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Buffalo Bills News - October 21, 2004

Marker True fans put loyalty ahead of team losses [5:03 AM]
Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin reports: 'Following the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills has been the ultimate character builder. Not only are their losing seasons dismal, but sometimes even the winning seasons are devastating. When the Bills and Sabres falter, it is in spectacular, headline-grabbing fashion.'

Marker Inside slant [5:02 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Mularkey is receiving a lot of kudos for not deviating from the plan he concocted for the Bills and the personnel he inherited from Gregg Williams last off-season. Even when Wilson said he was tired of "smash-mouth" football, Mularkey stuck to the run against Miami, and wore the Dolphins down by controlling the ball a whopping 13:22 of the fourth quarter.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Gray said he didn't sit Adams to punish him or because he was playing poorly, although Miami ran the ball well in the first half. He did it because Edwards (four tackles, two sacks) got hot and he wasn't tiring. Gray said he wouldn't scrap his rotation system because he wants his defensive linemen to stay fresh and he also doesn't hold a grudge against Adams for confronting him. Adams, who was back with the first-unit defense on Wednesday, wasn't fined and there is a good dialogue going on.'

Marker Notes, quotes [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills, who were averaging eight penalties per game, got it down to seven against Miami. The team began using two ex-Arena League referees at each of their practices last week. The refs toss flags at anything they see wrong. "We learned some things even in that game that happened with some of the calls (from practice). I see no negative about having these guys out there helping us out," coach Mike Mularkey said.'

Marker Bills' Milloy set for season debut; McGahee might start again [4:59 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Before this season, Milloy has started all but six games in his nine-year career with New England and Buffalo.'

Marker Milloy And Jennings Look Good To Play Against The Ravens [4:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Travis Henry practiced and his bad arch is questionable. Mularkey didn't think Henry looked all the way back yet, but felt it's the best he's looked since the injury happened against the Jets. Trey Teague rode the bike, but isn't expected to play and is doubtful. J.P. Losman and Troy Vincent are still out.'

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October 20, 2004

Marker Buffalo (1-4) at Baltimore (3-2) [10:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Milloy's presence bolsters what's been a banged-up defensive backfield that will be minus starting cornerback Troy Vincent, who will miss his third straight game with a right knee injury.'

Marker Spikes Takes Time to Visit Children [10:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Some of these kids haven't smiled all week and today they're grinning from ear to ear," said Deborah King, a child life specialist at the hospital. "We really enjoyed Takeo's visit. Seeing him gave the children incentive to get out of bed."'

Marker Moorman Earns AFC Special Team Honors [10:06 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"He's just reliable," said Head Coach Mike Mularkey. "Guys have confidence in him and it just seems that if we need a punt at a critical time he's come through with it."'

Marker Adams Responds to Benching [10:04 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“What I was pulled for is a family affair. We keep those things in house,” Adams said. “But it had nothing to do with my performance and it had nothing to do with play time.”'

Marker Bills DT Adams puts frustrations aside, focuses on Ravens [10:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Adams played down what happened, saying, ''We keep those things in-house.'' Except for calling it ''a passionate game,'' he wouldn't say what led to the outburst.'

Marker Bills S Milloy prepared to make season debut against Ravens [5:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills running back Willis McGahee could get his second consecutive start after Travis Henry remains listed as questionable with a sprained left foot. Henry practiced on Wednesday, but still appeared to be limping.'

Marker 8,000 Tickets Remain for Bills-Cardinals [3:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The game must be sold-out before Thursday, October 28th at 1:00 pm for the game to be seen in the local television markets.'

Marker Campbell sees spike in TDs [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a good habit to have, huh?" said Campbell, who caught just one touchdown last season and had just five in his previous five years in the NFL. "It feels good to know you're a part of the offense."'

Marker Bills have something to build on [6:48 AM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'A win over Miami didn’t rid the Bills of all their problems. The Bills are 2-8 in their last 10 road games. They haven’t scored a rushing touchdown in almost eight games. The offense is ranked 27th overall in the NFL, but beating the Dolphins was a good first step. Now the Bills have to keep going forward. Losing to the Ravens may not be taking a step back — but at this point, standing still isn’t good enough, either.'

