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Buffalo Bills News - December 26, 2001

Marker Cornerback set to return from knee injury [2:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Aaron Glenn doesn't want to be left out, so he's moving back into the lineup.'

Marker Van Pelt makes mark on Bills [1:18 PM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills clearly have played better with Van Pelt than they did with Johnson. It's led to a quarterback controversy that no one expected.'

Marker Hackett's offense finally broke out [10:00 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'Hackett called as masterful a game as Vinny Testaverde pitched in Sunday night's thrilling, 29-28 comeback win against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets ignited for 451 total net yards, their most since they rang up 524 yards in a 34-20 season-ending loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Dec. 24.'

Marker Bills enjoy sweep smell of success [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The toss sweep has become the Bills' signature running play.'

Marker Ostroski defines courage [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...he realized the main reason the award went to him was because he suffered a broken right leg, mended with a plate and screws, and came back much sooner than expected.'

Marker Behavior of Bills fans a bright spot in dark year [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only one game, against the Miami Dolphins, with a noticeably large number of fights and ejections.'

Marker Winning With Chemistry: Testaverde to Chrebet [6:53 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The chemistry that has long existed between quarterback and receiver was obvious against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, when Testaverde hit Chrebet on 8 passes for 118 yards.'

Marker Coleman's on the bubble [6:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'One of Bill Parcells' first personnel moves as Jets general manager in 2000 was signing cornerback Marcus Coleman to a five-year, $20 million contract. Coleman, coming off a breakthrough season, appeared ticketed for stardom. Now he may get a ticket to ride — out of town.'

Marker Whatever it's called, it works [6:51 AM]
New York Post reports: 'So, ditching the "West Coast" moniker, what the Jets have done is build a running game that's consistent and a weapon, protect the ball and sprinkle in the passing game as a complement.'

Marker 2-Minute Thrill [6:50 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets are 9-5 with a chance to clinch a playoff berth this week at home against Buffalo. They can win the AFC East and get a first-round bye if they win their last two. They are in this position for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is an old man playing quarterback like a kid.'

Marker Herm Had Good Idea [6:49 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets' offense and its embattled coordinator had their most creative and effective game of the year in Sunday's 29-28 victory in Indianapolis.'

Marker Redemption arrives for Hackett [6:48 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '...Hackett's offense shined like never before in a 29-28 victory over the Colts, a victory that all but assured the Jets (9-5) of a playoff berth.'

Marker Jets just getting by their opposition [6:47 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"The Jets are scrappy," Curtis Martin said in ESPN's slick pregame production. "We don't care if we win by one, we don't care if we win by 50. We just want to get it done."'

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December 25, 2001

Marker Testaverde is showing his worth [9:34 PM]
AP reports: '"I like it because the guys are having fun," Edwards said. "They are playing loose and having fun and that's how you have to play. You can't play tight. That's what I told them: 'You can't be tight; you just have to go play. Let it all hang out. Play football like you know how.'"'

Marker Losing may be a winning move for Bills [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But be of good cheer: The reward could be the second overall selection in the 2002 draft.'

Marker Brief rest is Bills' gift [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills will be back to work tomorrow, though, getting ready for their game against the New York Jets on Sunday in the Meadowlands. And then the harsh reality will hit them again.'

Marker Bills' offense still sputtering [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Guard Jerry Ostroski suffered a right knee contusion, meanwhile, and didn't sound positive about a quick recovery. It's the same leg he broke in training camp. Ostroski left the game in the second quarter. "When your knee is five times larger than it should be, you can only go so far," he said.'

December 24, 2001

Marker Bills suffer another late meltdown [3:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As always, after his team has been the victim of a penalty-fest, Williams made the lame contention, "that's not us." Excuse me, Gregg, but yes it is. In your first year as a head coach, I'm not exactly sure where you feel your team has established a reputation for not collecting penalties.But here's the reality. The Bills came into this week fourth-worst in the league in number of penalties and fifth-worst in yards penalized.'

Marker Brotherly devotion evermore [3:12 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'These days Vinklarek is offensive line coach for the Bills, despite being a scrub even on his tiny high school team, despite never playing in college. He made it to the NFL last year after more than 20 years of coaching at every level from middle school on up - always as an assistant, never in the spotlight. After all those years he hasn't forgotten about his past.'

Marker 5th Down: Stocking stuffers [9:15 AM] reports: 'That’s exactly how Gregg Williams earned his first heading coach shot with the Bills nearly a year ago. His teams were good, and his leadership potential was evident. Cottrell and Williams are both hands-on coaches, otherwise known as teachers. Cottrell’s approach to players is a little warmer than Williams, who prefers a tough, harder-edged style. But both coaches demand a lot from their athletes, and both have the respect of their players. Williams got his shot; now it’s Cottrell’s turn.'

Marker Falcons crest against sagging Bills [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But once again, the Bills made such a long list of mistakes that they succeeded in losing the game every bit as much as the Falcons won it.'

Marker Bryson opens eyes with huge day [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Travis Henry's sprained knee just got a whole lot better.'

Marker Wrap it up: Bills' season has lasted long enough [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Every week, the Bills find ways to lose.'

Marker Riemersma's nightmare: drops, flags, no catches [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You think you reach one low point in the season and then the next week you follow it up with something a little bit lower," Riemersma said.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But there couldn't have been more than 30,000 fans in attendance, and a good number of those seemed to be transplants rooting for Buffalo.'

Marker Airing it out [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Biggest passing days for a quarterback vs. Bills with date and yards..".

Marker Bills given parting kick [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills allowed 487 yards of total offense to the Falcons, committed 12 penalties for 95 yards, Van Pelt's throwing was erratic, there were dropped passes, blown defensive assignments and coverages, lack of a pass rush, and some questionable coaching decisions.'

Marker Players, coaches both to blame [5:59 AM]
D and C reports: 'The players made their share of blunders in this game, but the coaching staff did its part, too.'

Marker Bills' Bryson shines in Atlanta before his hometown fan club [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hard-working relatives, friends and neighbors from Franklin, N.C., who made the two-hour trip to the Georgia Dome once they heard their native son would be starting at running back for the Buffalo Bills against the Atlanta Falcons.'

Marker Report card [5:57 AM]
D and C reports: 'Coaching: Team was far from mentally sharp, committing 12 penalties, the most in 11 games. Decision to go for two points after going ahead 20-16 was the wrong one. Decision to squib kick the last kickoff also backfired. Decision to make Chris Chandler look like Dan Marino also a bad one. Add it up and it equals 2-12. F'

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