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Buffalo Bills News - November 30, 2003

Marker Bledsoe pulled in third quarter against Giants [3:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe left the Bills' game against the New York Giants in the third quarter Sunday after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit.'

Marker Giants facing winter of change [1:46 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'With so many problems and shortcomings exposed, do the Giants need only a retooling effort before next year, or is management looking at a rebuilding project? Shockey doesn't see wholesale changes.'

Marker Giants vs. Bills [1:45 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Give the ball to RB Travis Henry and dare the Giants' linebackers to stop him. If Henry gets going, then QB Drew Bledsoe will have a much easier time finding his favorite target, receiver Eric Moulds. Moulds has been playing through a groin injury this season, but will still be a major test for the Giants' injury-riddled secondary.'

Marker Third-down blues [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defenses continue to "squat" their coverage, overplay the shorter zones without fear of getting burned deep.'

Marker A marquee matchup is now a Giant bust [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Welcome to the Underachiever Bowl, featuring two 4-7 teams that have fallen well below expectations this season.'

Marker Under construction [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills are encouraged by his development and have not backed off their belief that Williams will eventually become a great player. "He's making progress," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "He's made improvements from his first year to his second year. Only through experience of playing week in and week out will he be able to take his game to the next level.
"Once he gains a better understanding of his opponents in this league he has a chance to be physically dominating every time he steps out there. You can tell there are a few things that surprise him and that's going to happen to a first or second-year player. When he gets through things, the different schemes and players he hasn't faced before, he'll be confident enough to dominate."'

Marker Out clause could put Haslett on Bills' radar [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Haslett basically has control of personnel decisions in the Saints organization. Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis is a salary cap expert and does not stand in Haslett's way on player moves. Haslett obviously would not have full control of player moves with the Bills. Haslett's family also is happy in the Big Easy. The Saints also have a decent group of young players - Deuce McAllister and Aaron Brooks among them - and could be poised for a strong playoff run next year. Coaches almost never voluntarily leave a spot where they have as much control as "Haz" has in New Orleans. Nevertheless, the Saints' finish this month bears watching. After today's game with the 'Skins, they play Tampa, the Giants, Jacksonville and Dallas.'

Marker Giants assistant McNally: He shapes offensive lines and lives [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hofher can attest to the fact that McNally can have a profound effect on a man's life in a short period of time. McNally has been changing the lives of young offensive linemen, albeit in a less dramatic fashion, for four decades.'

Marker Bills, Giants say they’ll come to play [9:00 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '‘‘For whatever reason we’re not playing up to the expectations that everybody planned out for us, and what we planned out for ourselves,’’ said Bills’ halfback Travis Henry.'

Marker Q&A: Terrence McGee [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams is fond of saying nobody’s a rookie any more at this point in the season. Is that how you feel?
Yes, very much so. I’ve been here since May. They drafted you for a reason and you’ve got to do the job they drafted you for. I feel I’ve been here long enough to know something about the defense and get out there and contribute.'

Marker Williams, Fassel feeling the heat [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills, 8-8 last season, spent lavishly on free agents to take that next step. The Giants returned 20 starters from a 10-6 team that made the playoffs.'

Marker Giants Hoping They Still Have Something Left as Motivation [5:12 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Bills Coach Gregg Williams pushed aside the question of whether his players would continue to play hard under the circumstances. "These are prideful men," Williams said in a conference call this week. "I don't think you would ask the doctor that when he is going into surgery on a tough surgery, either."'

Marker Time to play, not whine [5:11 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Yet as bad as all that sounds, there's not a feeling of chaos inside the Giants' locker room - at least not yet. Publicly, the players remain mostly united. They don't expect this season to deteriorate into a finger-pointing mess.'

Marker Giants' will to win [5:10 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It shouldn't be tough to get up," Allen said of today's game against the Bills, a meeting of two 4-7 teams that weren't supposed to be in such dire straights. "I'm in desperate need of a win, no matter what may happen as far as [the] postseason. You still have pride, you still want teams to respect you. Going out there and fighting hard each week is fine and dandy, but at some point we've got to come up victorious at the end of the game."'

