Rusty Jones: The Man Behind The Machines [10:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: @ Jones has been with the Bills his entire career and is entering his 18th season with the team. He is recognized around the league as one of the finest, strength, conditioning and nutrition experts in the business. He gained league-wide notoriety for getting the Bills players in top physical condition when Buffalo enjoyed the tremendous success with the "no-huddle" offense in the early 1990's.
Schulz seeks return to Buffalo [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Kurt Schulz, who played eight seasons for Buffalo (1992-99) before joining the Detroit Lions as a free agent, could rejoin the Bills soon if the sides can cut through some contract language, his agent said. "We're trying to work something out," Keith Schulefand said. "Assuming the terms and conditions are right, Kurt would love to come back and play. We're just trying to break through a logjam."'
Bills won't feel guilty about TV overexposure [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Only four of the NFL's 32 teams have been judged not worthy of prime-time exposure: Buffalo, Carolina, Kansas City and San Diego.'
Bring Bledsoe to Buffalo [5:21 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Would you rather pay a 10-million dollar signing bonus and a salary to an unproven college player like Joey Harrington, or bring in Bledsoe's 5-6 million dollar salary and his 30-thousand yards passing, 166 touchdowns, and 3 Pro Bowl appearances.'
Bills get a season in the sun [5:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The last time Buffalo didn't have a prime time game was in Levy's first full season with the Bills, 1987.'
Blake still looking for new home [6:27 PM]
ESPN reports: 'And the Bills believe Blake might still be looking for a job two or three weeks from now, and will spend that time before the draft in earnest pursuit of a trade for New England backup quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Blake's agent, Ralph Cindrich, this week faxed the Bills a contract proposal. It called for a two-tiered signing bonus, $1 million this year and then $4.1 million in 2003, but Buffalo is hardly leaping to the phone to respond.'
Donahoe Delivering for Bills [1:45 PM]
Empire Sports reports: "Donahoe is beginning to exhibit the front office skills that the national media and NFL insiders knew he had. He could have had several jobs but he chose instead to take the job in Buffalo."
Bills sign ex-Broncos OT Trey Teague [1:29 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: @ Desperate to improve their offensive line, the Bills signed free-agent OT Trey Teague to a four-year, $10 million contract with a two-tiered signing bonus of $3.5 million that will be spread over this year and next. Teague, 27, played his first four years in the league with Denver. He started all 16 games at left tackle for the Broncos last year.
Buchsbaum: At one point, the Broncos felt Teague was going to be a good replacement for Tony Jones at left tackle. But last year as a starter, he really struggled. The Bills feel he?ll be an upgrade over John Fina, and now that he?s got the starting experience under his belt, he?ll only get better. He is a good athlete and he does have good feet.
Lonely Down There [1:16 PM]
The Sporting News reports: @ You almost have to feel bad for the Bills, who have an early season schedule against the Jets, Vikings, Broncos, Bears and Raiders that could leave them at 0-5. Don't look for any Bills sleepers until the second part of the year.
THE EDGE GOES TO . . .
Five winners: Dolphins, Browns, Vikings, Packers, Cardinals.
Five losers: Giants, Bengals, Rams, Bills, Patriots.
Being in the East makes Bills' schedule a beast [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' schedule is tied for eighth-toughest in the league - based on last year's records, which, of course, is not always a reliable indicator of this year's performance.'
Bills making great strides to rebuild [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But be honest, aren't you a little intrigued and encouraged by what's been taking place out at One Bills Drive?'
Local legend has heard and said it all [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the little guy at the little station made a big splash when, disappointed with the Bills' offensive performances, he criticized the organization for misusing quarterback Jim Kelly. That's when then-Bills GM Polian made his famous statement, "Marv Levy is my coach. Jim Kelly is my quarterback. And if you don't like it, you can get out of town." "You're finally getting your wish," Wander told Polian in the last half-hour of his show. "I'm getting out of town."'
Bills denied prime time this season [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'All 16 games this year will be on Sunday afternoons.'
Bills playing waiting game in search for quarterback [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"What we're doing is looking at all of our options right now," general manager Tom Donahoe said. "We may sign one, we might not sign anyone. All we're doing right now is research and trying to figure out what makes the most sense for our team. We're trying to stay in the loop with these players and see what might happen."'
Bledsoe not out of the picture yet.... [7:22 PM]
Great Blue North Draft Report reports: The Bills hopes of acquiring Bledsoe have also reportedly been buoyed of late as the Patriots have reportedly lowered their demands. Indeed, the Patriots are now believed to be willing to throw in their first round pick - the 32nd overall - in a package deal for Bledsoe.
Bills Official 2002 Schedule [3:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills will battle the New York Jets in the home opener on Sept., 8, 2002 at 1:00 PM ET.
