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Buffalo Bills News - November 10, 2004

Marker Wednesday's New England Coverage [5:35 AM] reports:
Halftime (Boston Herald)
No (tight) end in sight (Boston Herald)
Inspiration (Boston Herald)
Confident Despite Thinning Defense (Hartford Courant)
Pats may start searching for players for its depleted o-line (Woonsocket Call)
It won’t be as easy this time around (Woonsocket Call)
Dream comes true for this young Patriots rooter (Providence Journal)
Patriots vs. Bills Pre-Game Notes (
Bills stampede into Foxborough to take on the Patriots (
Pats work out two linemen (

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November 9, 2004

Marker Haddad Is Back [9:49 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He was cut last Friday because Buffalo needed a fourth receiver and Haddad was nursing a hamstring injury. Jonathan Smith was elevated from the practice squad for the Jets game.'

Marker The Questions: With Takeo Spikes, Bills Linebacker [9:35 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Most treasured possession?
A picture of me and my father taken after a game in '99. He passed away in 2001, and I take the photo with me when I go on the road.'

Marker Bills re-sign WR Haddad to practice squad [5:22 PM]
AP reports: 'The move came after the University at Buffalo product had cleared waivers. After opening the season on the Bills practice squad, Haddad was promoted to the active roster last month and appeared in one game.'

Marker Bills Sign Haddad to Practice Squad [5:06 PM] reports: 'The Bills announced today that the team has signed WR Drew Haddad to its practice squad.'

Marker HS Football "Coach of the Week" - Week 10 [5:05 PM] reports: 'Coach Jay Sirianni of Southwestern Central High School has been named the Buffalo Bills high school football “Coach of the Week” for the tenth weekend of the 2004 season (November 6-7).'

Marker Patriots vs. Bills Pre-Game Notes [5:02 PM] reports: 'Bill Belichick holds a 7-3 career record against Buffalo, including a 7-2 record as head coach of the Patriots.'

Marker Bills stampede into Foxborough to take on the Patriots [5:00 PM] reports: 'The Patriots have recorded a 19-3 (.864) all-time record at Gillette Stadium, including regular-season and postseason games. New England has won 15 consecutive regular-season and postseason contests at home, compiling the longest current home winning streak in the NFL.'

Marker Things Starting to Come Together [3:06 PM] reports: 'Drew Bledsoe had great pocket awareness this week. His performance really stood out to me. I thought he scrambled well and ducked around the pass rush. He was able to buy himself some more time and get the ball into the hand of his receivers. He wasn't doing that so much in the beginning of the season but he's really started to come on strong these past few games. I liked how he saw that he had room to run on some of the plays and he took it. That was something I haven't seen him do much in the past, but very impressive nonetheless.'

Marker An unbelievable column, plus guest speakers give the halftime tirade [3:06 PM] reports: The Bills handed off to Greer on a reverse, and the gentlemen was swarmed under by Jets defenders, who dropped him for a loss: He might as well have handed out cards that said, "I have come in to run a trick play."

Marker Bills rolling but not away from home [11:52 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'I’m not totally convinced the Bills are contenders instead of pretenders at this point — but one way to win me over is simple: win on the road. Sunday would be a good start down that road.'

Marker Run atop luxury boxes ends in fall and arrest [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A 22-year-old Rochester man who attempted to run most of the way around Ralph Wilson Stadium on top of the luxury boxes during Sunday's Bills-Jets game fell down into the lower bowl and was arrested later on three misdemeanor charges, authorities said Monday.'

Marker Return of Milloy a big boost [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm just happy to have an opportunity to contribute in whatever fashion I can," Milloy said. "I'm not a savior or anything like that, but I definitely believed I had what it took to help the team."'

Marker Mularkey has Bills progressing [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There's no doubt Mularkey is still carving out his coaching identity, defining his style. Eight games into his career, I'd give him a B.'

Marker Mike Williams waits on tests [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey did not indicate if Williams would be able to play Sunday night at New England.'

Marker Confident Bills face a huge hurdle: Beat Patriots on road [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Thanks to the not-so-friendly schedule maker, Buffalo plays five of its final eight games on the road starting with a rematch against the AFC East Division-leading New England Patriots (7-1) Sunday night in Foxboro, Mass. This game could very well determine the Bills' playoff fate.'

