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Buffalo Bills News - December 1, 2004

Marker Bills Add Lawton to Practice Squad [4:08 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Lawton was originally signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent out McNeese State (4/26) and was released prior to the season (9/5).'

Marker Feeley staying upbeat after season of hard knocks [3:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will hit Dolphins quarterback A.J. Feeley on Sunday, probably early and often.'

Marker McGahee gives Bills more options [12:15 PM]
ESPN reports: 'McGahee's strength is his ability to bounce off initial tackles and move forward. Mularkey's added to that approach by creating a "Jumbo" running package by using 328-pound rookie offensive lineman Jason Peters as a second tight end on some early downs.'

Marker Mastering the mind game [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was probably the 10-0 deficit last week against the Rams," Mularkey said. "A lot of the same, similar things happened with the turnover and the score. . . To me, that was a defining moment that these guys are a special group. I've said that before."'

Marker A band of brothers forges the comeback [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Then I walked over to Frank Reich's locker, where he was sitting with quarterbacks coach Jim Shofner while they discussed plans for the second half. Frank looked up at me almost apologetically, and I felt the need to say something encouraging to him. "Frank," I said, "they tell me that you were the quarterback at the University of Maryland and that you led your team to the greatest comeback victory in collegiate football history. Well, today you are going to lead us to the greatest comeback win in the history of professional football."'

Marker Wednesday's Miami Coverage [5:56 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Thomas to miss 2 games (Miami Herald)
Shaw gets a chance with the Dolphins (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Defense improves under Bates (Palm Beach Post)
Vote For Dolphins Linebacker Derrick Pope For NFL Rookie Of The Week (MiamiDolphins.com)
This Week's Game (MiamiDolphins.com)
The Bills (MiamiDolphins.com)
The Dolphins-Bills series (MiamiDolphins.com)
The Coaches (MiamiDolphins.com)
Dolphins-Bills series notes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Dolphins-Bills connections (MiamiDolphins.com)
Upcoming Milestones (MiamiDolphins.com)
Television / Radio (MiamiDolphins.com)

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November 30, 2004

Marker Did You Know?... Franchise Named [9:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On November 30, 1959, Ralph Wilson named his newly acquired franchise the Buffalo Bills. Reporter Dick Stedler of the Buffalo News accounted the event by writing the following day.'

Marker Schedule Seems Easy When You Win [5:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Part of Drew's success was due to the play of the offensive line. These guys have done a great job the past few weeks. Drew has time to throw and they're really clearing out some holes for Willis McGahee to run through. The sacks are also few and far between. Drew seemed to be on the turf a lot at the beginning of the year, but now he's only going down about once a game. That's a huge improvement for a unit that struggled early in the year.'

Marker Flashback: Bills Win in the Orange Bowl [1:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Eleven-year veteran quarterback Joe Ferguson had the best performance of his NFL career that afternoon. He set the Bills’ all-time single-game records with 55 pass attempts, 38 completions [which both still stand] and 419 yards. He also tied his own single-game team record with five touchdown passes.'

Marker Are the Bills playoff bound? [1:02 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Who would have thought the Buffalo Bills would have had a shot at the playoffs after starting the season with four straight losses?'

Marker Recent Bills Successes Are Great [1:01 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: After defeating the Rams 37-17 at home the Bills took the show on the road and traveled to Drew Bledsoe’s old stomping grounds to defeat the Seahawks 38-9. Suddenly the Bills had the confidence and momentum that allowed them to play up to their potential. The victories showcased solid performances in all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams.

Marker McGahee's success makes you wonder [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"These guys are still looking ahead at what we have a chance at, even with that start," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "Maybe it's something in the offseason where you wish you could've and would've. There's absolutely nothing we can do about it right now."'

Marker Playoffs for Bills? It's possible [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I started out writing a temper-your-enthusiasm column, putting the likelihood of the Bills in the playoffs right up there with a Mike Williams hunger strike. But four paragraphs in, while crunching the numbers yet again, I came to the realization that this is no time to write off the Bills, to dismiss their revival as nothing more than a blow to the draft plans of Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones. The race isn't over. There's still a hint of magic in the air.'

Marker The Bickering Bills learn to circle the wagons [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We had pulled together at the most crucial time of that otherwise dispiriting season. We had begun to show the fiber that would hold together that unique group of Bills players as they marched forth into the next decade where they would be confronted with new and exhilarating challenges.'

Marker Bills' line starting to block critics [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're not as bad as people think we are," Jennings said recently. He may be right.'

Marker Is it time to hold off on the Losman watch? [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Boy, three victories in his last 17 road games and you're ready to jump on the Bledsoe bandwagon? I was impressed with his play in Seattle because for the first time in a long time he overcame adversity. But he threw three interceptions and it could have been five.'

