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Buffalo Bills News - November 16, 2004

Marker Bledsoe, Holyfield reach twilight time together [1:54 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'But they have to see the handwriting on the wall. Their time has come. While they may not be going out on top, they should contemplate bowing out gracefully while we can still remember them when they were great and not just as shells of their former selves.'

Marker Pats’ game wasn’t Bills’ best moment [11:30 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Every single piece of optimism Buffalo had generated in three consecutive victories at home was systematically debunked by the Patriots.'

Marker Bledsoe's best days long gone [9:54 AM]
Concord Monitor reports: 'Bledsoe gave $150,000 to his alma mater, Washington State, in the name of his grandfather. He's the international chairman of the Children's Miracle Network, raising millions of dollars to benefit hospitalized children around the world. He's been honored by the Pop Warner organization. He's written children's books. He's the ideal role model. He's the kind of guy you want your daughter to marry. But he's not the kind of guy you want quarterbacking your football team.'

Marker Seething With Anger [9:53 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The Bills team that showed up in Foxboro on Sunday night is the worst team in football. Arizona, San Francisco and Carolina all showed much more spark than the Bills. Even Miami had a better week and they were on a bye.

Marker Bledsoe is still starter . . . for now [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's still too early to rule out where we're going from this point in the season," Mularkey said after meeting with his players. "There are seven games left. We're not out of it. Drew has proven in three (wins) of four (games) before this game that he was a big reason why. We'll start with Drew this week."'

Marker Enough: Let Losman start at QB [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They're 3-6 now. It doesn't matter how they got there, or how close they came in a couple of the losses. They are what they are - an utter mediocrity, a team that front-runs in its own stadium but lacks the talent and heart to compete on the road. They have no shot. I'm told Wade Phillips has declared them out of the playoff race. So they might as well end the Bledsoe charade once and for all.'

Marker Is there anything left to play for? [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I hear there's a No. 11 jersey clear-out sale this week.'

Marker The Bills' future is now and starts with Losman [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I'm pretty sure every clear-thinking Bills fan has seen enough. I wish Mike Mularkey would admit that he has seen enough.'

Marker Line draws high praise [5:19 AM]
Boston Herald reports: ' Sam Adams did break through and slam his 335 pounds of flesh into Brady on one occasion, but for the most part, the O-line kept the quarterback clean. The unit also kept the running backs from much harm. After Dillon, Kevin Faulk also picked up 61 yards on 13 carries.'

Marker Pats rush to judgment [5:19 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Light, Andruzzi and Koppen overpowered the right side of the Bills line, which is where Dillon got most of his yardage.'

Marker An imperfect world and time have made Bledsoe a has-been [5:18 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'But it's not a perfect world, and Sunday night we saw Drew Bledsoe at his worst. As immobile as a statue. Making bad decisions. Throwing interceptions. Unable to generate anything. Just another quarterback in peril against the Pats' defense, the magic all gone.'

Marker Patriots' rushing attack hits a new high [5:16 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'The Patriots called on their three-tight end package about 10 times. Other times it was two tight ends and fullback Patrick Pass. Regardless of the power combination, the team dominated the time of possession game -- 41:22 to 18:38 -- accomplishing the goal of sucking life out of Adams and Williams. Adams is 6-foot-4, 335 pounds and Williams is 6-3, 317, so they're not built to play 41 minutes, let alone 31.'

Marker No longer in same league? [5:15 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'Clearly, Brady has played for better teams the last three seasons, but there was no escaping how good he looked and how bad Bledsoe looked Sunday night.'

Marker Belichick’s group stellar in picking apart Bills [5:14 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Belichick and Romeo Crennel decided to go with more zone coverage in the secondary to take away Bledsoe’s primary options and also mixed in enough pressure up front to keep him on his toes. The coaching staff once again made it a priority to stop the run, which set the tone for the rest of the game.'

Marker Tuesday's New England Coverage [5:13 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
A hike in his play (Boston Globe)
A strange twist: Bruschi is intact (Boston Globe)
Pats rush to judgment (Boston Herald)
Line draws high praise (Boston Herald)
Patriots' thin `D' gets fat (Boston Herald)
Bruschi brushes off injury scare (Boston Herald)
White lies (Boston Herald)
Patriots' rushing attack hits a new high (Metro West Daily News)
Pats coach explains reaction to Harrison penalty (Metro West Daily News)
An imperfect world and time have made Bledsoe a has-been (Providence Journal)
Only Patriots and Eagles are consistently good (Providence Journal)
Chiefs' Holmes is expected to miss Pats tilt (Providence Journal)
Bruschi Bends But Doesn't Break (Hartford Courant)
No longer in same league? (Springfield Republican)
Game 9: Patriots 29, Bills 6 (Springfield Republican)
Belichick’s group stellar in picking apart Bills (Woonsocket Call)
Bruschi OK following late injury (Woonsocket Call)
Bledsoe's best days long gone (Concord Monitor)
Two in a row and more to go? (AP)
Dillon leads Pats past Buffalo (The Sports Network)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Offensive line steals the show (Patriots.com)
Grogan's Grade: Week 9 (PatsFans.com)

Marker Inside slant [2:27 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Each of his interceptions were the result of poor throws or poor decisions and Mularkey admitted Bledsoe didn't play close to what he needed to in order for Buffalo to have a shot at upsetting the Patriots (8-1). Still, he said Losman, who broke his fibula in training camp and is still not 100 percent healthy, isn't close to being ready to assume the starting reins full time.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [2:26 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Corey Dillon became the first individual to top 100 yards on the Bills this season, running roughshod over the Bills' No. 3-ranked defense for 151 yards on 26 carries, a 5.8 average. The Patriots didn't bother attacking the middle of Buffalo's defense with Adams and Pat Williams there, so they hit the edges hard, with the majority of their runs going over undersized DE Aaron Schobel. Buffalo's tackling was horrendous, particularly by Fletcher and SS Lawyer Milloy who took too many wrong angles for players of their stature.'

