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Buffalo Bills News - February 21, 2005

Marker San Diego Bills Backers Welcome Bills fans in 2005! [3:51 PM]
San Diego Bills Backers Club reports: 'Welcome to San Diego! And the web site of the San Diego (Pacific Beach) Fan Club for Buffalo Bills Fans.'

Marker Win a Special Comeback Game DVD [3:48 PM] reports: Interested fans are asked to submit a brief essay (300 words or less) recounting their memory of the game. Were you at the game? Did you remain a loyal listener to the radio? What were you saying as the comeback began to unfold on the field.'

Marker Bills Enter Free Agency In Good Shape [5:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While the won-loss record leaves alot to be desired, Donahoe's era with the Bills has been a success when it comes to managing the cap. The Bills have significantly reduced the amount of dead cap money in recent seasons and go into the free agent/trading period in the best cap shape of the four teams in the AFC East.'

Marker Facing tough task [5:45 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'The Patriots exposed Bledsoe's weaknesses -- a very poor touch on short passes. He has a strong arm, but not real accurate -- especially when he has to move in the pocket. It might not be fair to judge Bledsoe purely against the Patriots, but that is Crennel's background. Also, the Bills finished at 9-7 last season, but they are letting Bledsoe go in favor of rookie J.P. Losman, so the Bills must have some doubts.'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:32 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The team wants to keep LT Jonas Jennings and DT Pat Williams, but it might be forced to choose one or the other. Jennings, 27, is young and plays a position that usually draws big money offers. The Bills won't overpay for a player who has missed games due to injuries in each of his four seasons. But the team would be woefully thin at offensive tackle if it loses Jennings and top backup Marcus Price, another free agent.'

Marker Better without Bledsoe [5:31 AM]
CNN/SI reports: Before he walked out to midfield for the flip, Bledsoe was advised by coaches to choose to defend the east goal if Pittsburgh won the toss and elected to receive. That way, the Steelers wouldn't be wind-aided when they took the ball. Pittsburgh won the toss. Pittsburgh elected to receive. Bledsoe said Buffalo would defend the west goal.

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February 20, 2005

Marker Shelton drawing interest [4:36 PM]
East Valley Tribune reports: 'Shelton is under contract to make $3 million a season through 2008, a reasonable rate for a starting left tackle. Shelton, though, was replaced at left tackle by Leonard Davis in Arizona, and Shelton and coach Dennis Green haven’t had the best relationship.'

Marker A tough drop for Bledsoe [5:03 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"The biggest change in football in the last seven or eight years has been the defenses and what they do to you. The way they attack a quarterback is much more varied than it was 15 or 20 years ago, and that's made it tougher for the classic drop-back quarterbacks. Offensive linemen now are big, strong guys who are not as athletic as the guys we find on defense. The guys rushing the passer today are generally better athletes. They're faster and quicker and that's made it unrealistic to ask an offensive line to hold its pass protection for five seconds the way the Raiders did when Plunkett was playing."'

Marker Bledsoe's release paves way for Losman in Buffalo [5:01 AM]
Tulane Hullabaloo reports: '“As a leader in the preseason games and in practice, he had the chance to display some leadership skills that I like,” Mularkey said. “We designed some runs early in the preseason he took advantage of and made plays. He had a good pocket presence about him. He has a lot of things now that we are going to start to scratch the surface with.”'

Marker JP Losman: The Right Decision? [4:59 AM] reports: 'I do look for the Bills to take somewhat of a step back to start off the Losman era. Hopefully the learning curve won’t be too big for JP and he will catch on quickly. He has the talent; he has to tools, now he has to put it together. I do like that when the press conference that the Bills held to announce the releasing of Drew Bledsoe, JP Losman was with Sam Wyche watching film.'

February 19, 2005

Marker Cowboys shouldn't pursue Bledsoe, but is Henson a good fit? [10:20 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'And if Drew Bledsoe works out as well as did Vinny Testaverde, the next quarterback you'll hear about suiting up for Bill Parcells' Cowboys is Phil Simms.'

Marker Bledsoe makes sense for Cowboys [10:19 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'This Bledsoe is not the Bledsoe Parcells coddled in New England, but if the Cowboys want to get on the carousel, he's the best choice.'

Marker Bledsoe, Brady now so different [10:18 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: 'He's 33, he hasn't had a solid, complete season in years and he's a drop-back passer, and that's gone out of style. Good thing for Bledsoe there are still coaches around, like Bill Parcells, who famously crave old-fashioned players.'

Marker Co-owner Kelly enjoying a new game [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly said he will attend from 10 to 12 Busch races this year for the full-time team. Driver Randy LaJoie, a two-time Busch champion, is making his return to the series after a two-year absence under Cicci, also returning to the series after running limited events the last three seasons. Cicci teams have started 708 Busch races, winning 19.'

