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Buffalo Bills News - December 24, 2003

Marker These Bills a far cry from their opening win [5:07 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"I'm on record that day saying, 'We're not as good as everybody thinks we are,' " head coach Gregg Williams pointed out yesterday. "We played well that particular day. We capitalized on some of the breaks in the ball game. They turned the ball over uncharacteristically and we capitalized. But I said at the time after that ball game and the second game that a lot of people believe we're a lot better than we are right now." He was right.'

Marker Recuperating Colvin can walk, but not much else [5:06 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It's been almost surreal to me to look at where we started [this season]," he told the Buffalo media yesterday. "It seems like forever ago. We were playing well. I think if you saw only one game this season and you're talking about the last week of the season, one team playing for home-field advantage and the other team out of the playoffs, you probably would have though the opposite team would have been in those respective situations. It's been surreal for me to see where we started and where we are now. It's been very hard."'

Marker Milloy Is Richer, But At A Price [5:05 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'In 2002, Milloy said he wasn't in position to make those plays. He was forced to play deep rather than near the line because of the coverage inadequacies of Otis Smith and Tebucky Jones. "[Cornerback] Tyrone Poole is the unsung hero of the year," Milloy said when asked who has been the Patriots' best defender. "He has played phenomenally."'

Marker Colvin works hard at rehab [5:04 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I think it basically is coaching and the players," Colvin said. "Before I got here, they had already done what I wanted to do ... The same guys that did it in 2001 are doing it now with the exception of a couple of free agents."'

Marker How will fans receive Milloy? [5:03 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '"It has been a humbling experience," said Milloy, who has been credited with 126 tackles, three sacks, 14 pass deflections and two forced fumbles by Buffalo coaches.'

Marker Itís hard to believe Bills beat Patriots [5:02 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"I had no idea," Patriots tight end Christian Fauria said. "I didnít know what it was going to be like after that first game. I was still in shock and a little numb. You donít really know whatís going to happen until you get late into the season. Everybody was making a big deal out of that first game, but we just stayed the course and just kept trying to win, so I didnít have any clue."'

Marker Klecko receives 12th Man Award [5:01 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Milloy pointed out that his replacement Rodney Harrison has been blitzing on a lot more plays than he did during his last season with New England, which, in his opinion, is why his numbers werenít that great. "You see how I played the last few years, it wasn't blitzing every damn play like he's doing," Milloy told the Boston Globe on Tuesday. "That's the way I made my name in the first place."'

Marker Bills Season Ends Saturday [5:00 AM] reports: '"That's kind of the way we wanted it and unfortunately it hasn't gone that way for a number of reasons," tight end Dave Moore explained.'

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December 23, 2003

Marker Discouraged Bills prepare to wrap up `surreal' season [8:55 PM]
AP reports: '''It seems like you're in a bad dream,'' receiver Eric Moulds said. ''It feels like we can't do anything right.'''

Marker Injured Patriots LB Colvin optimistic about next year [8:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Colvin said he's not overly frustrated. ''If the guys weren't out there doing good I think it would be worse,'' he said. ''But they're doing a good job, so I'm happy.'''

Marker Williams, Van Pelt Both Questionable [8:53 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Only two names are on the list heading into the weekend. T Mike Williams is questionable with a knee injury. He hopes to be back out on the practice field by the end of the week.'

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews New England [8:52 PM] reports: '"It's been almost surreal to me to look at where we started. It seems like forever ago. We were playing well. I think if you only saw one game this season and then you're talking about the last week of the season, one team playing for home field advantage and the other team out of the playoffs you probably would have thought the opposite team would have been in those respective situations. It's been surreal for me to see where we started and see where we are now. It's been very hard."'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews New England [4:41 PM] reports: '"They need it for the home field advantage. We need it to give an indication about where we are in the AFC East. They are the division winners. That is where we wanted to be at the start of the year. We're not there now but we have to continue to take strides to try to get where they are. We need to play very well."'

Marker 31-0: Pats have plenty of motivation [1:34 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'Revenge is probably considered a counterproductive human emotion in the meticulously programmed week-to-week machinery of Belichick. But it must be in his players' hearts and minds this week. The Bills humiliated New England 31-0 in the season-opener on Sept. 7 in Orchard Park, back when the Patriots were clearly headed nowhere and the Bills pranced around as though clearly Super Bowl-bound.'

