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Buffalo Bills News - December 29, 2003

Marker Stick a fork in Williams [2:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He’ll be fired, in part, because he wasn’t a good sideline coach. On game day, Williams, 17-31 in his three seasons, was undermined by fundamentally flawed decisions, ill-considered challenges and poor clock management. But the area most responsible for his pink slip ultimately will be in selecting offensive assistants.'

Marker Donahoe makes it clear it's Drew [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He took more bullets than a '30 Packard in one of those Al Capone movies, and I don't think it was fair," Donahoe said. "I think some other people on our team should have stood up (for him), some of our coaches should have stood up."'

Marker Coach Williams failed, but players failed him too [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What's the lasting impression of this season? "Underachieving, underachievers, period."'

Marker Brown was asked to skip finale [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I wanted to play. They asked me not to play, and I respected that," Brown told The Buffalo News. "I never quit. I'm sure everyone who comes to the games, knows me or played with me knows I never quit. . . . Even when things that weren't that good for me, I've never quit. I'm pretty sure the fans of Buffalo know that. I've always been willing to stand up if I didn't have a good game or play as well as I thought . . . I remember Jim Kelly telling me, "Hey, you don't have to tell everybody when you have a bad game.' "'

Marker 2004 Bills schedule [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Home: New England, Miami, New York Jets, Cleveland, Pittburgh, Houston, Arizona, St. Louis.'

Marker Bills' Brown punished for being late [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Still, Brown’s long-term future in Buffalo is tenuous. He’s due a $1.8 million roster bonus in March and the club may elect to part ways with Brown, one of the club’s most popular and civic-minded players who recently was named to a team-record eighth consecutive Pro Bowl. Metz said much is to be decided, particularly if a new head coach is hired, as expected.'

Marker Scores of changes in store for Bills [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Hey, when you don’t make the playoffs, when you underachieve, you know there’s going to be changes,” he said. “How many changes, that’s not for me to decide. That’s upper management, Mr. Donahoe and his staff. I know one thing, whatever changes are made, we will be a good football team next season and we will compete for a Super Bowl.”'

Marker Bills' new year should be quite busy [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It’s hard to believe three years of upheaval and hard work have not panned out for Donahoe. Williams’ record is his record and his most difficult decisions have only just begun. Pass the champagne; it’s going to be a long new year.'

Marker The Last Word [5:17 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'This season was supposed to pay the first dividend on Donahoe's campaign to get the Bills out of salary-cap hell. He has accomplished that, but the team is nowhere near ready for prime time. However it plays out, the Bills are once again on that treadmill of losers everywhere: The rebuilding program. See you in three more years.'

Marker Good sign: Brady’s A-OK [5:16 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'COACHING - A. Strategically this was as good as it gets. The offense spread the Bills out across the field, allowing Brady to pick out the nickel and dime backs and throw in their areas. Once the Pats took a big lead in the second half, they pounded away with Antowain Smith and the offensive line. The defense never gave Drew Bledsoe time to wait for his receivers to get open, mixing their blitzes and keeping the pressure in Bledsoe's face.'

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December 28, 2003

Marker Patriots-Bills Quotebook [10:36 PM] reports: '"Good guys who did the right thing, but it just didn't work out. We always go with the guys who are ready to go. It starts with me, guys have been stepping in all year and we just have to be ready to go. My job is trying to get the guys that were here ready to go. Effort has not been the issue with this team, that's disappointing part."'

Marker Gregg williams quotes [10:35 PM] reports: '"Well you know, its tough, and we weren't able to make a few plays for him. And a couple of the pressure situations he got pressured early, was hit early on a protection bust and turned the ball over and we didn't keep that drive for point position, I think they were able to score off that drive. Early in the ballgame we didn't make plays for him. And that's the way the season has gone That's where we've probably been the most remiss for the season, that's probably why we're at 6-10, no big plays."'

Marker Drew Bledsoe quotes [10:34 PM] reports: '"First of all, let me say this about Gregg Williams. You watch a guy that is going through a very tough situation, and we are all in a very tough situation as a team, but Gregg through the entire season has been in a difficult spot. His strength of character that he has demonstrated for this team and the leadership that Gregg demonstrated for this team has been tremendous. I have great respect for him because of that. As far as what we do on the field, the thing that I have said all year is that we have a plan going to the game, we just need to be more precise in what we do on the field. I still believe that is true. As far as could there have been help at times, we can all do better at times. That's the bottom line."'

