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Buffalo Bills News - October 2, 2001

Marker Bumbling, batterd Bills let game bounce away [1:48 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Forget Johnson's other problems for a moment. Unless offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek and offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard can turn a bunch of very large young men better suited for construction work into a cohesive unit very quickly, it won't matter if Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas are time-warped forward from 1991.'

Marker Bills coach just doesn’t get it [1:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He minimized the importance of experience and leadership as Buffalo not only lost a handful of players to free agency - most notably Marcellus Wiley - but also turned loose a dozen veterans including lockerroom leaders Henry Jones and John Holecek.'

Marker Bills prepare to place Farris on injured reserve [11:54 AM]
USA Today reports: Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Kris Farris will miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair his broken right leg.

On Monday, Bills coach Gregg Williams said the team will place Farris on the injured reserved list, and consider their options on how to fill that roster spot.

Marker Tom Donahoe's Weekly Bills Update [11:45 AM] reports: With the unusual October schedule, how do you plan on utilizing that on improving the team?

"The coaches are taking a look at that, and their plan was to initially have some practices that were dedicated to fundamentals, then start working on Jacksonville, and then we've got another stretch after that as well, and then we can get ready to play San Diego. Obviously, as you get closer to the game, you can focus in on who you're playing, and prepare to do that. The extra time, you have to use wisely, and try to improve the fundamentals of your football team."

Marker Winfield - A force in the new defensive scheme [11:03 AM] reports: Antoine Winfield is a perfect fit with the new defensive scheme brought into Buffalo by Williams and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. Unlike a lot of players at his position, he plays a very physical style and is regarded as one of the best tacklers in the league, despite having a smaller 5-9, 180 pound frame.

Marker Farris can't seem to catch a break [11:01 AM] reports: Farris, who has had foot injuries previous two years, will be placed on the IR list. Farris, making his first NFL start, was injured by Travis Henry as he was blocked and rolled over his leg breaking it.

Other players are to be re-evaluated later this week.

Marker Larry Centers wins Game Ball of the Week [10:57 AM] reports: FB Larry Centers was chosen by fans to receive the Game Ball of the Week for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Centers became the first back in NFL history to record 700 catches in a career. You can ask Centers a question this week.

Marker Williams looks for ways to rally the Bills [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams feels the team's problems come down to poor execution of techniques and communication breakdowns by the players and coaches.'

Marker Fina eager to return to playing field [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The only thing harder than playing in the National Football League is standing on the sidelines and watching your teammates fight out there," he said. "It tears you up. It's the worst feeling. It's not because I don't have faith in the guys who are in there. It's just in your blood and you want to be out there."'

Marker Moulds, Johnson slam Bills schemes [5:27 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I don't think words can describe how I feel right now," Moulds said. "It's like I'm out there running around for nothing. It's ridiculous." Ouch.'

Marker Wilson sees two years for rebuilding [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"We're going to struggle this year coming up (2002), then we're going to be in the clear," Wilson said. "We'll have this cap strangulation behind us. "I told Tom Donahoe when I first talked to him, 'Tom, we've got a terrible cap situation and I want you to know that up front.' I admire him because he knew it and he still came over here and tackled the job." Wilson said he was for the fast, not gradual, approach.'

Marker Johnson's status uncertain as he nurses hip injury [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'One thing that is certain: If Johnson does practice and play, coach Gregg Williams expects him to play better than he did in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. "I thought he took a step back this week," Williams said yesterday after what must have been a painful film-watching session.'

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October 1, 2001

Marker Bills prepare to place Farris on injured reserve [7:11 PM]
AP reports: 'On Monday, Bills coach Gregg Williams said the team will place Farris on the injured reserved list, and consider their options on how to fill that roster spot.'

Marker Gregg Williams press conference [6:18 PM] reports: "I see a team struggling right now, and it's not just one or two individuals. At times we've had breakdowns in all three phases. These first three games, they have taken turns. Last week, we could not prevent the quick play over the top of the defense, and they put points on the board, which is tough to win ballgames that way. This week, it's tough to win any ballgame when you only score three points.

Marker October Wallpaper by Gina [2:55 PM] reports: The October Wallper is available on Buffalo Bills website featuring Travis Henry by TBD Alumini Gina 'Moose' Mustico.

