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Buffalo Bills News - December 15, 2000

Marker Simmons to be sent on out route [5:44 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'On Wednesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick told his players that he wanted to see full effort the last two weeks of the season. Apparently, Tony Simmons didn't show him that effort.'

Marker Simmons takes a pass on Patriots' practice [5:43 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Simmons's locker was all but vacant, a clear sign that something was wrong.'

Marker Pass Rush Plays Big Part In Pats' Fall [5:42 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'In a 31-team league, they are tied for 29th when it comes to sacking the quarterback.'

Marker Belichick fighting flu [5:41 AM]
AP reports: 'New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick went to a hospital emergency room Thursday night for treatment of flu-like symptoms.'

Marker Flutie can't predict his future in Buffalo [5:40 AM]
AP reports: 'With Flutie set to make a $5.4 million base salary, which translates into about a $5 million increase over this season, speculation has been raised whether that is too expensive a price to pay a backup quarterback.'

Marker Four Bills named to the Pro Bowl [5:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Somewhat more surprising is Brown, who will be making his fifth straight trip to Hawaii. He has started all 14 games at left guard for a much-maligned offensive line that has given up 55 sacks this season -- 48 of them with Rob Johnson at quarterback -- and paves the way for a ground attack that ranks 19th in the league in rush yards per game with 109.4.'

Marker Belichick eases on defense [5:38 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Even if most players are grasping what they need to do, all 11 must be on the same page for the defense to be effective. On some occasions, communication has broken down, and the result has been too much opportunity for opposing offenses.'

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December 14, 2000

Marker Phillips gives staff vote of confidence [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I have a real strong coaching staff. They work real hard at what they do. "I have to evaluate that as a coach that's been in the league 25 years. These guys are working hard at what they do, they're trying to get things accomplished where we're not as strong in certain areas with personnel. We address those things and try to get better. They do a good job with that."'

Marker Parade of Johnson hits has Phillips concerned [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson, who has a reputation for holding onto the ball too long, is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.'

Marker 2001 Opponent Update [8:19 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The Bills will play their usual home-and-home series with the other AFC East opponents. In addition, their cross-conference opponents in the NFC West have also been determined. Here are the Bills NFC opponents...'

Marker Phillips: These Bills are better [6:57 AM]
D and C reports: '...coach Wade Phillips said yesterday he has no plans to fire Pendry or any of his other beleageured offensive assistants.'

Marker Elbow injury may sideline Johnson [6:56 AM]
D and C reports: '...he admitted yesterday that while he's not listed on the injury report, there's a chance he might be unable to play Sunday against the New England Patriots.'

Marker Scaling back the 'D' [6:55 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'According to coach Bill Belichick, the players have not been able to handle the defenses he outlined for them.'

Marker Belichick, defense feel the strain [6:54 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Yesterday, Belichick said he has had to dramatically scale back the scope of his defensive scheme because his players weren't picking it up.'

Marker Patriots continuing to simplify defense [6:54 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '...Bill Belichick has been disturbed, disappointed and dumbstruck that too often this season his Patriots have appeared soft, passive and disjointed because of poor communications against even some of the most mediocre offenses they've faced.'

Marker Offense's lack of production leaves Bledsoe frustrated [6:52 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It's been extremely draining," Bledsoe said of the emotional currency he has invested in the train-wreck season. "To come in with expectations, then to lose so many close games early, then to come back each week and battle again and still end up losing 10 of 14 has just been very, very difficult."'

December 13, 2000

Marker Some Suggestions For Ralph Wilson After Bills' Next Two Meaningless Games [8:36 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'So with a very strong likelihood that Buffalo will end its season in the midst of a five-game losing streak, here's my suggestions for owner Ralph Wilson as to how to clean up the mess at One Bills Drive.'

Marker Bledsoe: I want to stay in New England [7:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe says he wants to finish his career in New England, despite a disappointing season that finds his team in last place.'

Marker Bills Hansen, Fina questionable; Johnson nursing sore elbow [7:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The banged-up Buffalo Bills might be minus a couple of more players as defensive end Phil Hansen and tackle John Fina are listed as questionable for this weekend's game.'

Marker Phillips gives Johnson vote of confidence [7:51 PM]
AP reports: '"We're making yardage and he's a high-rated passer. That's why we feel like he has a future," the Buffalo Bills' coach said of his quarterback.'

Marker No Surprise Ending For Buffalo [4:25 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'When Ronnie Jones sends his troops out on the field, you know something bad is going to happen. You just don't know when. Or how.'

Marker Play calling has the Bills mystified [1:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Moulds, when asked why he's not getting the ball, responded, "You guys have to ask the coaches that. I just go out and run the routes that they call."'

Marker Bills bothered and bewildered by slide [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hockey season has officially begun in Buffalo.'

Marker Johnson says he's part of problem [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Following the game, which officially eliminated the Bills from playoff contention, Johnson let down his guard, soiled his reputation as an uncaring beach bum, and showed some honest to goodness emotion. It's about time.'

Marker Bills try to resurrect pride in final games [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: '"We just showed everybody that we didn't have the character to stand up to a Colts team who I still don't know how we got blown out (by)," said always animated defensive end Marcellus Wiley.'

December 12, 2000

Marker Bumbling Bills attempt to salvage what's left of the season [8:44 PM]
AP reports: 'The fallout from Monday's 44-20 loss at Indianapolis found players questioning the Bills one-dimensional offensive scheme, others admittedly embarrassed, and a special teams unit in utter disarray.'

Marker MNF game balls [3:10 PM]
ColtsNews.com reports: 'The defense was sparked by the play of two new starters in Brad Sicoli and Mustafah Muhammad who both were able to record five solo tackles.'

Marker Colts sack Bills with "embarrassing" loss [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Whatever Webster defines 'embarrassed' as ... it just happened." Indeed it did.'

Marker Playoff hopes buried under pile of points [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be out of the playoffs this season for the first time since 1997.'

Marker Over and out [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Miami Dolphins put the top on the Buffalo Bills' playoff coffin last week, and the Indianapolis Colts covered it with dirt Monday night.'

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