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Buffalo Bills News - October 25, 2001

Marker Chargers contingent of ex-Bills plays down game . . . Yeah, right [9:12 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Asked the difference between Rob Johnson, the quarterback Buffalo kept in the offseason, and Doug Flutie, the quarterback Buffalo released, Chargers wideout Tim Dwight said: "Doug's good; Rob (stinks)."'

Marker Flutie's fans keep flame, airwaves burning in western New York state [9:11 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Flutie continues to be beloved here in far greater degree than the Bills could have anticipated when they made the decision after last season that freed the quarterback to be acquired by the Chargers. Flutie is "the Magic Man." He is the quarterback considered, literally, to have saved the Buffalo franchise. And the "Flutie Fanatics," who are legion, won't let anyone forget it.'

Marker Teams love Johnson for potential [9:09 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'At 28, Johnson is in his seventh NFL season. If he is going to establish himself, he must do it soon. His failure would represent a major setback to the Bills' rebuilding program. Should the team sever him, he would count $11.7 million next season against the team's salary cap. In the event he is retained -- by far the more likely circumstance -- he still counts $5 million.'

Marker Rogers dislocates thumb; Seau still day-to-day [9:08 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The Chargers' linebacker corps took another hit yesterday when backup Sam Rogers was forced from practice with an injured right hand. "Sam had a dislocated top joint in his thumb," coach Mike Riley said. "James (Collins, the team's trainer) wanted a doctor to look at it. The first indication was that it won't slow him down being ready for the ballgame (Sunday vs. the Bills)."'

Marker Bottling up Tomlinson is tall task for defense [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'San Diego's No. 21 ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing with 544 yards in six games. And he's the foundation of the ball-control attack Chargers offensive coordinator Norv Turner loves. The Chargers lead the NFL in time of possession, controlling the ball an average of 32 minutes, 34 seconds.'

Marker The Flutie factor [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When I think of a 40-year-old man, I think of a guy who has put this part of his life behind him," he said. "But I don't picture myself in that light. You're as young as you feel, and right now I feel great."'

Marker It's time for the truth about Flutie [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Doug Flutie was always about one thing. Doug Flutie.'

Marker Offensive line won't be at full strength vs. Chargers [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Reserve Jon Carman will be forced to start at right tackle because rookie starter Jonas Jennings is listed as doubtful with a sprained arch. Carman has the unenviable task of blocking ex-Bill Marcellus Wiley, the Chargers' left defensive end. Carman was cut at the end of preseason, then signed to the Bills' practice squad. He was added to the active roster just before the Pittsburgh game.'

Marker Tasker's former teammates mail it in [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steve Tasker received some long-distance words of appreciation at the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony Wednesday in HSBC Arena. The former Buffalo Bills' special teams standout was one of 11 inducted into the hall. Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly introduced Tasker. Ex-teammates unable to make the festivities, including punter John Kidd and quarterback Frank Reich, sent their regards through the mail. Kidd didn't get points for brevity, sending Tasker a four-page letter.'

Marker Stratton's hit lives on in Bills' lore [8:52 AM] reports: "You could just see the emotions and the credibility of the Buffalo Bills come together at that point," says Jack Kemp, who quarterbacked the Bills to back-to-back AFL titles in 1964 and 1965 over the talented Chargers of coach Sid Gillman. "That hit and that win put Buffalo on the major league sports map."

Marker Gregg Williams press conference [8:52 AM] reports: "Rob did a great job of protecting himself. He did a phenomenal job of buying time with his feet, and that's one of the positives in that ballgame, he has been buying himself time. Times when the protection has broken down, he's found a way to still make a play. That's good for our offense, and we need to continue doing that. Those are the most difficult quarterbacks to manage in a ballgame, the ones who can buy themselves time and turn a bad play into a good play, and he's done that several times. Last week, he did it a lot."

Marker Rob Johnson press conference [8:51 AM] reports: "I don't see most other quarterbacks in the league. I saw Mark [Brunell] last week because we're pretty good friends, but that's the only quarterback in five games that I've gone out and talked to."

Marker Great days in San Diego [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm off to a new beginning here in San Diego and it's been a great situation here." It was uncertain what Flutie meant by "great." Great in that the Chargers are off to a 4-2 start and are in second place in the AFC West. Great in that he is the undisputed No. 1 quarterback of a NFL team for the first time in his career. Or great in that he no longer has to spar with his favorite foil, Rob Johnson.
In order, the answers are probably yes, yes and yes.'

Marker Ostroski close to return with fractured leg healed [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ostroski said yesterday X-rays of his leg show the fracture has healed, so he has begun conditioning and thinks he can return within 2-3 weeks. There is an outside chance he could play Nov. 4 against Indianapolis.'

Marker Chargers, Bills no normal game [5:47 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The former Argo talks respectfully of his former teammates and fans in Buffalo. But when the subject of Bills owner Ralph Wilson comes up, it's harder to hold his tongue. "Why he doesn't believe in my abilities, I don't know," said Flutie, who was the odd man out when new Bills management had to decide between him and Johnson last winter. "All we ever did was win games and put people in the seats for him. But whatever."'

