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Buffalo Bills News - November 21, 2002

Marker Great Start Could Be Just the Beginning [1:33 PM] reports: '“Chad has prepared himself to do that,” New York Coach Herman Edwards said. “When you prepare yourself and you surround yourself with players who are fulfilling their roles, it makes your role a lot easier. That is how he has gone about his business and how he is running the football team right now. It is good for him, and it is good for the guys that are around him. They are playing a lot better right now.”'

Marker The Other Side: A Buffalo View [1:29 PM] reports: '[Q:] What kind of mental state are the Bills in after a disappointing loss in Kansas City? [A:] Frustrated more than anything. It was a game they probably should have won. And maybe pretty handily.'

Marker Testaverde in ‘Drew’s role’ with the Jets [1:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“When Vinny had to have surgery this spring,” Pennington recalled, “I was able to take reps with the No. 1 team. That was what started my development on the field and gave me added confidence I could run the show.”'

Marker Bills have to disrupt Pennington [1:16 PM]
ESPN reports: ESPN's Merril Hoge says: "The best way to break Chad Pennington's rhythm is to combine pressure up front with pressure outside on the receivers. Sometimes, to disrupt a quarterback, defenses have to throw off the receivers. Getting pressure on Pennington is only part of the equation. The Bills can force Pennington to hesitate by changing coverages, challenging the receivers at the line of scrimmage and affecting how the receivers get in and out of their routes."

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Jets Preview [1:16 PM] reports: 'In the Red Zone: "Really, the thing that allows you to be ultimately successful is your ability to run the ball down there. You get down there and force them to spread out to be conscious of your guys then you run the ball in. "Sometimes you just have to put the ball in Travis (Henry's) hands and make that extra guy that they bring in miss."

Marker Alumni Update: J.D. Williams [9:20 AM] reports: How fast was cornerback J.D. Williams? He could run 40 yards in about the same length of time it took to read these two sentences. It didn’t him too long to stand out on special teams either. Buffalo’s 1990 first-round draft pick blocked a punt in that year’s season-opener, a 26-10 victory over Indianapolis.

Marker Bills - Jets Series History [9:17 AM] reports: The Bills' 46 wins over the Jets are the most Buffalo has against any other NFL team (the Patriots are next at 39). The last four games in the series have been decided by six points or fewer, including the 2001 season opener. The Bills are looking for their second straight win over the Jets in New Jersey after a 14-9 win there in game 15 of 2001.

Marker New life on the line [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"After 10 weeks, we have a quarterback over 3,000 yards and Travis is close to 1,000 yards, so I think that speaks for itself," left tackle Jonas Jennings said.'

Marker Bledsoe tops AFC quarterbacks in Pro Bowl voting [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe leads the AFC in the fan voting for the Pro Bowl and is second behind only Green Bay's Brett Favre in overall votes.'

Marker A Chad counts big time for Jets [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'In his six starts, Pennington has thrown for 1,394 yards, completed an astounding 75.3 percent of his throws, hit for 10 touchdowns, and thrown just 3 interceptions.'

Marker Favors says he can help Bills now [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'He also thinks he can excel on special teams, an area where the Bills are always looking to improve. “That’s a very important part of the game, it can dictate the outcome of the game,” he said. “I take pride in that because I know how important it is. I know games can come down to that.”'

Marker Bills failing in red zone [5:25 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In their past two games, the Bills have made it inside the red zone a total of nine times and have walked out with just two touchdowns and three field goals. That's leaving 40 of a possible 63 points blowing in the wind.'

Marker Bills look for a way to regain their edge [5:24 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'In last Sunday's 17-16 loss in Kansas City, the Chiefs' defence did an excellent job of allowing Bledsoe to complete short passes in place of deep strikes for big gains. It's a "bend but don't break" defensive philosophy that has grown in popularity among Buffalo's opposition.'

Marker On Same Page Without Opening a Book [5:23 AM]
New York Times reports: '"We both see the same things when we're on the field," Coles said. "When I line up outside, it's like he'll look at me, and I look at him, it's almost like we know what each other is thinking just by looking at the defense. Chad can tell me what he sees. I can tell him, `Look out for this in case I get this type of coverage.' When Chad wasn't playing, I would come off at practice and Chad would say, `Did you see this?' He would say, `I'm going to tell Vinny about this.' He's always had that leadership role even though he wasn't at the controls."'

