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Buffalo Bills News - November 5, 2000

Marker Bills' defense worth a nickel [9:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"I'm worried that the dime defense has given up some big plays ... and we pride ourselves on not giving up big plays. With the nickel, it gives us a little different look."'

Marker Bills hope for a playoff run [7:47 AM]
D and C reports: '"We've got an eight-game season now and we'll see how we react," said strong safety Henry Jones, who has gone to the playoffs seven of his previous 10 seasons as a Bill. "We need to continue to work hard and stay focused and take it one day at a time. We've got some things we need to clean up . . . but we're going to go out and fix them."'

Marker Pats have had fill of flaky Flutie [7:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'The New England Patriots are sick of Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie stealing their thunder.'

Marker Scouting report [7:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills win if ... their defense continues to play superbly against the run, then doesn't forget that Bledsoe can still be a very dangerous passer. Defensive balance is important today.'

Marker Tough part seems to be over for Patriots [7:43 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots get a scheduling breather in the second half, but the game they really need to win is today's against the 4-4 Buffalo Bills, one of the tougher teams they will face.'

Marker Scouting Report [7:42 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Prediction: Buffalo 23, New England 18.'

Marker Back in position, Gash remains full of vigor [7:41 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Gash said rumors that players didn't like Doug Flutie were unfounded.'

Marker Who's who? [7:39 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Thurman Thomas is gone. So are Bruce Smith and Andre Reed. Thomas Smith and Kurt Schulz have also departed. Antowain Smith and Jonathan Linton are on the bench and Phil Hansen is sidelined with a knee injury.'

Marker Another small controversy [7:38 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Johnson is still Buffalo's quarterback of the future. And when healthy, he is capable of putting up Pro Bowl numbers. Flutie simply wins more games.'

Marker Cowart a quiet force [7:36 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'All but unnoticed, as usual, was the role Sam Cowart played in the victory.'

Marker Morris on the move [7:35 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Sammy Morris is an unlikely heir to the Buffalo running back tradition of O.J. Simpson, Joe Cribb, and Thurman Thomas, but the rookie from Texas Tech has rushed for touchdowns in each of the Bills' last four games.'

Marker Time to pass on the run [7:34 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The pick: Bills by 3.'

Marker Regardless of all the knocks, Flutie is boost to Bills' hopes [7:33 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"Every time I step on the field I have to prove to the world that I can play and make the people upstairs (Phillips and general manager John Butler) second-guess themselves," the 37-year-old quarterback said. "After all I've done, that's discouraging."'

Marker A Flutie moment worth retelling [7:28 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'He was having a game of touch with nieces, nephews, and friends from his hometown of Natick; with relatives, and buddies from Buffalo, and former high-school teammates. "Don't make a big deal out of this," he said that night, after I'd gone down to the field to talk with him. But it was a big deal.'

Marker Woody facing a mammoth task in battle with Bills' Washington [7:26 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"He's mammoth," the 320-pound Woody said of the 6-foot-5 Washington, who clearly is heavier than his listed program weight of 335 pounds. "Seeing someone bigger than me, that's strange enough. But this man, whew, he's one of the biggest dudes I've ever had to take on."'

Marker Flutie passes NFL survival test [7:25 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'But inside, the game within the professional game has left its mark. The snubs -- whether they're 10 years old or still fresh -- are easily recalled and Flutie's mind traces them casually like some veteran from a real war might.'

Marker It's all Flutie, all the time [7:23 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Here's my pick. Pats 52, Bills 7...That's my story and I'm sticking to it, fable though it may be.'

Marker Pats season on life support [7:22 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Patriots 19, Bills 17.'

Marker Flutie Still Defying Conventions [7:20 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"I think the NFL would have been a lot more receptive to me now than they were 15 years ago," Flutie said in a conference call this week. "With the zone blitzing and all that, [coaches] realize the advantage of a mobile quarterback...."'

Marker Little Doug stands tall at Foxboro [7:19 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: '"He's a legend in this area," Pats QB Drew Bledsoe said. "It's an exciting thing. He's still got great fans here, I just hope they're cheering for us."'

Marker Flutie too good for grid crowd [7:17 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'Everyone should love Doug, but they don't. Which is perplexing.'

Marker Lane could follow Rucci out the door [7:16 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'Max Lane's anger at the Patriots decision to release longtime friend and teammate Todd Rucci may have had more to do with Lane's future than Rucci's.'

Marker Milloy doesn't buy Flutie support or flakes [7:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'With the Patriots (2-6) sinking again after a brief turnaround, some fans may be cheering when Flutie does well. "He shouldn't be a crowd favorite at our stadium," Milloy said. "If I have the chance, I'm going to drag his butt into the ground. It's kind of sickening to me."'

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November 4, 2000

Marker Matchup runs big in middle [2:44 PM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'But Washington's weight is the subject of some debate with the 330 total considered an understatement of sorts. Just how much does the big fellow actually weigh? Inquiring offensive linemen want to know.'

Marker Bjornson looking to fit in [2:42 PM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'Eric Bjornson had the look on his face this week of a player hanging onto his job by his fingernails. Is he the New England Patriots tight end? Or new wide receiver?'

Marker Johnson blames Flutie for comments [2:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Johnson told Rome he talked to Flutie about it and the popular veteran told him he only talked to the magazine about quarterback ratings and never mentioned Johnson by name. Johnson said if Flutie did make the comments, it's only going to make a strained relationship worse.'

Marker Johnson talks some smack about Flutie [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"For someone to go anonymously and say those things is kind of, I don't know, cowardly," he said. "It's not typical of football players. . . . If a lot of guys feel that way, they should come to me and say it to my face," he said. "I'm a man. They're men, and I can take it. I'd rather hear about it from them than hear about it on the radio when I'm driving home, from an FM channel when I'm trying to listen to Limp Biskit."'

Marker Treading water [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Halfway through the 2000 season, it has become obvious that a team doesn't lose that many veterans - including seven starters - without feeling the pinch.

Marker Buffalo voters can't get enough of this election [8:24 AM]
National Post reports: 'This is what the great Buffalo quarterback controversy has come to: walking toward Ralph Wilson Stadium before the Jets game last Sunday, fans stopped by a radio booth to pick up an election sign for their candidate.'

Marker Bills' QB spat takes a turn [7:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Yesterday on Jim Rome's syndicated national talk show, Rob Johnson -- who has refused to speak with the local media this week -- insinuated that it was Flutie who gave derogatory remarks about him anonymously to a Sports Illustrated writer.'

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