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Buffalo Bills News - December 22, 2003

Marker Game plan is no hit [5:03 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''It is frustrating,'' middle linebacker London Fletcher said. ``You hold a team to 169 yards, an average of 3 yards per offensive play, you should win the football game.'''

Marker Keys to the game [5:02 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Inexplicably, the Bills tried to run their normal offense, which required a lot of deep drop-backs by Bledsoe. The rush was hardly fair for Sullivan and Price, who were reserve tackles at the beginning of the season.'

Marker Strategy corner [5:01 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins jumped to a 10-0 first-quarter lead. The Bills couldn't move the ball as they went against the wind in the first quarter. By the second quarter, the Dolphins were able to begin pass-rushing throughout the game.'

Marker Grading the Dolphins [5:00 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Secondary -- A.'

Marker Dolphins eliminated from playoffs despite beating Bills [4:59 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"That's what happens when you wait around for when another team has to win to decide your fate," said right tackle Todd Wade, whose team will now have consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance for the first time since the 1988 and 1989 campaigns. "It's very, very disappointing. When you have high expectations like our team had, everybody expects big things out of you. We didn't deliver, so it's a shame."'

Marker Sore-shouldered RB Williams makes the Bills pay [4:58 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"I have been doing it all year pretty much, and parts of last year," Williams said of playing with the shoulder. "It is something I have learned to [play with]. It is not the funnest thing, but it is part of the game."'

Marker Front four Bills' offense [4:57 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Miami sacked quarterback Drew Bledsoe six times, forced him to fumble once, and harassed and hit him on several other plays. The Dolphins bottled up running back Travis Henry between the tackles -- Henry had just 67 yards on 24 carries, his lowest production since the Giants held him to 53 yards Oct. 12.'

Marker Some consolation for beleagured Dolphins [4:56 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'If the Dolphins had lost in Buffalo, their exasperated supporters would have had them drawn and quartered before they played another quarter. So give them some credit for not quitting and for jumping on a demoralized opponent early enough to make it think about doing so.'

Marker Dolphins deny Huizenga is considering Spurrier [4:55 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"Don't ask me about all that stuff," Spurrier said. "Talk to me about the Bears kicking our butts."'

Marker Spurrier? It could happen [4:54 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'We don't need to belabor the obvious, do we? Dave Wannstedt is done.'

Marker Awful season frustrates Bledsoe [4:53 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Bledsoe, once the toast of Buffalo, now only draws the ire of Bills fans. When third-string quarterback Travis Brown replaced Bledsoe late in the game, the few fans left cheered loudly.'

Marker Lackluster victory not enough to stay alive [4:52 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"We had this in our hands, and we dropped the ball," Dolphins defensive end Jay Williams said.'

Marker Dolphins prove unfit for playoffs [4:51 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The Dolphins prevailed 20-3. But what did they really gain? A few more hours of life?'

Marker Buckley's interception, TD cap defense's stellar day [4:50 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"We saw that play during the week, and it just so happened we were in the right man-to-man call," Buckley said. "That allowed me to use what I saw during the week as a benchmark. I can't say enough about the pass rush and the guys up front. The route was one of those rhythm passes. I just beat him to the spot."'

Marker Buffalo players critical of offensive strategy [4:49 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"This was a day we should have dominated," right tackle Marcus Price said. "But when you don't stick to what you do best, it opens the door for inconsistency."'

Marker Taylor resigned to inevitable changes for '04 [4:48 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"I've never been a big worrier about things I can't control," Taylor said. "I've never understood why people stress out about things they can't do anything about. Isn't there enough to worry about when it comes to things you can control and maybe make a difference?"'

Marker 'Courageous' Williams takes shots from doctor, Bills [4:47 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Williams said the Dolphins did a good job of "managing the game," and "understanding the circumstances," which basically means giving the ball to him, which is always Miami's best option. "We used Ricky, got ahead and then let our defense tee off on them," Fiedler said.'

Marker Dolphins drive falls short [4:46 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'But that's exactly what the Dolphins did, holding Buffalo to only 11 yards of offense in the first half and only 177 for the game while forcing four turnovers, including a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Terrell Buckley that sealed the game.'

