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Buffalo Bills News - October 30, 2003

Marker Brown: Perfect Timing For Bye Week [5:11 AM] reports: '"It's just going to take commitment to the team and everyone pulling their weight focusing on what their job is and doing it and not doing too much. It's easy to turn this around. We can easily turn this around. If we start handing the ball off to Travis Henry, he seems to be hot, and we keep getting the ball to him and let him do his thing it will all fall into place."'

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October 29, 2003

Marker Donahoe backs coach; calls it `gut-check' time for Bills [7:42 PM]
AP reports: '''I think we're in a gut-check period for this team and this staff and this organization,'' Donahoe said. ''And I'm confident we're going to come out of this and get this thing going in the right direction because I believe in the people that we have doing it.'''

Marker Thomas among those inducted in Buffalo hall of fame [7:42 PM]
AP reports: '''It's just not the old Bills that used to play around here,'' Thomas said, recalling many of his former teammates, such as Jim Kelly, Andre Reed and Bruce Smith. ''It doesn't seem like anybody's stepping up to the forefront right now and being a leader.'''

Marker Bills leaning toward activating McGahee [3:38 PM]
AP reports: '``We probably would be leaning that way,'' Donahoe said. ``We can activate him, but it doesn't mean he has to dress. The thing that you probably do not want to do with Willis is put him back on IR because then he can't practice.'''

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Reggie McKenzie [2:22 PM] reports: When the Bills chose offensive guard Reggie McKenzie during the 1972 NFL draft, they knew they were getting a consensus All-American and they also knew they were getting a two-time All-Big Ten selection, who had played in two Rose Bowl games. What they didn’t know, was that they were also getting an unquestionable team leader and a player that would be nearly as dependable as the sun rising in the east for the next 11 years.

Marker Players take blame for woes [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's all on the players," Adams said. "Gregg is the head coach, and he'll take the brunt, but it's not his fault. Look at us. A good head coach will take responsibility. He's taking responsibility. But the burden lies on our heads."'

Marker Back to the drawing board [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With a record of 4-4, the Bills' playoff hopes are far from dead. But they probably will have to go 6-2 in the second half of the season - and win all three of their remaining AFC East games - to make the playoffs. Given their ugly performances in each of their last three losses, it obviously will take a stunning turnaround to do it.'

Marker Bledsoe Sr. teaches parenting [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Drew Bledsoe recalled being intimidated as a New England Patriot by the sight of Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith in the tunnel of Rich Stadium before the start of Bledsoe’s first NFL game. However, he said, the intimidation of being a new parent was worse. “All of a sudden, there was a life … I was responsible for,” Bledsoe said.'

Marker Should Williams go? [5:14 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'His team simply isn’t tough enough mentally, which is something he vowed he would have when coming here from his previous stint as defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.'

Marker The Bills Begin The Bye Week With Gregg Williams At The Helm [5:13 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gregg Williams was front and center at Tuesday's Bills practice. That pretty much tells us he'll be on the sideline a week from Sunday in Dallas.'

October 28, 2003

Marker Bills RB Henry feels underutilized in red zone [6:10 PM]
AP reports: '''Man, I don't know. I'm searching for answers myself,'' Henry said. ''You would think I would get the ball in certain situations in which I'm not getting it.'''

Marker Bills' Milloy fined $25,000 for knocking over official [6:09 PM]
AP reports: 'The NFL said it happened during a running play in the third quarter in which Milloy made ''impermissible physical contact with a game official.'''

Marker Burning Questions [6:08 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Which big-name QB isn't getting it done?'

Marker Buffalo Bills at Midseason [3:42 PM] reports: 'In all, 14 NFL teams have between four and six wins (only the 8-0 Chiefs have more than that) and only five AFC teams have more wins than the Bills.'

Marker Bills add Toyota to sponsors list [3:06 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The car maker will also receive marketing exposure in parking lots surrounding the stadium with each lot bearing the name of a different Toyota vehicle and Toyota brands will be identified on all parking passes for each area.'

