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Buffalo Bills News - September 7, 2003

Marker Q&A: Antonio Brown [4:15 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Q: When you came to training camp, did you think special teams would be the way you could turn heads with the Bills? A: “ I was pleased they invited me to mini-camp, then to training camp, and I just went out every day and tried to do the little things right.'

Marker People Talk Van Miller [3:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'FS: How many phrases have you created? VM: Only a few: "Fasten your seat belts," "It's fandemonium," "Do you believe it?" Those were pretty spontaneous. On HBO, they use it a lot, especially in those Super Bowl years. I've done some voice stuff for the Hall of Fame in Canton. A lot of people tell me they turn the sound down on the TV and turn the radio on, but maybe they tell me that to make me feel good.'

Marker Anticipation is Over, Bills Begin 2003 Season [9:23 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It's an important game for us, there's no question, it's a division game," said Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "It's the first one out of the blocks. It's a huge game, there is no other way I can put it. If we win this game that's not going to put us in the playoffs, but it's a big game. We are going to do everything we can to win the ball game."'

Marker Players ready to settle scores on the field [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the stage is set for one of the most important AFC East games of the season.'

Marker When the Bills run [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe and the Bills finally end the Belichick hex with a 27-24 victory.'

Marker Mr. Intensity [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I love the teaching part of it, passing on stories and techniques and that stuff, but I want to win," he said. "I want to win the Super Bowl. There's no second. I've been second, and it's not good enough. I'm not a second guy. I want to be first."'

Marker Offensive coordinator Gilbride's easy job: be conservative, yet creative [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What you want is balance. But what is a balanced attack nowadays? Is it passing 56 percent of the time, as opposed to the 63 percent that Buffalo threw it a year ago? Maybe he got a little carried away last year, but is Gilbride supposed to apologize for an offense that set a team record for passing yards and amassed the second most first downs in Bills history? "Circumstances dictated what we had to do," Gilbride said. "A lot of times we were behind. There wasn't enough time to focus on getting X amount of runs. We were struggling to stop people."'

Marker Belichick rising in ranks of all-time villains [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here's a ranking of the Bills' all-time enemies.'

Marker Electric Company nears 30th anniversary [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Before Montler came, most of us weren't very good pass blockers. Donnie Green was the best. In our first year, we played Atlanta down there when the Falcons were the hottest team in football. Donnie shut out Claude Humphrey, one of the best pass rushers in the league, and we won the game."'

Marker Submit Your Football Pool Picks! [7:53 AM]
TBD reports: For those who joined our football pool don't forget to submit your picks! If you have trouble logging in - follow the directions on the football pool page. If you STILL have problems logging in - place your picks in this link (don't forget the MNF total score): Football Pool.

Marker Bills-Pats...now this is a game worth talking about [5:03 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Bills’ All-Pro wide receiver Eric Moulds cautioned, “We don’t want to make this Drew Bledsoe against Bill Belichick. We’re just going to go out and play our game.”'

Marker Bledsoe goes Bowling [5:02 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I really felt like I went into both games with a very good frame of mind," Bledsoe said this week. "We started both games and I came out and felt sharp."'

Marker Bills face uphill climb in East [5:01 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The Bills haven't made a playoff appearance in three seasons and there's talk the drought could end this season.'

Marker A very Brady sequel [5:00 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The sobering release of Lawyer Milloy for salary cap purposes last week only cemented Brady's belief that football is all about business. He saw that first-hand when coach Bill Belichick promised an injured Drew Bledsoe that he'd have his job when he returned, only to change his mind when Brady led the team on a winning streak. Loyalty, says Brady, is simply not compatible with the NFL. "I think it's OK to think that way," Brady said. "I learned a tough lesson coming out of Michigan [where Drew Henson encroached on his status as the No. 1 quarterback]. I thought I was owed something. That wasn't the way it was.'

Marker Secondary repercussions [4:59 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Belichick and personnel director Scott Pioli also failed to realize that Milloy's agent, Carl Poston, had a vested interest in his client not working out a deal in New England. Because Milloy's contract had been negotiated by Ray Anderson -- who later became an executive with the Atlanta Falcons -- the Postons received no money for representing Milloy as long as it remained in effect.'

