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Buffalo Bills News - December 19, 2004

Marker Donahoe well aware of QB's needs [4:58 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'He is one of the most stationary targets in the history of the NFL, one of the few guys you would bet against in a race with Dan Marino. Thus, Bledsoe needs receivers who can get open quickly and who can run.'

Marker Bills thrive with Vincent at free safety [4:57 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Vincent's transition is more a move of selflessness than an indication that he can no longer play cornerback consistently well. Bills second-year cornerback Terrence McGee has done a solid job replacing Vincent, while Izell Reese and rookie Rashad Baker weren't making much impact at free safety. "The thing I'd hate to do is take Terrence off the field, have Troy go back to left corner and still have a younger guy at free safety," said Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, whose third-ranked defense has played a significant role in Buffalo's rebound from an 0-4 record to 7-6.'

Marker Bills GM Donahoe makes right moves [4:56 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'Donahoe is not going anywhere. He is one of the best pure football men in the NFL and would get snapped up in a minute if the Bills fired him. In a changing time for management, Donahoe is a great leader whose decisions are starting to pay off in Buffalo.'

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December 18, 2004

Marker Snow, Arctic Blast Coming Sunday [2:17 PM]
WLWT-TV Cincinnati reports: 'Fans going to Paul Brown Stadium will feel as if they’re in Buffalo while watching the Bengals and Bills. For the 1 p.m. kickoff, it should be about 20° with a wind chill of 0° to 5°. By the fourth quarter, it should be about 17 with a wind chill of 0° to minus-5°.'

Marker Bills keep rolling towards postseason [1:50 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Bills, 30-20.'

Marker A punter's deep thoughts [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moorman, if not for the emergence of wunderkind Willis McGahee, might be the Bills' most valuable player.'

Marker Showtime for Schobel brothers [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Having sons playing on opposite sides might create some family conflict as for whom to root. But Aaron Schobel said his parents won't have that problem. "They just want us to play well," he said. "Who wins, it doesn't matter. As long as their boys play well and come out of the game injury-free, they'll be happy."'

Marker Spikes happy with move to Bills [8:33 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'This season is the first time he has played a game in December when his team was above .500.'

Marker Bengals vs. Bills [8:32 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Field position will be important and Buffalo's special teams are among the best in the NFL. Whichever team gets better play, or a big play, from its special teams will have the advantage.'

Marker Saturday's Cincinnati Coverage [5:14 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Getting finer with time (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Palmer is all but ruled out (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Bengals staying focused (Cincinnati Post)
Barring miracle, Kitna's the starter (Cincinnati Post)
Spikes happy with move to Bills (Cincinnati Post)
Bengals vs. Bills (Cincinnati Post)
Kitna gets chance to prove his merit (Dayton Daily News)
Lewis notes McGahee comeback (Columbus Dispatch)
Kitna gets nod (Bengals.com)
The Cell Phone Game (Bengals.com)
Bengals practice squad move (Bengals.com)
Injury report (Bengals.com)
Key matchups (Bengals.com)

Marker Tricks of Bills a real treat [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We'd run 'em in practice and I say, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" Villarrial says. "And then we'd go out there on Sundays, and our opponents would wind up being completely fooled. I'm a believer now. Mike Mularkey and Tom Clements are like mad scientists. Anything goes with them. I can't wait to see what they pull out of the hat next."'

Marker Spikes will finally play big game [5:00 AM]
AP reports: '“This is what I wanted to do, to be part of something special,” Spikes said. “The emotions are going to run wild, man. The biggest reason is I’ve never been in the month of December, this late, and still had something to play for other than pride.”'

December 17, 2004

Marker Clements Returns To The Field [5:19 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mularkey said that Clements told him he was able to go full out and it went well. The Bills head coach said he'll see how the cornerback feels on Sunday. He's listed as probable with a sore shoulder.'

Marker Bengals Have Balanced Attack [3:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Takeo Spikes is going back to Cincinnati this week and we'll see how he handles the situation during the week. We don't want him to get so tight that he doesn't play well. I want to make sure he goes out and does his job, cutting it loose, just as he has done for the last year and a half with the Buffalo Bills. As a coach, I don't want to build any pressure on him going back home where he got drafted. I think it's just another game for Takeo and there isn't any animosity toward the Bengals. He has to out and play like that because a player can get so wound up that he doesn't play well.'

Marker Rookies Celebrate Holidays with Kids [3:56 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The rookies hosted a Holiday party for 80 kids from the Salvation Army, Big Brother Big Sisters of Erie County, Gerard Place, Seneca Nation and Northwest Buffalo Community Center. The event was held in the Paul Maguire Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Over a dozen players from the Buffalo Bills attended the party, including quarterback J.P. Losman, wide receiver Lee Evans, and running back Shaud Williams. Even offensive lineman Ross Tucker stopped by along with newly acquired tight end, Rod Trafford.'

