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Buffalo Bills News - September 21, 2003

Marker Some thoughts on Henry, all quoted verbatim and in context [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Q: Is he worried about McGahee? A: Sure, he is. Remember, when The News called him on draft day, he called it a "slap in the face." Then management got to him and he backed off that, too. He knows the Bills believe McGahee can be a star in the National Football League. He was worried in April, he's worried now and he'll be worried as long as McGahee is on the same team.'

Marker The great escapist [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I have fun," he said. "You never know when it's going to all end so you might as well have fun."'

Marker Quick starts have been key so far for the 2-0 Bills [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The fact there is good focus and good execution on starting fast is a good thing,” said coach Gregg Williams. “Those are important ingredients in being able to always be in control of the ballgame and not have to scramble at the end.”'

Marker Moulds and Dolphins are very eager to ‘meet' again [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'By portraying the Bills Pro Bowl wide receiver as the spitting image of Robbie Alomar and Bill Romanowski, the Miami Dolphins defensive backs are trying to get inside Moulds’ head.'

Marker Q&A: Mike Pucillo [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What have you heard about the Bills-Dolphins rivalry? “I know it’s a big game for the fans. But it’s not like a college rivalry because I think the cities are a little too far away from each other.”'

Marker As always, plenty at stake for Bills, Dolphins [5:27 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“This is a big, big challenge for us,” Wannstedt concluded, “we’re going to have to find a way to make some plays.”'

Marker More hype for the Bills and Dolphins [5:26 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'You don’t think the Dolphins, off to a struggling start and with coach Dave Wannstedt’s job reportedly on the line, are resorting to an old issue to create some new adrenalin?'

Marker QB peerless without Price [5:25 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '``I'm sure it's exciting for guys like Reed and Shaw to be in an offense like this. They know that if you take Moulds out, somebody else is going to get the ball.'''

Marker Pressure around the corner [5:25 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'For Surtain and Madison, their pride is under attack. If they fail, will their pocketbooks be next?'

Marker Don't blame the schedule maker [5:24 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The problem is the league put an emphasis on having three division games in the second half of the season and liked the idea of having so many in December, Lustig said.'

Marker Bills at Dolphins scouting report [5:23 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Bills: Getting Milloy was a huge boost, even if it hasn't been that significant on the field. It told the team that management is willing to do anything it can to win. Players can't ask for anything more.'

Marker Spat has become a good early test [5:23 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'There's nothing like a little saliva and a battle for first place in the AFC East to rejuvenate the rivalry between the Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.'

Marker For Chambers, it's almost showtime [5:22 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Chambers, 25, has watched Moulds for a different reason. Edification. Inspiration. He saw some of himself in the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, when reviewing defensive tape cutups of the Bills and other teams with top receivers. "He makes a lot of great plays down the field, and that's what I watch mostly," says Chambers, 5-11 and 210 pounds. "I am probably not as strong as him, but we've got the same body style. If I could compare myself to any other receiver in the NFL, it would be him."'

Marker Henry gets a grip [5:21 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'To help Henry, Buffalo hired running backs coach Les Steckel, who never played college or pro football but who has managed to hold down coaching jobs in the NFL since 1978 by buildling a reputation as an excellent teacher. It's his job now not only to minimize or eliminate Henry's fumbling but to prepare McGahee, as well. Steckel's philosophy is that you can do something about fumbling, though that's not a view that is universally shared.'

Marker Unforgettable [5:20 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: Sept. 17, 1980: After defeating the Bills 20 consecutive times - which remains an NFL record of dominance by one team against another - the Dolphins finally fell in Buffalo. Bills fans celebrated by rushing the field and tearing down the goalposts.'

Marker Rest, Ricky, rest [5:18 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'In a loss to Houston, Williams touched the ball 22 times. In a defeat of the Jets, Williams touched the ball 38 times.'

Marker Long gone? [5:17 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"When I see Bledsoe throw the ball downfield, it's a thing of beauty," says Kellen Winslow, the former San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame tight end and current Fox Sports Net analyst. "He lets it fly."'

Marker Spanish broadcasts a Dolphin staple [5:16 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"The reason we're still doing this 22 years later is the listeners are there," Giraldo said. "A lot of Spanish-speaking people that come to this country love sports, and the best way for them to learn it is in their own language."'

Marker AFC East foes set for prime time [5:15 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"They've come out and shown that they're one of the top teams in the league. They've certainly got the talent all the way across the board, offense and defense, to back that up," Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler said. "The statistics back that up. We've got to go out there and prove to the rest of the league and prove to ourselves that we're of the same caliber."'

Marker Dolphins backed into a corner [5:14 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Whoever Moulds lines up against -- be it opposite Madison or Surtain -- you can bet it won't take long for Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe to take a shot deep. Last season, Moulds caught touchdown passes of 70 and 57 yards against Miami and ridiculed Madison in the process.'

Marker Bills provide early gut check for Dolphins [5:14 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: '"He had 144 yards average against us in two games last year and I don't know how many 100-yard games we had against us last year, but they do some good things. "He's a hard guy to tackle. He breaks a lot of tackles. We definitely have to tackle to win this game, especially myself, I missed a few on him especially out there."'

Marker The gifted slinger [5:13 AM]
Vero Beach Press Journal reports: '"I always knew he was capable of doing these things, even when he was sitting on the bench during our Super Bowl run," Milloy said. "He has one of those Dan Marino arms. Give him a little bit of protection and he can keep doing this for years to come. I'm just glad to be fighting for him again. He's second to none in my book."'

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September 20, 2003

Marker Expectoration confrontation lingers as Dolphins brace for Bills [6:34 PM]
AP reports: '''Whenever I see man-to-man coverage on Eric, that's where I'm going to try to throw the ball, regardless of who the corner is,'' Bledsoe said. ''I just think Eric is that good that whoever it is, he's going to win if it's straight man coverage.'''

Marker Bills vs. Dolphins Preview [11:28 AM]
TBD reports: 'The media has begun to question whether the Dolphins have lost their place as the team Bills fans love to hate most. In a word – no. The mere mention of the Dolphins is enough to get the blood of any Bills fan worth his or her salt boiling. As is often the case, first place in the AFC East is on the line. Since the teams don't meet again until week 16, bragging rights from this one will last for a while. '

Marker Bills want Dolphins to see red in red zone [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a real critical part of the field, and it's part of the game we work on every week," said free safety Pierson Prioleau. "You want to force them to settle for a field goal. They're already in field-goal range. Make the field-goal kicker make the kick, and you save points."'

Marker Surtain says Moulds is lying [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're off to a 2-0 start so he has room to talk. Come Sunday, we're looking to change that and see what he says next time around."'

Marker Consultant makes another pre-Miami visit [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have hired Elko to speak to the team regularly the past two years. He talks to the players about positive thinking, dealing with distractions and getting the most out of their ability on the field.'

Marker Protecting Drew [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The offensive line has been spectacular,” Bledsoe said. “I had as much time against Jacksonville to throw as in any game I’ve had in my career. The big play to Bobby (Shaw, 54-yard touchdown) at the end of the half, there was nobody around me and I could deliver the ball in comfort.”'

Marker Buffalo fans shouldn't fret over RB Henry [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It is much too early to be seriously concerned about Buffalo’s sputtering running attack, and it won’t be a shock if Henry gets his first 100-yard game of the season Sunday in Miami.'

Marker Itchy McGahee stays patient [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I really think I’m going to be back this year,’’ McGahee says. “But it’s going to be up to the general manager (Tom Donahoe), the coaches, the physicians and the trainers. The decision isn’t in my hands.’’'

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