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Buffalo Bills News - December 28, 2003

Marker Drew Bledsoe quotes [10:34 PM] reports: '"First of all, let me say this about Gregg Williams. You watch a guy that is going through a very tough situation, and we are all in a very tough situation as a team, but Gregg through the entire season has been in a difficult spot. His strength of character that he has demonstrated for this team and the leadership that Gregg demonstrated for this team has been tremendous. I have great respect for him because of that. As far as what we do on the field, the thing that I have said all year is that we have a plan going to the game, we just need to be more precise in what we do on the field. I still believe that is true. As far as could there have been help at times, we can all do better at times. That's the bottom line."'

Marker Tardiness -- not `personal reasons' -- behind Brown's absence [10:32 PM]
AP reports: '``I don't want people thinking this is something that it's not,'' agent Eric Metz told The Associated Press. ``One isolated, very small mistake shouldn't damage what has been and will continue to be a very great career.'''

Marker McGinnis, three others will be out [10:15 PM]
ESPN reports: 'In Buffalo, Gregg Williams is expected to be fired Tuesday after three seasons in which he went 17-31. The Bills do, however, plan to bring back quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Brown Stays Mum As The Bills Start The Off Season [10:14 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As his teammates cleaned out their lockers, Ruben Brown decided not to tell why he missed last week and Saturday's season finale in New England. Jonas Jennings said, "Rubes is OK, he's just mad at some of the accusations against him." I was thinking that maybe Brown could stop all the speculating if he'd come out and tell us what happened. He's always been a standup guy and I don't understand why that may have changed?'

Marker Williams' status among Bills biggest question marks [8:29 PM]
AP reports: '``It's like we just fell apart,'' cornerback Antoine Winfield said. ``It seems like a lot of confidence was lost and we just didn't regain it.'''

Marker Games left not withstanding, the end-of-the-year awards [8:28 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Most disappointing player: It has to be Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Williams Back For Another Year? Ho, Ho, Ho [8:27 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: That's where the Bills found themselves this season -- ready and willing and more than able, but doomed by antiquated tactics.

Marker Sweet symmetry [8:26 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'In the end, Buffalo wasn't a source of anguish or revenge. Just pity.'

Marker Milloy the poster boy for Patriots' season [8:25 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: '"This is a business," says Milloy. "I know that. And I really like Buffalo. It's a nice place to live and play. And the organization cares about the players."'

Marker The anatomy of an offense [8:24 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: '"When you take a whuppin' like we took in the first game, you want a little get-back," said running back Antowain Smith, now a huge prong in the rejuvenated attack.'

Marker Brady, Woody say they're OK [8:23 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'And when Lawyer Milloy banged Tom Brady at the knee, twisting the Michigan product to the ground in an ugly fashion, the season flashed before their eyes. "It was my leg. I am fine," declared Brady, who limped off but returned to the offense on the next series. "There is nothing to worry about."'

Marker New England Rolls Into Top Spot in the A.F.C. [11:27 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Buffalo Coach Gregg Williams watched his team finish with a 6-10 record, and his job is in jeopardy. "None of us in any phase has been good enough," he said. "The third-down plays on both sides were a big factor in this game. They forced us out in the open on defense and away from being in the box, where we wanted to play and be physical. They protected the football. They were able to make big plays in every area. They take shots down the field with play-action. They piled up plays, and that gave them chances to make more plays in the red zone."'

Marker They're home to stay [11:09 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: '"Whenever someone kicks your butt, if you're competitive, if you're a fighter, you're going to come back," he said. "And regardless of if you come out and say it or not, you want revenge. And that's what happened."'

Marker Belichick downplays home-field edge [11:08 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: 'HOW GOOD is the Patriots' defense these days? Well, over the last six home games, they are allowing an average of 3.7 points per game. Overall, they have allowed 14.9 points per game, best in franchise history.'

Marker A curtain call and a bravo for a job so very well done [11:07 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: '"He was like, driven, today," said Fauria. "Out of everyone in that first game, he probably took it the hardest. He wasn't talking much before the game."'

Marker Right back at ya, Bills [11:05 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'No muss, no fuss in this one as the Patriots avenged a 31-0 opening day loss to the Bills while ending the regular season with an historic 12-game winning streak. A season that began like a dream come true for old friend Drew Bledsoe ended in a nightmare, as he went just 12-for-29 for 83 yards, was sacked three times and had an interception and fumble.'

Marker Poised to go three and out [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...failed to score a touchdown in seven of 16 games.'

Marker Brown's absence from season finale an unsolved mystery [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brown and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride have not seen eye-to-eye this season, and according to a source, Brown had a confrontation with Gilbride this week.'

Marker Final score magnifies awful regression [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's the kind of coach they have," Fletcher said. "Sure, he wanted to play the psychological game where they can preserve their shutout."'

Marker Struggles at QB, O-line show Bills need more than just a coach [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This does not speak very well of the endurance of the Bills' most important young linemen. Maybe it isn't such a great idea to have Jennings weighing 325 pounds and Williams 370. Most of their injuries had to do with their legs.'

Marker QB Brown gets to show his stuff [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm in a difficult situation here because there's only one quarterback that can play," said Brown. "In order for me to go in there, a good situation isn't happening for the team. Am I happy to get in there? Under the circumstances, it was tough but I was pleased that I was able to go out and have a little bit of success and move the team a little bit. But it's not an easy situation."'

Marker Sunday Billboard [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '• Best Sign: "Hey Drew, Not Even a Lawyer Can Help U."'

Marker Newfane man named state's No. 1 Bills fan [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Buffalo Bills have been on a mission, searching for the best Bills fans across America," the Web site states. "The fans who are selected are considered to be some of the best the Buffalo Bills nation has to offer - the MVP of the Bills' 12th man."'

Marker Wayward Bills season fumbles to a close [8:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“They were playing for home-field advantage so they were trying to win the game, but you could tell they wanted a little revenge,” said Moulds.'

Marker Brown's absence latest omen Williams is toast [8:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Williams had a chance to make his case, and instead made like a turtle. Once again, the man retreated into his shell. How typical. How sad.'

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.'

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