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Buffalo Bills News - November 9, 2000

Marker Too close to call: Johnson or Flutie? [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, we're not taking about Al Gore and George W. Bush, but a race far more important to some Western New Yorkers. The Buffalo Bills could announce today if Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson will be the starting quarterback against the Chicago Bears Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker It's time for Johnson to take charge [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But don't you find yourself wishing Rob had a little more Jim Kelly in him? Regardless of where you stand on the quarterback controversy, don't you feel like shaking the guy and asking him to start acting more like a leader?'

Marker Cowart, Christie gain AFC plaudits [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Those two guys especially have done well for us this year," Phillips said. "Steve Christie is the best clutch kicker I think anybody could have. Sam Cowart is playing tremendous football. He, to me, is the top linebacker in the league right now. He backs it up with the number of plays he's made. We've seen him play at a tremendously high level."'

Marker Bears' QB controversy mild compared to Bills' [9:03 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'The story quoted a Bills player as saying, "Rob seems distracted by things, like wanting everyone to like him."'

Marker Bears Notebook [9:02 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'Buffalo, Pittsburgh and the New York Jets are the only NFL teams to run a 3-4, which consists of three down linemen and four linebackers. The Steelers and Jets are ranked sixth and 13th, respectively, in the NFL in team defense.'

Marker Bills know pain of Gore, Bush [6:43 AM]
D and C reports: 'We still don't know who our next president is going to be, and Flutie and Johnson still don't know for certain which one of them will be the starting quarterback Sunday for the Bills when Chicago comes to Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Johnson deserves a chance to blossom [6:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'Johnson never will match the things Flutie does best, but he has the physical talent to take a good team a long way. The sooner he returns to the lineup and the more he plays, the more prepared he'll be when the Bills become a serious Super Bowl contender.'

Marker Christie honored again by AFC [6:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Place-kicker Steve Christie, who has four winning field goals this season and was 3-for-3 in last week's 16-13 overtime victory over New England, yesterday earned his third AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award.'

Marker NFL not the football Christie longed to play [6:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I'm still waiting to get a tryout with some premiership soccer team," Christie said with a laugh.'

Marker Bills stop short of naming starter [6:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If Al Gore and George W. Bush can wait, why not Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson?'

Marker Too close to call [6:37 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'The more Buffalo coach Wade Phillips insisted Wednesday that there is no quarterback controversy on the Bills, the more controversial it became.'

Marker Bears' Smith faces old teammates [6:36 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"I'm going back to a stadium where I played seven years and that was home to me," said Smith, the Bills' No. 1 draft choice in 1993. "It's definitely going to be emotional. It's going to be different coming into that stadium and not being on the home sideline, being on the visiting sideline. I have some emotional ties to it because Buffalo gave me an opportunity drafting me and I've been there my whole career."'

Marker Bills deny rift at QB [6:34 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'And he's got a point. The Bears have three quarterbacks who get along and are 2-7. The Bills have two quarterbacks who don't and are 5-4 and alive for a playoff berth.'

Marker Buffalo's 3-4 defense presents a rare challenge for Bears [6:33 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '"Their two nose tackles present a challenge for any center in the league," coach Dick Jauron said. "Washington is a giant man. And he's a very talented athlete for that size. They're not asking him to cover a lot of field, but the field that they ask him to cover, he does it very well. He takes two [blockers] at least, and lets their guys run."'

Marker Two Bills cop NFL weekly honours [6:32 AM]
CP reports: 'Christie (special teams) and Cowart (defensive player) earned AFC weekly player awards, the first time in club history two Bills were recognized in the same week.'

Marker Bills pose new challenge for Bears' offensive line [6:31 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"It's very, very difficult to single (block) them. The linebackers run; the linebackers are very active. (The 3-4) is a defense that dares you to run laterally and runs you down. And if you try to run inside, you have to deal with that nose tackle, who makes it very difficult."'

Marker No love loss between Bills quarterbacks Johnson, Flutie [6:30 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'A teammate entered the fray earlier this week, saying, "No question we're a better team with Doug in there. All Doug thinks about is helping the team win and how he can do that, while Rob spends a lot of time wanting everybody to like him."'

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November 8, 2000

Marker Johnson still not sure if he's ready to start for Bills [8:50 PM]
AP reports: '"I don't think I'm throwing as well since I got hurt," Johnson said following the Buffalo Bills practice on Wednesday. "But it's only been three practices. You never know by Sunday."'

Marker Christie, Cowart named AFC players of the week [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'The pair became the first Buffalo Bills teammates to earn AFC Player of the Week honors in the same week following Sunday's 16-13 overtime win over New England.'

Marker It's time for a Flutie-Johnson "death match" [1:24 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The winner gets to lead the Bills on their run for the playoffs, while the loser can hang out with Michael Peca all day, wondering why Buffalo has deserted them.'

Marker Bills stick to job-sharing on right side of offensive line [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All of the players would much prefer having all the snaps to themselves, but it looks like the Bills will continue rotating the linemen for the rest of the season.'

Marker Nails faces NFL fine after arrest on DWI charge [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Jamie Nails, arrested on a driving-while-intoxicated charge Monday, could face a fine of up to half of one week's salary if convicted of the offense, according to the National Football League's policy for alcohol-related offenses.'

Marker Brouhaha of Buffalo: Johnson or Flutie? [6:55 AM]
CP reports: 'There's even a Canadian element to the Flutie v. Johnson debate with some at WGR pointing a finger at Canadian callers for fanning the Flutie flames.'

Marker Flutie or Johnson? Hey, use 'em both [6:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The irony of the whole slimy mess is that if everyone involved would take a deep breath and assess the situation calmly and rationally, they might see what a complementary tandem Flutie and Johnson present.'

November 7, 2000

Marker Bills just keep wading through QB controversy [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'There's a better chance of O.J. Simpson finding "the real killer" than there is of Phillips making a definitive statement about his starting QB.'

Marker Source: Rutgers can forget about Cottrell [1:36 PM]
Trentonian reports: 'Cottrell was in Providence, R.I. for meetings with the Bills prior to the New England Patriots game last Sunday. He has made no secret of his desire to become a head coach -- in the NFL.'

Marker No Stopping Word War Between Flutie, Johnson [1:34 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'If it comes down to winning and making plays, it would be hard to argue against Flutie.'

Marker This week at Buffalo [9:12 AM]
Bear Report reports: 'The Bills' pair of inside linebackers rank among the League's elite in second-year pro Sam Cowart (weakside) and former-Illini John Holocek (strongside).'

Marker The great debate [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Even though Flutie continues to deny he anonymously made negative comments about Johnson in a recent article in Sports Illustrated, Johnson doesn't seem to buy it.'

Marker 'Uncle Sam' deserves your vote [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I suggest to you as Americans, as Buffalonians, as people who care about great injustices in the free world, that before deciding on the less worthy and voting for his opponent, to visit and pick a candidate who has made a better case and campaigned more diligently than anyone. Uncle Sam. Sam Cowart. He wants your vote.'

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