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Buffalo Bills News - September 9, 2004

Marker Murphy ready to take control [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of his goals is to draw out Van Pelt by asking questions. "I feel like I've got to pick his brain," said Murphy. "He's got a lot of knowledge, a lot of insight, and I feel part of my job is to open it up for listeners. He knows what he's looking at. Bledsoe told me in training camp that he's the smartest football guy he's ever been around."'

Marker Reed welcomes Evans [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It wasn't any pressure, I was happy he was here," Reed said Wednesday after the Bills concluded practice inside their fieldhouse on One Bills Drive. "The coaches told me we might be picking a receiver and I called him up and I never had any hard feelings. He's a Bill and he's bringing another dimension to the team."'

Marker Schobel given $23 million extension [4:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Of course I always want to make more," said Schobel, who has 197 career tackles. "But three years ago if I would've known I'd be making this after three years, (heck). I'm so happy. Maybe I left something on the table, maybe I didn't. It's over and I'm happy." His teammates, concerned about continuity and the distraction a contract issue can become in the locker room, are happy, too."'

Marker The new Bill [4:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With Williams gone, expectations are fairly high among Bills supporters -- perhaps higher than the roster actually warrants.'

Marker Del Rio sees tricks as bunch of Mularkey [4:57 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Mularkey was known in Pittsburgh for having wide receivers line up at quarterback, using direct snaps to the running back and -- most notoriously -- for using late sideline substitutions just before the snap in hopes of throwing off opposing defensive coaches. The Jaguars should expect more of the same this weekend, Mularkey said Wednesday.'

Marker Thursday's Jacksonville Coverage [4:56 AM] reports:
Taylor says he's ready (Florida Times Union)
Del Rio sees tricks as bunch of Mularkey (Florida Times Union)
Former Gators selected as captains (Orlando Sentinel)
Statement possible (
Stop the run, sack the QB (
Big time on Saturday (

Marker Marv Levy: 'It just didn't happen' [4:55 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'When he looks back on those four close-but-no-cigar Super Bowl runs now, what does he feel? Disappointment? Frustration? Emptiness? Try pride.'

Marker Inside slant [4:54 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"Willpower," said Mularkey when asked what it takes to be a run-oriented offense. "One thing you can't do is get frustrated. You have to understand there's going to be no-gain plays and maybe a negative play. But you have to be persistent with it and your players have to know you're going to be persistent with it. Don't ever show a sign of frustration out there because you have to believe in what you're doing. I believe they do. On top of that, we (the coaches) have to react the same way. We can't get frustrated in our play calling."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:53 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills want to establish a run-first identity under new coach Mike Mularkey and Jacksonville is a great opening gauge. The Jaguars ranked first in run defense in 2003. In last year's Week 2 match-up against Buffalo in Jacksonville, the Jags played eight men in the box from the get-go, holding Buffalo to 43 yards rushing on 32 carries, daring QB Drew Bledsoe to beat them through the air. Bledsoe did, going 19 of 25 for 314 yards and two touchdowns, hitting a handful of big plays downfield.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:52 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills finished the preseason with a whopping 41 penalties for 340 yards in the preseason, capped by a 17-penalty game against Detroit. Think Coach Mike Mularkey has addressed the issue? "I addressed it this morning. I addressed it Monday. I addressed it Friday. I addressed it Thursday night. I addressed it at halftime. I addressed it before the game. It will be addressed," he said.'

Marker Bills Establish Cornerstone On Defense [4:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Schobel has been talked about as one of the "big three" Bills players in contract years. Jonas Jennings and Pat Williams are the other two playing out the final year of a deal. While those two shut down negotiations with the Bills at the start of training camp, Schobel left the door open and today committed to play with the Bills into the future.'

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September 8, 2004

Marker Schobel Signs Extension; Bills Prep for Jags [9:49 PM] reports: '"I'm going to go out there and play hard and do what I've always done. I'm going to put pressure on myself because that's what motivates me. There's always something to play for. I don't like looking bad on film. When everybody watches it together I don't want to be the weak link."'

Marker Mularkey Ready for Opener [9:48 PM] reports: '"I'm excited myself, but probably more for this team," Mularkey said. "They have prepared diligently and they've been impressive to be around. They've made my job a lot easier."'

Marker Jacksonville at Buffalo [9:47 PM]
AP reports: '``I know the pressure's there,'' said Mularkey, Pittsburgh's former offensive coordinator. ``We expect to win. And I'd say that regardless of what talent was on this team.'''

