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Buffalo Bills News - September 14, 2003

Marker Key matchup [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor's skills as a runner are enough to keep the Bills on their toes. But with the Jaguars' receiving corps missing its best player, Jimmy Smith, Taylor could play an even bigger role in the passing game. As he showed last week, Spikes is an excellent cover linebacker with great hands and the speed to run with most backs. He's also a sure tackler in the open field. Limiting Taylor's touches will limit QB Mark Brunell's options in passing game.'

Marker Road trip will offer more clues about Bills' ultimate destination [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo is a good team. Time will tell if the Bills have greatness in them.'

Marker Bills have trumped foes in the free agency wars [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The position of pro scout is undervalued by too many teams. He's the man who seldom sees his own team play since he's crisscrossing the nation watching the 31 other teams. He compiles dossiers on players who might be of interest to the Bills through trades, waivers or, most frequently, through free agency.'

Marker New VFW post to honor Buffalo Bill killed in war [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills player James R. "Bob" Kalsu, the only U.S. professional football player to die in action in the Vietnam War, will be honored today at the opening of a new Hamburg veterans organization.'

Marker Buffalo (1-0) at Jacksonville (0-1) [8:51 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Jacksonville is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since losing its first four games in its inaugural campaign in 1995.'

Marker Bills face real dangers at Jacksonville [7:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Can they focus on the Jaguars and not look ahead to next week’s return visit to Florida to face the rival Miami Dolphins, or the week after that when the Philadelphia Eagles come to Orchard Park? We’re about to find out.'

Marker Q&A: Sam Adams [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“They pay me to make sacks and tackles, not to return interceptions, but it helped the team win and that’s what’s more important. It was cool. It was fun. But it was over after I did it. We still had three quarters to play and now we face Jacksonville. It’s imperative we take another step forward.”'

Marker Bills look to silence Alltel crowd vs. Jags [5:19 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Williams, of course, knows Alltel all-too-well. As defensive coordinator for the then-Oilers, he faced the Jags in their first-ever, regular-season home game, winning 10-3.And in his subsequent trips there, Williams’ teams are 5-2, including a 13-10 victory in 2001, his first triumph as Buffalo’s head coach.'

Marker Brunell busted? [5:18 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Bledsoe is sympathetic to his contemporary's plight, and figures Brunell will land on his feet. "It has been a crazy situation for him," Bledsoe said. "But I don't know if there's been a player who has been more important to his team than Mark."'

Marker Weaver: Jaguars fans still excited [5:17 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: ''He added, "It's not a lack of fan passion for the Jaguars. It's a large stadium, a small market, a tough economic environment and less disposable dollars. When you put all those things in the mix, we just have to work harder."'

Marker Donahoe can't deflect credit for the bounce-back in Buffalo [5:16 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"The reaction's been a little bit too giddy, but that's good," Donahoe said in a telephone interview last week. "We suffered the past couple of years, and our fans deserved to be enthusiastic. We're trying to keep it in perspective on the team."'

Marker Bledsoe says Spikes at home in Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"I remember flying up with him from Atlanta - we were coming up for the first mini-camp, and somehow I got routed through Atlanta - and we were sitting there on the airplane," Bledsoe says. "He was like a kid at Christmas. He's a tremendous player, stuck in a tough situation (five years with the Bengals) for a long time, and now he's got a team, a defense around him where he can run around and make plays. I expect him to continue on and have a huge year."'

Marker Big game upcoming for Plummer; how to attack Bills' offense [5:14 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'The interior offensive line is the first area one scout said he would attack. “Ruben Brown hasn’t been Ruben Brown for more than one season,” he said. “If you have the bulk, you can push the pocket. (ORT) Mike Williams is tough to rattle out there, but I’d bring the kitchen sink at (OLG) Brown and (OLT Jonas) Jennings.”'

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September 13, 2003

Marker Bills in search of happy returns [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He ain't fast," said special teams coach Danny Smith, "he's real fast."'

Marker Coach perfects role as music man [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Blaring loud music over big speakers on the edge of the field has become a weekly Friday tactic for coach Gregg Williams. Coaches have been doing it for years in preparation for games at particularly loud venues. But Williams began doing every week last season because it forces players to be more precise in communicating calls and in concentrating on getting the proper call.'

