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Buffalo Bills News - September 11, 2001

Marker Christie senses Bills career over [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe, who did speak with Christie's agent, said he and Williams tried unsuccessfully to contact Christie. Donahoe said he hoped to sit down with Christie in the near future to talk.'

Marker Door open for Christie to return to Bills [5:42 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It would be difficult for me to consider signing back with them," Christie said last night. "I'm not saying I wouldn't, but let me ask you this: Would you trust them after what happened? I have my doubts."'

Marker Buffalo weather just like home to Saints [5:41 AM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: 'The Saints made a key adjustment on offense at halftime. After knocking heads with the Bills defense, which stacked eight and nine men at or near the line most of the first two periods, the Saints spread their offense with four receivers in the hopes of opening running lanes for Ricky Williams.'

Marker Christie angry over how Bills gave him the boot [5:40 AM]
AP reports: '"I've tried to handle the business side with class, and I really don't think in this case they did," said Christie, the most accomplished kicker in Bills history. "I've been here a long time and I've made Buffalo my home. For them to handle this situation like they did was unacceptable, unacceptable."'

Marker Saints were never worried in Buffalo game [5:39 AM]
AP reports: '"Basically all I said was that the defense is holding its end. If you can make teams kick field goals in the red zone and don't give up touchdowns you have a chance to win the game," Haslett said. "So we just had to go out and play our type of football on offense, that's run the ball wear people out, take advantage of the plays you get, don't put the ball on the ground, and we did it."'

Marker Bills MLB Cowart out indefinitely with torn Achilles tendon [5:38 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Rookie Brandon Spoon, a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina, is listed as the backup middle linebacker, but the Bills may shift reserve outside linebackers -- Kenyatta Wright or DaShon Polk -- into the middle.'

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September 10, 2001

Marker Spriggs tears ACL - out for season [7:33 PM]
AP reports: Dolphins Coach Wannstedt announced on Monday that Marcus Spriggs suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the 4th quarter of Miami's 31-23 win at Tennessee on Sunday night and will miss the rest of the season.

Spriggs, 27, spent the first 4 seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Bills' Cowart out indefinitely [3:28 PM]
AP reports: 'The middle linebacker will not need surgery on his partially torn right Achilles' tendon. But coach Gregg Williams said Monday he will miss ``a significant amount of time'' and it's unclear if he will return before the end of the season.'

Marker Cowart is out a "significant time" [2:30 PM]
Greg Williams Press Conference reports: It is a partial achilles tear. GW just announced it at his press conference.

Marker Saints put a crushing on the Bills [1:42 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '...the immediate question for Williams is which Bills are the real ones. Are they the team that held the Saints to 27 yards and no first downs on 16 plays before a 38-yard Hail Mary on the final play of the first half? Are they the team that rushed for 104 yards and enjoyed a nearly 14-minute edge in time of possession in the opening two periods? Or are they the team that mustered only 78 yards, turned the ball over twice and were pounded for 24 points over the final 30 minutes?'

Marker A tale of two halves for Saints [1:41 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Despite the paltry numbers, New Orleans' players said that no one was angry or mad in the locker room during halftime. "We didn't get too riled," Williams said. "We were just upset because we were playing so horrible."'

Marker Knight has big day for Saints [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In assessing their performance, Bills' defensive end Phil Hansen noted, "I thought they did a pretty good job. They didn't contribute to our loss ... we contributed to our loss."'

Marker 5th Down: Nothing kicks this kicker's confidence [1:21 PM] reports: A good piece by Tim O'Shei on Jake Arians. He has received some coaching on Buffalo’s tricky autumn winds from former Bills punter Chris Mohr. With the Falcons this summer, Mohr and Arians were roommates. “We talked a lot about different stuff,” Arians said. “We actually talked a lot about Buffalo, the winds. Arians has known Mohr for several years.

Marker Just plain clueless [10:41 AM] reports: Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback: "... you get into the game and see John Fina, supposedly the anchor of this group, playing like an Arena League cuttee and letting the Saints turnstile him on the way to Rob Johnson. Then there's the matter of adjusting to the West Coast offense, a Buffalo first, and switching from the 3-4 to the 4-3. I mean, who in their right mind could have predicted how the Bills would play in the opener, not to mention this season?"

Marker 'New Bills' fall in half-hearted season opener [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After seven months of buildup, the Gregg Williams regime got under way Sunday - with disappointing results.'