Marker Wednesday's Baltimore Coverage [6:47 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Despite Boller's struggles, Fassel says he will be outstanding QB (Baltimore Sun)
Ravens discovering good things come in...small package (Carroll County Times)
Ravens sign WR Patrick Johnson (AP)
Q&A with Tony Weaver (BaltimoreRavens.com)

Marker Henry, Adams Stay Put On Deadline Day [6:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Despite the wishes of some Bills fans, the team was silent on the final day to make trades. Both RB Travis Henry and DT Sam Adams, deemed expendable by some following last Sunday's win, were not moved before the deadline.'

Marker Bills tackling problem of Childhood obesity [6:46 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The team has "adopted" school 89 in Buffalo as part of an "Eat Right and Exercise" program. Each month, members of the organization go to the school and talk with the K-8 students about the importance of healthy eating and getting plenty of exercise.'

Marker Solid Performance Leads to Victory [6:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The offensive line was very impressive, especially since they were down two quality starters. Trey Teague may be the best lineman this team has and Ross Tucker was able to step in and fill that void. Ross started a lot of games for us last year and it's times like this that show why you have those types of guys on your team.'

Marker Flashback: Bills Use Defense to Top Ravens [6:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'While Buffalo won the game, 13-10, in all honesty, the Hall of Fame didn't rush in to save anything from the Bills' first and only trip to PSINet, now M&T Bank Stadium. Actually, perhaps it was appropriate that the game was played on Halloween, because both team's offenses were downright scary.'

October 19, 2004

Marker Chargers add Shaw to receiving corps [2:44 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Shaw was just released by the Buffalo Bills last week after slipping to fifth on the teams depth chart.'

Marker A Win, Willis and What's Next [2:43 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Yes, I checked with the NFL offices today and victories over the Miami Dolphins still count in the regular league standings.'

Marker A win, finally [12:01 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"I just said it's been far too long in coming," said Bledsoe. "I wanted to give (Mularkey) the ball about a month and a half ago for the first win, but Mike has been a great head coach through this stretch. I don't think any of us envisioned this scenario where we'd be 0-4 coming into this game. That just was not really on the radar for us."'

Marker Mularkey gets first NFL win [12:01 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"It's been a long time since we've gotten a win," said linebacker London Fletcher. "A lot of people in Western New York can go have a good week at work now. A lot of guys can sleep easier tonight. But we still have a long way to go to be the type of football team we want to be."'

Marker HS Football "Coach of the Week" - Week 7 [12:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Coach Len Jankiewicz of Lancaster High School has been named the Buffalo Bills high school football "Coach of the Week" for the seventh weekend of the 2004 season (October 16-17).'

Marker Game Notes: Bills vs. Dolphins [12:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'BRIAN MOORMAN: Posted a 53.0 average on three punts and helped the Bills win the field position battle despite winds of nearly 30 mph. Going into the wind in the second quarter, Moorman booted a 47-yard punt out of his end zone to maintain the Bills field position advantage. Had a long punt of 59 yards today and has 50+ yd. kick in 40 of 53 career games.'

Marker Victory by Bills is a gas for those filling up [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He's not stopping there. Agha said the 15-cent discount will be offered during those hours every Monday through Friday after a Bills victory through the end of the season. "I'm losing money but I don't care if it costs me $400 or $800 a week," he said.'

Marker Just another day at the office for Bills' coach [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I didn't go, "Hey, this is getting easier,' " Mularkey said. "If anything, you have to have a greater focus. It would be easy to take a step back, but you can't, not right now. You need to take a step forward and take what they did (further). We've had a productive quarter, a productive half. If we can keep those things going . . ."'

Marker Mularkey guided by experience of QB coach Wyche [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've leaned on Sam a number of times," Mularkey said Monday. "I can't say I can remember being 0-4, but I can remember situations I was in as a position coach, as a coordinator, as a player, and fortunately I experienced them and have been around some head coaches and saw how they handled the situation and made a difference in the outcome of the season."'

Marker Inside slant [5:02 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The team's next three games - at Baltimore and home to Arizona and the New York Jets - are against opponents that are a combined 9-6. But they are teams the Bills have to defeat in order to climb back to .500 and give themselves a shot at a playoff berth over the last half of the season.'

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