Simmons takes a pass on Patriots' practice [5:43 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Simmons's locker was all but vacant, a clear sign that something was wrong.'
Pass Rush Plays Big Part In Pats' Fall [5:42 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'In a 31-team league, they are tied for 29th when it comes to sacking the quarterback.'
Belichick fighting flu [5:41 AM]
AP reports: 'New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick went to a hospital emergency room Thursday night for treatment of flu-like symptoms.'
Flutie can't predict his future in Buffalo [5:40 AM]
AP reports: 'With Flutie set to make a $5.4 million base salary, which translates into about a $5 million increase over this season, speculation has been raised whether that is too expensive a price to pay a backup quarterback.'
Four Bills named to the Pro Bowl [5:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Somewhat more surprising is Brown, who will be making his fifth straight trip to Hawaii. He has started all 14 games at left guard for a much-maligned offensive line that has given up 55 sacks this season -- 48 of them with Rob Johnson at quarterback -- and paves the way for a ground attack that ranks 19th in the league in rush yards per game with 109.4.'
Belichick eases on defense [5:38 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Even if most players are grasping what they need to do, all 11 must be on the same page for the defense to be effective. On some occasions, communication has broken down, and the result has been too much opportunity for opposing offenses.'
Phillips gives staff vote of confidence [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I have a real strong coaching staff. They work real hard at what they do. "I have to evaluate that as a coach that's been in the league 25 years. These guys are working hard at what they do, they're trying to get things accomplished where we're not as strong in certain areas with personnel. We address those things and try to get better. They do a good job with that."'
Parade of Johnson hits has Phillips concerned [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson, who has a reputation for holding onto the ball too long, is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.'
2001 Opponent Update [8:19 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The Bills will play their usual home-and-home series with the other AFC East opponents. In addition, their cross-conference opponents in the NFC West have also been determined. Here are the Bills NFC opponents...'
Phillips: These Bills are better [6:57 AM]
D and C reports: '...coach Wade Phillips said yesterday he has no plans to fire Pendry or any of his other beleageured offensive assistants.'
Elbow injury may sideline Johnson [6:56 AM]
D and C reports: '...he admitted yesterday that while he's not listed on the injury report, there's a chance he might be unable to play Sunday against the New England Patriots.'
Scaling back the 'D' [6:55 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'According to coach Bill Belichick, the players have not been able to handle the defenses he outlined for them.'
Belichick, defense feel the strain [6:54 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Yesterday, Belichick said he has had to dramatically scale back the scope of his defensive scheme because his players weren't picking it up.'
Patriots continuing to simplify defense [6:54 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '...Bill Belichick has been disturbed, disappointed and dumbstruck that too often this season his Patriots have appeared soft, passive and disjointed because of poor communications against even some of the most mediocre offenses they've faced.'
Offense's lack of production leaves Bledsoe frustrated [6:52 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It's been extremely draining," Bledsoe said of the emotional currency he has invested in the train-wreck season. "To come in with expectations, then to lose so many close games early, then to come back each week and battle again and still end up losing 10 of 14 has just been very, very difficult."'
Some Suggestions For Ralph Wilson After Bills' Next Two Meaningless Games [8:36 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'So with a very strong likelihood that Buffalo will end its season in the midst of a five-game losing streak, here's my suggestions for owner Ralph Wilson as to how to clean up the mess at One Bills Drive.'
Bledsoe: I want to stay in New England [7:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe says he wants to finish his career in New England, despite a disappointing season that finds his team in last place.'
Bills Hansen, Fina questionable; Johnson nursing sore elbow [7:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The banged-up Buffalo Bills might be minus a couple of more players as defensive end Phil Hansen and tackle John Fina are listed as questionable for this weekend's game.'
Phillips gives Johnson vote of confidence [7:51 PM]
AP reports: '"We're making yardage and he's a high-rated passer. That's why we feel like he has a future," the Buffalo Bills' coach said of his quarterback.'
No Surprise Ending For Buffalo [4:25 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'When Ronnie Jones sends his troops out on the field, you know something bad is going to happen. You just don't know when. Or how.'
Play calling has the Bills mystified [1:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Moulds, when asked why he's not getting the ball, responded, "You guys have to ask the coaches that. I just go out and run the routes that they call."'
Bills bothered and bewildered by slide [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hockey season has officially begun in Buffalo.'
Johnson says he's part of problem [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Following the game, which officially eliminated the Bills from playoff contention, Johnson let down his guard, soiled his reputation as an uncaring beach bum, and showed some honest to goodness emotion. It's about time.'
Bills try to resurrect pride in final games [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: '"We just showed everybody that we didn't have the character to stand up to a Colts team who I still don't know how we got blown out (by)," said always animated defensive end Marcellus Wiley.'
Bumbling Bills attempt to salvage what's left of the season [8:44 PM]
AP reports: 'The fallout from Monday's 44-20 loss at Indianapolis found players questioning the Bills one-dimensional offensive scheme, others admittedly embarrassed, and a special teams unit in utter disarray.'
MNF game balls [3:10 PM]
ColtsNews.com reports: 'The defense was sparked by the play of two new starters in Brad Sicoli and Mustafah Muhammad who both were able to record five solo tackles.'
Colts sack Bills with "embarrassing" loss [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Whatever Webster defines 'embarrassed' as ... it just happened." Indeed it did.'
Playoff hopes buried under pile of points [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be out of the playoffs this season for the first time since 1997.'
Over and out [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Miami Dolphins put the top on the Buffalo Bills' playoff coffin last week, and the Indianapolis Colts covered it with dirt Monday night.'
Johnson, Moulds unleash frustration [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It just seems like we have a lot of one-man routes," said Johnson, who has a burser sac problem in his right elbow. "All we get is cover-two and cover-five, and when you've got third and long, you've got one guy (to throw to). If he's not there ... It's frustrating."'
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