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Buffalo Bills News - October 28, 2000

Marker Bills' pressure weak without All-Pro Smith [7:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills knew sacking opposing quarterbacks was going to be more difficult this season due to the loss of superstar defensive end Bruce Smith. But they couldn't have envisioned having just 14 sacks, which is four below the NFL per team average. "Our pass rush isn't where it needs to be for us to be consistently successful in this league," said defensive end Phil Hansen, whose lack of production (two sacks, six pressures) is one of the reasons for Buffalo's struggles.'

Marker Trick Plays Treat Jets Kindly [7:47 AM]
New York Times reports: 'None of the plays are an accident. They are practiced repeatedly.'

Marker Marcus Key Fit for Jets [7:45 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Marcus Coleman heard the whispers last offseason. He had just signed a five-year, $20 million contract to remain with the Jets, and now the club was refusing to meet Keyshawn Johnson's demands for a new contract. It raised a question: Did the Jets, choked by the salary cap, have their priorities mixed up? "I'm sure people were wondering," Coleman said this week at Hofstra. "If they have any questions now, hopefully they saw the game the other night and have been watching us all year, seeing that I'm a quality player. I'm not a one-year wonder with a big contract, just trying to hang on. I definitely have some things I want to do in this league."'

Marker Coles Has Connected With Vinny [7:44 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'One of the bright spots for the Jets has been the emergence of rookie Laveranues Coles as the No. 3 wide receiver. Coles, who has made 10 of his 13 receptions in the last two games, attributes his rise to an improved line of communication with QB Vinny Testaverde. "Early on, I wasn't comfortable going up to a veteran such as Vinny and asking him what he's looking for," Coles said yesterday at Hofstra. "I would sit back and try to get a feel for what everyone else was doing. Once I realized Vinny wasn't a guy who was going to shut you out, I felt more comfortable going up to him."'

Marker Glenn hoping Flutie decides to try his side [7:42 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Memo to Doug Flutie and the Bills' offense: Aaron Glenn is getting bored. Throw him a bone. Glenn, the Jets' two-time Pro Bowl cornerback, has been feeling somewhat left out this season and that was built up even more by the three interceptions his fellow starting corner, Marcus Coleman, picked off against the Dolphins Monday night . . . in one game. "If I ever have three picks [in one game], I might retire," Glenn joked. "But, they say they come in bunches, so if you have three you can't retire, because you might get four, five or six." Glenn, still in his prime, is not really contemplating retirement. But he would like opposing quarterbacks to throw his way a little more.'

Marker Coles catching on as big-play threat [7:40 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Quietly, but with a definite presence, rookie receiver Laveranues Coles is becoming a significant factor for the Jets as a pressure player. Coles, who enters tomorrow's game against the Bills in Buffalo with 13 receptions, a 12.3-yard average and one TD, has become a go-to receiver for Vinny Testaverde in critical situations.'

Marker With Vinny's Help, Coles Is Passing the Test [7:39 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The transformation for Laveranues Coles occurred about a month ago. A bashful rookie initially content to sit back and observe his surroundings, the third-round pick out of Florida State began approaching Vinny Testaverde and gleaning information. "In the beginning I never said anything; I would just sit back, take it easy and get a feel for what they wanted," Coles said after Friday's practice. "Then it became easier for me to go up to Vinny and ask, 'What do you want me to do?' And he would let me know. "Once I realized that Vinny wasn't the type of guy who would shut you out and say, 'I'm totally right,' I felt more comfortable going up to him."'

Marker Bills plan for action against no-huddle [7:37 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The problem, said Cowart, centers around running backs Richie Anderson and Curtis Martin because they can line up anywhere on the field and be a threat. Utilizing Anderson and Martin's versatile was a top priority going into training camp. "They're definitely one of the toughest teams to prepare for because they run so many different formations," Cowart said. "They use their guys in so many various ways. They've got Richie Anderson catching a ton of balls and Curtis Martin lining up wide. "You have to watch out for those guys. They have so many different formations that it gets you confused. They have Richie Anderson out wide and Wayne Chrebet in close. Things like that can make you line up incorrectly. "We're definitely going to prepare for (the no-huddle). We do a good job each time against the Jets. They haven't run wild on us or thrown the ball wild on us. But the hurry-up offense is definitely a concern."'

