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Buffalo Bills News - November 29, 2002

Marker Many of Jim Kelly's Thanksgiving memories revolve around football [11:43 AM] reports: In East Brady, Pennsylvania, where I grew up, football was our town's whole life. You ate, slept, lived, and died football, whether it was playing a pick-up game in the backyard or watching the Steelers -- or whatever game we could find -- on television.

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Phillip Crosby [11:42 AM] reports: Fullback Phllip Crosby was the latest member of the Bills roster to sit down with for the Two Minute Drill. Read what the second-year player from Tennessee had to say about his teammates.

Marker Bills' defense isn't making stops where it counts [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When it comes to red-zone rankings, the Bills are just rank. They are next to last in the NFL in that all-important area.'

Marker Dolphins could fall victim to snow job [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The forecast calls for snow and wind with temperatures in the 20s at the 1 p.m. kickoff.'

Marker Steadier Lucas credits teammates [5:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'But by completing 51 of 77 attempts for 642 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions over the past three weeks -- jacking up his passer rating from 48.6 to 100.7 and Miami’s record from 5-4 to 7-4 -- Lucas has his swagger back.'

Marker Ricky nears record [5:54 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Delvin Williams never imagined in 1978 that, when he rushed for 1,258 yards to eclipse a single-season mark held previously by Larry Csonka, it would remain a record all this time. Now it appears certain to fall. With 1,056 yards already this season, Ricky Williams needs only to average a smidgen more than 40 yards per game over the Dolphins' remaining five to knock Delvin Williams off the throne.'

Marker Lucas to make Bills pay? [5:52 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''I realize a lot of things,'' he said. ``I don't have to be perfect. I just have to do my job. If we don't turn the ball over, there is no one that can beat us.'''

Marker Dynamic duo [5:51 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'No team in the NFL has a better pair of receivers this season than the Buffalo Bills, who will lean heavily on Price and Moulds to forge an upset Sunday of the Dolphins.'

Marker Chester regains confidence as pain finally fades [5:50 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Chester had a season-high eight tackles Sunday against San Diego and received a game ball for what coach Dave Wannstedt said was "his best game."'

Marker Fiedler practices, status still uncertain [5:50 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Fiedler, who has not played since breaking his right thumb against Denver on Oct. 13, is expected to dress against Buffalo, but coach Dave Wannstedt still has not said whether Fiedler will be the backup quarterback or No. 3. He is listed as questionable.'

Marker Dolphins' Taylor enjoys an MVP season [5:49 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'With an AFC-high 11 sacks, 29 quarterback hurries, 49 tackles, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 11 games, he has to be considered a strong candidate to become the third Dolphin in team history to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.'

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November 28, 2002

Marker Gray defends himself, Bills' defense [7:54 PM]
AP reports: '''You've got guys saying, 'Jerry should be fired. Jerry should be that,''' Gray said. ''You know what, I've talked to a lot of guys and been around a lot of coaches and you know what they say? They say: 'Jerry, if you're in this business long enough, you may get fired more than once.''''

Marker Fiedler improving, working with first team [7:53 PM]
AP reports: 'Wannstedt said Wednesday that Fiedler probably will be uniform as the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback Sunday at Buffalo.'

Marker Safety net has snags for Bills [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is no surprise three-quarters of the way through the season that Coy Wire and Pierson Prioleau are suffering through growing pains.'

Marker More points would make Moulds happy [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sunday's game is sold out, but there may be some tickets available at the box office today and Friday if the Miami organization returns some seats from its allotment for the game.'

Marker Bills' receivers want to air it out [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'What is frustrating for the receivers is that the majority of the throws are underneath routes because the deep routes are being choked, so Bledsoe has opted against going long in favor of taking what the defense is giving him -- the short passes, many of which have been directed at the backs and tight ends.'

Marker Bills' defense worries Wannstedt [5:57 AM]
D and C reports: 'Both teams will enter the game pretty healthy for late November. The only player listed on Buffalo’s injury report is CB Antoine Winfield with a lower leg ailment, and he’s probable.'

Marker Bills need to shorten drive starts [5:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In the last 31/2 games, Buffalo hasn’t commenced a single drive in opposing territory ... that’s 33 possessions without starting on the opponent’s side of the 50.'

Marker For Bills, weather is delightful [5:55 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''There's snow on the ground today,'' Williams said with satisfaction in his voice. ``And it's supposed to snow all week long. I sure hope it snows. I hope it's Buffalo Bills weather. You play good old-fashioned football in those conditions.'' At this point, the Bills are looking for any positives.'

Marker R. Williams, Taylor receive AFC honors [5:54 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Taylor, who leads the AFC with 11 sacks, won the award for the second consecutive month -- the first time in NFL history a player has won back-to-back monthly honors.'

Marker Lucas hoping to repay the Bills [5:53 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Just when Lucas seems comfortable behind center, Fiedler returned to the practice field Wednesday and, after taking snaps on the side and participating in several quarterback drills, announced his arm strength at "85 to 90 percent."'

Marker Carter cleared to practice, will play soon [5:52 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"You'll get that chilly lake effect and snow. I don't mind playing in the cold," said fullback Rob Konrad, who went to college at Syracuse, also in upstate New York. "You can run all day. It'll be good football weather."'

Marker Dolphins' Baker grateful for freedom [5:51 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Four years ago Baker was in the Red Eagle Honor Farm Prison, a maximum-security facility in Montgomery, Ala., after he was convicted of drug trafficking. He was given a 15-year sentence, served 10 months and was released on March 22, 1999. He remains on probation through the end of this year.'

Marker Fiedler practices, will dress vs. Bills [5:50 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"Right now I am thinking that he will definitely dress. It is just a matter of how good we feel by Friday and how much he can do. He definitely will not start."'

Marker Fiedler may be backup Sunday [5:49 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"We're really taking the approach of get him out here today and tomorrow, let him run full speed, let him practice full speed, but really not have him in the heart of the game plan in the event that something would show up Friday and we would use up two days of practice and not be able to play (him)," Wannstedt said.'

Marker Thankful DeHaven savors family life [5:48 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: 'They named the boy Tobin, which is Kathy's maiden name. As for the middle name, there's a football angle. It's a tribute to former Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood, a Pro Bowl-caliber performer who is best remembered for missing a 47-yard field goal at the end of Super Bowl XXV that would have given the Bills a victory over the New York Giants on Jan.27, 1991.'

November 27, 2002

Marker Moulds, Price frustrated by sputtering Bills offense [7:33 PM]
AP reports: '''The way we're playing, I don't think we can beat anybody,'' receiver Eric Moulds said Wednesday. ''I don't think we've lost our confidence, but swagger, yeah,'' added fellow receiver Peerless Price. ''We've been shut down, to put it bluntly.'''

Marker Dolphins expect Williams to make a difference in December [7:32 PM]
AP reports: '''You think of cold-weather games and sloppy fields, with the power running game being the most effective thing, and that's Ricky's game,'' Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad said Wednesday.'

Marker Fiedler, Carter return to practice; Lucas to start at Buffalo [7:32 PM]
AP reports: 'The Dolphins are 2-3 with Lucas as the starter but the wins have come in the last two games.'

Marker Lucas: 'Bills probably happy I'm playing' [1:18 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Q: So was that really the worst quarterbacking performance in the history of professional football against the Bills last time? Lucas: If it wasn't, it had to be pretty damn close.'

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