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Buffalo Bills News - December 1, 2003

Marker A Giant list of problems [4:38 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'But after being held to 21 first-half rushing yards, Henry finished the game with 113 yards, moving past Cookie Gilchrist and into fifth place on Buffalo's all-time rushing list.'

Marker Bills coach quiets his doubters [4:37 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''It just felt good,'' Williams said. ''Here we were trying to decide if (quarterback) Drew (Bledsoe) should come out of the game with a concussion and he just broke me up when he answered all of the questions Ö we needed this.'''

Marker Giants co-owner Mara 'dissatisfied' with state of team [4:36 AM]
AP reports: '``I'm very dissatisfied. The message comes across loud and clear. All it tells me is that we need to improve the product. And how we go about that is something we will discuss.'''

Marker Bills Finally Get A Win Beating The Giants [4:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I have to wonder if Bledsoe had more time to throw against the blitzing Giants because the veteran Tucker was in for Pucillo. Pucillo's season had been below average at best.'

Marker Buffalo bulldozes Giants [4:34 AM] reports: 'And so it goes. The Giants have mailed in the season. Playing with no emotion, life or energy, New York fell to the Bills, 24-7. Big Blue dropped its fourth straight game and all-but officially eliminated itself from playoff contention. Even Jim Fassel's December magic isnít going to be able to get the Giants out of this mess. Speaking of Fassel, it's obvious that he has exactly four games left to coach in his Giants career.'

Marker Giants-Bills Quotebook [4:33 AM] reports: '"When you make a big play you make teams suffer a little bit. They started to back off a little bit and you start top catch things underneath and make plays that way. We didn't do that earlier in the season and it showed. We made plays today and kept drives alive today."'

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes [4:32 AM] reports: '"We had an awful lot of contributors today from every area of the team. Defensively we were one play away from being pretty good. We gave up that one play down the middle of the field on the play action. It was a nice play by them. We weren't as sound as we needed to be. Special teams covered very well, did a very good job. We had some guys step up and play in some first start positions. Ross Tucker jumped in there and got his first start, played solid. We had a couple of ticky tack penalties that we need to clean up in the run game. It's always frustrating when you get a holding call in the run game, but for the most part it was a good team win. Obviously we needed one at this time."'

Marker Fassel Press Conference [4:31 AM] reports: 'I just told them, Iíve been doing this a long time; I have been coaching a long time and Iíve never been around a team that will work so hard during the week, pay attention and then go out and play that way. We do not play the game of football very well, we cannot block people, we donít tackle people, we donít cover people, we donít catch the ball in critical situations. I have never seen it and never in my seven years here have we ever played football the way we are playing right now. Honestly, I am at a loss for words.'

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November 30, 2003

Marker Giants Fall to Bills, 24-7 [4:46 PM] reports: 'Hoping to salvage something from their disappointing season, the Giants fell hard at home and lost to the Buffalo Bills, 24-7, in chilly Giants Stadium, which was mostly empty by game's end.'

Marker Bills 24, Giants 7 [4:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Coming into this game, they had not scored a touchdown on the road since Sept. 14.'

Marker Buffalo 24, NY Giants 7 [4:37 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Picked by many to make the Super Bowl, the Giants continued to get nothing going behind their inexperienced offensive line. They also missed a series of tackles and gave up a host of big plays.'

Marker Bledsoe pulled in third quarter against Giants [3:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe left the Bills' game against the New York Giants in the third quarter Sunday after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit.'

Marker Giants facing winter of change [1:46 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'With so many problems and shortcomings exposed, do the Giants need only a retooling effort before next year, or is management looking at a rebuilding project? Shockey doesn't see wholesale changes.'

Marker Giants vs. Bills [1:45 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Give the ball to RB Travis Henry and dare the Giants' linebackers to stop him. If Henry gets going, then QB Drew Bledsoe will have a much easier time finding his favorite target, receiver Eric Moulds. Moulds has been playing through a groin injury this season, but will still be a major test for the Giants' injury-riddled secondary.'

Marker Third-down blues [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defenses continue to "squat" their coverage, overplay the shorter zones without fear of getting burned deep.'

Marker A marquee matchup is now a Giant bust [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Welcome to the Underachiever Bowl, featuring two 4-7 teams that have fallen well below expectations this season.'

