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Buffalo Bills News - November 8, 2005

Marker Big Mike shift demonstrates GM's errors [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills drafted Williams No. 4 overall to be a tackle. That's why he'll count $9.4 million against the salary cap next year. You don't pay that kind of money for a guard, or an average, injury-prone tackle. At that price, Williams would be a huge, unjustifiable drain on the Bills' financial structure.'

Marker Adams hates view from the bench [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He said the decision for the benching came from Mularkey, not defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, and insinuated it was unwarranted. He believes he has played well this season based on what's expected from him in Buffalo's defensive system. "If someone can outplay me, you need to put them on the field," Adams said. "If (Mularkey) feels that, that's fine. That's their choice."'

Marker Fast Start for Chiefs is a Prerequisite For Registering a W at Buffalo [8:48 AM] reports: 'Buffalo has outscored its opponents by a 40-7 margin in the first quarter. No NFL team has relinquished fewer points in the opening 15 minutes than Buffalo and only NYG (+40) has outscored its foes by more points in the first quarter than the Bills (+33). However, the Bills have been outscored by a 152-88 margin in the final three quarters.'

Marker Bills claim they're ready for season's second half [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This year's remaining eight Bills games would make even a good team wince.'

Marker Bills look at an offensive line shuffle [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo's line has done a strong job in run blocking, helping Willis McGahee gain 790 yards, fourth best in the NFL. Poor pass blocking, however, has prevented the Bills from attacking deep through the air. A permanent switch of Williams from tackle to guard would seriously alter Buffalo's salary structure and leave Anderson as the odd man out.'

Marker Bennie Blameless in Bills Biggest Botch-up [5:00 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But head coach Mike Mularkey and McNally weren’t here when Williams was drafted, and they must agree that the Bills o-line will be stronger with Peters at right tackle and Williams at left guard. McNally even told me last summer he thought Peters was the best pure athlete he’d ever coached as an offensive lineman.'

Marker Inside slant [4:59 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'With a 3-5 record and with an offense ranked 26th in scoring, Buffalo is trying to see if it can assemble a more dominant and more consistent offensive line, even at this late juncture.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:58 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Coaching: D - Mike Mularkey and staff have failed to build on the momentum of last season's spirited 9-7 finish. Giving up on Losman after just four games was a bold move and has given the team its best chance at winning. But miscalculating Losman's readiness, or failing to get him ready, is the bigger faux pas, leading many critics to wonder if Buffalo gave up on Bledsoe one year too soon.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'TE Kevin Everett had surgery to remove scar tissue in his left knee that was hindering his ability to run. The rookie out of Miami, who underwent ACL surgery in the spring, could hit the practice field in the next week or two. Buffalo hopes he can see some playing time this year.'

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November 7, 2005

Marker Bills May Shuffle Offensive Line [9:24 PM] reports: '"We're still trying to find the best five linemen combination," said head coach Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Bills DT Adams irritated rather than motivated by benching [9:23 PM]
AP reports: '"It doesn't hurt my feelings," Adams said. "No, that doesn't motivate me at all. It irritates me and takes away the focus of what I need to do ... I need to play to win."'

Marker Peters To Start At Tackle...Williams At Guard? [5:11 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Also at practice today, defensive lineman Sam Adams talked openly about his benching during the second half of the New England game. Adams said that he's not comfortable with his role on defense but will do whatever Mike Mularkey wants him to do. Adams also said that the benching does not motivate him and that it "irritates me and takes away the focus of what I need to do."'

Marker Bills consider switching RT Williams to guard [5:08 PM]
AP reports: 'The move would come as a surprise for numerous reasons. Williams, who has never played guard, is the Bills highly-touted 2002 first-round draft pick -- selected fourth overall out of Texas. He's potentially losing his job to Peters, who joined the Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent last year. Peters is also a former tight end who was converted into an offensive lineman this year. At left guard, Williams would replace Bennie Anderson, a five-year NFL veteran, who was supposed to bolster the position when the Bills signed him to a three-year, $5.1 million deal in March.'

Marker Buffalo excels at waving white flag [1:39 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Since Ol' Whitey took the reins, Buffalo has yet to make a single playoff appearance. Moreover, the Bills have won precisely three games in which they trailed at any point in the fourth quarter. The last time it happened was Week 5 of the 2003 season, when a furious rally wiped out a seemingly insurmountable three-point Cincinnati lead en route to a 22-16 win in overtime. For the calendar-challenged, that's more than two years ago.'

