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Buffalo Bills News - December 14, 2000

Marker Belichick, defense feel the strain [6:54 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Yesterday, Belichick said he has had to dramatically scale back the scope of his defensive scheme because his players weren't picking it up.'

Marker Patriots continuing to simplify defense [6:54 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '...Bill Belichick has been disturbed, disappointed and dumbstruck that too often this season his Patriots have appeared soft, passive and disjointed because of poor communications against even some of the most mediocre offenses they've faced.'

Marker Offense's lack of production leaves Bledsoe frustrated [6:52 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It's been extremely draining," Bledsoe said of the emotional currency he has invested in the train-wreck season. "To come in with expectations, then to lose so many close games early, then to come back each week and battle again and still end up losing 10 of 14 has just been very, very difficult."'

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December 13, 2000

Marker Some Suggestions For Ralph Wilson After Bills' Next Two Meaningless Games [8:36 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'So with a very strong likelihood that Buffalo will end its season in the midst of a five-game losing streak, here's my suggestions for owner Ralph Wilson as to how to clean up the mess at One Bills Drive.'

Marker Bledsoe: I want to stay in New England [7:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe says he wants to finish his career in New England, despite a disappointing season that finds his team in last place.'

Marker Bills Hansen, Fina questionable; Johnson nursing sore elbow [7:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The banged-up Buffalo Bills might be minus a couple of more players as defensive end Phil Hansen and tackle John Fina are listed as questionable for this weekend's game.'

Marker Phillips gives Johnson vote of confidence [7:51 PM]
AP reports: '"We're making yardage and he's a high-rated passer. That's why we feel like he has a future," the Buffalo Bills' coach said of his quarterback.'

Marker No Surprise Ending For Buffalo [4:25 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'When Ronnie Jones sends his troops out on the field, you know something bad is going to happen. You just don't know when. Or how.'

Marker Play calling has the Bills mystified [1:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Moulds, when asked why he's not getting the ball, responded, "You guys have to ask the coaches that. I just go out and run the routes that they call."'

Marker Bills bothered and bewildered by slide [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hockey season has officially begun in Buffalo.'

Marker Johnson says he's part of problem [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Following the game, which officially eliminated the Bills from playoff contention, Johnson let down his guard, soiled his reputation as an uncaring beach bum, and showed some honest to goodness emotion. It's about time.'

Marker Bills try to resurrect pride in final games [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: '"We just showed everybody that we didn't have the character to stand up to a Colts team who I still don't know how we got blown out (by)," said always animated defensive end Marcellus Wiley.'

December 12, 2000

Marker Bumbling Bills attempt to salvage what's left of the season [8:44 PM]
AP reports: 'The fallout from Monday's 44-20 loss at Indianapolis found players questioning the Bills one-dimensional offensive scheme, others admittedly embarrassed, and a special teams unit in utter disarray.'

Marker MNF game balls [3:10 PM] reports: 'The defense was sparked by the play of two new starters in Brad Sicoli and Mustafah Muhammad who both were able to record five solo tackles.'

Marker Colts sack Bills with "embarrassing" loss [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Whatever Webster defines 'embarrassed' as ... it just happened." Indeed it did.'

Marker Playoff hopes buried under pile of points [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be out of the playoffs this season for the first time since 1997.'

Marker Over and out [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Miami Dolphins put the top on the Buffalo Bills' playoff coffin last week, and the Indianapolis Colts covered it with dirt Monday night.'

Marker Johnson, Moulds unleash frustration [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It just seems like we have a lot of one-man routes," said Johnson, who has a burser sac problem in his right elbow. "All we get is cover-two and cover-five, and when you've got third and long, you've got one guy (to throw to). If he's not there ... It's frustrating."'

Marker Pendry's plans deserve ticket out of town [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Everything Pendry has done all season is now open to question, including the decision to purge blocking fullback Sam Gash, the experiment with Sheldon Jackson as the H-back, the empty backfield and his role in firing offensive backfield coach Bishop Harris.'

Marker Knee injury gives Fina rare off-week [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fina, a nine-year veteran, had missed just four starts in the last seven seasons.'

Marker Tuesday billboard [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's defense played nobly, but the offense? Ugh.'

Marker Bills out of playoff hunt after 44-20 loss [6:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'Last night they drew their final pathetic breath in what has been an extremely disappointing season as the Indianapolis Colts laid an embarrassing 44-20 whipping on them in front of a sellout crowd at the RCA Dome and a national television audience.'

Marker End is here for these Bills [6:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'When quarterback Rob Johnson, that deer-in-the-headlights look right there for a Monday Night Football audience to see, fumbled on his seventh sack of the night, and that was returned for a score.'

Marker Bills can't find second wind [6:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'Indianapolis did not get the fierce snowstorm that paralyzed Chicago yesterday. Instead, it rained heavily most of the day, and by evening, the winds picked up substantially. Thank goodness for the dome.'

Marker Not dead just yet [6:40 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The defense, maddeningly inconsistent this season, set the tone early and remained firm throughout. It limited the Bills to 294 total yards, produced a season-high nine sacks -- eight at the expense of starting quarterback Rob Johnson -- and posted a pair of second-half touchdowns that enabled the Colts to stretch a 9-6 halftime lead to 37-12 with 9:51 to play.'

Marker Much-needed ringer for Horseshoes [6:38 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Who knows what Phillips was thinking? Perhaps of next year, but surely not of this one.'

Marker Why couldn't Colts play like this all season? [6:36 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Wade Phillips unofficially threw in the towel early in the second half, choosing to stay far too long with Rob "I'm Not Throwing The Ball And You Can't Make Me" Johnson instead of Doug Flutie. (Note to Doug: Pack your bags. It's over in Buffalo, babe).'

Marker Rare, odd blocked punt leads scoring blitz [6:33 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'With no pressure in his face, Mohr did a double clutch and nearly kicked into Buffalo guard Jamie Nails, who was blocking Shields.'

Marker Game exercise in what should never be [6:31 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The defense scored two touchdowns. Special teams set up two others, and the Colts gave an RCA Dome sell-out crowd what it came for, a 44-20 victory that kept alive their postseason aspirations.'

Marker Colts state case defensively [6:29 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"We were talking a good game," Muhammad said. "I think I got into [Eric Moulds'] head a little bit, but I think they went away from him a little bit. For what reason, I don't know."'

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