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Buffalo Bills News - September 17, 2003

Marker Reed distancing himself from drop zone [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"One thing I've learned is that you need a short memory in this league," Reed said. "Stuff like that is going to happen. The guy that stands apart from the rest is the guy who bounces back the next week. You're not going to be on top of your game every time. You can't let things like that bring you down."'

Marker The spat that won't go away [5:15 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Last season, cornerback Patrick Surtain said Moulds spit in his face, and that led to a costly personal foul against Surtain in the Dolphins' 38-21 loss. ''I lost all respect for him,'' Dolphins safety Brock Marion said of Moulds. ``What more can I say? If I spit on you, aren't you going to lose all respect for me? He's still a good player, but that's not called for in this game.'''

Marker Conservative? No, bad form [5:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'You can argue that the Dolphins should actively try to score on every possession, considering the nutsy, modern NFL, and maybe they should. You can use the phrase "lacking killer instinct" interchangeably with "conservative" if you must. But this team's missing killer instinct manifests itself more in execution -- on offense and defense -- and in attitude more than conservative play-calling, at least if Sunday is a guide.'

Marker Dolphin defense failing to cover [5:13 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Yet the Dolphins have allowed 10 passing plays of 20 yards or more and given up 632 total passing yards.'

Marker Bills not making too much of fast start [5:12 AM]
Vero Beach Press Journal reports: 'At least the Bills are acknowledging their weaknesses. Many teams would start complaining that they deserve more respect after winning two one-sided games to start the season. The Bills instead are choosing to point out what they've done wrong. "The thing that we're focused on is that we're still making a number of little mistakes," Bledsoe said. "We're not going to have games like these first two games all year. We're going to have a battle on our hands this week. We're proud of the points we've put up, but we have high hopes and we can't keep making those little mistakes."'

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September 16, 2003

Marker Buffalo Bills get history lesson with local kids [8:56 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Sam Aiken, Antonio Brown, Angelo Crowell, Jon Dorenbos, Mario Haggan, Chris Kelsay, Willis McGahee, Jerel Myers, Lauvale Sape, and Ben Sobieski joined 100 4th graders from M.L.K. Multicultural Institute (School #39) for the field trip, sponsored by Tops Friendly Markets.'

Marker Wright Arrested in New York [8:55 PM]
KFSN-TV reports: 'In January, Wright pleaded no contest to hit and run charges in Fresno, after an accident that left two people hurt.'

Marker New Chief on Carucci's totem pole [8:42 PM]
NFL.com reports: Beating Jacksonville so handily further validates the opening-day pounding of the Pats, but the Bills will need to show offensive balance sooner rather than later.

Marker Dolphins Plan Tribute to Celia Cruz [8:41 PM]
AP reports: 'The Miami Dolphins have announced plans to hold a tribute to salsa legend Celia Cruz during halftime of Sunday night's game against Buffalo.'

Marker Bills’ attack alive n’ clicking [2:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We kind of set the tone at the outset of both games ... that’s the thing I’m most proud of,” Gilbride said. “To take (the first possession) down and drive it in, gives your team ... the entire team, an overwhelming sense of confidence. It also alters the whole complexion of their game ... what their team is going to do defensively now changes and what their team is going to do on offense changes.”'

Marker Bills Coach Takes A Chance [1:36 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Yes, Jacksonville scored---but who cares? The Bills had 38 points. The failed fake punt was of no consequence to the outcome of the game. This has to be a horrible time for talk radio. What do you talk about when a team has played as well as the Bills the first two games, and there's nothing negative to drone on about? The answer-- they have to focus on an play that meant absolutely nothing.'

Marker This Week's game [1:19 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'After avenging a five-game losing streak to the Jets at the Meadowlands last Sunday, the Dolphins will try to halt a modest two-game winning streak by Buffalo in this series, and prevent the Bills from boasting their first three-game winning streak against Miami since 1993-94 (last of ’93 and both of ’94).'

Marker The Bills [1:18 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'The Bills are 2-0 and have outscored their first two opponents by a composite 69-17.'

