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Buffalo Bills News - December 12, 2004

Marker Buffalo's Fletcher plays bigger than his stature [5:29 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: '''London goes about his business and rarely gets the credit he deserves,'' Bill head coach Mike Mularkey said by phone from Buffalo. ''He is having one of those years that most guys would consider to be Pro Bowl (caliber). He quietly goes about it, makes a lot of tackles, makes a lot of plays and leads the defense that has been ranked in the top five for most of the last couple years.'''

Marker Scouting report [5:08 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Bills, 27-13.'

Marker Browns (3-9) at Bills (6-6) [5:08 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Mularkey looked like baloney when Bills were 0-4, but now he has Buffalo playing a beefy brand of ball.'

Marker Sunday's Cleveland Coverage [5:07 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Brothers in arms and heart (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Robiskie's 'school' is down and out (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Wolf not cryin' about Butch (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Browns could use a Grimm outlook (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Buffalo's Fletcher plays bigger than his stature (Lorain Morning Journal)
McCown draws crowd in Texas (Akron Beacon Journal)
Taking a stand (Akron Beacon Journal)
Scouting report (Akron Beacon Journal)
Campo on Cleveland: Like to stay (Canton Repository)
Robiskie needs a miracle with this bunch (Canton Repository)
Browns (3-9) at Bills (6-6) (Canton Repository)
Browns notebook (Canton Repository)
Cleveland begins Robiskie's season (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
Reversals of fortune (Columbus Dispatch)
Game-day matchup: Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills (Columbus Dispatch)
Random thoughts from browns.com (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Robiskie aims to start season two (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Scouting report: The Bills (ClevelandBrowns.com)

Marker Bills giving battered Browns respect [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's a unique mentality because everyone realizes a new coach is coming in, so if anything, everybody picks up their play because they know these games are going to be evaluated by the new staff," Tucker said. "They have nothing to lose. I'm sure Robiskie is going to pull out all the stops. We expect nothing but their best, just like we got from Miami."'

Marker Q&A: Jonathan Smith [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If you were the Bills' head coach for a day and had a chance to add a play to the playbook, what would it be?
"I'd do a reverse pass with me throwing it. Throw it deep to somebody. I've got some experience with that one."'

Marker Bills don’t want playoff glitz to distract them from today’s matchup [5:06 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“There’s a couple of ways you can look at it ... they’re down in the dumps and lost their coach, or you can look at it as a team that’s desperate and trying to figure out what it’s going to do for next year with guys trying to solidify their jobs within the organization.”'

Marker It's still safe to dream big dreams in Buffalo [5:05 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Did you ever dream, after an 0-4 start, the Buffalo Bills would be playing a meaningful game in December ... let alone two?'

Marker Give Drew his just due [5:04 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'One reason the team didn't pack it in was because in Bledsoe they had a leader who showed not a hint of panic.'

Marker Kicking to Bills is risky business [5:00 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"All I had to do last week was outrun the kicker," said McGee, referring to the Dolphins' Olindo Mare. "I watch the film. Film don't lie. Those guys make great blocks."'

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December 11, 2004

Marker Weis to be introduced as Irish coach Monday [6:27 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Notre Dame, which interviewed Weis this week, also interviewed Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Tom Clements on Thursday night. Notre Dame officials called Clements, a former Fighting Irish quarterback, on Saturday morning and told him he was no longer in the running for the job and negotiations with Weis began.'

Marker Notre Dame search nears end [6:13 PM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Notre Dame has already, according to a source close to the situation, called Bills offensive coordinator Tom Clements and told him that he is no longer in the running for the job.'

Marker Talks heat up for Weis [6:11 PM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The school has decided to focus on Weis because Tom Clements, the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator who was once considered the front-runner for the job, is no longer a candidate, according to NFL sources.'

Marker Robiskie aims to start season two [3:47 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'Nobody really expects the Browns to win Sunday. They came into the game against New England emotionally charged but lost by 27. They come to chilly Buffalo prepared but undermanned.'

Marker Random thoughts from browns.com [3:46 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'They have Troy Aikman and Brett Hull instead of John Elway and Michael Jordan. They have Norwood instead of Jose Mesa. They have Jim Kelly instead of Bernie or Jim Thome. While, still, no city can match the seamless combination of horrible teams and last-minute heartbreak as Cleveland, our friends from just down the road are the closest to truly understanding what it's like to feel as if they're living under a giant cloud of Murphy's Law.'

Marker Scouting report: The Bills [3:44 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'All the talk from the Browns locker room about playing hard for Terry Robiskie? It's time to find out if a full, distraction-free week under the new head coach means anything in the way of on-field improvements. Buffalo has scored 37, 38, and 42 points, respectively, in each of the last three weeks, and will be looking to score plenty again against the banged-up Browns defense.'

Marker Bills not looking past bumbling Browns [3:14 PM]
AP reports: 'The importance of this game cannot be understated for Buffalo, in a five-team race for the AFC's sixth and final playoff berth. What's sobering is the Bills, because of tie-breaking scenarios, don't control their destiny and won't be guaranteed anything even if they win their remaining four games.'

