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Buffalo Bills News - December 13, 2002

Marker Moorman is the fans' choice, so far [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moorman leads all AFC punters in online voting by the fans. He is second in the AFC and third in the NFL with a 43.3-yard average on 50 punts. His 35-yard net is fifth in the conference.'

Marker Record run is no fun for Bills [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Back in 1984, the first of Buffalo’s back-to-back 2-14 teams surrendered an ungodly 454 points. That embarrassing figure seemed safe for generations to come, but in yielding 365 points in 13 games -- second-most in the NFL behind woebegone Cincinnati -- this year’s Bills are on pace to surpass the 1984 team’s incompetence.'

Marker Shopping at sacks [5:16 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Wiley won't use the injuries as an excuse, saying that if your cleats touch the grass, you gotta blast. But there's no question it has been a tough year for him.'

Marker Two Buffalo receivers due top billing [5:15 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"I love Moulds," said Harrison, the Chargers' two-time Pro Bowl strong safety. "He fits the mold of Terrell Owens. But Peerless, time and time again on film you see him making big plays and running away from people. As a rookie you could tell he had talent, but he's really come into his own. He's one of the best receivers in the league right now."'

Marker Now a Charger, clutch Christie shuffles back to Buffalo [5:14 AM]
AP reports: 'Along those lines, Christie is trying to get his teammates ready for the Buffalo cold. ``I'm telling guys every day, `It's 35 degrees, it's 36 degrees, it's going to snow, be ready, bring your gear.' It's as simple as that,'' Christie said. ``I just hope somebody listens to me.'''

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December 12, 2002

Marker Bills defend Williams' fourth-down decisions [9:26 PM]
AP reports: '''Hindsight is 20-20, and you can't question the decision because we got points out of it,'' Price said. ''If we go for it and don't get it, then he's wrong for going for it.'''

Marker Bills OL Jennings misses second straight practice [3:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Jennings, hurt in last weekend's 27-17 loss at New England, missed his second straight practice on Thursday and was unable to bend his heavily bandaged ankle as he made his way through the team's locker room.'

Marker Where Are They Now: Jeff Nixon [2:07 PM] reports: Selected in the fourth round of the 1979 NFL draft, Jeff Nixon demonstrated right away that he felt it was very important to be prepared.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Week 15 Preview [2:06 PM] reports: "At that point in the game it was still early in the third quarter, it was 20 to nothing and we had just put together a really nice drive to march it down there. The thinking at that point, I didn't discuss it with Gregg (Williams) but my thinking was we need to get points out of this drive."

Marker Moulds, Flutie still buddies [1:38 PM]
Shout reports: Eric Moulds is still friends with Doug Flutie, even though the quarterback is playing - or sitting the bench - on the West Coast for San Diego. Here's what Moulds had to say about Flutie.

Marker No snow job [10:47 AM]
North County Times reports: "The perception of Buffalo from the outside world is not real strong. You think of a bunch of snow, nasty weather, New York people and all that stuff. But it's really been great. This area is a very family-oriented place; people are friendly and they kind of leave you alone. It's almost like playing ball in a college town. They support the team. They're not fair-weather fans.'''

Marker A Visit With John Butler [10:47 AM] reports: What is you fondest memory of your time in Buffalo? John Butler: “Maybe hand in hand, the four straight Super Bowls was just a fond time and the people that I had a chance to work with in the organization. The players, the coaches, and the people in that town were just amazing in how much they loved football and how much they embraced that football team. That will always be something that sticks with me.”

Marker Week 15 Injury Report [10:00 AM] reports: Kendrick Office has been added (questionable)

Marker Bills need to take fun out of opponents' runs [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Tomlinson is a quick, explosive back. He's deceptive. You watch him on film and you see he has power. He also has breakaway speed. We've faced good backs this year. This is another back on a long list of good backs we've faced."'

Marker St. Joe's grad Parker may be back in time for Sunday [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Parker, the starting right tackle for the San Diego Chargers, has missed the past four games after having surgery to repair a triceps injury. He is listed as questionable for Sunday but was able to practice Wednesday.'

Marker Frustrated Conway cautiously optimistic about ailing shoulder [8:57 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Conway missed all or part of the next three games with nerve damage in the shoulder. He returned to practice yesterday for the first time since Nov. 27 and said afterward he's cautiously optimistic about playing Sunday in Buffalo.'

