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Buffalo Bills News - December 28, 2001

Marker Jets have spring in their step thanks to a 'fresh' approach [5:15 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'If there were any doubts that Jets coach Herman Edwards is the antithesis of hardliners Bill Parcells and Al Groh, his latest move should be the clincher. Yesterday, Edwards announced that the team will practice without pads for the remainder of the season in an effort to keep the players fresh for the stretch run.'

Marker Line looks to make history [5:15 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"You can go around and say we had the league's leading rusher and we led the league in the least amount of sacks. It's huge. (It would say) we're the best."'

Marker Becht turns out to be good catch [5:14 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Don't look now, but Becht is being counted on big-time again.'

Marker Vinny appreciates clean jersey [5:13 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Testaverde's blockers have yielded no sacks in the past three games against Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. If they pitch another shutout against Buffalo on Sunday, it will mark the first four-game stretch without allowing a sack since the team began its life as the Titans in 1960.'

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December 27, 2001

Marker Moore tries to revive career with Miami [9:35 PM]
AP reports: 'Moore believes the offseason incidents were a major reason the Bills released him, but he said he harbors no grudge. "I don't have to prove anything to them," Moore said. "They know what they let go."'

Marker Tight end becoming key in Jets' developing offense [3:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Until recently, Becht hasn't had much impact in the pros. But against Cincinnati and Indianapolis, he caught game-winning touchdown passes. He is becoming a more integral part of New York's offense.'

Marker Yes, the Bills and Jets are eerily similar [1:47 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So, with all those similarities, how is there a seven-win difference between these two teams? Two glaring statistics...'

Marker Jets' plan: Capitalize on postseason opportunity [10:14 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'If they beat Buffalo and Oakland in their remaining two games, the Jets will win the AFC East and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.'

Marker Jets notebook [10:13 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'Glenn is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo. But there is no doubt in Glenn's mind that he will play in some capacity against the Bills.'

Marker Bills' pile of penalties leaves foul residue [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are the second-most penalized team in the NFL.'

Marker Bryson to start; Hulsey may play for Ostroski [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Shawn Bryson will get the start again at running back for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but one of his starting blockers may be missing.'

Marker Martin just produces big yardage [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Jets have switched to a version of the West Coast offense this season, and they are using the running of Martin to ignite the offense.'

Marker Cottrell a top prospect to take Chargers post [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'Cottrell and former Bills coach Wade Phillips are said to be atop San Diego general manager John Butler's wish list, and it only makes sense since they worked for him in Buffalo.'

Marker Sabres, Bills fans endure the frustration of tough years [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'How often have the Bills and Sabres had what turned out to be losing teams playing overlapping schedules? Only three times...'.

Marker Playoffs on Jets' radar [5:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'There is always a chance the Bills will throw in the towel, but with head coach Gregg Williams and general manager Tom Donahoe building for next season, training camp 2002 already has begun.'

Marker Edwards Urges Jets to Seize Chance for Playoffs [5:48 AM]
New York Times reports: 'For anyone who has spent significant time with the Jets - Lewis, Aaron Glenn, Victor Green, Marvin Jones - these chances have been as slippery as Jell-O. Last year, the Jets seemed to have the playoffs firmly in their grasp, only to let it squeeze between their fingers with three straight losses to close out the season.'

Marker Jet vets going for it [5:47 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"It's not an every-day deal," Edwards said later. "Getting into the playoffs isn't an every-day deal. Winning 10 games isn't an every-day deal. Or 11 games. That's not an every-day deal. They understand that. We have to take advantage of this opportunity."'

Marker Herm: Leave it to Vinny [5:46 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"We're going to do what we've been doing the last two weeks," said Edwards, whose confidence in the passing attack has grown over the last five quarters. Ah, but there's a caveat: Turnovers and three-and-outs must be kept to a minimum.'

Marker Glenn has healthy outlook on facing the Bills [5:45 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Last time the Jets faced the Bills, the quarterback was Rob Johnson. This time, it's Alex Van Pelt, whom the Jets perceive as a bigger threat in some respects than Johnson. "Nothing against Rob," Glenn said, "but this dude is a fiery guy. He's kind of like (Doug) Flutie."'

Marker Herm illustrates rarity of this big opportunity [5:44 AM]
New York Post reports: '"He's making the point that the opportunities don't come along very often," Testaverde said, "so when they do, take full advantage of it. Don't mess it up by saying, 'Ah, I don't have to lift weights today, I don't have to take the extra reps . . . just work hard, continue to do the things we've done, and good things will happen. Just kinda seize the moment so to speak, because you don't know what next year's gonna bring. We talked about the ('98) AFC Championship Game, saying we were gonna win the Super Bowl the next year, and we go 8-8, so . . . You can't count on next year. You have to take advantage of what's in front of you now."'

Marker Glenn not counting himself out vs. Bills [5:43 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Jets cornerback Aaron Glenn, though listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills with his sprained right knee, sounded yesterday as if he'll be in the lineup in some shape or form.'

Marker Late Hitter Finds Timing [5:42 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Ferguson has moved ahead of the more experienced Chris Hayes, who signed a five-year, $5-million contract before the season and believed he would be the starter.'

Marker Edwards Dangles Title as Motivational Carrot [5:42 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Herman Edwards' latest motivational exercise was a simple one. In the team meeting yesterday morning, Edwards asked, "How many guys in this room have won a division?"'

Marker Jets offensive line draws strength from Fabini [5:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Fabini, one of the most underrated left tackles in the NFL, is enjoying perhaps the best season of his four-year career.'

Marker Bills' Van Pelt takes things in stride [5:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Q. Buffalo is a proud franchise. How has the team dealt with losing? A. It has been hard for a lot of the older guys, especially those who have been here, a couple of them, for the Super Bowl runs. But the young guys keep working hard. You haven't seen this team lay down yet. This team has a lot of pride. We're playing some good effort football. That's a good positive note to build on for next year.'

Marker Vets are pointing to playoffs [5:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Veterans are stressing to the younger players how important it is to seize the moment and reach the playoffs. Only 16 Jets remain on the roster who played a prominent role on the 1998 AFC East title team, and for most of them that was their only postseason appearance.'

Marker Jets safety Ferguson can now be called a starter [5:41 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I'm going to show what I can and do the best job I can," Ferguson said Wednesday, four days before the first start of his NFL career. "It's not a position where I feel I'm going to go in and botch it up, although some people may feel that way."'

Marker Jets notebook [5:40 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The Jets' path has become very clear: win two games, get the AFC East title, the conference's second seed, and a first-round bye. Win one, get into the playoffs. Win none, possibly miss the postseason.'

Marker The teams who can crash playoff parties [5:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'But amid the carnage of a transitional year largely spent cleaning up the salary cap mess that the new football regime inherited and trying to accelerate the learning curve for one of the league's youngest rosters, Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe offered Monday that head coach Gregg Williams has done a terrific job in his rookie season.'

Marker Bills find sweeping success in run attack [5:39 AM]
AP reports: 'It's taken the Bills three months to figure out how to establish a potent running attack. Little did anyone realize the answer was as simple as pitching the ball outside.'

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