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Buffalo Bills News - December 27, 2002

Marker Season finale brings closure for some Bills [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '“As the year winds down, every year you kind of get that nostalgic feeling that it could be it for you here. You just really never know what’s going to happen,” said Riemersma, one of just 12 players left from before general manager Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams took charge in 2001. “I’m not concerned about that, though. I’m worried about beating the Bengals and helping out as much as I possibly can doing that.”'

Marker Call them brothers in ball [5:18 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Matt, the Bengals' rookie tight end, will be blocking Aaron on some running plays.'

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December 26, 2002

Marker Big Mike grows up during rookie season [8:46 PM]
AP reports: Based on Williams' performance, the Bills continue to have great hope that he'll remain a fixture on an emerging and talented line that includes second-year left tackle Jonas Jennings and second-year right guard Marques Sullivan.

Marker Bills’ young linemen get good reviews from OL coach [12:48 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Although the Bills have given up no fewer than two sacks in each game, the offensive line has done a fine job this season and certainly has become a focal point for an optimistic future. Rookie ORT Mike Williams, second-year ORG Marques Sullivan and second-year OLT Jonas Jennings have all "steadily progressed," according to Bills OL coach Ronnie Vinklarek.

Marker Buffalo Bills Holiday E-Cards [9:53 AM] reports: Send a FREE Bills Holiday E-Card to a friend or family member.

Marker Bills - Bengals Series History [9:52 AM] reports: The Bills and Bengals have met 18 times in regular season play and the series is all knotted up at nine wins per side. Buffalo has won four straight against Cincinnati, including the most recent game (33-20 at Cincy in 1998) and the last time they played in Orchard Park (31-17 in 1996).

Marker Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Answers Emails [9:44 AM] reports: It is difficult for me to find words to express the tremendous job that Tom Donahoe has done for the Bills in his short time in Buffalo. He came in under a terrible salary cap situation with veteran players being paid three times their market value and if he could suit up, he should go to the Pro Bowl!

Marker Touch of Gray has Bills' 'D' back from dead [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have allowed only three touchdowns in the past 11 quarters.'

Marker Moulds, Price could be history-making duo [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Both Eric Moulds and Peerless Price are in position to break the Buffalo Bills' record for most receptions in a season.'

Marker Bills' Thomas gaining notice [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '“Earlier in the year when it was a little bit overwhelming, he got thrown in there and he wasn’t quite ready to go. He just needed to relax, gain a little bit more experience in practice, and understand what we want done and how we want our particular schemes to be played. He took advantage of an opportunity this past weekend and played well.”'

December 25, 2002

Marker Left in the cold [10:01 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"If you'd come in here and said at the beginning of the year that we'd be a .500 team or have a chance to be a .500 team at the end of the season, a lot of people would have said that would be a reasonably successful year, that we had made somewhat of a turnaround," said Bledsoe. "But as we started playing and won a few games early, the expectations from both inside and from outside the organization changed pretty dramatically. We felt like we had a chance to be a playoff team, we felt like we had a chance to throw our hat into the ring and be competing for a chance at a championship at the end of the season. It hasn't happened for us and it's been disappointing for us."'

Marker Time to play in the snow [10:00 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"We would try to convince our players, this is Buffalo Bills weather," he said. "Our fans are tough, you better be tough. They don't even want a domed stadium here. We took that psychological approach, and I think there are some teams that came in and maybe it did bother them. I tried to tell our players that it's an advantage if the others let it prey on their mind. We used to have a statement with our team that if it's too tough for them it's just right for us."'

Marker Late-season downturns are familiar to Bledsoe [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He feels like he's not throwing the ball as well as he can right now," Moulds said. "It's a number of things. We're not protecting him really well, and we have to do better. At the same time, he's not stepping into his throws and making his throws like he did early in the season. He looked at the film today and said he was throwing off his back leg more than he should have, and the ball is sailing on him. Those are things he can correct."'

Marker Battle of the Schobels provides brotherly sidelight to Bengals game [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Matt Schobel is a rookie tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals and will be forced to block Aaron at times when the two teams meet in Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bills pledge to play hard vs. Bengals [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '“We’re going to prepare to win this football game,” Williams said. “We’re going to play the best guys that we have. They enjoy competing, and they’ll enjoy going out and finishing this season on a positive note. We need to win to finish this season out. It doesn’t make any difference at what point in time you’re at in the season, you treat it no different."'

