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Buffalo Bills News - October 12, 2004

Marker Is the Bills' record that surprising? [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You're right, but at some point, we have to start holding the players accountable for what happens on the field rather than blame the coaches and GM Tom Donahoe, the man who brought in 98 percent of this team. The entire season so far has boiled down to one thing — these players are not playing well and the question that has to be asked is are they capable of playing well?'

Marker Bills feel heat in October chill [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills' offense is averaging 11 points per game, which is worse than last season when it averaged 13.9 and the team finished 6-10. That's not exactly the production Wilson hoped for when he took general manager Tom Donahoe's recommendation to fire Gregg Williams and hire Mularkey, the former offensive coordinator of Donahoe's old team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.'

Marker Inside slant [5:02 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'He chalked Wilson's comments up to frustration and didn't take his remarks as a hidden message to change his approach to things. "My guess is that's frustration immediately after the game," Mularkey said. "Not being able to sit back and look at the tape like we have today. I think we're all frustrated and he has every right to be being where we are right now, but I think that had a little bit to do with that."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bottom line is that the coaches took too long to put players like young guns McGahee and Evans in a position to do something to help and the defense had another fourth-quarter collapse.'

Marker Notes, quotes [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills fell to 2-12 in their last 14 road games. In that stretch, QB Drew Bledsoe has been sack 49 times, the offense has averaged 12.7 points per game, and Buffalo's turnover ratio is negative 30.'

Marker Ralph: I've had enough of Smash-mouth football [4:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Bledsoe has his drawbacks, but you still can’t convince me he’s the main or even a big part of the reason the Bills are 0-4. Bledsoe has been sacked a league-leading 19 times. Oh, if only the Bills had a guy like Michael Vick, right? Vick has been sacked 17 times, has 3 fewer touchdown passes than Bledsoe and a 77.7 qb rating to Bledsoe’s 85.2. It takes several things to win; just check out the Patriots. In their record 19th straight win, Tom Brady was 7-19 for a TOTAL of 76 yards passing. Can you imagine the fallout in Buffalo if Bledsoe put up numbers like that?'

Marker Same Old Song And Dance [4:58 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'After the 7th punt the head coach reads his offense the riot act on the sideline, and then they finally wake up. Excuse me… it takes that situation to light a fire under the Bills offensive line? By then it proved to be too little too late. Where was that fire on the first seven possessions, and how come this team was not playing with that spark from the opening kickoff? It’s truly unexplainable, and inexcusable.'

Marker Tuesday's Miami Coverage [4:57 AM] reports:
Wannstedt deserves criticism, but not a deluge of our wrath (Miami Herald)
Team may have to audible at QB (Miami Herald)
Team plans to work out kickers today (Miami Herald)
Dolphins need a little spice (Miami Herald)
Next on stage … Sage? (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Wannstedt needs fill-in kicker (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Rosenfels last QB standing (Palm Beach Post)
Wanted: Free-agent kickers (Palm Beach Post)
Wannstedt will wait to name Sunday's starting QB (Florida Today)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Hapless Dolphins may have to turn to third-string quarterback (AP)
Dolphins may be without QBs Fiedler and Feeley (Sportsticker)
Injuries, frustration continue to mount in Miami (The Sports Network)
Coach Dave Wannstedt's Day After Press Conference (

Marker Tuesday's New York Coverage [4:56 AM] reports:
Jets Seek Better Footing After a Stumbling Finish (New York Times)
Jet 'D' halts rush hour (New York Daily News)
Toe woe has Kendall low (New York Daily News)
Gang Green: Losing records not our problem (New York Daily News)
4-0ers shouldn't look past 49ers (New York Post)
Jet guards hurting (New York Post)
A swarm of B's (New York Post)
Case of mind over matter (Newsday)
Offensive line may lose two starters on Sunday (Newsday)
Unbeaten Jets face losses (White Plains Journal News)
Moss says Jets worthy of their record (White Plains Journal News)
Edwards and Curl play 'Beat the Clock' (Newark Star Ledger)
Offensive line woes -- one out, one iffy (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets feel a little sore following Bills game (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Green, Blue good show, too (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Chrebet thankful for big game (AP)
Chrebet's Hot Hand Leads Jets (
4-0 Jets Face Injuries Up Front (

Marker Teague Confirms He Has A Slight Cracked Bone [4:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mike Mularkey said last Wednesday that he wanted to see if Teague could practice last Thursday. Teague was still limping noticeable on Thursday.'

Marker Teague Out Indefinitely [4:55 AM] reports: 'Originally, thought to have suffered a knee sprain, Teague has a series of cracks in the bone just below the knee.'

