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Buffalo Bills News - September 30, 2004

Marker Bledsoe: an NFL never-was [12:58 PM] reports: The Cold, Hard Football Facts admire the respect accorded Bledsoe in Boston. But they’re not slaves to misty-eyed public sentiment, and they certainly don’t attempt to swim against a torrent of historical data buoyed only by a skimpy life vest called respect.

Marker Fear's no factor for Patriots [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They just don't make a lot of mistakes, which allows you to win the close games," Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday. "That's the difference with where we are. We've been in a couple close games and not overcome the mistakes we've created ourselves. You don't see them doing that."'

Marker A quick return? Losman feels it in his bones [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A plate was inserted on Losman's fractured fibula in order to speed up the recovery process. X-rays this week on the broken bone showed he was progressing faster than what was predicted.'

Marker Bills nothing but a joke to Belichick [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The book is not written in his own words, of course. Belichick is too shrewd for that. But it's a reflection of his true feelings. It's his way of rubbing it in people's faces. It's no laughing matter for Bills fans, I'd imagine, knowing he's basically right.'

Marker Bledsoe gives Pats high praise [8:52 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '“In the climate we’re in in the league now, with free agency and the salary cap, they’ve done a tremendous job of keeping their core guys intact and also bringing in young players who have been able to be immediately effective for them. So if there’s a great team in the league, I would think the Patriots would be the one everybody would look at.”'

Marker Belichick turns up the heat [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"If you need this (for motivation), you aren't much of a player," linebacker Takeo Spikes said. "But everything extra is a bonus."'

Marker Losman making quick recovery [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm way ahead of schedule," Losman said on Wednesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "The swelling is more down than they thought it would be at this point, the bone is growing back more than they anticipated. I could see it myself on the X-ray."'

Marker Making things interesting [4:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Relevant or not, the book isn't a work of fiction given Belichick's track record of mastering Bledsoe. Since the trade, New England's only setback against Buffalo was a 31-0 thrashing in last year's season opener at the Ralph.'

Marker Patriots have memory to feel sorry about [4:56 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"I don't think that there were many good plays out there," Brady said. "From the quarterback position, I threw four picks. We couldn't get in on any goal-line situations. We didn't score a point. We were shut out for the first time in 10 or 12 years. It was just embarrassing. We played terribly. I played terribly and I still remember that game."'

Marker Pats tackle Drew [4:55 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``If we do the little things right - if we are clean in our blitz pickups, if we are crisp in our routes and execution - then those plays are going to start to happen for us,'' he said. ``But when we miss some of those little, simple things, then the big things just simply don't happen. When we do that, then you will see the numbers start to come up for us as an offense. But until we correct those little mistakes, those things just simply aren't going to happen.'''

Marker Buffalo debacle still fresh [4:54 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``We got embarrassed on that field,'' Brady said yesterday. ``We're going back to the same environment, under different circumstances, but with the same feelings we had last time. Hopefully, we're more prepared than we were last year and hopefully we go out and play better than we did last year. If we don't, it could be the same outcome. I don't think any of us felt very good after that game and I think a lot of the guys in the locker room still remember that game very well. Every time you see the tape of that game, you cringe.'''

Marker Watch out for Bills' tricks [4:53 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'With the Bills' offense sputtering -- having totaled 10 points apiece in each of their two losses -- there's reason to think gadget plays might become a greater part of their plan. They also serve as a counter-punch when defenses are in attack mode. "The whole basis behind all those plays is to (exploit) either over-aggression or something they saw on film the opposing team wasn't adjusting to," Vrabel said.'

Marker Winless Buffalo built around ‘D’ [4:52 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Although they’re 0-2, the Bills have given up just 13 points in each of their first two games and have allowed a pair of touchdowns -- both on passes. They’re also No. 1 in the league in run defense.'

Marker Fans have Bledsoe, Bills on hot seat [4:51 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"The people here are fed up with the offense," said Sal Maiorana, who covers the team for The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "It's not two games, it's two years. It's gotten to the point where they're frustrated with Bledsoe. He can't move or make a play. The offensive line can't protect him and they can't run-block. The expectations are higher with [the coaching changes. The expectation was that they'd be better, and they haven't done anything. People are at wits' end. There is some pressure for the Bills to perform, and they know it. Their season is close to going down the drain three games in."'

Marker Sunday's story: A tale of two quarterbacks [4:50 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'While Tom Brady's star has soared since September 2001, Drew Bledsoe's has crashed.'

Marker A Tight Downward Spiral [4:49 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Although the Bills now have one of the league's better defenses and have surrounded Bledsoe with an array of options, the results have been blah.'