Marker Saints take Bills to finishing school [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whenever they get first-and-goal on the 1-yard line, they had better score a touchdown. And whenever their quarterback throws three interceptions, they are virtually assured of losing. Those were the realities played out in the Bills' 24-6 season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.'

Marker Henry gives backfield an attitude [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry ran for 58 yards on 22 carries in the Bills' 24-6 loss to the New Orleans Saints, but his performance was better than the numbers might indicate.'

Marker Ricky takes charge in second half [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I really didn't run it in the first half," said the 5-foot-10, 240-pound Williams. "They came out in the Bears' defense and we practiced all week for it, but I don't think we really thought they were going to play it. We came out in the second half and gave them some different looks and we did a good job."'

Marker Film will only confirm Johnson came unreeled [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He did not get knocked out of the game. That's a positive. But the new offense was a huge disappointment. It's supposed to put pressure on defenses by giving the QB multiple options, but that didn't stop the Saints from taking Moulds out of the game.'

Marker Surprise party by Bills' defense lasts only 30 minutes [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Circumstance says it's too early to draw any firm conclusions on the Buffalo defense Gregg Williams and coordinator Jerry Gray have tinkered with without cease. Are the Bills as good as they looked in the first half? They played the final three quarters minus standout linebacker Sam Cowart. Might they thrive without him if his Achilles injury is serious?'

Marker Arians does the job in debut [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm happy with my start," Arians said. "Obviously, it would be a lot sweeter if it had come in a victory. But I just went out there, tried to relax and hit the ball cleanly."'

Marker Monday billboard [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Big Picture: This was the one the Bills needed to have, and now they're in danger of getting the Gregg Williams era off to a slow start. Next up are the Miami Dolphins and then the Indianapolis Colts, both on the road, and early indications are both will again contend for the AFC East crown. There's a very real possibility that Buffalo will be 0-3 heading into its next home game Sept. 30 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.'

Marker Saints awaken, overpower Bills [8:03 AM]
New orleans Times Picayune reports: 'The secondary's cause was aided by a relentless pass rush. The pregame focus targeted the Saints' matchups against the inexperienced right side of the Bills line. But it was right end Joe Johnson who had made the biggest impact, wearing out left tackle John Fina for three sacks and eight tackles.'

Marker Brooks stays calm until offense finds game [8:02 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: '"This was Saints' weather," winked Johnson, who spent most of Sunday either putting the hug on quarterback Rob Johnson or creating havoc in the trenches. "As the second half wore on, they were pretty much gassed out. Let's give some credit to that Thibodaux humidity."'

Marker Knight's three INTs fuel New Orleans' fire [8:01 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: '"(Rob Johnson) is a pocket passer," Johnson said. "That's what he is. You hate to play against the Donovan McNabbs and Jeff Garcias of the world, guys who can move around. So, any time you can play against a pocket passer, you got to take advantage of it."'

Marker Buffalo provides sack lunch [8:00 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: '"The thing about the first half was that we didn't score many points," Johnson said. "We only scored six points, and we were dominating them. If we could have scored some touchdowns in the first half, it would have been a lot better. "We hit a couple of 30-yard passes but we just didn't get in the flow offensively. We didn't have a good idea of what they were doing defensively."'

Marker Lewis' debut less than glowing [7:59 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Sunday's sellout crowd of 71,447 (2,520 no-shows) is not unusual for this football-crazed community. The Bills sold approximately 37,500 season tickets, meaning the walk-up crowd approached 35,000. By comparison, the Saints sold approximately 43,500 season tickets, and more than 15,000 tickets remain for their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.'

Marker Nice guy takes the blame for having a tough day [7:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In his 19th regular-season start for the Bills - for whom he is now 8-11 in three seasons-plus - Johnson had those three interceptions, was sacked five times and gained an unremarkable 160 yards through the air on 16-of-27 passing. Most importantly, his offense generated two field goals in the first half, produced no points in the second and inspired throaty boos from the sweltering crowd of 71,447 (so many of whom remain staunch Flutie fans) throughout.'

Marker New Orleans 24, Buffalo 6 [7:03 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"You're going to lose when you play only one half," Williams said. "Now we've got to put two together."'

Marker Bills can look West to see how it's done [6:51 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Banned from Buffalo in the offseason, Doug Flutie shined in his debut for the San Diego Chargers, orchestrating a 30-3 triumph over the Washington Redskins. Hours earlier and more than 3,000 miles away, Bills fans discovered that Flutie is gone but the problem still wears a Buffalo uniform. No. 11, to be exact.'

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