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Buffalo Bills News - September 25, 2001

Marker ESPN Power Poll 27. Bills (0-2) (was 24) [8:49 PM]
ESPN reports: Cowart injury made things go from bad to worse.

Marker Power Poll - Buffalo #21 (was #17) [8:45 PM]
TSN's War Room reports: New 46 defense obviously struggled versus explosive Colts, and offense isn't helping either.

Marker TSN Power Poll - Bills #27 [8:41 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Of our remaining opponents only New England (#31) is rated lower by Dan Pompei.

Marker Three rules for the Bills to go by [8:29 PM] reports:

  • Honestly, what is the worst that can happen?
  • Get ready to accept the worst, only if necessary
  • Recognize the worst, then figure out how to make it better.

    Marker Tom Donahoe's Weekly Bills Update [8:24 PM] reports: Topics covered were what fans can expect at Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, as well as what the team is learning from their loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.

    Marker Bills players helping out Tuesday [8:19 PM] reports: QB Rob Johnson is particpating in 3rd annual "Rush for Reading" challenge.

    Jake Arians, Brian Moorman, Brown, Phil Crosby, DaShon Polk, Avion Black, Peerless Price, Jonas Jennings, Kendrick Office and Tyrone Roberston are particpating in United Way Hometown Huddles.

    Marker Rob Jonson award Game Ball of the Week [8:13 PM] reports: The fans voted on who they thought deserved the game ball in Sunday's game at Indianapolis, and in a close vote, quarterback Rob Johnson was chosen by fans to receive the Game Ball of the Week for his performance.

    Marker Ex-Bill Henry Jones a Viking [5:12 PM]
    AP reports: With Pro Bowl strong safety Robert Griffith sidelined 6-8 weeks with a fractured ankle, the Vikings on Tuesday signed veteran Henry Jones.
    The Vikings released first-year TE Matt Cercone to make room on the roster for Jones.

    Marker Steelers eager to play Buffalo to see where they fit in. [2:57 PM]
    AP reports: The teams in AFC Central has been playing musical chairs. The Bengals, the supposed dogs of the AFC, are 2-0 and the Titans, who were supposed to challenge for AFC crown, are 0-2. The Steelers have had two weeks off due to terrorist attack and the bye week and are anxious to get a touchdown.

    Marker It's not wrong just because it's 'negative' [1:26 PM]
    Olean Times Herald reports: 'Gregg Williams strikes me as someone who could have a long and successful NFL career ... OR end up a colossal failure. His problem is a self-confidence that's almost arrogant.'

    Marker Team hopes to sign safety Jones [11:51 AM]
    Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Jones reportedly worked out for Detroit shortly after being released, but had been waiting for a better opportunity.'

    Marker Search is on to replace injured Griffith [11:50 AM]
    St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'The first player to get a chance apparently will be Henry Jones, formerly with the Buffalo Bills. His agent, Jim Steiner, said Jones flew Monday to the Twin Cities and was scheduled for a physical today. Steiner expects that Jones will pass and could be signed. In August, Buffalo cut Jones, a Pro Bowl player in 1992, after the Bills' new coaching staff wanted Jones, 33, to play a hybrid linebacker position. New Orleans and Detroit also have shown interest in Jones.'

    Marker Colts Take A Devious Route In Flying Right Past Buffalo [9:08 AM]
    NFR reports: "Here's a little unsolicited advice Gregg Williams might want to pass on to his defense: Sometimes, when it looks like an offense is going to run the ball, they really plan to throw it."

    Marker Colts Kick Buffalo [9:07 AM]
    NFR reports: "I played awful," said free safety Keion Carpenter, who left several of the gaps in the secondary by biting on run fakes."

    Marker Bills' O-line becomes woe-line [9:06 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'Starting tackles Jonas Jennings and John Fina were among the walking wounded following the Bills' disastrous 42-26 loss at Indianapolis on Sunday. Jennings has a pulled hip flexor muscle that caused him to miss the second half. Fina played the entire game after suffering a bruised quadriceps but was struggling to walk after. He was still laboring as he left the locker room Monday.'

    Marker Centers avoids defeatist attitude [9:05 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: '"For me, it's extremely disappointing," Centers said an hour after Sunday's 42-26 thrashing at the hands of the Colts. "I don't know if I can find the words to describe just how disappointing these first two games have been for me, after having such high expectations coming into this season. To start off in such a bad way is . . . it's terrible."'

    Marker Stick with assignments, defenders are told [9:04 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'Williams said the breakdowns had nothing to do with the team's high-risk aggressive defensive scheme. It was players not sticking to their assignments. "I really believe that the reason those plays were given up or a large percentage of it was people trying to do too much," he said. "I think second effort is wanted and encouraged after you take care of what you're supposed to do first. What I saw on those plays is that somebody was trying to do somebody else's job and not doing their own job."'

