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Buffalo Bills News - October 24, 2003

Marker Schobel: It's a Simple Game [11:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I struggled in Kansas City last year. I didn't have a good game, so I have to show them I can play this time around."'

Marker Bills Need to Steal One [11:45 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 24 Chiefs 23.'

Marker Bills feel the rush from Schobel's play [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think I'm a pretty solid player, but I can always improve," he said. "I'm getting better each week. I'm not where I want to be at this point, but I'll get there soon."'

Marker Chiefs' 'D' answers when opportunity knocks [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite ranking just 27th in the NFL in total yards allowed, the Chiefs lead the league with 20 takeaways and are first in the AFC with 13 interceptions. They have returned three of those turnovers for touchdowns.'

Marker Hall achieves new heights [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We’ve been covering punts fairly well, except for the one game that we were disappointed with,” said cover man Coy Wire. “There’s no question he’s the best returner in the league and we have a challenge on our hands, but I think we’re looking forward to it. There’s nothing to be scared about. He’s going to play his best game, and so are we.”'

Marker Chiefs, loud fans equal tough task [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What makes the Arrowhead effect so unique is that it’s all natural. In many of the ear-splitting domes, the noise is artificial through the use of recorded sound effects and music. But at Arrowhead, the din is generated almost solely by the crowd.'

Marker Chiefs' success has Vermeil humbled [5:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Much of Vermeil's success can be attributed to his uncanny ability to get the most from unheralded players. He did it in St. Louis with Bills linebacker London Fletcher, who went undrafted in 1998.'

Marker The sack comes back in Chiefs defense [5:12 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '“They don't blitz a lot,'' Bledsoe said. “But when they do, they're very effective with it. Even when you have the linebackers accounted for with your scheme, they're very good pass rushers and can shed a block and still get pressure. The Chiefs' defense will force us to not only account for those guys, but then to block them effectively."'

Marker Chiefs notes [5:11 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Buffalo defensive end Pat Williams raised some eyebrows and provided the Chiefs with some bulletin-board material this week when he appeared on wide receiver Eric Moulds' television show and declared that the Bills are going to “shut down” Priest Holmes on Sunday night.'

Marker Grigsby to miss Chiefs broadcast Sunday [5:10 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Longtime Chiefs announcer Bill Grigsby will miss the Chiefs-Bills game this Sunday because of health issues.'

Marker Bledsoe expects big week [5:09 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"You watch them on film and you see they're very sound in what they do," Bledsoe said. "There are no easy plays to be made, no weaknesses you can exploit. You have to execute all the way up and down the field. And if you get sloppy, you make turnovers."'

Marker Peterson, K.C. riding high [5:08 AM]
Springfield News Leader reports: 'What allows Vermeil to so rapidly build championship teams? "He has a unique ability to motivate not only players but coaches and football support people to perform at a level that I think sometimes they don't even think they can perform at," Peterson said. "Dick finds a way to get the best out of these people, whoever they might be, whether it's the first player or the 53rd player (on the team). I don't know anybody who does it better."'

Marker Moulds Is Still Trying To Decide If He'll Play [5:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The receiver says he's been taking it slow and then he gives it a push now and then. Moulds thinks the only thing left, is to get the power back in it. He'll work Friday and Saturday before making a determination on Sunday.'

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October 23, 2003

Marker NFL fines Bills' Reese [9:01 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Reese received the fine because he knocked over an official while trying to make a play. He is expected to appeal the fine.'

Marker Moulds limited in practice; questionable for Sunday [9:00 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Moulds is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against unbeaten Kansas City. He has already missed games against the New York Jets and Washington Redskins the past two weeks.'

Marker Moorman ready to test leg against Hall's quick feet [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Moorman has gone from playing two seasons in NFL Europe and interviewing for part-time teaching jobs in support of his wife's pursuit of a law degree, to emerging as one of the NFL's top young punters. It began when he joined the Bills just before the start of training camp in 2001, an 11th-hour pickup by a salary-cap strapped team gambling on an unproven player.'