Marker Mularkey keeps his eyes on the road ahead [5:00 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'First off, Buffalo’s next four opponents have a combined record of 11-33. If the Bills can run that table, they would be 9-6 heading into the season finale against the powerful Pittsburgh Steelers. All of a sudden, a game that looked like a miserable reason to head out to Ralph Wilson Stadium in January becomes a meaningful contest. If only it weren’t for that 0-4 start that saw the Bills lose two games by three points and one by two points along with a 31-17 loss to New England.'

Marker Ride this McGahee bonanza [4:59 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'McGahee scored four touchdowns in Sunday's drubbing of Seattle, one more than he had managed all season. Still, in the past two months, only Kansas City's Priest Holmes has more rushing touchdowns. With 116 yards, McGahee topped 100 for the fifth time in seven weeks. By no coincidence, Buffalo is 5-0 in those games.'

Marker Bills would be wise to keep McGahee [4:58 AM]
Yale Daily News reports: 'There have been rumors Buffalo is planning on trading one of their running backs next season. With an ailing quarterback who, unlike wine and cheese, just keeps getting exponentially worse with age and whose sole touchdown pass of the game was for fewer yards than McGahee averaged on touchdown runs, it would be foolish for Buffalo to trade away McGahee. While it's understandable why Mularkey chose Henry as the starting running back (the guy HAD averaged 1,300 rushing yards in the previous two seasons), to get rid of McGahee now would simply be, and I apologize in advance, a load of malarkey.'

Marker Inside slant [4:57 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Mularkey, who is always jotting down plays on napkins and scraps of paper, has no shortage of ideas but they're only as good as the players executing them. Too often this year, Bledsoe hasn't demonstrated the ball handling skills or footwork to make a trick play work, or else the line or the running backs had breakdowns. But everything was clicking on Sunday, when the Bills rang up season-highs for yardage (434) and first downs (25). The fake QB sneak left the locker room buzzing.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:56 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Mike Mularkey pulled out all the stops to win his first road game, pushing all the right psychological buttons. By giving his team more time off the night before the game, serving the players cheeseburgers and taking them on a stroll of the Seattle waterfront, he put a rested team on the field both mentally and physically.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:55 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'A key to Buffalo's defensive success was its offense running 19 more plays and staying on the field. The Bills defense faced just 57 snaps.'

Marker Henry May Still Return. Jennings To Rest A Few Days [4:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: Jonas Jennings shoulder popped out during Sunday's game. He did get back in, but Mularkey says his left tackle may miss a few days of practice this week.'

Marker The Road Back [4:53 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The cheeseburgers are a funny anecdote but they represent something bigger. They demonstrate a coach who is willing to try anything to win. That willingness comes with one other characteristic that is important in all good coaches---They can’t be afraid to fail. It took desperate times, but Mike Mularkey now has his team playing to win instead of playing not to lose. Early in the season the team lacked confidence and tried to avoid losing. Sunday the Bills seized the game from the beginning and never let up.'

Marker Bills having fun and that's Mularkey [4:52 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Reverses, flea-flickers, and now we step things up a notch in Seattle, with an on-side kick to start the second half, and later the fake qb sneak and lateral to Willis McGahee for the 30 yard touchdown that salts away the Seahawks. Players absolutely LOVE that attitude from a head coach. It says “we’re playing to WIN”, and we’re gonna keep a team down and then step on them to make sure.'

Marker Bills could make playoffs if they played in NFC [4:51 AM]
Buffalo Beast reports: 'The AFC has seven teams with at least seven wins. Since six teams make the playoffs, at least 10 or probably 11 wins will be needed to qualify.'

November 29, 2004

Marker Resurgent Bills finding winning identity [9:07 PM]
AP reports: 'It might not be enough for Buffalo (5-6) to creep back into the AFC playoff race, with seven teams that have seven or more wins battling for six postseason berths. But it's enough to convince Mularkey his team is showing some resilience.'

Marker McGahee, Bills drown Seahawks [9:03 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“A lot of things have to happen outside of what we’re doing,” Mularkey said. “All we can control is what we do in our games. We’re still plugging away.”'

Marker Should Bledsoe stay or go? Local fans react [9:02 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Chris Moore, of Youngstown, praised the Bills’ defense, but said the team needed to boost its offensive line. “They have two-thirds of the puzzle,” said Moore, a 43-year-old karate instructor watching the game Sunday with several long-time friends. “They just don’t have the other third.”'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Coach, what has changed about this team from the start of the year? They suddenly are overcoming their mistakes. Drew threw 3 picks against Seattle but we still crushed them. Is this team finally buying into what you preach and are they finally playing football the way you believe they are best off playing with tough physical play? MM: We not making the same mistakes that we were earlier and if we do make one mistake we can overcome it, which we did not do earlier in the year. That "here we go away" mentality is hopefully gone.'

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