Marker Running up the numbers [7:36 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'It didn't look like much on the stat sheet. It was only a 2-yard gain, on a night in which the Jets amassed 455 yards of offense. Yet it was one of their most important plays. Richie Anderson's 2-yard reception from Vinny Testaverde converted a fourth-and-one at the Miami 4 late in the fourth quarter Monday night. If not for that play, there would not have been a Testaverde touchdown pass to tackle Jumbo Elliott two plays later. And the Jets' great fourth-quarter comeback almost certainly would have been relegated to the status of nice try, as opposed to instant NFL legend.'

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October 27, 2000

Marker Staying Alive [3:15 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'One thing should be certain about Buffalo's rematch with the New York Jets on Sunday -- the Bills can't relax, regardless of the score.'

Marker No Time To Panic (Yet) [3:10 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'The Bills are just 3-4, but the four losses have come against the New York Jets (Sunday's opponent), Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings, teams with a combined record of 23-5. None of those losses was by more than 13 points and despite serious flaws in various parts of each contest, Buffalo had a shot deep into the fourth quarter in three of them. One of the wins was over Tennessee, which has lost just once this year and twice in the Titans' last 15 games, counting postseason.'

Marker Jets believe this season is special [8:57 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'Something special is going on when 6-7, 308-pound tackle Jumbo Elliott and cornerback Marcus Coleman have combined for one more touchdown catch than former Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson has for Tampa Bay (one).'

Marker Defensive backfield play helping Jets fly high [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Eric Moulds has been around the NFL long enough to know the good players from the wannabes. So when the Buffalo Bills star wide receiver says you won't find many cornerback tandems better than Aaron Glenn and Marcus Coleman of the New York Jets, believe it. "I've gone against some pretty good corners, and those guys rank right up there," said Moulds, whose Bills host the Jets on Sunday.'

Marker New look fits Smerlas just fine [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's the people who present the award that make it special and this is from the people of Western New York," Smerlas said. "This is where I spent most of career, where I learned about a lot of things. "To play football here, people just bleed football. They take pride in their sports, so much pride . . . Of course, it never began as a love-fest with the city of Buffalo when Smerlas came to Buffalo in 1979 as a second-round draft choice out of Boston College. "No one wants to come here," Smerlas said. "You hear and believe all the stories about it being 60 degrees below in the summer. But then you come here and you never want to leave."'

Marker Felser's been with Bills since team's birth but give the wife her props, too [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Larry Felser, it's always an opinionated day. A columnist and sports editor for the Buffalo News, Felser was among 11 inductees to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Thursday night. He had a stint as a ball boy with the original All-America Conference and began his newspaper career running copy at the Courier-Express. In 1959, he began covering the Buffalo Bills, then of the new American Football League. For 18 years, Felser provided daily coverage of the Bills, moving to columnist with The Buffalo News in 1977.'

Marker New 'key' turns Jet 'O' [8:37 AM]
New York Post reports: 'No player symbolizes the 2000 Al Groh Jets in a more complete way than Richie Anderson. He's diligent in his preparation, explosive and dependable in his production and so quiet he goes by almost unnoticed by even the most ardent of Jet fans.'

Marker I Want What He Got [8:36 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '[Marcus] Coleman has three interceptions, all in the last game against Miami, with two coming in overtime. [Aaron] Glenn has two picks, and is hungry for more.'

Marker Flutie Has a Feel for Testaverde's Travails [8:35 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"He's playing as well as he's ever played, no question," said Flutie, who will start for the Bills Sunday in place of injured starter Rob Johnson. "It just kills me, because I remember the last time we were playing [the Jets], everybody was complaining that he wasn't playing consistently and lighting it up. Now that he's coming off a five-touchdown game, it sounds like you [reporters] love him again."'

Marker No safety in numbers [8:34 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'After the Jets' free safeties were victimized in three of the Dolphins' four touchdowns in Monday night's thriller, Williams, Scott Frost and Chris Hayes have been getting reps at the position in practice this week. As is his wont, Groh was mum on who the starter will be on Sunday in Buffalo.'

Marker Jets set when it comes to Chrebet [8:32 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Let's hear it for Wayne Chrebet. You won't hear it from him. The guy isn't just a clutch receiver, he's a great clutch receiver. A good receiver makes clutch catches by accident; a great one does it over and over again.'

Marker Paul Dottino's scouting report: Jets at Bills [8:31 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Prediction: Jets 17, Bills 16.'