Marker Notes, quotes [2:25 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'WR Jonathan Smith, a rookie from Georgia Tech, provided a bright spot for the Bills with a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown. Smith, a seventh-round pick last April, was one of the ACC's top return men, averaging 12.2 yards on 39 punt returns for his college career. "We practiced all week that maybe we'd get a short kick, and Nate (Clements) was back there relaying the calls and he told me the ball was mine," Smith said. "The blocking was great. I saw a seam and I just ran. I didn't have to make many moves because the blocking was so good."'

Marker Bills share high rent company in NFL's low rent standings [2:24 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'I think Mularkey can coach, and Donahoe can assess talent, and many of the pieces are already in place. The sooner Losman develops, the luckier the Bills will be.'

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November 15, 2004

Marker Donahoe on Bills' hot seat [9:35 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Some of his decisions, including the acquisition of Bledsoe from the Patriots in exchange for a first-round draft choice, and the release of Antowain Smith in 2001, one of his first decisions after joining the Bills, rank among his top 10 disasters.'

Marker Pats force Bills back to reality, back to the pack [9:34 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Willis McGahee, with 100-yard games in each of his first three starts (all Bills' wins), proved to be a non-factor in his Gillette Stadium debut, going for 36 yards on 11 carries in the first half when it mattered. "We were determined not to let him get 100 yards on us," said safety Rodney Harrison. "It was huge that we stopped him. We got turnovers and sacks and they didn't score on us."'

Marker Time to write Bledsoe's obituary as starting QB [9:31 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Bledsoe's evening was epitomized on the Bills' opening offensive series in the second half. The Patriots had just scored a field goal to go up 23-0. Bledsoe's answer? On first down, Bledsoe threw a bad incompletion about five feet in front of Moulds, who was standing still on the line of scrimmage. On second down, Willis McGahee was stuffed at the line of scrimmage for no gain. And then, on third down, another Bledsoe pass hit the ground about 10 feet in front of a running Sam Aiken.'

Marker Ask him yourself: Tom Donahoe [9:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Could you please explain to me how New England's offensive line, with an undrafted free agent and a couple of low round picks, was able to dominate our defensive line? Also, how could their secondary, with so many injuries, completely shut down our passing game? Is this bad coaching or bad drafting on our part? TD: New England's offensive line played well last night and we did not. It is only one game and you have to give them credit. We do like the progress our team has made over the last month and we cannot put aside the good things that we have started to do because of one sub-par performance.'

Marker Ask him yourself: Mike Mularkey [9:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Why was the team so unprepared to play? It has happened over and over again this season. Is it the players or the coaching staff? MM: It hasn't happened a lot. That was the first game we were soundly beaten. I feel like we were prepared and so did the players.'

Marker Mularkey sticking with Bledsoe as Bills starter [9:17 PM]
AP reports: '``I think it's still too early. I haven't wrestled with it yet because I don't think we're at that point yet,'' Mularkey said. ``There's still seven games left. We're not out of it. I think Drew has proven in the three wins before this game that he's a big reason why. And we'll go and start with Drew this week.'''

Marker Bledsoe Remains Bills Starter [9:17 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The head coach says J.P. Losman will get more practice time, but he's not even ready to be number two ahead of Shane Matthews this week yet. He played against the Patriots just to get a chance to call plays in the huddle and be under center.'

Marker Fading Bledsoe Still Has Heart [9:16 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'It was easy to bash Rob Johnson; he didn’t seem to care about anything. It was easy to bash Doug Flutie he only cared about himself. But, it’s hard to bash Bledsoe, because you take the one hundred most diehard fans in Western New York and they don’t want to win one-tenth as much as Bledsoe does. That’s what makes his demise so tough.'

Marker Game Notes: Bills vs. Patriots [5:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Brian Moorman: Posted a 48.0 average at New England, increasing career average to club-record 42.95…posted a long punt of 58 yds. And registered three kicks of over 50 yds…has recorded a 50+ yd. kick in 44 of 57 career games and eight of nine games this season.'

Marker A prime time flop for the Bills [3:46 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Tellingly, Mularkey noted, “We had some errant throws that got picked off. But they really didn’t do anything we didn’t expect ... that’s the disappointing thing. “They basically lined up the way we thought they’d line up. They didn’t do anything exotic ... didn’t try to trick us ... didn’t do anything that should have thrown us off. There were just better than we were.”'

Marker Bills take a big step backwards [3:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Talk about not ready for prime time.'

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