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Buffalo Bills News - October 19, 2003

Marker Smith and ‘Skins looking to sack Bills and Bledsoe [5:12 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'For the Bills, of course, the real issue isn’t Smith, but rather getting back on track offensively.'

Marker Will Jets’ game be Buffalo’s wake-up call? [5:11 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But a similar loss today, in front of a sellout home crowd with Super Bowl era icon Darryl Talley going on the Wall of Fame, might convince president/general manager Tom Donahoe he has to do something.'

Marker Smith's Gig: Alto Sacks [5:10 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Former Bills coach Marv Levy isn't surprised that Smith is not voluble about the record. Once in Buffalo, Smith requested that the club's video coordinator provide film on the opponents' third-down situations and all the sweeps by left tackles, but asked him not to inform the coaching staff of his request. But Levy, who coached Smith for 12 seasons, found out. When Levy asked Smith how often he studied film, Smith was reticent. "He said, 'No more than anybody else, coach,' " Levy recalled Friday, chuckling. "He didn't want us to know for some reason. He was a closet studier."'

Marker Redskins need win to avoid panic [5:09 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"We hope he gets the record," Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said. "We just hope he doesn't get it this week."'

Marker Redskins' road gets tougher against Bills [5:08 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'That, however, changed over the next four games. Henry and Moulds got injured, and opponents began pounding the Bills' defense with the run.'

Marker Skins mirror Bills [5:07 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: 'For the first time this season, the Redskins will face a mirror image of themselves when they line up to play the Bills today at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Mr. Smith goes back to Buffalo [5:06 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'Smith is certain to receive a warm welcome from the fans after recording 171 of his 196.5 sacks during his 15-year career with the Bills. He acknowledged that it would be special to break the record with two sacks today, but he insisted he was more concerned with winning.'

Marker 'Skins' Smith back in search of sacks [5:05 AM]
Fredericksburg Free Lance Star reports: 'Now 40, Smith has clearly lost a step from his burgeoning days as a Bill. He was expected to be a backup this year, but a strong preseason led Redskins coaches to keep him a starter. "He still has all the great moves that he's developed over the years," Bledsoe said. "He looks like he's still a formidable guy even though he's getting up there a bit."'

Marker Bad news Bills see hope [5:04 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'When the Bills used the first-round pick they acquired in the Peerless Price trade to select McGahee in April, observers wondered what the Bills were thinking. They already had Travis Henry, who rushed for 1,438 yards last season. They had signed former Bronco Olandis Gary as a free agent. And at the time, few thought McGahee would be able to play until the 2004 season. Nobody's questioning the widsom of that move now.'

Marker Smith goes home to Buffalo [5:03 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Don't think the tough and loyal folks in Buffalo will not give Smith at least some positive mention. But they won't be too forgiving of Bills coaches if Smith sets a record and leads the Redskins to victory.'

Marker Bills lose passion [5:02 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'In just four weeks, Buffalo's Gregg Williams has gone from a potential Coach of the Year contender to finding himself under heavy fire because of his team's lackluster performance since a 17-7 loss to the Dolphins.'

Marker Honoree Has Ties to Lakeland [5:01 AM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: 'It's that work ethic, he believes, that endeared him and his teammates to the city of Buffalo in the late 1980s and early 1990's. "They're very blue collar people," he said. They know a thing or two about getting through long hard winters. People in Buffalo appreciated us because we were always a hard working group of guys."'

Marker Return home peaceful for Washington's Smith [5:00 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Time and success soothed the hurt. Smith is 1 1/2 sacks shy of Reggie White's NFL record of 198.'

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October 18, 2003

Marker Weakness vs. Weakness [6:51 PM]
Warpath Magazine reports: 'Redskins 27, Bills 14.'

Marker Smith eyes NFL sacks record in first return to Buffalo [1:12 PM]
AP reports: '''I wouldn't say it was necessarily circled, but I've looked forward to it,'' Smith said of his first trip back to Buffalo since he signed with Washington in February 2000. ''I'm very excited. It's going to be a memorable experience.'''