Marker Opponents always avoid Jets' Glenn [5:32 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips echoed that sentiment when asked about the Moulds-Coleman matchup. "I don't want to overlook Aaron Glenn because he's also a tremendous player," Phillips said. "Two corners like that can take a lot of things away. The Jets put them in man-to-man with no help, really. Not many teams have the luxury of doing that."'

Marker Hard to predict path of this campaign trail [5:30 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'And if the Jets need to pull another game out, who's next on the list to do the unexpected? "You never know," [Jumbo] Elliott said.'

Marker Jets' magic act is looking super [5:28 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Victor Green has a pretty good feel for Jets karma - after all, he has been on the scene since 1993 - and he believes the remarkable start is a harbinger of something truly special. As in, Super special. "Hey, the sky's the limit," the Jets' strong safety said yesterday at Hofstra. "I hope it takes us all the way to Tampa (for Super Bowl XXXV). Hopefully, we can continue to have the magic. If we do, we can take it as far as we let it."'

Marker Safety concerns may spur switch [5:26 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Jets coach Al Groh, unhappy with the play of his safeties, seems prepared to make a lineup change for Sunday's game against the Bills (3-4). It's believed starting FS Kevin Williams will be replaced by Scott Frost, who came off the bench in the last two games. Special teams star Chris Hayes, who has been waiting for his shot on defense, also is practicing at free safety this week and he could split time with Frost in the game.'

Marker Groh's big wish: forget the fish [5:24 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Bills' coach Wade Phillips is hoping his team can take advantage of any Jets fatigue. "It was an unbelievable game," Phillips said of the Jets' comeback over Miami. "I watched until it was 30-7. I expected to see (the Jet loss result) in the paper and it wasn't there. Of course, I thought Dewey won, too. "It was great win, a great game. I've looked at the film a bunch of times and even though we have it on tape it's still amazing what they did, scoring 30 points in one quarter. "I've said all along the Jets have tremendous leaders with tremendous heart on their football team and it shows," Phillips went on. "And, of course Al Groh has done a great job coaching them."'

Marker Coleman Comes Up Big On and Off the Field [5:18 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Coleman had three interceptions Monday night, two of them on the same drive in overtime (he fumbled one away). The last one led to John Hall's game-winning field goal. Coleman nearly had a fourth interception, but he dropped a ball earlier in the game. He is now second on the team in interceptions behind Victor Green, who has four. "If I had three picks, I might retire," Glenn said. "They say they come in bunches, so if you have three, you can't retire, because you might get four and five." That could happen on Sunday because Coleman figures to be defending against the Bills' go-to receiver, Eric Moulds, when the teams play in Buffalo. Moulds is Buffalo's leading receiver and has already caught 53 passes for 695 yards. That is almost 20 more receptions than any Jet has. Part of Coleman's drop in statistics reflects the fact that opposing offenses avoid throwing to his side of the field. But because Moulds is such an integral part of the Buffalo offense, Coleman is confident he will have plenty of work.'

Marker Flutie can't seem to sway critics [5:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'When asked whether he felt he could sway Bills coach Wade Phillips with strong play while Johnson is out (likely for at least two more games), Flutie said it was unlikely. "I don't have any control over that decision," Flutie said. "I'm going to just try to play the best I can play and if it makes it difficult on them to make a decision, great. But I don't think there's going to be a decision to be made no matter what I do."'

Marker Bills expect Jets to maintain focus [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"It just depends on how well they play," Flutie said. "Yes, they had one less day to heal up, so maybe (Wednesday's) practice was a little bit sluggish, but that's about it. After that, everything will be back on an even keel and they'll be ready to go."'

October 26, 2000

Marker Phillips won't be quitting on Jets come Sunday [8:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Normally, in the midst of game-planning for the upcoming opponent, he doesn't watch on Monday night. But since his team hosts the Jets Sunday, Phillips tuned in. "I get the tape at the 6 a.m. (the next day)," he said, "but I had it on because sometimes I can pick up audibles ... which you can't hear on the film. But (on the telecast) you also can't see as well (the whole alignment of the 22 players) to analyze things as you can on film. "Really," Phillips added, "I was watching the game just to watch it, since we're playing (the Jets) this week and we know each other so well." And even though he didn't witness the finish live, Phillips sees nothing but good coming from the Jets' remarkable comeback. "It can't do anything but help," he said.'

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