Marker Tardiness -- not `personal reasons' -- behind Brown's absence [10:32 PM]
AP reports: '``I don't want people thinking this is something that it's not,'' agent Eric Metz told The Associated Press. ``One isolated, very small mistake shouldn't damage what has been and will continue to be a very great career.'''

Marker McGinnis, three others will be out [10:15 PM]
ESPN reports: 'In Buffalo, Gregg Williams is expected to be fired Tuesday after three seasons in which he went 17-31. The Bills do, however, plan to bring back quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Brown Stays Mum As The Bills Start The Off Season [10:14 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As his teammates cleaned out their lockers, Ruben Brown decided not to tell why he missed last week and Saturday's season finale in New England. Jonas Jennings said, "Rubes is OK, he's just mad at some of the accusations against him." I was thinking that maybe Brown could stop all the speculating if he'd come out and tell us what happened. He's always been a standup guy and I don't understand why that may have changed?'

Marker Williams' status among Bills biggest question marks [8:29 PM]
AP reports: '``It's like we just fell apart,'' cornerback Antoine Winfield said. ``It seems like a lot of confidence was lost and we just didn't regain it.'''

Marker Games left not withstanding, the end-of-the-year awards [8:28 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Most disappointing player: It has to be Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Williams Back For Another Year? Ho, Ho, Ho [8:27 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: That's where the Bills found themselves this season -- ready and willing and more than able, but doomed by antiquated tactics.

Marker Sweet symmetry [8:26 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'In the end, Buffalo wasn't a source of anguish or revenge. Just pity.'

Marker Milloy the poster boy for Patriots' season [8:25 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: '"This is a business," says Milloy. "I know that. And I really like Buffalo. It's a nice place to live and play. And the organization cares about the players."'

Marker The anatomy of an offense [8:24 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: '"When you take a whuppin' like we took in the first game, you want a little get-back," said running back Antowain Smith, now a huge prong in the rejuvenated attack.'

Marker Brady, Woody say they're OK [8:23 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'And when Lawyer Milloy banged Tom Brady at the knee, twisting the Michigan product to the ground in an ugly fashion, the season flashed before their eyes. "It was my leg. I am fine," declared Brady, who limped off but returned to the offense on the next series. "There is nothing to worry about."'

Marker New England Rolls Into Top Spot in the A.F.C. [11:27 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Buffalo Coach Gregg Williams watched his team finish with a 6-10 record, and his job is in jeopardy. "None of us in any phase has been good enough," he said. "The third-down plays on both sides were a big factor in this game. They forced us out in the open on defense and away from being in the box, where we wanted to play and be physical. They protected the football. They were able to make big plays in every area. They take shots down the field with play-action. They piled up plays, and that gave them chances to make more plays in the red zone."'

Marker They're home to stay [11:09 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: '"Whenever someone kicks your butt, if you're competitive, if you're a fighter, you're going to come back," he said. "And regardless of if you come out and say it or not, you want revenge. And that's what happened."'

Marker Belichick downplays home-field edge [11:08 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: 'HOW GOOD is the Patriots' defense these days? Well, over the last six home games, they are allowing an average of 3.7 points per game. Overall, they have allowed 14.9 points per game, best in franchise history.'

Marker A curtain call and a bravo for a job so very well done [11:07 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: '"He was like, driven, today," said Fauria. "Out of everyone in that first game, he probably took it the hardest. He wasn't talking much before the game."'

Marker Right back at ya, Bills [11:05 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'No muss, no fuss in this one as the Patriots avenged a 31-0 opening day loss to the Bills while ending the regular season with an historic 12-game winning streak. A season that began like a dream come true for old friend Drew Bledsoe ended in a nightmare, as he went just 12-for-29 for 83 yards, was sacked three times and had an interception and fumble.'

Marker Poised to go three and out [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...failed to score a touchdown in seven of 16 games.'

Marker Brown's absence from season finale an unsolved mystery [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brown and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride have not seen eye-to-eye this season, and according to a source, Brown had a confrontation with Gilbride this week.'

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