Marker Buffalo coordinator gets ripped [1:32 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'What would be worse for Drew Bledsoe and Kevin Gilbride - playing the regular-season finale in Foxboro against a tenacious New England Patriots defense, or playing at home before a hostile crowd?'

Marker Patriots vs Bills [1:23 PM] reports: 'The Patriots are 12-6 against the Bills in their last 18 meetings.'

Marker NE - BUF Inside the Numbers [1:22 PM] reports: '42: The number of starters the Patriots have employed this season, nearly enough to field two full teams on both offense and defense. It's the highest number of starters used by a division champion since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.'

Marker Scraping bottom [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is worse in some ways than during the Kay Stephenson/Hank Bullough coaching debacles.'

Marker Top coaches aren't found in bargain bin [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One week from now, Tom Donahoe will be looking for a new coach. He must convince the owner, Ralph Wilson, that the price of poker has skyrocketed in the NFL.'

Marker Jaworski defends Bledsoe [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In Bledsoe, he sees a classic pocket passer who doesnít have a pocket.'

Marker What gifts should Santa bring Bills? [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'For Drew Bledsoe, a new mattress and whirlpool. I looked this up: heís been sacked 205 times in his last 65 starts for 1,346 yards, or the equivalent of 13 1/2 football fields.'

Marker A nice recovery by safety [5:15 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"I can't wait to see the fans more than anything," Milloy said. "And then afterward, I'll shake my ex-teammates' hands and wish them luck. The fans there, I'm glad that it turned out to where I have a chance to go compete in that stadium once a year. Me coming here had nothing to do with going to an AFC East team, having a chance to play the Patriots. This organization, this team, really made me feel like they wanted me."'

Marker Season-opening flop back in focus [5:14 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots can honestly say they beat themselves that day. "I think almost half of our plays in the first 40 plays were negative plays: sacks, turnovers, penalties, some version of all of those," Belichick said. "Almost half the time we were going in reverse instead of going forward. That's not what we're looking for. We gave up 50-yard completions, pass-interference penalties, penalties in the kicking game, you name it. You can take your pick."'

Marker Pats won't forget past [5:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'And the current (hapless) state of the Bills? Forget about it. ``Look, I don't care about that. I don't care what happened last week,'' said Belichick, referring to the Bills' 20-3 defeat to Miami. ``The (Bills) took the Titans right down to the wire (in a 28-26 loss two weeks ago). It came down to the last play. They had several other big wins this year, none bigger than ours. It's not how they match up against somebody else - it's how they match up against us. The last time they matched up pretty well. We're going to have to play them more competitively than we did the last time - that's where it starts.'''

Marker Medfield trades Bledsoe for Schilling [5:12 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '"I'm delighted there will be somebody there," said Selectman Ann Thompson, who was appreciative of Bledsoe's devotion to helping local schools with fund-raising during his three-year stay in Medfield. "He'd go to local restaurants around town, and I hope Curt Schilling brings the same kind of friendliness."'

Marker Bills' ills start at the top [5:11 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe (a.k.a. The Teflon Donahoe) has carved a swath of miscalculation and mediocrity in his three years in Buffalo.'

Marker Inside slant [5:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'However, regardless of what Donahoe says on the record, there seems to be little doubt that Williams' swan song will come at Gillette Stadium.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'In a season that has been filled with bad performances, this ranks as one of Drew Bledsoe's worst, not only this year but of his career.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'WR Eric Moulds continues to be a non-factor for the Bills passing game. Hampered by a painful groin injury since Week 5, Moulds hasn't had a 100-yard receiving games since and he has scored just one TD all year. The Dolphins held him to three catches for 20 yards.'

December 22, 2003

Marker Bill Belichick Press Transcript - 12/22 [5:15 PM] reports: 'Q: What was it that made it a 31-point difference between the two teams in the last game?
BB: A lot good plays by one team and turnovers by another. Penalties, turnovers, negative plays. I think almost half of our plays in the first 40 plays almost half of them were negative plays, sacks, turnovers, penalties, some version of all of those. Almost half the time we were going in reverse instead of going forward. That is not what we are looking for. We gave up 50-yard completions, pass interference penalties, penalties in the kicking game, you name it, you can take your pick.'

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