Marker Football fans turn attention to the needy [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Big Dawg returns to Buffalo this weekend, along with about 40 of his canine-like buddies. But this time he'll be barking for his Cleveland Browns, and challenging Bills fans to give to The News Neediest Fund.'

Marker McDonald's helps lift blackout [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Since McDonald's will be the game-day sponsor Sunday, area owners and operators approached the Bills about buying the tickets to ensure the game would be shown locally on television.'

Marker Under the radar [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If it's possible for a player on pace for 91 catches and 1,120 yards to go unnoticed, wide receiver Eric Moulds has done it.'

Marker Bills' prize catch idolized Browns [5:46 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"It means a lot," said Evans, the Bills' first-round pick, the 13th choice overall, out of Wisconsin. "Probably, everybody back at home will be watching. It will be extra motivation for this game, but I get up for every game. You get up a little bit more when you know the people back at home are watching you."'

Marker Saturday's Cleveland Coverage [5:13 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Stick with Warren, Robiskie urges club (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Bills' prize catch idolized Browns (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Robiskie believes Warren's 'a good football player' (Lorain Morning Journal)
Green staying away from the spotlight (Akron Beacon Journal)
Shocker: Robiskie no Davis (Canton Repository)
Garcia's last stand? (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
Rookies ready to contribute (ClevelandBrowns.com)
E-mail lauds Browns defenders (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Robiskie: 'Warren is not a bust' (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Gerard Warren Q & A (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Browns met first AFL foe in 1968 (ClevelandBrowns.com)

Marker Donahoe's plan for building Bills finally kicking in [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The mere fact the Bills are talking playoffs after a demoralizing start is impressive. It appears that many of the pieces for future success are in place. And if Buffalo continues moving forward, the man once known as Dona-woe may become known as Dona-wow in some circles.'

Marker Bills facing second interim coach in as many games [5:04 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“What’s been outstanding on defense,” Robiskie said of the Bills, “is that Jerry (Gray, coordinator) constantly has been able to get those guys to play at a high-end level no matter what’s been happening on the other side of the ball. And that’s hard. Sometimes when your offense has been struggling and still trying to get a feel for what Mike (Mularkey, head coach) and Tom (Clements, offensive coordinator) are doing ... the defense has to say. ‘We’ve got to keep going and keep plugging and let those guys catch up.’ And, next thing you know, a couple of plays (on offense), Willis hits on one or two and now your defense is ready to roll and it all starts coming together.”'

December 10, 2004

Marker Recent Injuries Have An Affect [9:08 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It's unbelievable that in the history of the league no team has ever had six returns for touchdowns in a season and we're right on the brink of accomplishing that record. There have been a lot of good teams and to say that your team has done something that nobody has done in 45 years is one thing, but to say you are a part of a team that accomplished something that no team has done in 75 years is unbelievable. Obviously, there are some things that we have to do, but it can be done.'

Marker Bills Injury Update [9:03 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lineman Lawrence Smith has been doing more work at Tackle than at guard just because of the numbers for Buffalo at that position. Smith was working at Tackle while a member of the Ravens' practice squad.'

Marker Browns met first AFL foe in 1968 [5:32 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'That was definitely the intent of the Bills - and the Browns as well, for that matter - when they met on a warm late summer Friday evening at the stadium where the baseball movie "The Natural" would be filmed years later. And the fans realized the significance of the event. The game was televised back to Cleveland and, as has always been the case for Browns TV contests, drew a big audience. It was a huge hit in Buffalo as well. A crowd of 45,448 crammed its way into cozy War Memorial Stadium. It was the sixth-biggest home crowd in Bills history at the time - preseason or regular season - would be larger than any regular-season home gathering Buffalo would have in 1968.'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Drew Bledsoe [5:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Could you please talk about your leadership style and the styles Coaches Mularkey, Clements and Wyche have when it comes to working with you, the other QBs, and the rest offense?
DB: The No. 1 thing as a leader you need to do is do your job first. As a quarterback, part of my job means getting everybody on the same page. I have extra meetings with my running backs, wide receives and tight ends during the week and I have an extra meeting with the offensive lineman to make sure that I'm on the same page with everybody else going into the game so that when we have to make in-game adjustments everybody knows what to expect. The second thing, I just try to be positive all the time regardless of what has happened or what situation we are in. I try to take the same approach every day. I try to come to work with a positive attitude and an upbeat outlook.'

Marker McGee a Dangerous Weapon to Have [5:08 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We had some great special teams units when I was in Buffalo, but none are like what they have now. These guys play as a team and everyone is on the same page. There is not one aspect of their game that is a weakness. The coverage teams have been great, the return game even better, and Brian Moorman has been a solid punter. This is a phase of the game that could carry the Bills to the playoffs.'

Marker McDonald's buys rest of Bills tickets [5:02 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McDonald's gave local football fans a break today.'

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