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Buffalo Bills News - December 27, 2001

Marker Jets offensive line draws strength from Fabini [5:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Fabini, one of the most underrated left tackles in the NFL, is enjoying perhaps the best season of his four-year career.'

Marker Bills' Van Pelt takes things in stride [5:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Q. Buffalo is a proud franchise. How has the team dealt with losing? A. It has been hard for a lot of the older guys, especially those who have been here, a couple of them, for the Super Bowl runs. But the young guys keep working hard. You haven't seen this team lay down yet. This team has a lot of pride. We're playing some good effort football. That's a good positive note to build on for next year.'

Marker Vets are pointing to playoffs [5:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Veterans are stressing to the younger players how important it is to seize the moment and reach the playoffs. Only 16 Jets remain on the roster who played a prominent role on the 1998 AFC East title team, and for most of them that was their only postseason appearance.'

Marker Jets safety Ferguson can now be called a starter [5:41 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I'm going to show what I can and do the best job I can," Ferguson said Wednesday, four days before the first start of his NFL career. "It's not a position where I feel I'm going to go in and botch it up, although some people may feel that way."'

Marker Jets notebook [5:40 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The Jets' path has become very clear: win two games, get the AFC East title, the conference's second seed, and a first-round bye. Win one, get into the playoffs. Win none, possibly miss the postseason.'

Marker The teams who can crash playoff parties [5:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'But amid the carnage of a transitional year largely spent cleaning up the salary cap mess that the new football regime inherited and trying to accelerate the learning curve for one of the league's youngest rosters, Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe offered Monday that head coach Gregg Williams has done a terrific job in his rookie season.'

Marker Bills find sweeping success in run attack [5:39 AM]
AP reports: 'It's taken the Bills three months to figure out how to establish a potent running attack. Little did anyone realize the answer was as simple as pitching the ball outside.'

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December 26, 2001

Marker Bills' Henry to Miss Second Straight Game With Sprained Knee [8:46 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Rookie Travis Henry, the Buffalo Bills' leading rusher, will miss his second straight game with a sprained right knee.'

Marker Cornerback set to return from knee injury [2:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Aaron Glenn doesn't want to be left out, so he's moving back into the lineup.'

Marker Van Pelt makes mark on Bills [1:18 PM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills clearly have played better with Van Pelt than they did with Johnson. It's led to a quarterback controversy that no one expected.'

Marker Hackett's offense finally broke out [10:00 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'Hackett called as masterful a game as Vinny Testaverde pitched in Sunday night's thrilling, 29-28 comeback win against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets ignited for 451 total net yards, their most since they rang up 524 yards in a 34-20 season-ending loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Dec. 24.'

Marker Bills enjoy sweep smell of success [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The toss sweep has become the Bills' signature running play.'

Marker Ostroski defines courage [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...he realized the main reason the award went to him was because he suffered a broken right leg, mended with a plate and screws, and came back much sooner than expected.'

Marker Behavior of Bills fans a bright spot in dark year [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only one game, against the Miami Dolphins, with a noticeably large number of fights and ejections.'

Marker Winning With Chemistry: Testaverde to Chrebet [6:53 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The chemistry that has long existed between quarterback and receiver was obvious against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, when Testaverde hit Chrebet on 8 passes for 118 yards.'

Marker Coleman's on the bubble [6:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'One of Bill Parcells' first personnel moves as Jets general manager in 2000 was signing cornerback Marcus Coleman to a five-year, $20 million contract. Coleman, coming off a breakthrough season, appeared ticketed for stardom. Now he may get a ticket to ride — out of town.'

Marker Whatever it's called, it works [6:51 AM]
New York Post reports: 'So, ditching the "West Coast" moniker, what the Jets have done is build a running game that's consistent and a weapon, protect the ball and sprinkle in the passing game as a complement.'

Marker 2-Minute Thrill [6:50 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets are 9-5 with a chance to clinch a playoff berth this week at home against Buffalo. They can win the AFC East and get a first-round bye if they win their last two. They are in this position for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is an old man playing quarterback like a kid.'

Marker Herm Had Good Idea [6:49 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets' offense and its embattled coordinator had their most creative and effective game of the year in Sunday's 29-28 victory in Indianapolis.'

Marker Redemption arrives for Hackett [6:48 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '...Hackett's offense shined like never before in a 29-28 victory over the Colts, a victory that all but assured the Jets (9-5) of a playoff berth.'

Marker Jets just getting by their opposition [6:47 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"The Jets are scrappy," Curtis Martin said in ESPN's slick pregame production. "We don't care if we win by one, we don't care if we win by 50. We just want to get it done."'

December 25, 2001

Marker Testaverde is showing his worth [9:34 PM]
AP reports: '"I like it because the guys are having fun," Edwards said. "They are playing loose and having fun and that's how you have to play. You can't play tight. That's what I told them: 'You can't be tight; you just have to go play. Let it all hang out. Play football like you know how.'"'

Marker Losing may be a winning move for Bills [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But be of good cheer: The reward could be the second overall selection in the 2002 draft.'

Marker Brief rest is Bills' gift [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills will be back to work tomorrow, though, getting ready for their game against the New York Jets on Sunday in the Meadowlands. And then the harsh reality will hit them again.'

Marker Bills' offense still sputtering [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Guard Jerry Ostroski suffered a right knee contusion, meanwhile, and didn't sound positive about a quick recovery. It's the same leg he broke in training camp. Ostroski left the game in the second quarter. "When your knee is five times larger than it should be, you can only go so far," he said.'

December 24, 2001

Marker Bills suffer another late meltdown [3:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As always, after his team has been the victim of a penalty-fest, Williams made the lame contention, "that's not us." Excuse me, Gregg, but yes it is. In your first year as a head coach, I'm not exactly sure where you feel your team has established a reputation for not collecting penalties.But here's the reality. The Bills came into this week fourth-worst in the league in number of penalties and fifth-worst in yards penalized.'

Marker Brotherly devotion evermore [3:12 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'These days Vinklarek is offensive line coach for the Bills, despite being a scrub even on his tiny high school team, despite never playing in college. He made it to the NFL last year after more than 20 years of coaching at every level from middle school on up - always as an assistant, never in the spotlight. After all those years he hasn't forgotten about his past.'

Marker 5th Down: Stocking stuffers [9:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Thatís exactly how Gregg Williams earned his first heading coach shot with the Bills nearly a year ago. His teams were good, and his leadership potential was evident. Cottrell and Williams are both hands-on coaches, otherwise known as teachers. Cottrellís approach to players is a little warmer than Williams, who prefers a tough, harder-edged style. But both coaches demand a lot from their athletes, and both have the respect of their players. Williams got his shot; now itís Cottrellís turn.'

Marker Falcons crest against sagging Bills [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But once again, the Bills made such a long list of mistakes that they succeeded in losing the game every bit as much as the Falcons won it.'

Marker Bryson opens eyes with huge day [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Travis Henry's sprained knee just got a whole lot better.'

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