Marker Morris steps up, does the job [5:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ My approach to the game is I want to do everything I can to make myself a better ballplayer, and for two years I had a chance to learn from probably the best third-down back in history.”'

Marker Jaguars angry over CBS decision [5:35 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Local CBS affiliate WTEV TV-47 learned late yesterday that the station will broadcast the Miami-New York Jets game from the CBS network at 1 p.m. tomorrow, the same time as the start of the Jaguars game with Buffalo. With more than 8,000 unsold tickets on Thursday, the league mandated that the Jaguars' home opener would be blacked out in Jacksonville and a 75-mile radius of city limits. WTEV had informed its viewers that the station would air the movie Goodfellas from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. But station general manager Susan Adams Loyd received word yesterday afternoon that the network will feed the Dolphins-Jets game to all CBS affiliates in Florida and South Georgia.'

Marker Jaguars notebook [5:34 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Jaguars announced yesterday that they sold 1,500 tickets yesterday for tomorrow's home opener against the Buffalo Bills, the day after they made it official that it'll be the first home opener in the team's history to be blacked out.'

Marker 7 Buffalo Bills Fans Back Team At Season Opening Bash [5:33 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Ron VanHall, club president, said the club ``started last summer with just a few die-hard fans, Tony and Mary Lou DeMarco and Stacey Kelley. But after the local Brandon paper printed a story, the membership quickly swelled.'' There are now more than 100 members, and the club is seeking other Bills fans to join the group.'

September 12, 2003

Marker Bills' Adams in Unfamiliar Territory [9:31 PM]
Reuters reports: 'It is not often that a 335-pound defensive tackle is among the NFL's scoring leaders, but that is where the Buffalo Bills' Sam Adams finds himself as the NFL enters its second week Sunday.'

Marker Missing rule in CBA could hurt NFL's case [9:31 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo Bills president/general manager Tom Donahoe is credited with rebuilding a roster than was definitely in decline when he arrived. But two things Donahoe doesn't get nearly enough credit for are his excellent handling of the salary cap and his relationship with Bills owner Ralph Wilson

Marker Bills Face a Test [9:30 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The Bills are coming off an emotional division win. A week from Sunday they have another AFC East game at Miami. If they walk on to the field at Jacksonville with anything other than the Jags on their mind, they could give away the momentum they gained this past Sunday. I say that will not happen. But it will not be easy.'

Marker Blackout and '10 things' [3:04 PM] reports: 'Get a body on Takeo Spikes--The Patriots didn't.'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Takeo Spikes [3:01 PM] reports: 'Q: How much of a factor was the Bills home crowd noise in helping the Bills defense and confusing the Patriots offense last Sunday? - Buck Smith (Amherst, NY) Spikes: It was big. (Tom) Brady couldn't get some of the checks out that he wanted to. At the same time he was kind of prefixed as far as where he wanted to go. So that right there, along with the home field crowd advantage making that much noise, kind of threw them off a bit.'

Marker Bills Featured On Sports Illustrated Covers [3:00 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine 12 times since 1969...".

Marker On top of the world [1:24 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Henry is also an able receiver, catching three balls for 37 yards against New England. Fumbling is his kryptonite. Henry lost a league-high eight fumbles last year and lost another versus the Patriots.'

Marker Bills vs. Jaguars Preview [12:21 PM]
TBD reports: 'The team the Bills will face has undergone a big transformation. The Jaguars year's roster has 26 new faces – just under a 50% turnover. There is a new head coach. But like the Bills, they too signed some big name free agents, including defensive end Hugh Douglas and LB Mike Peterson. They also kept their veteran leadership, players like QB Mark Brunell and DE Tony Brackens, intact.'

Marker The new guard dog [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was tough not playing my first year, but I just tried to be patient and work to get better every day," Pucillo said. "The offseason workouts were very important, of course. I prepared myself and waited for the opportunity. When it came, I just went out and tried to do the best I could."'

Marker Brunell's not ready to hand over reins [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills certainly don't think Brunell is fading. "From what we saw on film, it doesn't look like Brunell has lost anything," free safety Pierson Prioleau said. "In my opinion, he's still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL."'

Marker Jacksonville Like Any Other Team to Shaw [8:06 AM] reports: '"They are just the next opponent," Shaw said. "You have to prepare the same no matter who you're playing. Once the game is over, if we come out on top, then bragging rights with old buddies will kick in. But during the game you have to have the same preparation."'

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