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Buffalo Bills News - December 8, 2000

Marker Ex-Coaches Say Responsibilities Must Be Delegated [2:10 PM]
Washington Post reports: 'Marv Levy, winner of four straight AFC titles and loser of four straight Super Bowls as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, always went in with a clear definition of what it takes to win.'

Marker Bills need much more from anemic offense [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With their playoff hopes hanging by a thread, the Bills can't afford a repeat performance. Monday could be a chance to make something happen on offense as the Colts have the 26th-ranked defense in the NFL.'

Marker Wounded knee clouding Fina's status; Hansen set to start [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Left tackle John Fina seems to be the biggest concern. He missed his second straight practice Thursday because of a sprained right knee suffered in the 33-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. He is questionable for the Monday night game at Indianapolis.'

Marker Bills, Colts seeking answers [7:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, if the Bills and their fans are perplexed by what has taken place in 2000, imagine what the Colts and the fine citizens of Indianapolis are going through.'

Marker Morris set to return against Colts [7:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills rookie running back Sammy Morris, who has missed three games with a high ankle sprain, ran well in practice yesterday and declared himself ready to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.'

Marker Bills turned on for prime time [7:17 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"We realize we are a long shot," tight end Jay Riemersma said following practice. "We also understand we are fighting for our jobs. We don't want to go out and be embarrassed."'

Marker Failing to live up to the hype of preseason [7:16 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"Their big three players have some of the most inconsequential statistics of any players in the league. They have the ability to play at a level that other teams can't or won't match, but they don't."'

Marker Sticking with Mora and Polian the right move [7:15 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The most important pieces are in place. If Polian can successfully massage the cap, renegotiate some deals and bring in some defensive help, there's no reason why the Colts can't return as a contender next year.'

Marker No loss of confidence in Polian and Mora [7:14 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Although his team will carry a 7-6 record and tag of "underachiever'' into Monday night's game with Buffalo, Irsay said the right people are directing the franchise. They are, he noted, the same ones who led the Colts to an AFC East title a year ago.'

Marker Colts fully prepared for QB double-threat [7:13 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Injuries (ankle, elbow, shoulder) and ineffective play (6-of-18, 44 yards, two interceptions last week vs. Miami) have resulted in Johnson failing to finish five of the nine games he's started this season. If that trend continues, it will be Doug Flutie to the rescue.'

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December 7, 2000

Marker Bills playoff hopes rest on Johnson, offense [8:14 PM]
AP reports: '"People aren't flying around and being real peppy around here right now."'

Marker Wiley delivers big plays by the sackful [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills took a chance in letting Bruce Smith go in a salary cap-cutting move after the 1999 season. There were many people outside the organization who weren't sure if Wiley was ready to assume full-time duty at Smith's right defensive end position. However, Wiley is making the gamble pay off.'

Marker Phillips should coach Bills next year [7:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'I don't believe he deserves to be canned. At least not yet.'

Marker Bills offence a symptom of poor coaching [7:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Ultimately, it is the head coach who must prepare his team every week and it was utterly clear from the opening moments that the Bills were not ready. In the one area where he could have made a difference, Wade Phillips failed his team.'

December 6, 2000

Marker Bills will be back home for holidays [7:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'And after what we all saw on Sunday, that embarrassing performance they gave in a 33-6 loss to Miami, it's probably a good thing.'

December 5, 2000

Marker Bills, Dolphins Search For Themselves [10:26 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'As surely as two losses in three weeks to the Bills had punctuated the Dolphins' decline under Shula, the end for Johnson started with last November's 23-3 loss in Orchard Park. Miami lost five of its last seven and got butchered in the playoffs, triggering the retirements of Johnson and Marino.'

Marker Bills figure to be home for the holidays [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But they finally came to grips with that grim reality Monday when coach Wade Phillips basically told them they probably won't be in the postseason for the first time since 1997.'

Marker Reinforcements may arrive in time for Colts game [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The injured player the Bills desperately need back is cornerback Donovan Greer, who has been sidelined for two full games and most of a third with a sore ankle. "We especially have to get him back because of his speed and he's a corner and we just don't have any corners," Phillips said.'

Marker Bills: We must regroup [7:09 AM]
D and C reports: '"We've got a lot of proud players, a proud team, and this next game, we'd better come back smoking."'

December 4, 2000

Marker Bills' playoff hopes slim to none following loss to Dolphins [8:31 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills situation is so desperate that they could be all but mathematically eliminated by the time they next take the field, Monday night at Indianapolis.'

Marker A Finn-ishing blow for the Bills [1:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Nothing like a public flogging in your own building to officially signify the end of your season.'

Marker Forget math, the season is over for Bills [1:21 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And that's why Buffalo's playoff hopes are as cooked as deep-fried baloney.'

Marker 'A little embarrassing? No that was a lot embarrassing' [1:20 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't like Flutie anymore," said a fan as he trudged out to his car late Sunday afternoon. "Not since he danced with Hillary."'

Marker Adding insult to injury [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Four starters were missing, so Buffalo's defensive problems in Sunday's 33-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium was no surprise. The Bills' offense had no excuse, however.'

Marker Bills' playoff hopes take beating [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How did the Dolphins exploit the Bills so badly? Let us count the ways...'.

Marker Patchwork defense shredded [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was tough to watch," said linebacker Sam Cowart, who was one of the walking wounded. "To see our defense struggle out there and knowing you could do something about it but can't . . . It was a helpless feeling."'

Marker Chilled Dolphins don't play like fish out of water [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Dolphins' dominance didn't belong solely to the offense. Their defense trampled Bills quarterback Rob Johnson, sacking him five times before he was benched in favor of Doug Flutie late in the third quarter.'

Marker In the final tally, Bills look like they've quit [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is still a mathematical chance they could make the playoffs, but you might as well turn the Bills over now. They're done. Barbecued. Home for the New Year. They had hopes of running the table before the Miami debacle. Now it wouldn't be a surprise if they ran it in reverse by dropping their last four.'

Marker Returns are in: Black, Price have potential [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Wade Phillips has resisted the idea of using Black or Price all season, but injuries left him no choice. Price took over punt return duties to relieve Watson, who is now starting at cornerback and is on all the other special teams.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ralph Wilson Stadium sold out for the seventh time in as many games as 73,002 showed they were more agreeable to handling the blustery weather than the Bills' performance. About 3,002 were there at the end.'

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