Marker Don't tell Tomlinson Buffalo's defense is soft [8:56 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"Last year, I used to get excited about playing teams that are ranked in the lower half in rushing (defense). But it seemed like every time we played those teams things didn't go the way we wanted them to go."'

Marker Tomlinson, Brees making Chargers brass look good [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flutie is 40 years old now, his days as a starter are over. The Chargers needed to put in place their quarterback of the future, and they have with Brees.'

Marker Chargers devise plays for Flutie at WR [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: ' If No. 7 enters the game, he won’t go unnoticed, Bills coach Gregg Williams assured.'

Marker Flutie on other end of ball? [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Receiver Eric Moulds said he still talks to Flutie weekly.'

Marker Slim hope for playoff in Buffalo [5:33 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe isn't about to concede, but he admitted the mood on the practice field and in the locker room has changed dramatically. "Obviously, guys aren't laughing and joking as much as we were a week ago. The mood isn't as light," Bledsoe said, referring last Sunday's crushing 27-17 defeat at New England, Buffalo's fourth loss in its last five games. "When you get in a situation like this, you find out a lot about the guys on your team," Bledsoe said. "So far, I can say everyone on the team has responded the right way."'

Marker Dangerous and Snowy [5:31 AM] reports: 'Snow is the forecast for Sunday. Temperatures in the low 30's. Football weather. The Chargers are not used to football weather playing in the plush confines of sunny San Diego. This is the test of their meddle, the test of their will, the stumbling block that could dim their playoff hopes or help then take the next step towards success.'

December 11, 2002

Marker Len Pasquarelli: Billick, Gruden in secure positions [10:52 PM]
ESPN reports: Gregg Williams, Buffalo: There continues to be rumbling that he might be in trouble if the Bills don't finish at .500. Those rumors are unsubstantiated, and while some of his decision-making can be scrutinized, he figures to have a playoff contender by 2003. Of course, if he doesn't then he might have some concerns.
Security level: 3 (Secure ... for now)

Marker First came Priest, then came Ricky, now Bills face Tomlinson [9:38 PM]
AP reports: 'It doesn't get any easier for the Bills, two weeks after giving up 228 yards rushing to Williams in a win over Miami, and four weeks after allowing Holmes 104 yards in a loss to Kansas City.'

Marker Conway, Parker practice, still questionable [9:37 PM] reports: 'Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said that wide receiver Curtis Conway, who has missed the last two and a half games with a shoulder injury, and starting right tackle Vaughn Parker, who has been out for four games with an elbow injury, both returned to practice on Wednesday. Conway and Parker were both listed as questionable on the Chargers’ official injury report.'

Marker Gilbride's Offense a Challenge For Chargers [7:23 PM] reports: "We're still a work in progress," Gilbride cautioned last week when asked if the 3-13 Bad News Bills of a year ago were on the verge of becoming the NFL's next Greatest Show on Turf. "We have a lot of young, talented guys, and if this unit stays together, it could become something really special. But we're not there yet. We still have a ways to go."

Marker 'Second String' scores a few TDs [4:09 PM]
Ventura County Star reports: 'At first, there are no real surprises about these characters. But as Bellows tackles the game, "Second String" quickly makes one touchdown after another in writing and acting.'

Marker Bills Add One To Practice Squad [3:27 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has added offensive lineman Joey Hollenbeck to the team's practice squad. A native of Enumclaw, WA, Hollenbeck played collegiately at Washington State. He signed as a rookie free agent with the St. Louis Rams last spring but was released prior to the start of training camp. Hollenbeck replaces offensive lineman Michael Early, who was claimed off the Bills practice squad by Minnesota.

Marker Week 15 Injury Report [3:26 PM] reports: Jennings, Jonas T Leg Questionable Stevenson, Dominique LB Head Questionable

Marker Ask Brian Moorman [3:26 PM] reports: For the season, Brian Moorman is averaging 43.82 yards per punt (ranks 3rd in team history). In 19 of 29 career contests, he has at least one 50-yard kick and 30 of his 130 career punts (23.1%) have forced opponents inside the 20 (8th all-time in Bills history).

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