Marker Fassel's wife asks fans for support [5:09 AM]
New York Post reports: '"Let's hear the 50,000 other fans; let's listen to that other voice, too," Kitty told The Post in a telephone interview. "It would be wonderful if they would start a chant 'Keep Fassel.' How about that? 'Keep Fassel.' So I hear what is not being said."'

Marker Tiki: It's 'easier' to play out the string [5:08 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It's probably easier," Tiki Barber said. "The way we've been playing, we have nothing to lose. We can go out with a little bit of reckless abandon and not feel any inhibition about making mistakes. We can just play football and hopefully get better as the weeks go on."'

Marker Giants On the Rocks [5:07 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The fans, too, are braced for the worst. Their team has not won a home game since the opener Sept. 7. They won't be in a forgiving mood on a blustery day against a bad team on a holiday weekend.'

Marker Giants will be taking a look in the mirror today [5:06 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"We would use the words 'extremely frustrated' around here," said Bills linebacker London Fletcher. "Especially these last three weeks."'

Marker Giants-Bills matchups [5:05 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Giants 23, Bills 16.'

Marker Giants need to win back fans [5:04 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'A win over a struggling Buffalo squad, which has running back Travis Henry playing with a cracked bone in his leg, and Bledsoe having missed two days of practice with lingering affects from a concussion, would help keep the boo-birds away.'

Marker Giants-Bills scouting report [5:03 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'They'll face a quarterback in Drew Bledsoe who hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in four games. The Bills' top wide receiver, Eric Moulds, is playing through a groin injury and caught just three passes for 38 yards last week against the Colts. He has been unable to go deep, as indicated by his 14 catches for 123 yards in four of the past five games. Travis Henry is playing through a cracked bone in his right leg but still rushed 22 times for 77 yards last week. The fourth-quarter defense remains a sore spot, as the Giants have been outscored 71-56 in that quarter.'

Marker Giants, Bills in Pride Bowl [5:02 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'Chances are the winner will be the team that brings the healthiest mind set. After all, these clubs have proven focus problems. Buffalo's minus-11 turnover differential is the worst in the AFC; the Giants' minus-eight is tied for the worst in the NFC.'

Marker Collins looks to get Giants’ offense going [5:01 AM]
New Haven Register reports: '"Certainly we’ve struggled to score points lately, and that may have led to some things I tried to force."'

Marker Bill rips offense in diary [5:00 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Don't blame the media for this controversy.'

Marker NFL Insider [4:59 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Buffalo is paying for two big mistakes: the hiring of Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator before last season and underestimating the value of receiver Peerless Price before this season. The blame should -- and will -- fall on head coach Gregg Williams, who is in the final year of his contract.'

Marker Hey, we've heard this one before [4:57 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The sounds from Buffalo lately are similar to those heard here in Kevin Gilbride's second season as offensvie coordinator.'

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November 29, 2003

Marker Bills have Giant problems, too [10:48 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'In many ways, Buffalo's misery is eerily similar to that of the Giants. The Bills are minus-11 in turnover ratio, even worse than the Giants' minus-10. Much like the Giants and Kerry Collins, the Bills have a former Super Bowl quarterback in the midst of a subpar season.'

Marker Giants odds and ends [10:48 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"It's invisible, it seems, this year for us," Barber said. "It's hard to put your finger on where it went because we have the same personnel, albeit the offensive line has changed a little bit. Skill playerwise, we have the same personnel. We're not getting that one block, that one extra step needed to catch a pass, that little extra effort. Whatever that reason is, it's not happening and it's causing our offense to stagnate a little."'

Marker Giants' slide may cost Fassel [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fassel's teams have made the playoffs three times in his six previous seasons. In 2000, after consecutive losses and a 7-4 start, he guaranteed the Giants would make the playoffs. New York reeled off five straight victories and didn't lose again until Baltimore beat the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Last week, before falling to Tampa Bay, he promised that people would never see him sweat. "It's guaranteed," he said.'

Marker Drew feeling better [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I never really had any headaches," Bledsoe said. "I just felt dizzy and nauseated. I felt OK today. I'm still a little fuzzy, but I'm going to play."'

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