2002 Bills schedule released [1:12 PM]
NFL.com reports: Bills open with Jets and close with Bungles. No ESPN or ABC MNF night games it appears.
|Sep 8||NY JETS||1:00 PM|
|Sep 15||at Minnesota||4:15 PM|
|Sep 22||at Denver||4:05 PM|
|Sep 29||CHICAGO||1:00 PM|
|Oct 6||OAKLAND||1:00 PM|
|Oct 13||at Houston||1:00 PM|
|Oct 20||at Miami||1:00 PM|
|Oct 27||DETROIT||1:00 PM|
|Nov 3||NEW ENGLAND||1:00 PM|
|Week 10||OPEN DATE|
|Nov 17||at Kansas City||1:00 PM|
|Nov 24||at NY Jets||1:00 PM|
|Dec 1||MIAMI||1:00 PM|
|Dec 8||at New England||1:00 PM|
|Dec 15||SAN DIEGO||1:00 PM|
|Dec 22||at Green Bay||1:00 PM|
|Dec 29||CINCINNATI||1:00 PM|
Teague signs; Trade down or DT likely [11:35 AM]
Shout! reports: @ Bills fans can just about forget acquiring LTs Bryant McKinnie or Mike Williams in the NFL Draft. By signing left tackle Trey Teague to a four-year, $10 million deal, Buffalo has basically made Teague, 6'5", 292 pounds the starting left tackle of the future.
Here's a possible draft scenario, but don't mock me [11:26 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: @ When Buffalo signed Denver LT Trey Teague, it could have signaled that the Bills will not take one of the two outstanding tackles available in this draft. They have a rising star on the right side in second-year tackle Jonas Jennings, so perhaps it's a hint they'll take Oregon QB Joey Harrington or trade out of the spot. We're saying they're taking Harrington.
Bills kicker options evaporating quickly [10:19 AM]
ESPN reports: 10. Special opportunities: The Bills still need to get a kicker but the options are evaporating quickly. They have restricted free agent Phil Dawson of the Browns scheduled for a visit next week. After that, they'll have to focus on Mike Hollis of the Jaguars or Doug Brien of the Bucs. Expect Gary Anderson to re-sign in Minnesota and Steve Christie to go to San Diego.
Bears make offer to Chandler [10:05 AM]
ChicagoBears.com reports: @ GM Jerry Angelo revealed Wednesday that the club extended a contract offer to veteran free agent Chris Chandler this past weekend and expects a response from agent Frank Bauer by Friday. Chandler, whose role with the Bears would be to back up Miller, is believed to be investigating potential starting opportunities in Buffalo, Carolina and Washington.
Mock Draft on bb.com [9:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: In preparation for the 2002 Draft, buffalobills.com is conducting a mock draft online. Visit the main Bills page to place your vote today.
Rookie Review: Ron Edwards [9:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Everything was cool and great up until the night before draft day, then everything got a little bit shaky. I was a little nervous so I had to call my dad to have him calm me down.
Wilson believes Bills will be sight for sore eyes [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Hey, we have a great organization," Wilson said last week in an interview with The News. "We have the best organization we've ever had in terms of talent evaluation."'
Talks Continue With Veteran Quarterback Blake [5:28 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Sources said that Blake is seeking as much as $6 million in guaranteed payments, and no club has been willing to pay that thus far.'
Bills make deal with Teague [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"The main thing with doing it, is so we don't get forced into necessarily taking a certain position," Donahoe said Wednesday after officially announcing Teague's signing. "It just gives you a chance to go into the draft and look at who the best players available are and make a decision based on that."'
Will Bills stay in Buffalo after Wilson is gone? [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though Ralph is a spry 83-year-old, he won't live forever. Is there an ownership group in place that would make the commitment to western New York that Ralph has?'
Bills retain all three young cornerbacks [8:23 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have retained a key element of their young secondary, reaching contract accord with three-year veteran cornerback Chris Watson, a restricted free agent. By re-signing Watson, the No. 3 cornerback on the roster, the Bills keep intact one of the NFL's best young corner corps. Watson is a top "nickel" player and the prime backup to starters Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements. None of the three is older than 24 and all are excellent in coverage.'
Vic Carucci Live Chat transcript [4:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: On Trey Teague signing: This signing definitely diminishes the need for an offensive tackle. It's a great pickup because the Bills now have a known quantity, a player with experience who doesn't have to be broken in as a rookie would. I think they could concentrate on a defensive lineman and/or a safety in the first round.
Speed is only a factor if it is functional speed [2:34 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe, one of the NFL's premier talent scouts, continues to insist the 40 times is only a small part of a player's résumé. He recalled that former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll won four Super Bowl championships by stressing "playing strength and playing speed."
Speed is only a factor, Donahoe said, if it is functional speed. If a player runs 4.2 on a track but plays at 4.7 once he puts on he pads, the dropoff in efficiency is significant. "You look at a kid on tape and he's making all kinds of plays," Donahoe said. "But then you time him and he's kind of average. Does that make him a different player because he didn't run fast that one day? We don't think so. We try to look at the entire picture."
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|09/07||@ Chicago Bears||1:00 pm|
|09/14||Miami Dolphins||1:00 pm|
|09/21||San Diego Chargers||1:00 pm|
|09/28||@ Houston Texans||1:00 pm|
|10/05||@ Detroit Lions||1:00 pm|
|10/12||New England Patriots||1:00 pm|
|10/19||Minnesota Vikings||1:00 pm|
|10/26||@ New York Jets||1:00 pm|
|11/09||Kansas City Chiefs||1:00 pm|
|11/13||@ Miami Dolphins||8:25 pm|
|11/23||New York Jets||1:00 pm|
|11/30||Cleveland Browns||1:00 pm|
|12/07||@ Denver Broncos||4:05 pm|
|12/14||Green Bay Packers||1:00 pm|
|12/21||@ Oakland Raiders||4:25 pm|
|12/28||@ New England Patriots||1:00 pm|