Marker Patriots all business with Bills [4:48 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I think it is more business as usual this year," New England linebacker Roman Phifer said. "They're in our division, and it's always a big challenge to play them in Buffalo. The emphasis is now more that they are in our division than the Drew Bledsoe issue."'

Marker Thursday's New England Coverage [4:47 AM] reports:
Patriots have memory to feel sorry about (Boston Globe)
They're like a broken record (Boston Globe)
Watson placed on IR (Boston Globe)
Buffalo debacle still fresh (Boston Herald)
Pats tackle Drew (Boston Herald)
Mum's the word on streak (Boston Herald)
Knee injury lands TE Watson on IR (Boston Herald)
Take this job and love it (Boston Herald)
Fans have Bledsoe, Bills on hot seat (Providence Journal)
Belichick the model teams now want to copy (Providence Journal)
Patriots' Watson out for season (Providence Journal)
A tale of two quarterbacks (Providence Journal)
Watch out for Bills' tricks (Metro West Daily News)
Knee costs rookie rest of season (Metro West Daily News)
Winless Buffalo built around ‘D’ (Woonsocket Call)
Rookie TE Watson out for the season (Woonsocket Call)
A Tight Downward Spiral (Hartford Courant)
Patriots all business with Bills (Springfield Republican)
Knee injury sidelines rookie tight end for season (Springfield Republican)
They even can tackle aging (Portland Press Herald)
Bledsoe gives Pats high praise (Nashua Telegraph)
Bledsoe now in Brady's shadow (Brockton Enterprise)
Buffalo can't wing it on steals (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Injuries hit Pats offense (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Drew who? (Lowell Sun)
Watson put on IR (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Patriots place TE Watson on injured reserve (AP)
Patriots sign TE Jed Weaver, Place TE Benjamin Watson on IR (
Bill Belichick Press Conference (
Tom Brady Locker Room Interview (

Marker Inside slant [4:46 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bledsoe, who is 1-3 against his old club and 4-12 in his last 16 games with 10 TDs, 12 interceptions and 55 sacks, needs desperately to put his career back on track and this is the game to do it.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:45 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills' decision to carry rookie quarterback J.P. Losman on their active roster instead of placing him on season-ending IR is looking shrewd.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:44 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '9 -- Number of touchdown passes Tom Brady has tossed against the Bills in four career starts.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots [4:43 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'One or two good drives, some effective Dillon runs, and a few Vinatieri field goals should be enough for a 23-14 Patriots win.'

Marker The Bills Have Some Hurts On The Line [4:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills may have a disruption in the offensive line. Chris Villarrial is hurt. He's listed as questionable with an abdominal injury. Mike Pucillo is nursing a sore back and is questionable. Both did not participate in Wednesday's practice. Ross Tucker worked with the first team.'

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September 29, 2004

Marker New England (2-0) at Buffalo (0-2) [8:59 PM]
AP reports: '``It's frustrating that you can't win,'' linebacker Takeo Spikes said. ``We're disappointed with where we are. But it's still early. And that's the biggest thing that we realize. Nobody is in panic mode.'''

Marker Bills Back to Work [8:57 PM] reports: '“We had that extra week to go over and correct some things and work on the things that we weren't doing good. So we feel like we'll be better prepared thanks to that extra week,” wide receiver Josh Reed explained.'

Marker Bledsoe, Bills unimpressed by new Belichick book [8:55 PM]
AP reports: 'The book also cites Belichick as being critical of the Bills offensive line, refers to Bills safety Lawyer Milloy another former Patriots player as being ''selfish'' and ''a negative leader sometimes,'' and cornerback Nate Clements as being susceptible to being beaten by the long pass.'

Marker Drew is blue [8:53 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'But Bledsoe, once a sure-fire Hall of Fame candidate, is running out of chances in the National Football League. At this point, he had better not focus on prospering. First, he has to find a way to survive.'

Marker Bills Coach Mike Mularkey Conf. Call [5:29 PM] reports: 'Q: Has there been any one major cause in your team’s struggle to score points so far this season, or are there several factors?
MM: I think one of [the factors] is...'.

Marker Bills QB Drew Bledsoe Conf. Call [5:28 PM] reports: 'Q: In your first season at Buffalo, some people were talking about you being the most valuable player in the league, but things have trailed off since then. What do you have to do to get back to being the player for the Bills that you were when you first joined them?
DB: The thing that I have to do...'.

Marker QB Losman Optimistic About Return [4:35 PM] reports: 'Losman says returning in three weeks is a possibility. "I think that's a realistic goal," said Losman.'

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