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Buffalo Bills News - October 5, 2004

Marker Why to watch: Bills-Jets [8:43 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Are the Jets really this good? Are the Bills as bad as their record would lead you to believe?'

Marker McGee may move into a starting job [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I feel like I'm ready. The only thing I need to work on is the little things. Don't do my own thing, just play the defense. I've really got to focus this week in practice so I'm ready for the game Sunday."'

Marker Can Mularkey right this ship? [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'All those things you mentioned are things to build on but Buffalo, realistically, needs to go 10-3 the rest of the way to make the playoffs. Got a mortgage you want to bet?'

Marker Inside slant [5:03 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Gregg Williams was fired in part because the Bills never became a disciplined team, ranking among the NFL's most penalized clubs during his three seasons as coach. Three games into Mike Mularkey's tenure, however, not much has changed.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:02 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'He and his staff spent the bye week promising to clean up a laundry list of what they called "correctable" mistakes. The Bills then went out and played one of their sloppiest games yet with 11 penalties, several dropped passes, two turnovers, and seven sacks. The lack of discipline is alarming this far into the process.'

Marker Notes, quotes [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills take a 2-11 record in their last 13 road games into the Meadowlands to face the unbeaten New York Jets on Sunday. In those games, QB Drew Bledsoe has thrown 10 TD passes, 17 interceptions and been sacked 45 times. Buffalo has committed 38 turnovers and collected just seven takeaways (minus-31). It's hard to believe the Bills were once 3-1 under Bledsoe on the road. He was also 2-11 in his last 13 road contests with New England.'

Marker Bumbling Bills blow their chance [5:00 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Asked by a reporter if it was a good idea to run the speed-challenged Bledsoe on a rollout, Mularkey replied, "I think it is, knowing what I know compared to what you know."'

Marker These Bills aren’t good [4:59 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The errors you saw in Game 1 will surely be replicated in the season finale. How do I know? Because the players making the most persistent mistakes are veterans.'

Marker It’s more of the same for Pats ‘n Bills [4:58 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And finally, 7-22. It’s Buffalo’s record in AFC East games since the 2000 season.'

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October 4, 2004

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [10:05 PM] reports: What happened with the last minute fumble with Drew doing the play-action pass with the defenders coming in unblocked? Was that how the play was supposed to be played or did someone miss their block? I don't understand that call. Also, I really think next year's roster should include some big offensive linemen to protect Drew, don't you? I believe he could be a great leader of the team if he had more time to throw the ball.
Mike Mularkey: We missed a block. We had a run through on a blitz and didn't come off fast enough on it and it blew the play up.'

Marker Ask him yourself - Tom Donahoe [10:03 PM] reports: As a GM, do you feel you have shortchanged this team by getting zero production out of the first day draft picks in 2002 and 2003? All we have to show for those first day picks are 2 DE's that can't rush the passer, an offensive tackle who is a liability vs. speedy DE's, a WR in Josh Reed who has been the poster child for inconsistency, and players like Coy Wire and Angelo Crowell who have been nothing but special teams players.

Marker Vincent Out Two Weeks [9:36 PM] reports: 'Buffalo lost two offensive linemen during the Patriot game. Center Trey Teague suffered a left knee injury in the second quarter. Test results are not yet available. Left tackle Jonas Jennings was knocked cold in the fourth quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Vince Wilfork. Jennings was resting at home Monday.'

Marker Buffalo blitz proves big bust [9:35 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: '"They blitzed on just about every play," said Brady, whose effective 17-for-30, 298-yard, two-touchdown passing effort helped bump his career mark to 43-12 as a starter with a 31-17 win over Mularkey's Buffalo Bills. "They were living and dying with it. And when they blitz, I know there is going to be one-on-one coverage out there somewhere. I have a lot of confidence that my guys are going to get open against it. I know I've got to find them."'

Marker Bills' CB Vincent out with knee injury [5:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Cornerback Troy Vincent will miss at least two weeks with a right knee injury, further depleting the Buffalo Bills' defensive secondary. Coach Mike Mularkey on Monday said Vincent had arthroscopic surgery earlier in the day but did not reveal the extent of the player's injury.'

Marker Another 'Brilliant' call blows up on Buffalo [3:18 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Actually, the disaster summed up the entire Tom Donahoe era pretty well: Too-clever coaches plunking big-name players into situations in which they can't possibly succeed.'

Marker An 0-3 Start And A Season On The Brink [1:49 PM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Make no mistake about it; this is a flawed team, but one that is not your typical 0-3 doormat. These Bills can play. But can they win?'

Marker How can you lose a football game? Let me count the ways [1:48 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'But the Bills’ problems go deeper than just Bledsoe. This team is prone to self-destruct quicker than a Mission Impossible tape. If there’s a way to lose, the Bills are guaranteed to find it.'

Marker Bills lose again [1:47 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'The ebb and flow of the game kind of went back and forth,” said rookie wide receiver Lee Evans, who caught four passes for 93 yards. “The momentum changed a lot. A couple times, we shot ourselves in the foot."'

Marker Bootleg doesn't pay off [12:11 PM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: '``I had seen that a couple of times in this game,'' Patriots' linebacker Tedy Bruschi said, ``and I was thinking I wasn't going to bite on it this time. They put the ball in Drew's hands to try to make a big play, I saw the play-action fake and I really didn't bite on it, and all of a sudden he set up to throw and the ball was right there.'''

Marker Bills Team Report [11:20 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Coaching: D. The offensive play-calling has been too conservative at times.'

Marker Coming apart at seams [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What made the loss galling for the Bills and the 72,698 in Ralph Wilson Stadium was the Bills did not need to be fantastic to beat New England.'

Marker Pats' defense comes to the rescue [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a team aspect, so every now and then the defense is going to be called upon to do some things," said Pats tight end Christian Fauria. "We don't look at it like we're relying on the defense, and we hope they don't rely on us. Offensively, we hope it doesn't come down to them saving us."'

Marker Wire is victimized by Patriots' attack [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There were a few plays I would have liked to play better on," he said. "It was a tough day."'

Marker Once again, Bills are dumbstruck [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'm actually starting to feel sorry for Drew Bledsoe. His shortcomings as a quarterback have been well-chronicled here. But it must be tough for him to stand up there, game after excruciating game, choking on his pride and anger, and take the heat for the dumbest team in pro football.'

Marker New England plays like champ [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But was the winner ever in doubt?'

Marker Three starters injured, don't finish game [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cornerback Troy Vincent's injury may be the most serious. He went down with a knee injury during the Bills' first defensive series and was carted off the field afterward. His locker was empty after the game.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills aren't good enough to make all these penalties. False starts, holding, miscommunication. It's the story of a bad team.'

Marker A race to the finish [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Attendance: 72,698. And they all departed when Seymour Deion Sanders-ed his way into the end zone.'

Marker Breaking down [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'They're sick and tired of the penalties, the interceptions, the fumbles, the sacks, the undisciplined play — did we mention the penalties? — the dropped passes, the miscommunications. Most of all, they're sick of the losses that are piling up faster than jokes about the fast ferry.'

Marker McGahee's action still missing [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What are the Bills doing with this guy? Why isn't he getting a chance to show off his multiple talents?'

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