Marker Another ugly loss for the Bills [2:26 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Are you ready for some BAD football? You'd better be if you're a Buffalo Bills' fan.'

Marker Despite win, Steelers need to get better [2:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The biggest problem for the Steelers on Sunday was themselves.'

Marker Injuries continue to mount [2:24 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Pittsburgh running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala's 22-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter marked the Steelers' first offensive touchdown of the season. They had gone over seven quarters, over 116 minutes, without their offense scoring a TD.'

Marker Steelers Run Over Banged-Up Bills [2:23 PM]
McKeesport Daily News reports: 'Now, Johnson surely did not throw yesterday's game against the Steelers, but he did look like a man basically without an offensive line. He was scrambling constantly and pressured all day by the Steelers.'

Marker Steeler Defense Overcomes Penalties [2:21 PM]
McKeesport Daily News reports: 'At halftime, the Steelers had 100 penalty yards compared to 115 yards of offense. Those 100 yards included five personal foul calls.'

Marker 5th Down: Pay attention to Centers [11:41 AM] reports: Pay attention to Larry. Watch him prepare, admire his attitude, and take notes on his work ethic. Study him like you’re readying for a final exam, then break the rules. Remember that honor code that you were bound by in college last year? Dump it. Copy Larry Centers. Imitate his every move. Do it outwardly and proudly. Plagiarize the heck out of this guy.

Your jobs may depend on it.

Marker Bills fall to Steelers, 20-3 [11:35 AM] reports: "Our defense played fantastic," Jay Riemersma said afterwards. "They made great strides with some of the key losses they have had. But clearly our offense has to get its act together or we will continue to go out there and get embarassed."

Marker Defense makes up for penalties, offense [10:16 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'Bills quarterback Rob Johnson threw for only 104 yards. He was sacked four times and pressured most of the game. Time and time again, he was pounded to the artificial surface. Johnson finally had to leave the game midway in the fourth quarter after he was chased and, just as he unloaded the football, slammed to the turf by outside linebacker Jason Gildon.'

Marker Pittsburgh says it'll take a win anyway it can get one [10:15 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'Buffalo's never-imposing offensive line was even weaker than usual, with rookie Marques Sullivan (previously a guard on Buffalo's depth chart) and Steelers wash-out Kris Farris starting at the two tackle spots. After Farris went down with a lower-leg break, Buffalo had to turn to Jon Carman, who until about 24 hours before kickoff held down a spot on the Bills' practice-squad roster.'

Marker Ex-Steeler Farris breaks a leg in his first start with the Bills [10:14 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '"I feel bad for Kris because he used to be one of us," Steeler cornerback Dewayne Washington. "After the game, we got together and said a prayer for him." Farris underwent surgery Sunday night and had a metal rod inserted into his leg.'

Marker Offense remains out of tune [10:12 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: 'How bad are the Bills? Pittsburgh committed 12 penalties for 125 yards ... and won. The Steelers failed to score an offensive touchdown until there was 3:52 left in the game ... and won. And quarterback Kordell Stewart completed 15 of 22 passes for a pathetic 107 yards ... and the Steelers won. But only because as bad as the Steelers were, the Bills were worse.'

Marker Defense shows way to end zone, provides early lift with touchdown [10:11 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: 'Thanks in part to a three-week layoff, it took the Steelers nearly a month to score their first touchdown of the 2001 season. And it was fitting that the touchdown was scored by the defense.'

Marker For fans, it's 'better safe than sorry' [10:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Some fans from Canada might have had trouble getting to the stadium, and some fans from Pittsburgh, the Bills' opponent, might have had trouble getting into the stadium, but new security measures instituted at the stadium did not seem to bother most, on a day when the home team limped off the field after a 20-3 shellacking.'

Marker Fans at stadium donate $20,000 [10:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans at the Bills-Steelers game Sunday donated nearly $20,000 to firefighters collecting money for the families of firefighters lost in the World Trade Center tragedy.'

Marker Bills stay on magical misery tour [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It ain't good," nose tackle Pat Williams said. "I'm just mad. I'm frustrated. . . . We can't quit. I'm not quitting. I don't want to lose any more. I'm tired of losing. It hurts."'

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