    Marker Big plays and penalties catapult Colts [8:12 AM]
    WGR - Chris Brown reports: In the early going it looked as if it would be a day of big plays for the Bills. On the fourth play from scrimmage, rookie, Nate Clements took a Peyton Manning pass 48 yards the other way for a touchdown to score the first points of the game, and the Bills first touchdown of the season.

    While there is some talent on the Bills roster most of it is too green, and there isn’t enough of the experienced talent to make a difference. All in all an equation that for a while will add up to losses more than wins.

    Marker Debacle in Indy leaves defenders bewildered [5:22 AM]
    D and C reports: 'Williams' master plan may work out in time, but it's painfully evident after two games that he doesn't have the personnel to play his "46" scheme or other blitz-oriented packages.'

    Marker Shoulder injury may keep Moulds on sideline [5:21 AM]
    D and C reports: '"It started swelling up my chest a little bit and I couldn't raise my arm," said Moulds, who left the RCA Dome with his arm in a sling. "I was planning on going back in in the second half, but they said forget about it. It's going to take time to get the movement back but hopefully I'll be all right (fairly soon). I've only missed two games since I've been playing and it's frustrating to sit, so I hope I'm not out."'

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    September 24, 2001

    Marker Injuries add to Bills woes following embarrassing loss [7:40 PM]
    AP reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said Monday the initial prognosis on Moulds is that he's questionable to play this Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. Moulds spent most of the postpractice period in the training room and was not made available to the media. More seriously hurt is rookie Brandon Spoon, who will miss at least a week with a dislocated left elbow, further devastating the Bills' linebacking corps.'

    Marker Manning had extra incentive for Bills game [7:24 PM]
    ESPN reports: Manning prepared hard for this game. The extra motivation? He remembered what Bills coach Williams did as the DC of the Titans in 1999 when Tennessee eliminated the Colts from the playoffs. In fact, Manning spent a lot of time studying that two-year-old film, and many of his decisions Sunday were based on his studies.

    Marker The luster on Bills has been quick to fade [1:45 PM]
    Olean Times Herald reports: 'And we thought the offense was the problem.'

    Marker While the Bills self-destructed, the Colts galloped away [1:36 PM]
    USA Today reports: Down 35-17 at halftime, the Bills, who weren't completely out of it, never could get entirely back in, either. They went most of the second half without putting up a touchdown, finally hitting on a 40-yard pass from Rob Johnson to Peerless Price on a desperation, fourth-down play with 1:25 left.

    Marker Pathon adds to Colts' potency [1:33 PM]
    Marion Chronicle Tribune reports: '"In the second half we were able to really push the pocket and make Johnson work harder," said defensive tackle Josh Williams, who had two sacks. "He's so elusive and we did a good job of getting to him in the second half. It was the key to our win."'

    Marker It's a juggernaut [1:31 PM]
    Terre Haute Tribune Star reports: 'On what was an All-America day at National Football League stadiums around the country, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning put on his best All-American performance Sunday in the RCA Dome.'

    Marker Incidental Contact [11:52 AM]
    Colts Express reports: 'From that point on, the already sketchy officiating went down hill. Example - the final Bill's TD, a result of a hail Mary pass by Johnson to the left corner of the endzone, was pulled in only after three players from each of the two teams committed every possible interference foul possible before anyone touched the ball.'

    Marker Indianapolis awesome on offense [9:47 AM]
    Kokomo Tribune reports: 'The comparisons to the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings of 1999 are already flying about like Manning-thrown footballs through the air. And they're just as on target.'

    Marker Manning gives Bills an education [9:06 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'Manning conducted a clinic titled "How to Attack a Blitzing Defense" in the Colts' 42-26 victory over the Buffalo Bills at the RCA Dome. The Colts' QB did more skewering, slicing and dicing in three hours than Emeril Lagasse does in a week. In one dizzying nine-minute span of the first half, Manning produced three touchdowns on six offensive plays. In dropping to 0-2, the Bills were filleted for 555 yards, the third-most yards allowed in team history. Manning hit 23 of 29 passes for 421 yards.'

    Marker Shoulder forces Moulds to sit [9:05 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'Wide receiver Eric Moulds suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder in the first half of a 42-26 loss and did not return. "I took a little shot on it and it started swelling my chest up a little bit," said Moulds, who had a sling on to stabilize his heavily wrapped shoulder. "I couldn't raise my arm up. I was going to play back on it in the second half, but I couldn't raise my arm."'

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