Marker Bills and Toyota Announce Partnership [3:05 PM] reports: 'The Bills announced that the team has reached a multi-year agreement with Toyota that makes the company the official car and truck of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker The Bills still have time to correct flaws [2:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Still, it’s worth noting that Kansas City was also 8-8 last year and the only significant changes from 2002 are the addition of three defensive starters: end Vonnie Holliday (Green Bay), linebacker Shawn Barber (Philadelphia) and cornerback Dexter McCleon (St. Louis). That trio hardly compares to the Bills’ off-season signings ... especially Spikes, Milloy and Adams.'

Marker Williams avoids queries on job status [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have not played to their potential for much of the season. The Bills have a very good game against Washington and an uninspiring overtime victory over Cincinnati to show for the last six weeks. Players haven't seemed to completely embrace his approach, which might explain why the Bills often seem as if they're going in different directions, especially when they get behind. Buffalo's latest effort might have been the ugliest.'

Marker Now is time to say bye to Williams [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's not going to get any better with Williams and Gilbride. The old poker player has to realize he's holding a bad pair. Time for Donahoe to throw in his hand.'

Marker Weary Bills need a lot more than rest [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With eight games to play, there is time to salvage the season but the challenge is daunting. Buffalo’s final eight opponents are a combined 34-23.'

Marker Where do the Buffalo Bills go from here? [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Hey, fans and media can’t feel foolish for believing this team was playoff worthy. Some of the biggest names in the national media picked them to win the Super Bowl. I mean, three years into the Tom Donahoe-Gregg Williams Era, and the dots were starting to connect. How did we know that once you connected all those dots, the image formed would be of a guy wrapping his fingers around his throat?'

Marker Buffalo Bills replay [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Never mind Dallas’ suspect record. Ponder this: The coaching matchup is Bill Parcells vs. Gregg Williams.'

Marker One play at a time [5:12 AM]
Pittsburgh Morning Sun reports: '"The main thing was that it was nice to know that the organization had confidence in me and that they wanted me to be their guy for a number of years to come," he said. "To be able to come into a season that way was a plus as opposed to the first two seasons not knowing what my future would be."'

Marker Inside slant [5:11 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills have come unglued in every phase, especially on the road where they have now been outscored 85-15 in their last three games away from Ralph Wilson Stadium - at Miami, at the Jets and at Kansas City.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'As for head coach Gregg Williams, he did not have this team ready to play, plain and simple.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'LT Jonas Jennings left the Kansas City game with a hip injury. X-rays taken at Arrowhead Stadium were negative and it is believed that Jennings will be OK to play in Dallas Nov. 9, Buffalo's next game.'

Marker Bledsoe, Bills continue to disappoint on the road [5:08 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Here's another stat to chew on: Bledsoe is 2-15 on the road against teams that finished the season with a winning record since 1998. It may not be all his fault, but Bledsoe certainly doesn't lead his team to many big victories on the road.'

Marker Williams Avoids Any Job Status Talk [5:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I coach every day as hard as I can and as I said earlier in the year, I will not comment on those things."'

Marker Bills fans not happy with coaching after KC game [5:06 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: '15% now say his contract should be extended.
75% say it should not.
9% aren't sure.'

Marker The Day After: Gregg Williams Comments [5:05 AM] reports: '"We played the best team in the AFC record wise and we weren't precise enough, especially in the first half or really in any part of the ballgame to beat a team like that on the road. We had our opportunities early in the ballgame. We had very good field position in the first half offensively. We weren't able to match any plays that they made and we gave up too many big plays in the first half. Our defense has been pretty solid on not giving up big plays but we gave up big plays in this ballgame. In the second half, defensively, we came out pretty strong forcing five punts out of seven possessions in the second half but we turned the ball over. Special teams played solid in both halves but we didn't get the offense or the defense clicking."'

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