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Buffalo Bills News - September 9, 2002

Marker Cardinals Add Depth at Tackle By Signing John Fina for One Year [7:45 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The Tucson, Arizona, resident was the Bills' first-round draft pick in 1992 from the University of Arizona. He played on the Bills' teams that went to the Super Bowl following the 1992 and 1993 seasons.'

Marker Bills seek bright side after latest special teams breakdown [7:38 PM]
AP reports: '"Anything after the Music City Miracle' that goes wrong with the special teams, it's like, 'Oh, here we go again.' And I can understand that," linebacker Keith Newman said on Monday. "But I think nobody on this team is feeling, 'Here we go again.' I feel it's, 'Damn, we let one slip away."''

Marker 5th Down: The Look Says It All [3:17 PM] reports: "Guys, take a look at yourself," Bledsoe told his teammates on the sidelines. "Somebody in this group is going to make a play. I don't know who it's going to be, but somebody here is going to make a play to put us in position to win this game."

Marker Bills fall as Morton turns on the Jets [1:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In a performance reminiscent of the special teams meltdowns under former assistant Ronnie Jones, the Buffalo Bills doused an off-season of brimming optimism with a seasoning-opening loss for the NFL record book.'

Marker Morton's response to Edwards' challenge makes for special day [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He had just made NFL history and won the game for his team, and all Chad Morton could think about was the play that got away.' Link no longer available

Marker Game Highlights - Video [11:13 AM] reports: Watch highlights from Sunday's game.

Marker Jets 37, Bills 31 - Game Photos [11:12 AM] reports: Travis Henry, Pat Williams, London Fletcher, etc...

Marker Bills' running start derailed [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Somewhere, someone must be sticking pins in a voodoo doll that represents the Buffalo Bills' special teams.'

Marker Smith stunned by poor play on special teams [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In a game the Bills dominated most of the afternoon, their special teams miscues gave the Jets 16 points.'

Marker Morton takes his opportunity and runs with it [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' season opener and the regular-season debut of the Drew Bledsoe era was ruined by a 5-foot-8, 186-pound man who had never returned a kickoff for a touchdown as a professional. Sunday, he returned two.'

Marker Bledsoe fills the bill for Buffalonians [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And he does remind you of Jim Kelly, doesn't he? How could you not flash back to Jimbo when Bledsoe, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, sent 305-pound Jason Ferguson back to Friday with a shoulder block on a Peerless Price reverse?'

Marker Close loss proves Bills are indeed a better team [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' If you believe the Bills are a legitimate playoff contender, you fear that losing to a divisional rival might cost them a playoff berth down the road. But if you see them as a work in progress, a young, evolving team in transition, then you had to be encouraged by what you saw Sunday.'

Marker Moulds, Price have a ball in new offense [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds finished with eight catches for 112 yards and a touchdown, while Price added seven receptions for 80 yards.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The already popular Drew Bledsoe made a few more friends when he threw a crushing block on Jets 305-pound defensive tackle Jason Ferguson on a reverse to wide receiver Peerless Price. The only drawback was the play lost 7 yards.'

Marker Tailgating's grandest partyer [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The New Orleans native lives in a recreational vehicle and drives to 45 games a year. Sunday, Cahn's 2002 Tailgating America Tour brought him to the parking lots of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.'

Marker A bitter kickoff [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'It was anything but a beautiful day if you were a member of the Buffalo Bills. And if you were Danny Smith, the Bills' energetic and now beleaguered special teams coach, it was, quite simply, "A very, very disturbing day. It's the worst day I've ever experienced in coaching."'

Marker For special teams, this is one game to forget [6:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Unfortunately for the Bills, they didn't get the girl at the end of this emotional roller coaster, because Morton got the ball. They should've known better than to put the ball back in his hands.'

Marker Smashing debut for Bledsoe [6:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"Drew hung in there; he's a big quarterback," said Bills coach Gregg Williams, who looked as if he had just been run over by an equipment truck. "They got him down a few times but he was still able to make plays out of nothing. It was impressive."'

Marker Loss painful, but Bills played OK [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'But when the sting for the Bills wears off later this week, they will look back on their performance and realize that they did some things pretty well, most notably, the way they ran the football.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Report Card [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'SPECIAL TEAMS Jets return specialist Chad Morton returned not one but TWO kickoffs for touchdowns, including the game-winner in OT. As if that wasn't enough, the Bills also had a punt blocked and missed a field goal. F'

Marker Bledsoe loud and clear [6:10 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'And even in a 37-31 overtime loss, the quarterback of Buffalo's future made giant steps to erase memories of those who played the position in the recent past.'

Marker Special day for Morton [6:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I didn't know if I had enough gas to make it," Morton said. "With 30 yards to go, I was thinking 'at least we are in good field position if I get caught.' But I made it to the end zone. Game over."'

Marker Bledsoe proving to be a godsend for Bills [6:08 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'It was the Bills game to win, but special teams never gave Bledsoe the chance.'

Marker Bledsoe's debut a 'surreal' loss [6:08 AM]
Toronto Globe and Mail reports: 'On an afternoon where the Bills accomplished so much offensively -- and when a defence lacking in personality knocked Curtis Martin out of the game by halftime with an ankle injury -- it was the memory of Chad Morton's two kickoff return touchdowns, including a 96-yard romp on the opening kickoff of overtime, that stood out in a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on the opening weekend of the National Football League season.'

Marker Buffalo suffers quick, painful overtime loss [6:08 AM]
National Post reports: 'The defeat, even for a team that lost four consecutive Super Bowl games a decade ago, was heartbreaking.'

Marker 'Impressive' Bledsoe looks like the answer to Bills' prayers [6:08 AM]
Hamilton Spectator reports: 'While the Bills were devastated by their 37-31 overtime loss and the way they lost it -- the opening kickoff in OT was run back 96 yards for the winning touchdown after Bledsoe hit Eric Moulds for the tying touchdown with just 26 seconds left in regulation time -- they were thrilled with their new quarterback.'

Marker Morton Doubly Good for Jets [6:08 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets' defense yielded 149 yards rushing and, 3 rushing touchdowns to Travis Henry. Even in the worst days of the run defense in 2001, the Jets never gave up three rushing touchdowns in one game.'

Marker In Debut, Bledsoe in Disbelief [6:07 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In a blink, Bledsoe had done exactly what Bills management had hoped.'

Marker Martin Sprains Left Ankle [6:06 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Bills allowed 300 yards in returns today. They also allowed Jason Glenn's blocked punt, which led to John Hall's 33-yard field goal that cut Buffalo's lead to 24-23 early in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Edwards Baffled by Flags [6:06 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets were penalized 10 times, for a total of 90 yards, their worst day in that department since Edwards arrived.'

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