Buffalo's QB Questions Are Self-Created [1:29 PM] Olean Times Herald reports:
Wade Phillips: “We’re getting two quarterbacks ready ... that’s all we’re doing. “When we finish preseason, we’ll be in great shape at quarterback ... I don’t have any doubt. And there isn’t any more to it than that. I think people are trying to read more into it than there is.”
No QB Problems For Bills [7:09 AM] Toronto Sun reports:
'The simple truth is that, in today's NFL, whether you designate a No. 1 or not, without two quality quarterbacks it's tough to survive an entire season and remain in contention.'
Smith Could See Action Saturday [6:26 AM] Fox Sports reports:
'Coslet said [Akili] Smith could play Saturday when the Bengals face the Buffalo Bills in their preseason home opener, but only in the right circumstances. "I refuse to put him in there to fail,'' he said. "I'm not going to put him in there when (reserve right tackle) Mike Doughty's playing left tackle and Bruce Smith is still in there.'
AFC East Preview [6:20 AM] Dallas Morning News reports:
'[The Bills are] a solid football team across the board but short on the superstars that win championships. Wide receiver Eric Moulds is entering that zone, but both wideout Andre Reed and defensive end Bruce Smith are descending in the mid-30s. The Bills have been so good for so long that they haven't drafted high enough to add those necessary blue-chippers.'
Free-Agent Punter Nears End Of Line [6:17 AM] D & C reports:
'Bill Kushner admits it's just about time he finds a real job. With standout veteran Chris Mohr back for a ninth season, the 29-year-old free-agent punter with the Buffalo Bills is sure to be among the first round of cuts Tuesday.'
Bills Scramble For A Starter [6:15 AM] D & C reports:
'"I think we have to wait until the preseason is over, see where we are and how they fit in. If we don't get them both ready, we won't be able to do those kinds of things. If I only say one guy's the starter and we're only getting one ready, the other guy's going to be behind and I don't want that."'
Rookie Expects To Live Up To Name [9:14 AM] USA Today reports:
'"Buffalo is a great football town," he says. "It reminds me a lot of Knoxville (Tenn.). The fans are wild in Buffalo. They expect a lot of me. That's OK. I expect a lot of myself."'
McDaniel Out To Prove Scouts Erred [6:20 AM] D & C reports:
'McDaniel is battling Kamil Loud for the fifth spot, unless Phillips decides to keep McDaniel for his special teams work and cuts an extra defensive back or linebacker. "He's worked very hard, he's a smart kid who pays attention in meetings, and he watches the other receivers run routes," said Joiner. "That shows his dedication to the game and his ambition to make this team."'
Bills' Johnson Loses Ground In Race With Flutie [6:19 AM] Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
'Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson are listed as co-starters on the Buffalo Bills' depth chart even though Flutie has started since the sixth game last season. But a dubious start by Johnson against Washington on Friday erased any concerns about Flutie's status as No. 1.'
Smith: Bills' Line Must Improve [6:15 AM] D & C reports:
'"It's early, I don't think there's any concern about the running game, but we have to stop blowing assignments and do the job we're supposed to do..."'
August 23, 1999
Ex-Bills Coach Joins Fox's Hip, Cool Huddle [2:36 PM] Dallas Morning News reports:
'As for those four consecutive Super Bowl losses, Levy says he doesn't dwell on them. "That would be foolhardy," he said. "I prefer to remember the good things. Would I like things to be different? Sure. But you can't change the past. I've had a great life in football."'
Nose Tackle Williams Logs Overtime For Bills [6:23 AM] Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
'The Bills are looking for Williams to step in more frequently than usual this year, to give the oft-winded 330-plus-pound Washington a break and add pressure to the pass rush.'
August 22, 1999
Art world needs funding [4:40 PM] ESPNet reports:
"Before the Buffalo Bills set out to renovate their stadium, owner Ralph Wilson checked the lease agreements of many of his peers. He found Modell's deal almost impossible to beat. 'I'd probably trade places with him. The franchise there is solid,' Wilson said. 'He has a very, very good lease, and he will make more money than we will in any given year.' "
Collins Shuns 'Ghost Of Lonnie' [8:15 AM] D & C reports:
'"Some people are saying it might take another year to be ready, whatever," Collins said. "I'm just out here to compete, take advantage of the opportunities I get. I'm happy for that."'
August 21, 1999
Buffalo Notes [11:56 PM] TBD reports:
This issue we will be talking about the Bills, Sabres, Bisons, Destroyers, and local Buffalo News.