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Buffalo Bills News - November 18, 2001

Marker Sheppard matches up with mentor [6:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Sheppard, who has taken a lot of heat for his inconsistent play-calling, has been limited in his ability to open up his offense because of injuries to the line. His unit is coming off a futile display against New England. Wouldn't a victory today be a sweet way to bounce back?'

Marker Scouting report [6:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'If the Bills can slow down Alexander and force Hasselbeck to the air, they stand a much better chance of pulling the upset.'

Marker Q & A with Bill Conaty [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] The offensive line has been under heavy criticism this year. What is your biggest beef with reporters and fans who criticize the offensive line? [A:] ''I can't say what I would want to say, but I'd just say guys are trying their best. There hasn't been as many mental errors as there has physical errors. There's been some of both, but guys are doing their best, busting their butt.'

Marker Alexander not guaranteed anything [6:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'When asked if Alexander deserves to start, coach Mike Holmgren played coy, saying "I don't know. I'm going to hold off until we make that decision. I'll have a chance to think it through, to see how healthy he is. We'll go from there."'

Marker Bills have some pieces in place to turn things around quickly [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills appear headed for a 3-13 season at best, but there are reasons to be optimistic.'

Marker Forget those Super Bowls, Kelly belongs in Canton [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'If winning the big one is the main prerequisite, then I suppose Trent Dilfer, Mark Rypien and Jeff Hostetler will merit consideration over Kelly. And if you think they do, then you must also believe that a football is filled with Flutie Flakes rather than air and that Rob Johnson's bones are made of steel.'

Marker Bills add team's finest QB to Wall of Fame today [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: '''It's funny how things turn out sometimes,'' said Kelly, owner of virtually every passing record in team history. ''Looking back, I'm so happy (Bills owner) Ralph Wilson didn't listen to me and trade me before I came to Buffalo because who knows what would have happened.'''

Marker Kelly magic returns to 'The Ralph' [6:09 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for Canton, the QB who led the Bills to four straight Super Bowls and eight playoff berths in a span of nine seasons, seems a lock ... though not necessarily on the first ballot.'

Marker Hasselbeck still struggling to lead Hawks [6:07 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Hasselbeck isn't the engineer that drives the Seahawks' train, but rather a passenger holding a ticket.'

Marker Capsule preview: Seahawks vs. Bills [6:06 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'On the other side of the ball, the Bills are a mess. Their top receiver is a fullback and their top running back is a rookie who averages 3.2 yards per carry. Expect the Seahawks to tee off on immobile QB Alex Van Pelt.'

Marker Toiling in anonymity [6:04 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'Nobody flew Chris Gray down to Los Angeles for a television appearance last week.'

Marker Good hands keep attention on Centers [6:03 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'He has led his team in receiving seven times in the last nine years and leads Buffalo in this his first season with the Bills. In fact, he leads all NFL running backs with 47 catches. He also has caught passes in 128 consecutive games, the third longest active streak in the NFL behind Jerry Rice (233 games) and Tim Brown (132).'

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November 17, 2001

Marker Painful lessons in Buffalo [3:12 PM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'One year removed from his comparatively low-profile duties as quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks, Sheppard is fielding the tough questions as offensive coordinator for the 1-7 Bills.'

Marker Bills backup Travis Brown is still green [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills snapped up Brown because he spent the one season learning the West Coast offense from Holmgren, a master, and was recommended by Bills offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard, the quarterbacks coach under Holmgren in Seattle.'

Marker Unutoa signed for long snaps [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steve Freeman, the outstanding Bills safety from 1975 to '86, will serve as the field judge for Sunday's game.'

Marker 'Kids' reviving defense [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'Overall, the Bills are starting or getting regular contributions from 14 rookie or first-year players.'

Marker Alexander stays on the run [5:40 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'P-I PICK: Seahawks, 27-17.'

Marker Joseph's second coming gives Hawks a safety net [5:38 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Joseph, a safety who started 14 games for the Seahawks in his first tour with the team, is just glad to be back in the NFL.'

Marker Special teams look to improve [5:37 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'During his first three years as the Seattle Seahawks' special teams coach, Pete Rodriguez saw his unit give up a total of two return touchdowns. In eight games this year, the Seahawks have already matched that number.'

Marker Even weather works against Buffalo as preparations for 2002 begin [5:35 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Technically, Sunday's game between Seattle and Buffalo is the Bills ninth regular season contest of 2001. In reality, it marks the start of the 2002 preseason. Playoff hopes disappeared for all but the most optimistic in late September. The primary goal for the rest of the season -- building a functional offense around Rob Johnson, making a decision possible on whether the quarterback is worthy of the contract restructuring and extension that salary capenomics mandate -- crashed to the turf at Foxboro Stadium last Sunday afternoon.'

November 16, 2001

Marker Bills sign Unutoa, release Early [1:41 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed veteran center/long snapper Mo Unutoa (pronounced oo-nuh-TOE-uh) to the 53-man roster. To make room on the roster, the Bills released center Michael Early. Unutoa will wear jersey #68 with the Bills.

Marker Bills' Gray rejects Cal [1:35 PM]
Alameda Times Star reports: '"I want to make sure that the Bills get back to (their) standard of football before (I think) about going anywhere else."'

Marker 'The Pill' is still a popular Bill [1:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Few players in team history have been as universally liked as Van Pelt.'

Marker Jim Kelly Tribute Wallpaper by 'Moose' [11:44 AM] reports: A new Jim Kelly Wallpaper is on the Bills website in honor of Jim Kelly Day. The artist, Gina Mustico, is a poster on the Stdium Wall who first started creating wallpaper for TwoBillsDrive.

Marker 'Forgettable Foursome' hopes to gain identity [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quick, who's wearing 92, 94, 77 and 95 for the Bills this season?'

Marker Gray drops interest in Berkeley job [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gray had a telephone conversation Monday with Cal officials about the upcoming opening, but he said Thursday he no longer wants to be considered for the position.'

Marker Jonas Jennings 'Rushers for Reading' [8:01 AM] reports: Offensive lineman Jonas Jennings helped local students 'Rush for Reading,' and you can see what Jennings had to say to some provocative questions from the students!

Marker Win a autographed Kelly bobble head [7:56 AM] reports: BEGINNING FRIDAY AT NOON, VOTE AND WIN!
Even if you can't make it to the stadium, you can still get your hands on an autographed Kelly bobble head! Just check out the Top 10 Jim Kelly moments, and be sure to vote starting at noon Friday for your favorite, and also enter to win this one-of-a-kind collectible!

Marker A wideout surprise [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'His name is Reggie Germany, and because of his hard work and hustle in practice -- plus an injury that has sidelined McDaniel for more than a month -- Germany has given himself a chance to become an important cog in the Buffalo offense.'

Marker Familiar foes [5:32 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'For the past three seasons, these two had memorable tussles twice a year while Eaton was playing for the New England Patriots and Brown for the AFC East-rival Buffalo Bills.'

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