Marker McGahee settles for backup role behind Henry [9:46 PM]
AP reports: '``What, third down?'' McGahee said. ``Nothing's good enough for now. But you know, you always strive to be better, and that's what I'm going to do.'''

Marker Stop the run, sack the QB [9:46 PM] reports: '“Yeah, in Pittsburgh we ran some trick plays and I think they keep defenses off balance, I really do. If you design them right they succeed and you have given yourself a chance for big plays. I never want to not take a chance for a big play, ever. I doubt the conservative side will come out, whether we show a trick play this game or not. I doubt that will ever happen,” Mularkey told reporters on Wednesday when he was asked if the Bills' rather conservative personnel might mellow him.'

Marker Home Game Traffic Safety Increased [5:01 PM] reports: '"It's our hope that fans will be respectful of each other, and mindful of their own behavior so that the game can be enjoyed equally by everyone," said Tom Donahoe, the Bills President/General Manager. "We have the best fans in the league, and we want to see every one of them back in Orchard Park game after game and week after week."'

Marker Celebrate the Season with 'Blue Friday' [5:01 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and Heritage Centers are teaming up to celebrate the start of the 2004 NFL Season in grand style. On Friday, September 10, Heritage Centers and Buffalo Place will host a Buffalo Bills pep rally, dubbed "Blue Friday" to commemorate the beginning of another exciting Buffalo Bills season.'

Marker Schobel Extends Contract [5:00 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that Aaron Schobel has extended his contract. As per team policy, terms of the extension were not disclosed.'

Marker Police plan stepped up road details for Bills' games [5:00 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Law enforcement agencies will be more vigilant in checking for impaired drivers during the upcoming Buffalo Bills season.'

Marker Bills DE Schobel extends contract [3:57 PM]
AP reports: 'A second-round pick in the 2001 draft, Schobel was entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract that paid him an average of $711,000 a season.'

Marker Bills extend Schobel's contract [3:56 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Schobel has led Buffalo in sacks in each of his three years with the team. He posted a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2003.'

Marker Five-year deal worth almost $28M [2:10 PM]
ESPN reports: 'In a move Wednesday that keeps one of their top young players out of the spring 2005 unrestricted free agent market, the Buffalo Bills signed right defensive end Aaron Schobel to a five-year contract extension, has learned.'

Marker With Vincent's help, Evans goes practice route [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I told him it was something that we needed to do, so he really didn't have much of a choice," Vincent said.'

Marker Fateful heart transplant spurred ex-Bill to action [8:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The experience made Goodwin an advocate for organ donation - a calling that will bring him to the Buffalo area for Upstate New York Transplant Services' annual community recognition dinner Thursday in Salvatore's Italian Gardens in the Town of Lancaster. Goodwin, 62, will urge his audience to hop on the transplant bandwagon by signing the organ donation form that accompanies driver's license renewal information from the state Department of Motor Vehicles.'

Marker Stand by your man [5:02 AM] reports: 'Would Donahoe do it again? “Absolutely, because these kinds of players are so rare and so hard to get that you have to take a chance. It was not a blind gamble. We talked to our doctors. Everybody was on board with it. To roll the dice on a talent like McGahee, we'd definitely do it again.”'

Marker Wednesday's Jacksonville Coverage [5:01 AM] reports:
Rookie debut (Florida Times Union)
One road mark favors Jags, another road mark does not (Florida Times Union)
Lewis finds the news he wants (Orlando Sentinel)
Taylor joins practice (
Stand by your man (
Don’t turn it over (
Leftwich: He and Taylor ready for opener with Bills (AP)

September 7, 2004

Marker Coach's home sold for $835K [9:03 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Williams, who was not rehired when his contract expired after last season, sold his home in Clarence's Spaulding Lake subdivision for $835,000.'

Marker 'Fan Cost Index' says Bills are NFL's best buy [5:34 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Bills' FCI is placed at $228.52, lowest in the league. Again, the Patriots again have the highest cost per game at $415.95 Across the NFL the average FCI is $312.62, up 4.3 percent from last season.'

Marker Williams Forces Coaches to Keep Him [5:32 PM] reports: '"I'm excited to be a part of this ball club," Williams said. "I'm looking forward to this opportunity. Sunday night was probably the best night of sleep I've gotten in the past couple of months. It just feels like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I'm happy that I'm here. This is where I wanted to be."'

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