Marker Another crushing loss for Bills [4:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It almost seemed, on this day, that the fates were finally ready to repay the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker The Bills are close...but still winless [4:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“There are 12 games left,” he pointed out. “We’ve lost these four. But we can win four (in a row) ... that’s how close we are, and these guys realize that. There are no heads down (in the lockerroom). There’s a lot of football to go. We still have work to do, but we’ll get it done.”'

Marker Bills, Jets heading in different directions [4:52 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo’s first sack of Jets’ quarterback Chad Pennington was by Chris Kelsay, his first and the first by a Bills’ defensive end this season.'

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October 11, 2004

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [10:02 PM] reports: 'I think you've missed it when I have showed emotion. You have to pick and choose your spots. That's just not my style to do it all the time. It's not a constant.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [10:01 PM] reports: 'We believe strongly as a staff that it's not about escape goats but it is about trying to find answers. Several times this year after the games Coach Mularkey and the players stepped up and talked candidly about what they felt individually as gone on in the game. As an organization we meet all the time to talk about the issues, both good and bad, and try to find ways to get better. To do that publicly or to air our dirty laundry in public, we just don't see what that would accomplish.'

Marker Mularkey shares Bills owner Wilson's frustrations [9:25 PM]
AP reports: '``When you say open up the offense, I'm not sure what open up is. Are we going to be an Indianapolis? No,'' Mularkey said Monday, referring to the Peyton Manning-led Colts, who lead the NFL in scoring. ``I don't think we're going to change our whole offensive philosophy, because when we've done it right, it's worked.'''

Marker Bills C Teague has cracked bone in left leg [5:50 PM]
AP reports: '''I've played with a lot of things and unfortunately, this is something I can't just go out right now,'' Teague said. ''All I can say is whenever I get cleared, whenever I feel I can go, I'm going to go.'''

Marker Buffalo narrowly averts victory once again [3:49 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Regardless of circumstances, whatever the challenge and whomever the opposition, New England finds a way to win. And no matter how generous the enemy or fortuitous the situation, these Bills will find a way to blow it.'

Marker Bills Fall Short Once Again [3:45 PM] reports: '"The outcome is not where we wanted it, and that's the frustrating part," said Chris Villarrial. "We battled back and overcame some tough things but now we have to learn how to win."'

Marker Jets dodge bullet at home against Bills [1:07 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'John Abraham continued to be a menace on the defensive side of the ball for the Jets, as he recorded three more sacks to up his AFC-leading total to six on the season. It should come as no surprise that Abraham had a huge game against Bledsoe, whom he has sacked eight times in his career - the most of any QB in the league.'

Marker Bills Team Report [1:06 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Coy Wire, who had been filling in for SS Lawyer Milloy (arm), was benched because of struggles in pass coverage. Wire's replacement, Pierson Prioleau, is undersized (5-11, 188) and has spent most of his career at free safety. Second-year CB Terrence McGee, playing in place of Troy Vincent (knee), has good speed but is short (5-9) and has trouble covering crossing routes.'

Marker Know him from Adam [12:49 PM] reports: 'What do you remember about your NFL training-camp experience with the Buffalo Bills?
Cain: I remember bumping into Bruce Smith's (butt).'

Marker Bills still looking for winning formula [12:49 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Sunday’s 16-14 loss to the New York Jets leaves the Bills as just one of two winless teams remaining in the NFL. The good news — or bad news, depending on one’s viewpoint — is that there’s a good chance that number will diminish to one six days from now when the Bills host the winless Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Of course, with the offense both teams have, it’s very likely the game could end in a scoreless tie.'

Marker Too little, too late [12:48 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“We keep making the same mistakes,” Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. “It’s frustrating. The coaches have put us in a position to win, but we haven’t taken advantage of it.”'

Marker Another long walk [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Big whoopee.'

Marker Bills' big men make a large admission [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We didn't close it," Adams said.'

Marker Fletcher turns in huge effort in Bills' defeat [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fletcher's 21 tackles, including 15 solo, during the Bills' 16-14 loss to the New York Jets matched his career high. He had 21 stops (also 15 solo) against the San Francisco 49ers while playing for the St. Louis Rams in 2001.'

Marker McGahee cashes in on his chance to contribute [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It felt good to get out there," said McGahee, who had only 11 carries for 28 yards in the previous three games. "I've just been waiting for my opportunity, just staying patient. Once I get my opportunities, I try to make the most of them."'

Marker From the grasp of victory [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jeff Posey's fourth-quarter interception of Chad Pennington's ill-advised throw was the Bills' first pick in their last eight road games, the equivalent of an entire NFL season.'

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