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Buffalo Bills News - October 19, 2004

Marker Just another day at the office for Bills' coach [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I didn't go, "Hey, this is getting easier,' " Mularkey said. "If anything, you have to have a greater focus. It would be easy to take a step back, but you can't, not right now. You need to take a step forward and take what they did (further). We've had a productive quarter, a productive half. If we can keep those things going . . ."'

Marker Mularkey guided by experience of QB coach Wyche [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've leaned on Sam a number of times," Mularkey said Monday. "I can't say I can remember being 0-4, but I can remember situations I was in as a position coach, as a coordinator, as a player, and fortunately I experienced them and have been around some head coaches and saw how they handled the situation and made a difference in the outcome of the season."'

Marker Inside slant [5:02 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The team's next three games - at Baltimore and home to Arizona and the New York Jets - are against opponents that are a combined 9-6. But they are teams the Bills have to defeat in order to climb back to .500 and give themselves a shot at a playoff berth over the last half of the season.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie coach Mike Mularkey earned a well-deserved game ball for his first NFL win. He had a rough first half, which including some dubious decisions that helped put Buffalo into a 10-7 hole. But he made the right adjustments at halftime and the Bills hammered out a convincing victory by sticking to the run.'

Marker Notes, quotes [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bills owner Ralph Wilson winced watching the Bills' lethargic two-point loss to the New York Jets, calling his team "boring," and that he was tired of coach Mike Mularkey's smash-mouth style of football. What did he think after his team ate the final 6:22 of Sunday's 20-13 win over Miami by running the football? "Am I happy with smash-mouth football? Today, yes," said Wilson, who was celebrating his 86th birthday.'

Marker Finally a Win! [4:59 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'It’s amazing how different a win feels. Mondays have been brutal for a long time. I go to the gym or the grocery store and people want me to give them answers. But, the questions change. People start to get that crazy feeling. They look at the schedule and ask. Do you think they could roll off a few wins in a row, and get back in the playoff picture?'

Marker Henry Remains The Bills Starter Over McGahee [4:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mularkey feels Sam Adams on the field tantrum with the coaches that cost him a benching for the second half was just a heat of the moment thing.'

Marker Henry to retain Bills starting role when healthy [4:57 AM]
AP reports: '''Travis will be the starter and Willis will get more playing time as we go,'' coach Mike Mularkey said on Monday. ''I think due to injury, I don't think that's any case to make a change right now. (Henry) has been productive.'''

Marker Bills sign WR Wilson to practice squad [4:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Wilson is an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas who signed with Detroit last April. The Lions released Wilson after he spent the first five weeks of the season on their practice squad.'

Marker McGahee makes the most of his first start [4:55 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'It will be up to the coaching staff to keep them both happy. If not, healthy competition could turn into an unhealthy feud. The last things the Bills need right now is a divisive rift worthy of the Flutie-Johnson debacle of a few years ago. If that happens, one of them would have to go. The Bills could be sitting on running back situation that’s either dynamite or a powder keg. It’s up to them to light the right fuse.'

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October 18, 2004

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:43 PM] reports: 'We'll see how Travis is injury wise but if he is at full strength, 100 percent, then he'll start. They will both get reps, but as far as starting the game Travis will be the guy. He's been productive and missed last week due more so to the injury. We are fortunate to have two effective running backs.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:43 PM] reports: 'Coach Mularkey was hired because we felt he was the best man for the job. His offensive background and his ability to communicate in get along with players was also a part of the reasons why we selected him. He has a very definite idea of how he wants to play offensive football. Some media members have inaccurately labeled it as smash-mouth football, which it really isn't. It is a brand of football where he wants to be physical and have players who are smart and to execute the talents of his players. Even though we have struggled in some of the earlier games you can see elements of Mike's offense and the Bills offense and what we want to do. In the second half of the game against Miami you saw the offense perform at a very efficient level and that's what we expect to continue to develop and to get some consistency with that.'

Marker Bills Sign WR to Practice Squad [5:42 PM] reports: 'The Bills announced today that the team has signed wide receiver George Wilson to its practice squad.'

Marker Adams frustrated by role in Bills defense [5:39 PM]
AP reports: '''He's just frustrated,'' Adams' agent, Angelo Wright, told The Associated Press on Monday. The 11-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowl selection believes that he is not being properly utilized, Wright said. Rather than pressuring the pocket, Adams is mostly asked to simply contain the middle and sometimes even drop back in coverage, not easy for a player who's listed at 335 pounds. ''It's often difficult when a defense doesn't let you exploit your talent,'' Wright said. ''Those guys want to attack. This guy's been winning games for a long time. And he just wants to win.'''