Marker Baker gives his best in what could be Chiefs' key game [8:45 PM]
AP reports: 'One thing Vermeil has always liked about Baker is his ability to tune out the noise and chaos and concentrate on the task at hand. His net average of 34.9 yards through seven games is not the best in the league. But it tops the net of 31.9 that the Chiefs' opponents have averaged.'

Marker Blessing In Disguise [4:59 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'I know the have said they want to run the ball. But, I hope it remains the priority when Moulds returns. If Henry is the first focus for the Bills, it will only help Moulds. It sure looked in losses to Miami and Philadelphia that those teams realized if they took Moulds out of the game they would win. Both teams did a good job of neutralizing Moulds. The test will be the next time they struggle with the run, and whether or not they will stick with it.'

Marker Bills' Reese fined $25,000 for knocking over official [4:52 PM]
AP reports: '``I was coming up for run support and putting my hands on his lower back, trying to guide him out of the way, because he never moved,'' Reese said. ``It was a play I really couldn't avoid. ... I barely touched him and he fell over.'''

Marker WR Moulds still not sure if he can play Sunday [4:52 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills receiver Eric Moulds complained of soreness in his injured groin Thursday, and he wasn't sure whether he will be able to play against the Chiefs this weekend.'

Marker Ex-Bills WR Johnson considers joining team as coach [4:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Johnson said he's enjoying spending time with his family at his home in North Carolina. He wouldn't say whether the Bills have made him an offer or when he'll make a decision on his future. The Bills would only say that Johnson is with the team as a visitor.'

Marker Q&A with Dick Vermeil [4:17 PM]
kccchiefs.com reports: '“London Fletcher, for example, is one of my all-time favorites in coaching in my career. You bond specially with those kind of kids – at least I do. Dante Hall is another one here. A guy like London Fletcher brings far more to the table than tackles. He brings a sense of purpose and leadership to a football team that not many people can do."'

Marker Round 1 [4:15 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Here are my preliminary picks for this year's Hall of Fame candidates...Kent Hull...Steve Tasker...'.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Mario Clark [4:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'For the past 10 years, Clark was worked as the community outreach coordinator for the Rose Bowl in his hometown of Pasadena, Calif.. He’s focusing now on the Rose Bowl’s efforts to get an NFL team.'

Marker It’s Bills vs. Chiefs ... by the numbers [4:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If you’re wondering, the Bills have lost six of their last seven road games — the lone win at Jacksonville — and haven’t won at Arrowhead Stadium since the 2000 season, when Rob Johnson had one of his best games in a Buffalo uniform en route to a 21-17 victory.'

Marker Chiefs shoot for 8-0 start against Bills [4:11 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo will keep it close, but will come up short in the end.'

Marker Henry Named Ground NFL Player of the Week [3:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Fans have voted Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for games played on October 19-20.

Marker Bills want to avoid that run-down feeling [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The most dangerous thing they do with Priest is they give him a lot of different things to do," said defensive tackle Sam Adams. "If he runs up the middle and you stack the middle, then he runs to the perimeter. Then they give him a draw, then they give him a screen. They change the personnel and do a lot of shifts and motions to try to disguise their basic plays. They get him the ball a lot of different ways."'

Marker Bledsoe needs to rev up his road show [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have lost six of their last seven road games. The only win was against a weak Jacksonville team on Sept. 14. In those six losses, Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He was sacked 23 times. The Bills averaged 9.3 points in those games. They haven't scored an offensive touchdown in any of their last three road losses.'

Marker Reese plans to appeal fine [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was a run play and we were in three-deep coverage," Reese said. "You can't tell whether a runner is going to come out of there (through the line of scrimmage), so I'm coming straight down and trying to play for the run. The ref usually moves to the side and he didn't move. I kinda put my hands on his lower back and tried to guide him to the side and he fell over. I got fined 25,000. I'll definitely appeal it as long as I can."'

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