Marker Can McGahee make difference vs. Pats? [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Well, you said it all very well, partner. But I'm not sure even that complete team effort you're referencing will be good enough to beat Tom Brady and his fellow Super Bowl champions. Remember, the only game the Patriots have lost was on the road against what is probably the best team in football right now, Pittsburgh. And in that game, they didn't have Corey Dillon. Sunday, Dillon will be back, and the Patriots will be at home. That's an awfully tough mountain for the Bills to climb.'

Marker We'll take Bills to block [5:00 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Who do these guys think they are, the Pittsburgh Steelers?'

Marker Bills' 'Smash Mouth' may be smashing success [4:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'McGahee has three starts, and the Bills are 3-0 in those starts, with the former Miami U star rushing for over 100 yards in each game. It’s not the only reason the Bills won those three games; the defense is playing better and the special teams have been superb. But it’s pretty obvious how the emergence of #21 changes things.'

Marker Mid-Term Grades [4:58 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'This team is steadily improving, and there is renewed hope for the second half of the season. The best way to raise the grade, and keep hope alive is for the Bills to prove they can win on the road. There’s no better place to start than on the road, in primetime, against the Defending Champs.'

Marker Inside slant [4:57 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'For the season, the explosive McGahee has 11 runs of 10 or more yards and six of 15 yards or longer. What's he think of topping 100 yards in each of his three starts so far? "God's on my side on that situation," he said. "And thanks to the 0-line, because they have faith in me and I try to make them look good."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:56 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey's three wins so far have been of the "smashmouth" variety and this effort was textbook. Any team that can run 46 times on one of the NFL's better defenses will win a lot of games.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:55 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'CB Troy Vincent, who missed his fifth consecutive game following knee surgery, is expected back for the Patriots game. The Bills are pondering using the 13-year veteran at free safety and keeping second-year man Terrence McGee at left corner, but those plans could be put on hold after McGee's struggles vs. the Jets. McGee allowed six big pass plays for 163 yards, including a 51-yard TD strike from Quincy Carter to Santana Moss with 4:06 to play. McGee fell down on the play along the Buffalo sideline. "I slipped but still, that kind of showed what kind of day I was having," McGee said. "It's nice to get the win, but it's a hurting feeling to know that you really hurt the team and it could've been a loss."'

November 8, 2004

Marker Bills buoyed by sudden resurgence [9:20 PM]
AP reports: '''They're getting it,'' Mularkey said, referring to his players. ''When you have production that supports what you've been talking about for months and months, there's no better support than actually having it happen on the field.'''

Marker Deputy struck ater Bills game speaks out [9:19 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The Sheriff's office says a vehicle exiting the stadium after the game struck him from behind. "Next thing I know, I'm rolling on the pavement," says Andolina, "I was worried about my legs and being paralyzed or something. So I laid there for a second, wiggled my fingers and toes, bent my leg and said 'okay, I'm good." Andolina then said, "I go, 'what happened to me?' and they said, 'you just got hit by a car."'

Marker Sheriff's Deputy Chair-Bound after Close Call [9:18 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'About an hour after the Bills-Jets game ended on Sunday, Andolina's bike was hit from behind by a car leaving a parking lot. Andolina said, "My feet actually came out of my sneakers as I flew onto the front of the car."'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:34 PM] reports: 'What do you think is the main reason for this turnaround? Better coaching? He players have stepped up? Or something else?
MM: Players have responded to the adversity they have faced and we're starting to play a little smarter football, were are not beating ourselves and are playing more physical.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:32 PM] reports: 'Travis Henry will be a free agent after next season. Will you be willing to trade him this off-season for offensive line help or draft picks?
TD: At end of the season we always sit down and talk about all of our personnel and team issues. We look at each player individually and try to decide who is improving and who has leveled off, or maybe in some cases, who is even declining. Our focus right now is strictly on New England and not on the off-season.'

Marker Williams Still Having His Neck Checked [5:09 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Terrence McGee had his second straight tough game at CB against the Jets. Mularkey said he didn't expect McGee to be a shut down corner in just his second season. The Bills head coach is leaving his options open saying they could go back to Troy Vincent when he's healthy or use somebody else. Those candidates would be Kevin Thomas and Jabari Greer.'

Marker At last, Buffalo puts it all together [3:36 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'It would be easy, and probably wrong, to completely attribute the Bills' sudden synchronicity to the emergence of Willis McGahee, but there's no arguing against the notion that he provides the spark and a fair amount of fuel.'

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