Marker The Dolphins-Bills series [1:17 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'The Dolphins hold a 25-11-1 lead over Buffalo in games played in Miami during the regular season, while the Bills own a 9-7 advantage in games staged at Pro Player Stadium.'

Marker Dolphins-Bills Series notes [1:15 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'Bills RB Travis Henry surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in both games against the Dolphins last year.'

Marker Dolphins-Bills Connections [1:14 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'Bills special teams coordinator Danny Smith spent two years coaching his alma mater, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, where he tutored former Dolphins QB Dan Marino.'

Marker Bledsoe Up For NFL Player of the Week Honors [1:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe passed for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills' 38-17 win over Jacksonville. Bledsoe completed 19 of 25 attempts and recorded a 144.2 passer rating.'

Marker No. 1 Bills next up on the hot seat [11:57 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'This team is for real.'

Marker Send a question to Drew Bledsoe [10:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Now is your chance to ask Buffalo's quarterback a question!'

Marker Miami week means even more hype about Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's what Buffalo is about," guard Ruben Brown said. "That's what the Buffalo area is about, the Buffalo Bills and how well the Bills do. I've been here when we played crappy or we're not that good, and everybody in town is sad and down and they don't want to go anywhere."'

Marker 'Bookend' pair helping Bills turn new page [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But it's funny how a guy that big can get overlooked. He came here 17 months ago as the No. 4 pick in the draft, the Bills' highest draft pick since Bruce Smith. But he became old news after Drew Bledsoe's arrival. This year, all the fuss was about the new additions on the defense. It's reached the point where people take him almost for granted.'

Marker Wright was cut after three-car accident [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Team sources said Wright had his share of problems before his latest arrest. Just this season, he was served with an order to pay a car loan he abandoned in Tennessee. He was given an eviction notice for failing to pay rent on his apartment in Western New York. He also had his furniture repossessed because he failed to keep up with those payments, sources said.'

Marker Bills replay [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who is to blame for the poor running game, Travis Henry or the offensive line? Probably a combination, but one would have to lean toward the line. Henry knows how to run, and he usually makes good decisions on picking holes or cutting back. Against the Jags, he had nowhere to go because the line had trouble keeping Jacksonville’s front seven out of the backfield.'

Marker Do the Bills need to run better? [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Unless the Bills start establishing a ground attack, teams are going to start loading up against the pass and making it a lot more difficult for the gunslinging Bledsoe.'

Marker Miami still the king of Bills' rivals [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But Buffalo vs. Miami goes beyond the team. It extends to the fans. A clash of cultures. Chicken wings vs. tofu. Snow shovels vs. sun block.'

Marker Inside slant [5:20 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We've got to get better in everything, and that's certainly an area that has not been as consistent as we'd like it to be," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said of the running game. "(Jacksonville has) a good front, that's one of the strengths of their football team. That doesn't dismiss the fact that we have to run better, there's no question, but that's an area that they were committed to, stopping the run. What they were doing made it difficult to run, but it made them very vulnerable to us being able to hold the ball long enough to let some of those routes develop."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:19 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills have won their first games by a combined 69-17, but their running game is a point of concern heading into this week's game at Miami.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:18 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"If we are going to be the team that we expect ourselves to be, we have to win on the road. This was a big test for our young guys coming down here, but we've got another one next week." -- Bills coach Gregg Williams on winning the first road game of the year.'

September 15, 2003

Marker Bills riding high on Bledsoe's fast starts [9:24 PM]
AP reports: '''The first one, I think, we needed psychologically as a team after what happened the year before,'' said Gilbride, referring to Buffalo's two lopsided losses against New England last season. ''And this one (against Jacksonville) was to prove that it wasn't going to be a letdown, that we were going to come out and play just as well as we could as we did the previous week.'''

Marker Former Bills receiver charged with DWI [8:33 PM]
AP reports: Wright was arrested last Wednesday morning in the town of Hamburg, a suburb of Buffalo, after he was involved in a three-car accident. Three people were transported to area hospitals with injuries after Wright rear-ended one of the vehicles. Wright was also injured, but did not go to a hospital.

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