Marker Under construction [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills are encouraged by his development and have not backed off their belief that Williams will eventually become a great player. "He's making progress," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "He's made improvements from his first year to his second year. Only through experience of playing week in and week out will he be able to take his game to the next level.
"Once he gains a better understanding of his opponents in this league he has a chance to be physically dominating every time he steps out there. You can tell there are a few things that surprise him and that's going to happen to a first or second-year player. When he gets through things, the different schemes and players he hasn't faced before, he'll be confident enough to dominate."'

Marker Out clause could put Haslett on Bills' radar [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Haslett basically has control of personnel decisions in the Saints organization. Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis is a salary cap expert and does not stand in Haslett's way on player moves. Haslett obviously would not have full control of player moves with the Bills. Haslett's family also is happy in the Big Easy. The Saints also have a decent group of young players - Deuce McAllister and Aaron Brooks among them - and could be poised for a strong playoff run next year. Coaches almost never voluntarily leave a spot where they have as much control as "Haz" has in New Orleans. Nevertheless, the Saints' finish this month bears watching. After today's game with the 'Skins, they play Tampa, the Giants, Jacksonville and Dallas.'

Marker Giants assistant McNally: He shapes offensive lines and lives [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hofher can attest to the fact that McNally can have a profound effect on a man's life in a short period of time. McNally has been changing the lives of young offensive linemen, albeit in a less dramatic fashion, for four decades.'

Marker Bills, Giants say theyíll come to play [9:00 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'ĎĎFor whatever reason weíre not playing up to the expectations that everybody planned out for us, and what we planned out for ourselves,íí said Billsí halfback Travis Henry.'

Marker Q&A: Terrence McGee [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams is fond of saying nobodyís a rookie any more at this point in the season. Is that how you feel?
Yes, very much so. Iíve been here since May. They drafted you for a reason and youíve got to do the job they drafted you for. I feel Iíve been here long enough to know something about the defense and get out there and contribute.'

Marker Williams, Fassel feeling the heat [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills, 8-8 last season, spent lavishly on free agents to take that next step. The Giants returned 20 starters from a 10-6 team that made the playoffs.'

Marker Giants Hoping They Still Have Something Left as Motivation [5:12 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Bills Coach Gregg Williams pushed aside the question of whether his players would continue to play hard under the circumstances. "These are prideful men," Williams said in a conference call this week. "I don't think you would ask the doctor that when he is going into surgery on a tough surgery, either."'

Marker Time to play, not whine [5:11 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Yet as bad as all that sounds, there's not a feeling of chaos inside the Giants' locker room - at least not yet. Publicly, the players remain mostly united. They don't expect this season to deteriorate into a finger-pointing mess.'

Marker Giants' will to win [5:10 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It shouldn't be tough to get up," Allen said of today's game against the Bills, a meeting of two 4-7 teams that weren't supposed to be in such dire straights. "I'm in desperate need of a win, no matter what may happen as far as [the] postseason. You still have pride, you still want teams to respect you. Going out there and fighting hard each week is fine and dandy, but at some point we've got to come up victorious at the end of the game."'

Marker Fassel's wife asks fans for support [5:09 AM]
New York Post reports: '"Let's hear the 50,000 other fans; let's listen to that other voice, too," Kitty told The Post in a telephone interview. "It would be wonderful if they would start a chant 'Keep Fassel.' How about that? 'Keep Fassel.' So I hear what is not being said."'

Marker Tiki: It's 'easier' to play out the string [5:08 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It's probably easier," Tiki Barber said. "The way we've been playing, we have nothing to lose. We can go out with a little bit of reckless abandon and not feel any inhibition about making mistakes. We can just play football and hopefully get better as the weeks go on."'

Marker Giants On the Rocks [5:07 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The fans, too, are braced for the worst. Their team has not won a home game since the opener Sept. 7. They won't be in a forgiving mood on a blustery day against a bad team on a holiday weekend.'

Marker Giants will be taking a look in the mirror today [5:06 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"We would use the words 'extremely frustrated' around here," said Bills linebacker London Fletcher. "Especially these last three weeks."'

Marker Giants-Bills matchups [5:05 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Giants 23, Bills 16.'

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