Marker Will Bruce cut loose? [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've looked forward to this because of the fact I never had the opportunity to say farewell to the fans and to see them one last time," Smith said. "I guess I can kind of relate it to going to Jim's induction to the Hall of Fame. That was certainly a memorable experience for me, walking into the Hall of Fame and just hearing the fans chanting. It was emotional, and my wife was taken by it as well."'

Marker Decision on Moulds will come down to game time again [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defensive tackle Sam Adams also practiced a bit Friday but remained questionable due to his sprained ankle. Adams' backup, Ron Edwards, did not practice due to a strained shoulder and appears unlikely to play. Fullback Sam Gash (ankle) was added to the list, as probable. Linebacker Takeo Spikes was ill and watched from the sidelines but will play Sunday.'

Marker Wilson celebrates 85th birthday with $250,000 gift to Roswell Park [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. got a special 85th birthday card Friday, signed by dozens of patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He had something for Roswell Park as well: a check for $250,000.'

Marker Williams: Execution, not spirit, hurts Bills [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Being a “yes” man and a game-day bungler doesn’t make for a great coach, but at least Williams’ players never went AWOL on him before. Last season, five of Buffalo’s eight losses were thrillers. The team competed in all 16 games to the final gun. If Williams has indeed lost that knack for keeping morale high — if the team’s entertainment value has gone poof — then his days truly are numbered.'

Marker Redskins' Dockery Tries To Get Game in Line [5:14 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Washington projected Dockery as a first-round pick, but his stock tumbled partly because of his poor condition during predraft workouts, and the Redskins were thrilled to select him with the 81st pick overall. Dockery entered training camp at approximately 350 pounds, but he has dropped to 340 pounds, not far from his ideal weight of 330-335.'

Marker Spurrier Denies Talk That He Almost Resigned [5:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"Of course I'm happy," Spurrier replied yesterday. "We've got a good team, we haven't played extremely well the last couple of games. But I think we're ready to play in Buffalo."'

Marker Haley vetoes surgery on thumb [5:12 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Meanwhile, running back Trung Canidate was officially declared out for the Buffalo game with a high right ankle sprain. Canidate hopes to return following the bye week. Ladell Betts will start at tailback and receive the bulk of Washington's rushing attempts. "He very well could carry a whole bunch if we're making yards," coach Steve Spurrier said. "He's slated to get more action. Ladell's our man."'

October 17, 2003

Marker Canidate expected to miss Sunday's game [10:01 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Canidate leads the Redskins with 295 rushing yards and a 4.8 average this season, but Ladell Betts has also seen plenty of action and will start Sunday.'

Marker A Special Return for Smith [9:59 PM]
Warpath Magazine reports: '``We knew it was special,'' Smith said of those four years. ``But I don't think we quite knew it was as special as people talk about it nowadays. So many teams are going to the Super Bowl for one time and then disappear. Then players look around and see how hard it was to get there. Others have been in the league for five or 10 years and have never been close.'''

Marker Bills are Desperate [9:56 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Prediction: Redskins 17 Bills 26.'

Marker Bills WR Moulds still questionable after practicing [3:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Starting defensive tackle Sam Adams (sprained right ankle) also took part in Friday's practice but saw no change from his questionable status. Linebacker Takeo Spikes was listed as probable after sitting out of practice ill.'

Marker Grasping for momentum [10:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"Right now whatever can go wrong has been going wrong," said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. "I'm very disappointed. We're not playing very well. There's a lot of reasons you can point to but none of them matter. The only thing that matters is we're not playing well enough to win. That's the bottom line."'

Marker Reese Ready for Third Start [10:44 AM] reports: '"I've been competing in practice and I continue to work hard," Reese said. "When a starting opportunity presented itself I wanted to make the most of it each game and each play."'

Marker Gash wants to get back on the block [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gash is not one to complain. His position dictates that he put team goals ahead of personal desires. He only wants to help his team win. "I'd love to be on the field more, and as a competitor, it's frustrating when I'm not," he said. "For whatever reason, game situations haven't called for it."'

Marker In this town, coaches can run but can't hide [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams is at best a lame duck, at worst a dead duck.'

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