan O'Leary. Not only is O'Leary making strides on long snapping -- a job he currently is the front-runner to win -- but he is also showing signs that he could help at the tight end position.'

August 3, 2001

Marker Hall of Fame Class of 2001: Marv Levy [4:12 PM]
Pro Football Hall of Fame reports: The HOF Web site contains tributes to the class of 2001. Typical Levy: " I also know that no one goes into the Hall of Fame - their name may be promulgated there - but it's the work of thousands of people that result in any person going in." (I looked it up for you *Promulgate* "to make know by public declaration)

Marker Levy's leadership puts him into Hall [2:49 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: He is probably one of the most thoughtful and mild-mannered NFL coaches.

"Leadership is the ability to get other people to get the best out of themselves," said Levy, who has a masters degree from Harvard. "It's manifested by getting them not to follow you but to join you."

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