Marker Coles catches a break [5:22 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Since Pennington replaced Vinny Testaverde, Coles has 44 receptions for 614 yards and two touchdowns. In the same span, the Bills' Eric Moulds, whom the Jets face Sunday at Giants Stadium, has 41 for 595 yards and four touchdowns. Moulds, tied for third among the AFC receiving leaders, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.'

Marker Reality show fits the Bill [5:21 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Buffalo's high-octane offense has developed some knocks and pings the last two weeks. Bills coach Gregg Williams said that's because they're having problems in the red zone. But it is still a dangerous game for the Jets.'

Marker Namath apologizes for shots at Jets [5:20 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Basically, I said I was sincerely surprised when I learned they had the highest payroll," he added. "I didn't rip into the Jets. I'm a Jets fan and I want to see them win."'

Marker Coles catching on [5:19 AM]
New York Post reports: '"He's having a good year, he really is, but quietly," Herman Edwards said of Coles yesterday. "I think a lot of people don't really take note of him, because there are so many good receivers in our conference. Sometimes, he kind of goes overlooked. But the more he plays, the more people will understand he's having a good year."'

Marker Win over Bills led to slump [5:18 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Several Jets players yesterday acknowledged they came out of the season-opening, 37-31 overtime win over the Bills in Buffalo with an inflated sense of how good they were. "It was an overconfidence," DT Josh Evans said. "We came out of that game thinking we were a pretty good team. Then we came back the next week against New England and got our brains beat in."'

Marker Coles Is Connected [5:17 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"Our goal is to be a Jerry Rice and Steve Young type of combination," said Coles, selected in the third round of the 2000 draft, in which Pennington was one of the Jets' four first-round picks. "... We came in together and we wanted to be a duo, and I think we're working very hard toward that."'

Marker Cowart Admits Week 2 Knee Injury Slowed Him [5:16 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'When linebacker Sam Cowart was struggling early in the season, some people from his former team, the Bills, speculated that his Achilles injury still wasn't completely healed. Actually, Cowart revealed yesterday that he hyperextended his right knee in Week 2 against New England and was slowed by the injury for several weeks.'

Marker Coles pointing them in right direction [5:15 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'In Pennington's six starts, Coles has 36 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns.'

Marker Morton's film flashback is a satisfying one [5:14 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"It was fun watching it again, watching both the return and how good everybody blocked," Morton said yesterday. "It brought back memories. It seemed like it was a long time ago."'

Marker Moulds, Bledsoe connect [5:13 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '[Q:] Does Bledsoe bring a certain swagger to the team? [A:] You could say we're a more confident team. A lot of guys last year, we were just looking to go out there and compete. But this year, we're looking to go out there and win ballgames, looking to go out there and have fun. It's fun to go out there with Drew because he brings that kind of excitement. He's always joking around in the huddle and saying that we're going to go down there and score in four or five plays.'

Marker Chad: Never a doubt [5:12 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Mind-boggling is the best way to describe Chad Pennington's numbers, particularly in his six games as a Jets starter. His completion percentage over that period is 75.3 percent, which would obliterate Ken Anderson's NFL record of 70.55 percent for a full season. His passing rating is an astronomical 107.5, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio is an excellent 10-3.'

Marker Cowart getting back to old self [5:11 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Cowart's and the defense's fortunes turned during the bye week. After that, coordinator Ted Cottrell began calling more of the undershifted front that Cowart excelled in with the Bills. And he is blitzing more (unofficially, seven times the last four games to four in the first six) and making more tackles behind the line.'

Marker Jets notebook [5:10 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Randy Thomas sprained his right ankle in the third quarter against Detroit, an injury that has him listed as questionable for Sunday's rematch with Buffalo.'

Marker Jets want ball more vs. Buffalo [5:09 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'But the Jets feel better prepared defensively to handle the Bills this time around. "We have to improve on what we've been doing," Jets safety Sam Garnes said. "Our tackling has improved, we're moving around a lot faster because we know where we're going and we're confident. We're not worried that somebody is going to make a play against us and it's over. I think that's the way it was at the beginning of the season."'

Marker Bills again due for Jets [5:08 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'The Jets play Buffalo on Sunday just like they did to open the season and now all the expectations are starting to rise again – albeit more slowly this time.'

Marker Jets' patience with Pennington pays off [5:07 AM]
USA Today reports: 'More important, Pennington, 26, is delivering on the Joe Namath-like self-assurance he expressed when Edwards benched Vinny Testaverde, 39. "I'm going to be a winner, bottom line," Pennington said.'

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