Marker Bills grind out an old-fashioned victory [3:55 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'McGahee's afternoon not only led the Bills to their first win of 2004, it provided some reason to hope for the rest of the season. Thinking about getting anywhere near contention remains several consecutive wins away, but such a possibility is no longer pure fantasy. At least until next week.'

Marker Bills Team Report [1:29 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'McGahee was impressive in his first start, running 26 times for 111 yards. He hasn't fully regained the explosive burst he had before a major knee injury nearly two years ago, but he is effective because of his physical style. He gains a lot of yards after contact and works hard to finish runs.'

Marker They Finally Get A Win [1:05 PM]
Erie Times News reports: 'HALFTIME: Bills losing. Me drinking.'

Marker Wire aims Most High [12:53 PM]
Carlisle Sentinel reports: 'The main symbol for Wire's line represents progress, which he says means the desire of a person to be better today than he or she was yesterday. Wire includes a personal written explanation of what each symbol means on the hang tag. That way, he says, each garment comes with a little bit of his train of thought.'

Marker Bills, Mularkey get win No. 1 [12:48 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We had some problems in the first half,” admitted middle linebacker London Fletcher. “But we regrouped at halftime, stepped up, got four sacks and really shut them down.”'

Marker Dolphins find RB in Morris, but not a win [12:47 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Dolphins were always seen as a title contender with their premiere back, because they could control the clock and rest their powerful defense. Morris showed glimpses that he can help Miami back to its winning ingredient.'

Marker Spikes got the Bills ‘rolling’ [12:47 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The crowd of 72,714 had only 1,253 no-shows.'

Marker Now the Bills have another problem at RB [12:46 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So no matter how hard McGahee ran on Sunday, Henry’s credentials for toughness are well in place. However, the youngster made a case for more playing time and that’s become Mularkey’s problem ... and not a totally pleasant one.'

Marker McGahee Shines In Buffalo's First Win [10:11 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Unfortunately, the only one that thinks Sam Adams is playing well is Sam Adams. Mularkey made an example out of Bobby Shaw last week. For about 750-thousand dollars of cap space it's well over due to make another. Adams should be told Monday to clean out his locker. I think the Bills can easily go 7-and-14 without him just as easily as they did with him. Adams is lazy in practice and during games and expects to be treated like a super star. He's also very, very out of shape and fat. The act is getting tired.'

Marker Worst to firsts [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is what I told my O-line," McGahee said, " "All you have to do is block the D-line. Don't worry about the linebackers, and I'll get the secondary.' "'

Marker McGahee is worthy of feature presentation [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question now is, what do you do when Henry comes back?'

Marker Victory proves Mularkey's making progress [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey has never deviated from the course. He's never bought into the empty, wishful promise of desperate times requiring absurdly desperate measures, even as 0-0 became 0-4. From the onset of minicamp he's carried the flag for hard-nosed, common-sense football, only to discover that common sense isn't so common. His Bills would do the darndest things to beat themselves, and then, the next week, do them all over again.'

Marker Edwards' play sends Adams to bench [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Mike Mularkey said Adams was pulled because the team felt backup Ron Edwards played better. Edwards finished the game with a career-high two sacks and four tackles. "We just felt like we were getting done what we wanted done with Ron Edwards," Mularkey said. "He was being extremely disruptive and just kept that flow going."'

Marker Bills' offensive line shoves back [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'll tell you what, they did a tremendous job for me today," said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "They did a great job in the running game, and in the passing game I had plenty of time to throw. We accounted for (Miami's) one guy that is truly a special pass rusher, and the other guys just stood up and gave me great time to throw the ball today."'

Marker O.J. has suite time watching Bills win [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He accepted an invitation to sit in the luxury box from Chris Hall, a former Lockport resident who lives in South Florida. "I'm a little surprised that it's been so long since I've been back," Simpson said. "My whole point to my friends was that I was going to be under the radar. I came here to watch a football game, and that's that. That's what I'm doing."'

Marker Morris' return is a fine one [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't gain my motivation and desire from outside circumstances," he said. "If that was the case, next week we're playing the Rams, and I never played for them, so . . . I get motivation from myself. My best game did happen to come against my old team. That's kind of the way it plays out sometimes."'

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