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Buffalo Bills News - November 4, 2003

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills have been far too reliant on their passing game during the first half of the season, and opposing defenses are starting to figure this out and make life miserable for QB Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'LT Jonas Jennings, who left the Kansas City game with a hip injury, rested during the bye week and is expected to return to action Sunday against Dallas. If he should suffer a setback in practice, Marcus Price would start against the Cowboys.'

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November 3, 2003

Marker DT Adams vows Bills will atone for sub-par first half [7:24 PM]
AP reports: '''When you lose your last game it don't ever leave you until you get back on the field and get that bad taste wiped out of your mouth,'' Adams said. ''The bye week was good for us.'''

Marker Rest helps WR Moulds regain full form [7:23 PM]
AP reports: '''I'm not sure of the percentage yet, but I went through the whole practice today and it felt pretty good,'' said Moulds. ''I made some plays, and once your confidence gets back to that level, you go out there and play the same way you normally play.'''

Marker Back To Businness at One Bills Drive [7:23 PM] reports: '"We're 4-4 and we've got eight more games to go," said Brown. "We could easily finish the season out with only four losses. That's a great possibility."'

Marker A Closer Look at Sam Aiken [1:24 PM] reports: 'Q: What was the last movie you saw?
SA: Texas Chainsaw Massacre.'

Marker Can Bills rally? [10:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Join Democrat and Chronicle columnist Scott Pitoniak for a Bills chat at 12:30 p.m. today.'

Marker Southwestern's Jay Sirianni Named Bills HS Football [10:48 AM] reports: Head coach Jay Sirianni of Southwestern High School has been named the Buffalo Bills’ high school football “Coach of the Week” for the ninth weekend of the 2003 season (Oct. 31-Nov. 1). Sirianni led Southwestern (8-1) to a 12-6 upset victory in overtime over previously undefeated Depew HS in a Section VI Federation Class B semi-final playoff game last Friday night at Depew.

November 2, 2003

Marker History holds a harsh light up to the play-calling of Kevin Gilbride [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan and Gilbride never hit it off, which wasn't a surprise. There weren't many people on Ryan's buddy list, nor was Ryan on many others. "Buddy thinks he's right with everything he says and everything he does," said Wade Phillips, former head coach of the Bills, while he was still coach of the Broncos. "That's him."'

Marker Bills refuse to call it quits [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I’ve been saying all along that this is a marathon,” Adams said. “I’ve seen teams go 8-2 and not make the playoffs. We’re in this thing for the long haul and right now we’re sitting in the middle of the pack. We’re getting ready to put our kick in like Seabiscuit.”'

November 1, 2003

Marker Xerox signs deal with Buffalo Bills [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The deal gives Xerox signage throughout Ralph Wilson Stadium, category exclusivity and advertising in Bills publications and hospitality on game days. Xerox will also be a sponsor of the Bills' 2004 training camp.'

Marker Sorry Bills fans ... Williams is still the coach [5:01 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Trouble is, in this season of great expectations, the Bills are one game worse that last year’s edition which, after a 5-3 start, struggled home 3-5 and missed the playoffs by a win.'

Marker Crunch Time [5:00 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'While Wilson and general manager Tom Donahoe both have showed some support for the embattled Williams this week, nobody in Buffalo is unaware of how much is at stake in the coming eight weeks. Williams is a good coach and a good man, and his players continue to play hard for him, but it's clear that he has struggled with how to consistently and correctly push his team's buttons in his two and a half seasons on the job.'

October 31, 2003

Marker At midseason, Rams and Chiefs look Super [9:27 AM]
ESPN reports: The only thing the Bills have done to prove me right was trouncing the Patriots in the opener -- and I have long maintained that the first game of the season can be the most misleading. The Bills have plenty of talent, but anyone who watched them look thoroughly overmatched in Kansas City on Sunday night must concede that they're something missing in Buffalo. Coach Gregg Williams will need at least a strong second half to survive.

Marker Behind the Scenes of Bye Week [5:26 AM] reports: '"Being that we're 4-4 and we just lost a pretty big game in a big way, there is more attention to detail and more focus at the couple of practices we have," said Milloy. "We need to iron out some of the things we've been doing wrong that have been putting us in adverse situations."'

