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Buffalo Bills News - December 22, 2003

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."'

Marker Jay Fiedler Quotes [7:19 PM] reports: '"I don't know if I've ever won a game with those numbers. I don't look at the stats like that, but we did what we had to do."'

Marker Ricky Williams Quotes [7:18 PM] reports: '"Nobody likes to lose regardless of the situation, especially against Buffalo when there is a rivalry between us. We were up for (the game) and I think we would have kicked ourselves if we let this one get away and Denver lost."'

Marker Sammy Knight Quotes [7:17 PM] reports: '"Right now we are just trying to make the playoffs. We are fighting, our back is against the wall. We came out and did what we needed to do and hopefully Indianapolis will take care of Denver today and we will keep rolling."'

Marker Terrell Buckley Quotes [7:16 PM] reports: '"It was all film study. We saw that play during the week of practice and it just so happened that we were in the right man-to-man call. 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 type passes and I just beat him to the spot."'

Marker Williams' future in Buffalo uncertain [5:32 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We don't know what to believe anymore because you hear soooo much stuff about it," one Bills veteran player said this week. "Gregg is good. He treats us like men and you can see we're still busting our asses for him but you just hear so much about how he's gone. If our offense didn't struggle like it has we may not even be talking about this."'

Marker Miami 20, Buffalo 3 [5:10 PM] reports: 'The Bills (6-9) bumbled their way through the game, an apparent letdown after they were eliminated from playoff contention with last week's 28-26 loss at Tennessee.'

Marker Miami 20, Buffalo 3 [5:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe's season-long struggles continued. He finished 12-of-24 for 114 yards passing, the eighth time this season he's failed to break 200. That's a significant drop from last year, when Bledsoe set 10 franchise passing records in his first season with the Bills.'

Marker Bills' Williams out with knee injury [5:08 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills tackle Mike Williams missed Sunday's game against Miami because of an injured right knee.'

Marker Miami 20, Buffalo 3 [5:08 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Nickel back Terrell Buckley returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown and the Dolphins forced four turnovers and recorded six sacks in a 20-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills would love to give misery some company [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Call it the Misery Loves Company Bowl.'

Marker Bills can bring Dolphins down with them [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But there will be no AFC East title. There will be no postseason for the fourth consecutive year. For that, Bills fans, you can blame the Dolphins.'

Marker McGahee should stay glued to the bench [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So why expose McGahee to a desperate Miami defense, with Zach Thomas, Sammy Knight, Junior Seau and their pals playing with sparks coming out the ear holes of their helmets? Why think about playing McGahee in the final game next week in New England with Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi and the rest of the Patriots' defense seeking reparations for that 31-0 pasting the Bills laid on them on the opening day at the Ralph?'

Marker Will aloha mean goodbye? [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo has had its chances since '95, but the Bills never neared another title game. Smith caught the flu before they lost to Pittsburgh in Brown's first year. Kelly's career ended with a playoff knockout against Jacksonville in '96. Buffalo suffered through Billy Joe Hobert and Todd Collins before Levy retired. Along came the Rob Johnson-Doug Flutie debate. Miami beat the Bills in '98. Home Run Throwback was in '99. Since, it's been four years of frustration.'

Marker Telephone calls for Van will sadly come to an end [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Irv has moved away, John Otto has died. Each year, another part of what defined Buffalo for us departs. A foot ball team, and its voice, is a constant in an era of protean rosters and marketing-driven uniforms.'

Marker Dolphis activate TE Josh Whitman off practice squad [8:37 AM]
AP reports: 'To make room for Whitman, the Dolphins waived wide receiver Kendall Newson, who caught two passes for 55 yards in a reserve role this season.'

Marker Seeking direction [8:36 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'If the Dolphins make an improbable playoff run that ends in a Super Bowl sprint, he will be allowed to continue coaching the Dolphins as he has done since 2000, according to a source close to Huizenga. But if the next few weeks don't deliver that storybook ending, Wannstedt could be dismissed or asked to move aside, the same source said, adding that decision is ``definitely not yet made.'''

Marker Explanations needed for this 8-6 record [8:35 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'We keep talking about all this talent Miami has, so there has to be a reason that talent keeps falling short at important times in important games, right?'

Marker Spielman backs offseason moves [8:34 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Wannstedt makes all personnel decisions but relies on Spielman and others for advice. Insisting he has no regrets about last offseason, Spielman defended his and Wannstedt's personnel record and addressed criticism of several moves.'

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