Marker Cards tackle Shelton visits Bills [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Shelton, 28, was given permission from the Cardinals to seek a trade earlier this month. The Bills are a possible destination because Jennings is an unrestricted free agent and is seeking a contract that would make him one of the highest paid offensive tackles in the NFL. The Bills aren't expected to meet those demands.'

Marker Cards' Shelton visits Bills; deal for Henry could follow [5:01 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'If a deal is made with Buffalo, it could be a rare player-for-player trade. The Cardinals are interested in Henry, who wants out of Buffalo after losing his job to Willis McGahee last season.'

Marker Bills to swap Henry for Shelton? [5:00 AM]
ESPN reports: The Bills were given permission early this week to meet with Shelton, who was told he could shop his services in exchange for a draft choice in the first day of April's draft. The Bills are looking for left tackle options because they aren't expected to re-sign their starting left tackle, Jonas Jennings, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Marker Bills May Swap Henry For Shelton [4:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'While re-signing Jennings would cost the Bills a signing bonus of around $10 just for starters, Shelton still has four years left on his contract at $3 million per year.'

February 17, 2005

Marker Losman Speaks After Bledsoe Announcement [10:42 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It was good. It never felt like a sticky situation. I was in the same situation competing in college and it was really like that. Drew Bledsoe always answered my questions and he always gave me help. It was a great situation."'

Marker A Position-By-Position Look at the Buffalo Bills Strengths and Weaknesses [10:12 PM]
On The Clock Draft reports: 'The Bills needs can be summed up in the following short list...'.

Marker Jones supports Henson, won't comment on Bledsoe [10:10 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'On Wednesday, Bledsoe said he had no intention of being a backup, but Jones said he assumes Bledsoe would be willing to compete knowing coach Bill Parcells does not believe in handing players jobs. "We just can't bet the house on how these two young guys are evolving," Jones said. "That's just not smart."'

Marker Bye, bye Bledsoe [5:14 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Though many have opined the Bills are taking a huge risk with Losman, a look at Bledsoe’s 2004 game film would open your eyes and leave you wondering if the falloff in performance will be that significant. Bledsoe’s 12 years of experience and command of the huddle is one thing. But grading him strictly on performance, Bledsoe was one of the 10 worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL last season.

Marker Milloy going for the money had ring of reason [5:13 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Milloy did the right thing. That isn't to say players like Tedy Bruschi, who stayed in New England for less money, did the wrong thing. Bruschi is still a millionaire plenty of times over, and he liked playing for the Patriots. The choice was his. Milloy made a different choice. It has probably eaten at him some the past two years when he watched the Super Bowl, realizing he could have been him in that celebration. But 30 years from now, he'll realize he did the right thing.'

Marker Losman's promotion reflects Bills' needs to address offense [3:56 PM]
AP reports: '''Our defense we felt was playoff-caliber. Our special teams ended up first in the league,'' Donahoe said. ''If we're going to take that next step, we've got to get better on the offensive side of the ball.'''

Marker New Wave in Buffalo [2:11 PM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: '"He's going to have the benefit of a defense that's going to be great, and a very strong running back," Bledsoe said of Losman's opportunities. "He'll have a lot of help around him. I'm sure they'll design an offense that lets him get out and run around."'

Marker Transcript: President/GM Tom Donahoe [11:11 AM] reports: 'I think when Drew came here we were in a big black hole with this football team and he certainly helped us get out of that. He helped bring respectability back to the Buffalo Bills. He brought creditability to the football team and I owe him a debt of gratitude. Personally, I learned a lot from being around Drew. The way he dealt with adversity. The way he dealt with criticism. I learned a lot by being around him. I really appreciate what he did for us and hopefully he'll be successful with what happens in the future. I never felt in my conversations with Drew or David Dunn that he would be comfortable here or anywhere as a back-up quarterback.'

Marker Transcript: Head Coach Mike Mularkey [11:10 AM] reports: 'We had a good season last year. As I've told the team and the organization it was not a super year.'

Marker Disappointed Bledsoe didn't see sack coming [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you're looking for life or football to be fair, you're going to be disappointed a lot," Bledsoe said in a conference call from his Oregon home. "Do I think this is fair? No, I don't think this is fair. But I'm also aware that that's how it works."'

Marker Pocket change will pay off for Bills [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills should be applauded for taking a bold, necessary step. I felt Donahoe would try to squeeze one more year out of Bledsoe, to prove he was right to bring him here all along. But in the end, Donahoe acted in the long-term interests of the franchise.'

Marker Offensive mobilization prompts QB switch [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This just doesn't speak to Drew Bledsoe, I think it speaks to our offense," Donahoe said. "Our offense isn't good enough. We're not good enough on that side of the ball, and it's not just Drew Bledsoe. We've got to get better on the line, we've got to get more consistent. We've got to get more big plays from our playmakers."'

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