Marker Williams Has Company In Blame Game [5:25 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'However, we will probably never find out if Gregg Williams could have been a good coach in Buffalo, because I believe he has his hands tied, and has had too much of his power taken away.'

October 30, 2003

Marker If season doesn't improve, Bills' coach should pay for team's disappointing play [11:22 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: I saw a team lacking an identity on offense or defense, and as a result, lacking the fire and passion of a team that believes in itself and is committed to excellence.

Marker Donohoe Made Right Move [11:18 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: Tom Donohoe did the right thing in giving his head coach the vote of confidence. Gregg Williams works for him. He gave him the public support he deserves. If Donohoe has a problem with the way his coach is doing his job, he’ll handle it the professional way. He’ll tell him about it in private and if he’s not satisfied, take care of it at the end of the season.

Marker Takeo Spikes' High School Football Coach Among Finalists Named For Coach of the Year Award [11:17 PM] reports: Coach: Rick Tomberlin; School: Washington County HS; City: Sandersville, GA

Marker Analyze This: The masks come off [11:14 PM] reports: BOOMER ESIASON: With the bye week now on hand, this team needs to straighten itself out quickly. The Bills are 4-4, but with the Dolphins, Patriots, Colts, Giants and Cowboys on the schedule, this could end up being the most over-hyped and under-performing team in the NFL. Reputations don't win games.

Marker Best, worst at halfway mark [11:13 PM] reports: "Nevertheless, Bledsoe does need to play much better if the Bills are to have any hope of reaching the playoffs"

Marker Donahoe gives Bills a vote of confidence [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm pleased with all of our coaches, I really am," Donahoe said. "I'm pleased with the fact they're together. I'm pleased with the fact they're working hard. I'm pleased with the fact they're trying to find out, "OK, we've got eight games in. We've got a lot of tape, information. Let's take this week, see what are we doing wrong.' . . . That's what you do as a good coach and a good staff, and I'm pleased with that."'

Marker Firing head coach is never a quick fix [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I think a midseason switch, in their view, is much more a case of giving up on the season than trying to save it. If Williams were fired, assistant head coach Dick LeBeau would be the obvious interim replacement. He has the experience. He's a good man. But LeBeau lived through the interim experience in 2000 in Cincinnati. I'm certain he would advise holding off on a change as long as possible.'

Marker Donahoe says no one's being fired [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I understand you guys (the media) have a job to do and that’s part of your job. But it doesn’t go on here. We don’t sit around all day after a bad game and say, ‘OK, who’s fault was this?’ We lost as a team the other day. As a TEAM. Two weeks ago against Washington, we won as a team. And that really is our approach to everything in this building.”'

Marker Bills look to activate McGahee [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“If the feeling is that come Nov. 5 that he’s not ready to play, but he might be in a couple of weeks, he could be on the 53 and he’s just one of your eight inactive guys until everybody feels ‘OK, let’s put him in a game.’”'

Marker Ex-Lion, wife shared fight against cancer [5:13 AM]
Lansing State Journal reports: 'The parents of four children took on the juggling act in 1998 - when Stefanie Spielman was diagnosed with breast cancer and her husband announced that he would take a year off from professional football. He was then playing for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills May Activate McGahee [5:12 AM] reports: 'He was cleared to practice two weeks ago and the Bills have until November fifth to either activate McGahee or place him on injured reserve.'

Marker Brown: Perfect Timing For Bye Week [5:11 AM] reports: '"It's just going to take commitment to the team and everyone pulling their weight focusing on what their job is and doing it and not doing too much. It's easy to turn this around. We can easily turn this around. If we start handing the ball off to Travis Henry, he seems to be hot, and we keep getting the ball to him and let him do his thing it will all fall into place."'

October 29, 2003

Marker Donahoe backs coach; calls it `gut-check' time for Bills [7:42 PM]
AP reports: '''I think we're in a gut-check period for this team and this staff and this organization,'' Donahoe said. ''And I'm confident we're going to come out of this and get this thing going in the right direction because I believe in the people that we have doing it.'''

Marker Thomas among those inducted in Buffalo hall of fame [7:42 PM]
AP reports: '''It's just not the old Bills that used to play around here,'' Thomas said, recalling many of his former teammates, such as Jim Kelly, Andre Reed and Bruce Smith. ''It doesn't seem like anybody's stepping up to the forefront right now and being a leader.'''

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