Marker Chiefs vs. Bills [1:34 PM] reports: 'While Kansas City’s last visit to Buffalo cost the franchise a spot in the ‘96 playoffs, the Chiefs have had the Bills number as of late. Kansas City owns victories in three of the last four contests between these two original American Football League adversaries, including a convincing 38-5 win at Arrowhead (10/26/03) in the most recent meeting. In addition, Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil owns a sparkling 4-0 career record vs. the Bills, making Buffalo the only club he has faced three or more times that has never defeated one of his teams.'

Marker Midway Meltdown [6:20 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'A late fumble by Kelly Holcomb, and the Bills’ nine-point lead dissipated into the New England night. The game was over and the season unraveled. One hopeful night exposed these Bills for what they really are.

November 6, 2005

Marker Bills dilemma: J.P. now or J.P. later [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, the worst-case scenario for forward-thinking Bills fans might be wins over the Chiefs and Panthers. That would put the Bills at 5-6 and probably still in the AFC East race heading into a winnable game at Miami. Then Losman's development gets even further stunted.'

Marker Anderson, Bell give Broncos dynamic rushing duo [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills held their annual mini-scouting combine this week. Every bye week under President and General Manager Tom Donahoe, the Bills have invited roughly 75 street free agents for a day of workouts.'

Marker Bye, bye, Buffalo [8:59 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With the luxury of a bye week to get healthy and forget about the ones that got away, the Bills should stay in the AFC East race for at least another week.'

Marker Spikes Says Recovery Going Well [6:24 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said Thursday, the Bills would hope to have Spikes back for the start of Training Camp. Spikes, with a smile, says he's told his teammates that if they made the Super Bowl - he thinks he'd feel well enough to play.'

November 5, 2005

Marker Bills' youth field finished [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A new 500-seat bleacher section and a press box has been completed at the Buffalo Bills Youth Football Stadium next to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.'

Marker Truth be told, ESPN crew is maddening [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At one point, Patrick became Moulds' cheerleader, saying "he'd love to get a touchdown here." Unfortunately for him, ESPN's cameras spotted the receiver on the Bills' sidelines.'

Marker Bills find a way to rewrite the record book [5:04 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'So, let's see if you know your "official" Buffalo Bills history with this trivia quiz. All answers are based on information in this year's media guide.'

November 4, 2005

Marker Bulletin Board/Notes and events [1:12 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A number of Buffalo Bills will serve as fashion models in a dinner and fashion show presented by 51 Ways for Charity and the Buffalo Bills Women's Association. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Adams Mark Hotel's Grand Ballroom.'

Marker Bills must regroup on offense during the bye week [11:53 AM] reports: 'Will Buffalo commit to utilizing Willis McGahee? The former UM star is proving to be a true workhorse and has emerged as one of the top running backs in the NFL. This guy needs to tote the rock at least 20-25 times a game in order to take pressure off the quarterback (whoever that might be) and control the tempo of the game. If the Bills want to win more football games this year they need to give the ball to McGahee early and often.'

Marker Donahoe: Don't count Bills out [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We certainly proved last year we can come back," he said. "We think we can do the same thing this year. Nobody liked losing the other night (in New England), but we felt the performance is possibly something you can use as a springboard the second half of the year."'

Marker Assignment mistakes plaguing Bills in the red zone [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Adams is a one-gap, penetrating defensive tackle. He never has been a two-gap, pure space clogger. He's better at penetrating than Anderson. They need to get him doing what he does best and hope Anderson plays better the second half.'

Marker Donahoe befuddled by failure to close games [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's pretty obvious the defense hasn't played up to the standard they've established here the last couple of years, and that's disappointing," Donahoe said when asked to assess the team's overall play. "We think some of it is correctable, and that's what we're working hard to do during the bye week. The other thing, just generally with regard to the team, is that we have to be more consistent. We've seen examples and flashes of pretty good play in all areas, but we haven't seen it yet over a consistent basis for 60 minutes."'

November 3, 2005

Marker Donahoe not conceding Bills season with AFC East race wide open [5:43 PM]
AP reports: '"But I know this," he added. "We still feel we have a legitimate chance to compete for the division title. And our players believe that and our coaches believe that. And really, that's all that matters."'

Marker Bills CB Thomas likely out for season [5:20 PM]
AP reports: 'Thomas, Buffalo's sixth-round pick in the 2002 draft, has been out since he had surgery last spring to repair a broken bone in his right knee. He aggravated the injury before training camp and was forced to have surgery a second time in September.'

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