Marker Dolphins defense inspired by criticism [4:45 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'When that pass rush is coming like that, it's like stealing out there, Buckley said. Those guys always have been my best friends and anytime they do anything, I make sure I tell them thank you. And today, thank you, they was bringing it.'

Marker Taylor is all-time Dolphin sack leader [4:44 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'One fan leaving Sunday's game late in the fourth quarter blurted out, Bledsoe shirts . . . at a discount.'

Marker Pats want payback, rest [4:43 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``We owe them one,'' safety Rodney Harrison [news] said. ``Everyone knows that. They came out and flat out kicked our butts. We're going to enjoy this for a day, but by Monday morning it's Buffalo 100 percent. We have to be ready.'''

Marker Schilling buys Bledsoe's old house [4:42 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Bledsoe, who has struggled badly this season with the Bills, now lives on a sprawling farm in a Buffalo suburb. Depending on what happens with his contract (he has a $7 million option bonus coming due), Bledsoe may once again be a seller in the near future.'

Marker The Bills Never Really In It In Loss To Miami [4:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Five fumbles, one interception, six sacks and a few very costly penalties told me the team was there physically, just not mentally. When I mentioned that to Moulds he said, "I agree, everybody was enthusiastic, but when we got out there, it seemed like guys were just going through the motions a little bit and I think being a professional, you can't do that."'

Marker Rough Day for Bills [4:40 AM] reports: '"We've been very good about that all year long, protecting the football," head coach Gregg Williams explained. "That was something coming into the year we wanted to improve upon, and today the ball was out."'

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December 21, 2003

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes [7:25 PM] reports: '"This was a disappointing loss against a rival, another AFC opponent. We just didn't play very well with the turnovers. We were lucky to be in the game by halftime with what we had to do and the field position problems that we had. They made a good play on a double move after the first turnover with the ball in the corner of the end zone to (Chris) Chambers. We were lucky to only be down 13-0 at the half with the turnovers we had to play through."

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotes [7:24 PM] reports: '"Early in the game there were a couple of plays I probably should have hit and then the interception was an avoidable play. I thought that they were both carrying my inside receiver down the field, then Buckley came off and it was just a horrible play. I thought that Bobby Shaw was going to come underneath of him, but when he came off I just didn't see him and it was just a horrible play. Overall, I think that the way that the game went, what I was trying to do, was I was trying to go through my reads as quickly as I could to get the ball out against what was a good pass rush and because of that, I made some poor decisions."'

Marker Eric Moulds Quotes [7:23 PM] reports: '"We were so enthusiastic in the locker room before the game so I thought we'd go out and play well. We came out flat and we didn't do enough to make plays to win the game. Today they beat us and they had a great game plan. We didn't execute our game plan well enough to win."'

Marker Lawyer Milloy Quotes [7:22 PM] reports: '"I hate to lose. I'm a sore loser. I don't care how you win the game, you just have to get it done, and we haven't been able to do that all year."'

Marker Sam Gash Quotes [7:21 PM] reports: 'What has happened to Drew?
"I don't know. That's a question that you would have to ask Drew specifically. I don't know how comfortable he is. Just looking at him he just doesn't look like the same guy. We go as a team, we win as a team, we lose as a team. Drew is a warrior, he's a trooper, he stands in there and does everything he needs to do for us to win. It's just not going well."'

Marker Dave Wannstedt Quotes [7:20 PM] reports: '"As I told the players in there, with all the distractions from the media and everything else this week it's a remarkable job that this football team was able to keep its focus and come up here in December and win in the cold. Everything else that was written about gave the guys an opportunity to doubt themselves and that didn't happen, we've got a great group of guys. The situation that we're in we can't do anything more about it at this time and we'll see what happens from here. I thought today our defense played as well as we've played all year. We rushed the passer and played the run pretty well. Offensively when we had to run the ball we did against a very, very good defense, one of the best in the NFL. Overall it was a great win for our team, great win for the guys and everybody can share in it. Terrell Buckley comes up big. That interception, he came close last week and it was great to see him get one this week and make a difference in the game."'

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