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Buffalo Bills News - September 26, 2001

Marker Cowher Hopes Rust Comes Off Fast [5:23 AM] reports: 'The Steelers considered taking buses to Buffalo but will fly.'

Marker Smith Ready for Bills Rematch [5:22 AM] reports: 'But there's a feud brewing on another front, and fans should expect Rob Johnson and Aaron Smith to settle their differences on the field. "We'll remember that," Johnson told reporters after the Steelers' 20-0 preseason win. "We'll remember that play." The play in question was an eight-yard sack Smith made of Johnson, the Bills' quarterback. In do so, Smith ripped Johnson's helmet off by the facemask.'

Marker Colts mirror former Bills [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'For the first time since I started covering the Bills for this newspaper in 1990, I am chronicling the exploits of a team that is going nowhere this year, a team that no matter what the math tells you is already eliminated from the playoff picture after two games. Now I know what those poor guys who have covered the Arizona Cardinals feel like.'

Marker Donahoe, Cowher refuse to discuss falling out in public [5:15 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'He declined to talk about his falling out with Cowher but acknowledged Sunday's game will mean a little more to him after working 15 years for the Steelers as a scout and front-office executive and, before that, as a ballboy in training camp. "There's a long history there," Donahoe said. "I'd be foolish to expect someone to believe there won't be a butterfly. But there are butterflies every Sunday."'

Marker Steelers Report [5:14 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills are hurting, which won't ease Steelers Coach Bill Cowher's mind about playing them this week. "Jacksonville was pretty banged up before went down there, too," he said. The limping Jaguars beat the Steelers, 21-3, in the opener.'

Marker Donahoe challenged to fix Buffalo mess [5:13 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"It was one of the worst situations in the league," said Donahoe, who was named the first president/general manager in the 40-year history of the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 10, almost a year to the day after he was forced to resign as the Steelers' director of football operations. "We had to make some tough decisions and that has upset some of our fans."'

Marker Bills rookie cornerback shows potential [5:12 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Cowher said Clements, the Bills' dime back, showed great eagerness in overplaying a sideline pass, and it worked against the Colts. "He has excellent hands, and he's going to be a good cornerback in this league," Cowher said, "and good cornerbacks are going to take some chances. "We have to make sure we don't tip our routes and that we have a chance to maybe show a couple of double moves that he does want to bite on. It can become a feast-or-famine type of thing. If there is any corner that wants to jump some things, we have to give him something else to think about."'

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September 25, 2001

Marker Dr Z's Power Ratings - 21 (was 19) [9:30 PM]
CNN/SI reports: In the old days, they'd figure out a way to lasso the kind of whirlwind Indy unleashed on them, but their defensive unit has thinned out.

Marker Vikings sign Jones [9:22 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Jones, a first-round draft pick by the Bills in 1991, played in 144 regular-season games for Buffalo, with 129 starts. He started in 61 straight games from 1997 through last season.
He recorded 100 or more tackles in each of his last four seasons.

Marker Steelers offense hoping for breakout against winless Bills [9:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Not surprisingly, the Bills are last in the NFL in total defense, last in pass defense and last in the AFC East.'

Marker CBS Power Poll #26 (was 22) [9:15 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Still haven't stopped Peyton Manning and the Colts offense.

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 isnít 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.'

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