Marker Game against Bills not personal for Flutie [5:46 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Stories of an athlete taking "revenge" against a team that dumped him occupy the top two shelves in any decent sports library, but Flutie wishes to add nothing to the literature. "That's history," he said of his conflicts, real and imagined, with Johnson and with Bills management that ultimately decided on the younger and, especially, taller, man. "That was last year. This is all a new beginning for me."'

Marker Chargers renewing Bills issues [12:45 AM]
USA Today reports: 'In truth, Buffalo remains close to their hearts. Butler's voice grows soft when he tells how the community reached out after his wife was involved in a serious car accident 2 years ago. A.J. Smith, the Chargers assistant GM/director of pro personnel who has worked with Butler since both began their NFL careers in 1985, has not yet moved his family from Buffalo.'

Marker AFL History: Dominance of Chargers and Bills [12:43 AM]
Pro Football Hall of Fame reports: The Chargers, who were first called Los Angeles home before relocating to San Diego, and the Buffalo Bills dominated the American Football League through much of its existence. From 1960 through 1966, the Chargers made five trips to the title game while the Bills made three consecutive journeys to the championship bout. Here's alook at those memorable championships with expanded box scores for their championship victories.

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October 24, 2001

Marker Bills' Johnson decidedly not on list of Flutie fans [11:00 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"He's not a nice person to be a teammate with," Johnson said. "He has views on football that are entirely different than mine. He thinks a lot about himself, where that's not the way I was raised to play football. It got bad there for a while." So are you friends? "No," Johnson said. "Not even close."'

Marker Johnson earning Bills confidence [10:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Quarterback Rob Johnson has yet to win over his many detractors in Buffalo. He's at least beginning to earn the confidence of his Bills teammates.'

Marker Rivals Flutie, Johnson go at it as opponents [10:57 PM]
AP reports: 'As soap operas go, it could have been called "All My Quarterbacks."'

Marker Chargers linebacker dislocates thumb [10:56 PM]
AP reports: 'San Diego Chargers backup linebacker Sam Rogers dislocated his right thumb during practice Wednesday but should be OK for Sunday's game against Buffalo.'

Marker Stratton's hit lives on in Bills' lore [4:18 PM] reports: '"I enjoyed all my time in Buffalo," he says. "When I went up there as a rookie, being from the South, I didn't know what to expect. I found out they were the nicest folks and gave us the best support that any team could ask for and they have proven that every year."'

Marker Help the Bills and Campbells Fight Hunger with Chunky Soup [1:52 PM]
TBD reports: Chunky and the NFL are doing a promotion where Campbells® will donate up to 5,000,000 cans of soup to the hungry, one per click. In order 'contribute' your can in the name fo the Bills, go to Campbells website. Over 90% of the cans have been donated already - do your part.
Ruben Brown is also a spokesman for Chunk Soup and Campbell’s® Chunky soup donated 10 times his weight in cans for a total donation of 2880 cans of soup to Food Bank of WNY and the Rochester Food Agency.

Marker New team, same Centers [1:46 PM] reports: In terms of attention, FB Larry Centers didn't live up to his surname in his first regular-season month with the Buffalo Bills. Other storylines -- the development of new HC Williams, the indoctrination of QB Rob Johnson into the West Coast offense, the ceaseless injuries that turned the locker room into a hospital ward -- received air time as the team stumbled to an 0-4 start.

Marker No Time for Small Talk [1:30 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"It's crazy to me that everyone keeps win-loss records for quarterbacks," Johnson said. "That's part of the business, but I'm not facing him and he's not facing me. I know people are going to look at it that way, but I'm not treating it like that."'

Marker BIlls East Vs. Bills West [10:16 AM]
USA Today reports: "It's certainly not called Buffalo Bills West for nothing," tight end Jay Riemersma said. "They went out and got some veteran leadership and it's paying off. I guarantee one thing: John Holecek will be holding me. He's the only guy I know who'd pick a fight in a non-padded practice on a Friday. It's going to be interesting."

Marker Chargers scouting report [10:07 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Williams is a defensive coach by trade, but it's hard to work miracles with names like Jay Foreman, Pat Williams, Raion Hill, Keith Newman and Keion Carpenter dotting your lineup.'

Marker Jack and Jills: Buffalo Bills Sports Challenge [9:41 AM]
TBD reports: Jack In Syracuse, TBD's resident Blue Coat, took pictures of the Buffalo Bills Sports Challenge help at Jim Kelly Club.

The Jills cheerleaders as well as players including Alex Van Pelt, Rob Johnson, Jake Arians, Jay Riemersma, Bill Conaty, Jonas Jennings, and Jon Carman attended the event.

Marker Scouting report [9:04 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'And, contrary to what many in Buffalo would try and have you believe, it's not all Rob Johnson's fault. The quarterback who isn't Doug Flutie has been only so-so, but he hasn't had much help from a young offensive line or a defense that ranks in the bottom third of the league.'

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