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Buffalo Bills News - December 28, 2003

Marker Some Bills draft priorities [8:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If there were a big center who could start immediately and anchor the offensive line for a decade, he’d be a decent top pick.'

Marker Thank Gilbride for final bumble [8:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But in a year when the offensive performance of this Buffalo team brought back bleak memories of the darkest period in franchise history — the back-to-back 2-14 seasons of 1984 and ‘85 — the 31-0 finale wasn’t quite perfect enough. Nope, it took offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to make it fool-proof perfect.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [8:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Kevin Gilbride’s offense didn’t produce a TD for the seventh time this season, Jerry Gray’s defense allowed its second-most points, and generally speaking, Gregg Williams’ players quit on him. Let’s ring out the old. Grade is “G” (for gone).'

Marker Pats show power [8:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The first time the Bills touched the ball, Bledsoe was intercepted, the beginning of yet another long afternoon.'

Marker Buffalo's offence is invisible [8:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"You don't get rid of guys like Peerless Price and Jay Riemersma and myself and expect to be productive," said fullback Larry Centers, who was released by the Bills in the off-season and signed by the Patriots.'

Marker Razor sharp [8:14 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots, who have allowed 22 points in their last six home games, fed off the emotion of the embarrassing first-week loss all season. Some players were upset with what they perceived to be cocky comments by the Bills after that win, and they were waiting to gain revenge.'

Marker Izzo picks perfect time for big play [8:13 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"It meant a lot," said Izzo. "I know all 53 guys on this team wanted to keep that zero on that scoreboard. It was nice to be able to make the play and contribute to the shutout. But you've got to give credit to everyone in this locker room because it wasn't just one play. It was 60 minutes of football. I feel really happy that we were able to get it done for the defense."'

Marker Bledsoe left woozy after season-ending KO [8:12 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'For Bledsoe, it was a sad end to what has become the sorriest season of his career, one marked by not only frustration and failure but, for the first time, a measure of self-doubt. He has admitted that his internal clock has gone awry, the one that tells him how much time he has to throw the ball and when to release it.'

Marker Milloy: Not a happy return [8:11 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"During the week I didn't really think about it," the former Patriots defensive captain said of his first return to Foxborough since being released in September and landing in Buffalo. "But on the way here it really did start to get weird for me. As we got close to the stadium I had to hold back the emotions. I didn't want my teammates to see me like that. It was the final step of closure. I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to the fans before, but now it's over."'

Marker Brady again manages to win [8:11 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Brady capped off that year with four first-half touchdown passes in a game we really have no choice but to label the Payback Bowl. Who among us was unaware that when the Patriots traveled to Buffalo Sept. 7 for the season opener, that the Bills had manhandled them by -- is this coincidence, or what? -- a score of 31-0? There really was no need for Belichick to go into his Rockne mode, whatever that might be (Actually, I'd pay pretty good money to hear that speech). "I don't think anybody was particularly proud of that opening game," Belichick said.'

Marker This `nothing' was something [8:10 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Here is the unvarnished truth: Your Patriots are the best team in football.'

Marker Trying this team's giant status on for size [8:09 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'We are the joke no more. We are the Detroit Red Wings. We are the Los Angeles Lakers. We are the (gulp) New York Yankees.'

Marker Coordinating job interviews [8:08 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Drew Bledsoe was sacked 49 times for the season, five fewer than last season and 17 more than the Patriots' Tom Brady.'

Marker Patriots winning streak [8:07 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Drew Bledsoe completed just 12 of 29 passes for 83 yards with 1 interception for the Bills.'

Marker Pats exact revenge on Bills in 31-0 rout [8:06 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``The road to the Super Bowl goes through Foxboro,'' defensive lineman Richard Seymour [news] said. ``Everyone knows that.'''

Marker Bruschi busts Bledsoe, Bills [8:06 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``It was fluttering up there kind of like a Christmas gift from him,'' Vrabel said. ``But it was a big play.'''

Marker Givens caps season with another gem [8:05 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``When we are spread out like that with four or five guys to throw to, that puts the defense back on its heels a little bit. It makes the offense more effective in the fact that guys are out there getting open and any pass play can go to a different guy.'''

Marker Brady pains Buffalo [8:04 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``(Offensive coordinator) Charlie Weis decided early on that he wanted to spread (the receivers) out and see if they could cover all our guys. . . . We took advantage of the fact that we saw their coverages, our guys knew the coverages, and our guys knew how they were going to get open in those routes.'''

Marker Ironic ending to Milloy's season [8:03 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``The irony is crazy,'' Milloy said. ``We got them and they came right back and got us the same way. There was no doubt they beat us pretty badly.'''

Marker Backers bask in glory days [8:02 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'And what a play, Larry Izzo! The ace special teamer, in as a sub on Buffalo's final drive, intercepted a pass in the end zone with 13 seconds to play to give under bettors a very extra, and financially beneficial, Christmas gift.'

Marker Offense sets trap for Buffalo, other game [8:02 AM]
Boston Herald reports: ' It wasn't a trap game after all. Not even close. Actually, it was more like a statement game.'

Marker Weis, Crennel up for grab [8:01 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The pair could also draw interest from Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe, who is expected to fire Gregg Williams this week. While Donahoe is thought to be seeking a candidate with head coaching experience (Jim Haslett?), he has also shown a penchant for picking off Patriots personnel (Drew Bledsoe, Lawyer Milloy, Sam Gash).'

Marker Reversal of fortunes [8:00 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Truth be told, yesterday's game was over in the first five minutes.'

Marker Brady wastes no time in achieving goal of redemption [7:59 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Brady completed 21 of 32 passes for 204 yards, setting a season-high and matching a career-high with his four TD's.'

Marker Pats' Givens excels, now that he's been given the opportunity [7:58 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Givens caught seven passes for 80 yards and a touchdown to lead the Patriots corps of receivers in the 31-0 trouncing of Buffalo.'

Marker Loss punctuates Bledsoe's sad year [7:57 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'He was supposed to be their savior.'

Marker Surreal day brings closure to Milloy [7:56 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"During the week, I really didn't think about it too much, but on the way here just driving down the highway, seeing some familiar sites and stuff, it really did start to get weird for me," the safety said following the Bills' 31-0 loss to New England. "I had to hold back the emotions a little bit. I didn't want my teammates to see that. It was just a surreal experience."'

Marker Brilliant Patriots upstaged by fruitless A-Rod clamor [7:55 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Yet, in the midst of what has been a stunning and dazzling run, New England fans have been more fixated on whether A-Rod would be coming to Boston than whether the Pats would be going to Houston for the Super Bowl.'

Marker Failure on the first drive left the Bills buffaloed [7:54 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'After two Travis Henry runs, the Bills had a first down at its 33. Henry motioned out of the backfield, leaving Drew Bledsoe alone. Obviously, he would throw.'

Marker Two-minute drill [7:53 AM]
Providence Journal reports: ' The first-team defense held the Bills to 102 yards through the first three quarters.'

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