Marker The safety is off [4:58 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"I guess it's an advantage, or whatever," said Milloy, who headed into the weekend was still uncertain whether he would suit up today against the team he helped lead to a Super Bowl championship some 20 months ago. "But I hope it would be an advantage because of the way I play and not because I was a rat, you know? Giving [the Bills] all the [Patriots] calls -- I'm not all about that."'

Marker Patriots have another ex- factor to deal with today [4:57 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"I think this will hurt the Patriots in signing some of their players," Milloy said last week. "There's got to be young guys thinking, `This is the way they treat their veterans?' That's going to be out there. You're going to see free agents think twice before they come there."'

Marker Bill aim to gain ground [4:56 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The pick: Buffalo by 3.'

Marker A new test for Brady [4:55 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'From the Patriots' perspective, not much has changed. The big moves in the offseason came on defense. The offense still has a line that hasn't been able to generate movement and the backs are still Smith and Faulk, who averaged 3.3 and 3.5 yards, respectively, per carry in the preseason. That's not going to get it done in the real season.'

Marker Drew grit [4:54 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Among active quarterbacks, Bledsoe ranks third in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns behind only the Packers' Brett Favre and the Jets' Vinny Testaverde in those categories.'

Marker Bills refuse to play fool [4:53 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Could it be that the Bills have been hoodwinked again by another of Patriots coach Bill Belichick's schemes?'

Marker NFL eyes tampering [4:52 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed last night that the league will look into the circumstances regarding Milloy's release by the Pats and his subsequent free agent status. There is evidence that Milloy and/or his agents spoke to other teams prior to his release Tuesday morning.'

Marker Self-paralysis [4:51 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'For $600,000, he could have retained his Pro Bowl safety and team captain and leader and maintained team harmony and the momentum built over the course of the last six months through the draft and free agency and a 4-0 preseason record.'

Marker Tom Brady has been flying solo, but new QB coach John Hufnagel gives him a certified ... Flight inst [4:50 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``I think it really does help,'' Brady said of his training camp work with Hufnagel. ``Quarterbacks understand other quarterbacks. You can watch film at night and from that video (shot from) 50 feet high, you can see everything, but as a quarterback sometimes you are looking through offensive lineman or looking through lots of bodies to find certain receivers that are open. That's the process of being a quarterback. He understands that process and understands what we're trying to do because he's DONE it before.'''

Marker Changing face of the defense [4:49 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'The Patriots' third-down efficiency ranked 26th last year, as the team allowed 95 first downs in 221 chances (43 percent).'

Marker Fourth down territory [4:48 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '4th Down -- Antowain Smith's Buffalo performance. In four games against his former team, Smith has rushed 86 times for 374 yards and four touchdowns, while adding a pair of touchdown receptions. He's been entrenched in a battle for snaps with Kevin Faulk, but his past outings vs. the Bills should get him more time.'

Marker Pats, Bills will prove whether familiarity breeds contempt [4:47 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Talk about must-see TV.'

Marker Pillars in their fields certainly put an interesting spin on Lawyer-ing [4:46 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns."'

Marker Give Pats edge in battle among Gang of Four [4:45 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Buffalo: 10-6 -- This Bills defense will be good and that's what held them back last season. You have to love their cornerbacks, Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield, and the additions of linebacker Jeff Posey and Takeo Spikes and safety Lawyer Milloy makes their "back-seven" hard to deal with. Offensively, the loss of Peerless Price is significant. Eric Moulds was quarterback Drew Bledsoe's preferred target, but Price was nearly as explosive last year. Second-year man Josh Reed has great hands and is productive but his skill set doesn't match Price's. According to an NFC personnel man who scouted the Bills in the preseason, the offensive line is not giving Bledsoe enough time. Bledsoe went down 54 times in 2002 and that news doesn't bode well for 2003.'

Marker Pats know what it's like, have what it takes to win [4:44 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Season prediction: 12-4. Destination: AFC Championship vs. Tennessee.'

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