Marker After 44 years, coach Levra will leave [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: '“I’ve loved football all the years I’ve been in it. It’s a great way to make a living and it’s been very kind to me. I’m pleased at what’s transpired while I’ve been a coach, but I’ve had enough, I’m ready to quit and watch the games as a spectator.”'

Marker Bledsoe fit quarterback bill in Buffalo [5:13 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"It brought instant credibility to the position, to the offense, and the team," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "When you can bring somebody of (Bledsoe's) stature at that point of time, it was an immediate impact of energy throughout the community and the organization. We felt we got a good deal. Our No.1 draft pick (this April) is Drew Bledsoe."'

Marker Bills’ Bledsoe defends not wanting to go to Cincy [5:12 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"It's not like I was a free agent," he said. "I didn't have any say in where I was going because I was traded. A lot of people have brought that stuff (saying no to the Bengals) up and mentioned it. I didn't have any control on the whole situation and I'll just say I'm happy I ended up where I am."'

Marker Bledsoe says signing Price a must for Bills [5:11 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"I'm going to do everything I can to try and keep him around," said the Pro Bowl quarterback. "I hope we can get it done. I hope we can find a way to keep Peerless here for next year and I'm going to try everything in my power to get that done."'

Marker Redskins Admire Price [5:10 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"There's no question about it," agent Tim McGee said in a telephone interview this week. "With Spurrier there, with the type of personality that he has and his type of play-calling, you'd look at it very closely. Although it's premature at this time, I would think that would be one of the places that would be ideal for him. It's definitely one of the places he'd look at seriously."'

December 24, 2002

Marker Power Ranking Week 17 [10:36 PM]
ESPN reports: Bills fans are finding out what Pats fans knew for years -- you have to take some of the bad with all of the good that Drew Bledsoe brings.

Marker Bills' TE Riemersma ponders uncertain future [6:42 PM]
AP reports: '''It's absolutely in the Bills' court,'' Riemersma said. ''I've stated all along that I wanted to be here for my entire career. They've given me no indication that I won't either. But, obviously, you know what happened last offseason. That's a valid question. ''I just don't know if it's worth answering right now.'''

Marker Dolphins' running game thrives on versatility [5:30 PM]
The Sporting News reports: The versatility of Williams and the Dolphins' running game often leaves defenders guessing, and doing a poor job of it. On the Dolphins' first offensive play from scrimmage at Buffalo, Fletcher guessed Williams would cut back inside and try to bull forward after veering outside. Instead, Williams stayed outside, Fletcher was pinned inside, and the play went for a 45-yard touchdown.

Marker Trading places [4:09 PM] reports: 'If Bengals President Mike Brown knew Bledsoe would eventually only cost him a No. 1, would he have beaten Donahoe to the punch before last April’s Draft Day trade with the Patriots? “We’ll never know,” Brown said. “We were told not once, but three times through his representative and other sources that he didn’t want to play here. And we had other things we had to get done once we knew that. It’s very hard to deal for someone who doesn’t want to be here.”'

Marker Packers-Bills Recap [3:57 PM] reports: 'The Packers' six turnovers were the most they have had in a game since Dec. 12, 1999, in a 33-31 home loss to Carolina. Overall, the Packers' 45 takeaways are the most they have recorded since 1981, when they posted a club-record 54. They include 21 fumble recoveries, their most since 1988.'

Marker Packers 10, Bills 0 (Video Highlights) [1:30 PM] reports: Watch video highlights of Sunday's game.

Marker Week 16 Injury Report [1:30 PM] reports: Bills have no injuries to report.

ESPN reports: 1992 AFC Wild Card Game, Houston at Buffalo (Rich Stadium)
9:30 - 11:00 PM (1:30 hrs)

Marker Ask Defensive End Aaron Schobel [10:56 AM] reports: With 1.5 sacks or more against the Bengals this week, Schobel would become just the fifth player in team history to reach double digits in sacks in a season. The others: Bruce Smith (12 times), Phil Hansen, Bryce Paup, and Marcellus Wiley (one season each).

Marker Bills' season sank on three plays [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...kickoff returned for a touchdown...Travis Henry's fumble...Drew Bledsoe's interception...'.

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