Marker Give-a-ways Build Creativity and School Unity [3:56 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This idea of promoting the Bills with the community benefiting is carried through in the Buffalo Bills Student Leaders program. Every month, students are given a promotional item to distribute at their school. Thus far, the students have taken full advantage of a great opportunity to give back. The schools have been extremely responsive and the Student Leaders have truly made a difference.'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Troy Vincent [3:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'How was the transition to FS? Are you comfortable back there, and how are you adjusting to playing a position you never played before? Are you willing to make this a long term move, and make it a permanent position? Great game and thanks for your thoughts.
TV: The transition has been a tremendous challenge. It's rejuvenated my body and my mind. I have to prepare as if I never taken a snap before at this level. Last week I had the rookie jitters, that first time of being on the field and not knowing the speed of the game at that position. The biggest transition is the speed of the game. At cornerback you could basically take yourself to the game and create a game yourself. At the free safety position the game has to come to you. You have to be patient because you're not just looking at one guy. It's a tremendous challenge for me but it's a position that I do believe I can excel at.'

Marker No More Doubters across the League [2:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I've been saying from day one that in this league you are one play away from being a good team, and one play away from being a bad team. The Bills have been getting some breaks over their four-game winning streak, but for the most part, they've made their own breaks by playing aggressively. The defense has been hungry and is making opponents pay with its physical style of football. They are punishing backs and receivers and that has led to a bunch of turnovers. You have to take the ball away to win in this league.'

Marker Buffalo (7-6) at Cincinnati (6-7) [2:40 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills 24, Bengals 21.'

Marker Lewis delivers attitude adjustment [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm not here to be close," he said. "We're here to win a championship. Close doesn't get you anything. We work too hard to settle for anything but winning the football game. We're going to keep working to find a way all the time to win the football game."'

Marker 'Odd Couple' of friends turn foes when Bills visit Bengals [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We talk about the same time every week," Bratkowski said. "Tuesday night around 11 when things are starting to wind down and we're going off to do our individual stuff. We talk once a week. Maybe twice.'

Marker Playoff tiebreakers have never resorted to a tossup [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Q: Since Terrence McGee is so fast and has so much range, why not put him at free safety and Vincent back at cornerback?
A: No question, McGee would give the Bills great range at free safety. Experience, however, is probably more important at free safety than at any position on the field, other than quarterback.'

Marker The Cell Phone Game [6:28 AM]
Bengals.com reports: 'This is the Cell Phone Game. Bills-Bengals Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Can you hear me now?'

Marker Another tough foe for Bengals [5:33 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"They are really the rock of the defense," Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said of Adams and Williams. "They can let the linebackers roam free. Your line pays so much attention to those two guys inside. They are so explosive. They create a problem."'

Marker Focused Spikes back in Cincinnati [5:32 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"When you get a new coach coming in, players don't know what to expect of the coaches and coaches don't know what to expect of the players," Spikes said. "It took a lot of time for (Mularkey) to understand who's going to be role players and who's going to be the sole-called key studs. It was a work in progress."'

Marker Friday's Cincinnati Coverage [5:31 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Palmer not yet counting self out (Cincinnati Enquirer)
SS Beckett doubtful to play against Bills (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Another tough foe for Bengals (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Rudi's battled the best (Cincinnati Post)
Rudi Johnson, game by game (Cincinnati Post)
Backup Kitna ranks as 1st-stringer in life (Cincinnati Post)
Palmer's down to 1 crutch (Cincinnati Post)
Focused Spikes back in Cincinnati (Dayton Daily News)
Kitna defends arm, Rudi earns praise (Dayton Daily News)
Kitna at peace with role (Columbus Dispatch)
Kitna & Palmer close friends despite differences (AP)

Marker Bills defense the grinch that steals offense [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We want three a game, not to get greedy, but to finish on a positive note," said Gray, whose unit has 28 takeaways, already 10 more than all of last season. "If you can get a positive number, the offense will have the ball on short fields and you have a great chance to win games."'

Marker Wannstedt pulls self from Pitt's list [4:55 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'One other former Pitt quarterback is clearly interested in a job once a new coach is hired. Alex Van Pelt, who is the Panthers' all-time leading passer and played for the Buffalo Bills for nine years, has contacted Long to let him know he's very interested in being a part of the new coach's staff.'

Marker Vincent's new job [4:50 AM]
AP reports: 'As a favor, Vincent asked Gray to design some plays in which the free safety would blitz, something the Bills didn't do with rookie starter Rashad Baker. Gray obliged and called Vincent's number on the first play against Cleveland. Vincent responded with a sack. "I didn't think he was going to start the game with it. At least let me get my feet wet and put me back deep," Vincent said, laughing.'

December 16, 2004

Marker Clements Misses Another Day Of Practice [4:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'You have to wonder if it's worse than Mike Mularkey is letting on.'

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