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Buffalo Bills News - November 11, 2003

Marker Simply put, Bills lack the skills [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bledsoe isn’t the only member of the offense who lacks speed. Most of his teammates do, too. Eric Moulds can motor but the Bills lack a speedy wideout on the other side to complement him. The team misses Peerless Price more than most observers expected. Top running back Travis Henry isn’t slow, but he doesn’t have the speed to consistently turn the corner.'

Marker Is this worse than 3-13 in 2001? [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'That rose you spoke of is now a dying plant in need of water, fertilizer, sunshine and, most importantly, a new gardener. Unless Williams can go 6-1 down the stretch, and he’s given us no reason to have faith that he will, he’ll be packing his air horns and the Bills will be back to square one. But hey, nobody should be catatonic with shock. The NFL is a league of teams du jour. Obviously, everybody overrated Buffalo’s talent moves, starting at the top with Donahoe.'

Marker Buffalo Bills replay [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Houston was blown out by Kansas City and Tennessee, but there’s no shame in that as they are a combined 16-2 this year. Otherwise, the Texans have been very competitive and downright pesky. They own victories over Miami on the road, NFC South leader Carolina, and lowly Jacksonville, and they scared the heck out of AFC South leader Indianapolis before succumbing in the RCA Dome. This is no gimme for the Bills, but then again, the University at Buffalo might not be a gimme for the Bills right now.'

Marker Inside slant [5:16 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The offensive line is woefully inept and is getting blown away by the blitzes, and the receivers, who are supposed to get open on hot routes against one-on-one coverage in blitz situations aren't doing it. But Bledsoe is the man with the ball in his hands and ultimately it comes down to what he does with it. This is a fact even Bledsoe won't dispute.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bledsoe repeatedly said after the game that there were plays to be made, but the Bills didn't make them. Ultimately, it was Bledsoe who didn't make them.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'DE Ryan Denney, a second-round draft choice in 2002, continues to start, but he also continues to give the Bills almost no production. He was credited with one tackle against the Cowboys, and he has just one sack this year.'

Marker The Day After: Gregg Williams Comments [5:13 AM] reports: "We as an offense have to find ways to score touchdowns. It's not just Drew. We've got to win the turnover battle when we go on the road. We didn't win the turnover battle again. That was the significant part of the ballgame. They were able to get a turnover in a short field and we didn't force them to kick a field goal. We didn't get any turnovers on defense and help our offense get a short field."

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November 10, 2003

Marker Bledsoe being blamed for Bills woes [7:30 PM]
AP reports: '''We love our guys,'' Teague said. ''It's obvious you can point to the quarterback and say, 'He should've thrown for 300 yards and we would've won.' I don't think it's warranted. ''But we're not really concerned about people outside of this locker room.'''

Marker Moulds still bothered by groin injury [7:29 PM]
AP reports: '''Mentally, you go out there and play and not worry about the injury, but at the same time you can feel it and it's there,'' Moulds said. ''I need a rest but we don't have another bye week so it's going to be an injury that's going to hamper me for the rest of the season.'''

Marker Bills lose, viewers snooze [2:32 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'You have to admire Gilbride's determination. No matter how few points the Bills score, or how pitiful they look not scoring them, he simply and utterly refuses to adjust in any way.'

Marker Bills’ defense needs a little offense [11:49 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Our record is what it is,” Bledsoe said. “We’ve got to win at least six of the last seven games to get ourselves in (to the playoffs) ... that’s what’s ahead of us.”'

Marker Bills still looking for a touchdown on the road [11:48 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Now I know why Buddy Ryan punched Kevin Gilbride on the Houston Oilers’ sideline about a decade ago.'

Marker Bill collector [11:47 AM]
Sherman Herald Democrat reports: 'The Buffalo offense only mustered two field goals in the first half, despite a 127-98 yard advantage.'

Marker Bills fans almost miss game in Dallas [11:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Making the three-hour drive from Houston to Dallas on Sunday morning, the group ran out of beer and decided to stop in the small town of Buffalo, which is two-hours away from Dallas. After realizing that beer is not sold in Buffalo because it is a dry town, the group got back on the bus, only to find that it had broke down.'

Marker Bills' grip is slipping [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The last time the Buffalo Bills' offense looked this bad over a four-game road stretch, Dennis Shaw and James Harris were sharing the quarterback duties. The year was 1971 and the Bills were 1-13.'

Marker Defense distraught over nonsupport [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's tough. I feel empty inside," cornerback Antoine Winfield added. "You go out there and give the effort and everything that we had. We just didn't have any help."'

Marker Clueless Drew's time as a Bill is ticking away [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But I have the same feeling about him that I did about Rob two years ago. The Bills are going nowhere with him at quarterback, and the sooner he's out of town, the better off they'll be.'

Marker Cowboys do it with defense [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Dallas blitz resulted in three sacks and two forced fumbles. On many third-down situations, Bledsoe wasn't given enough time to find a receiver.'

Marker Offensive imbalance remains [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In fact, the Bills had only two possessions where they ran the ball on consecutive snaps.'

Marker Monday Billboard [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pat Williams on the offense's minimal contribution: "When you hold a team to 10 points, you're supposed to win the damn game."'

Marker Bus woes can't keep Bills fans from game [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Most of them got here for the kickoff, but we didn't get here till after the first quarter," Koch said from the stadium parking lot after the game. "We held out for the new bus, and we had a woman driver who took us here at 80 mph. It was wonderful."'

Marker Bledsoe Bumbles Through Another Road Loss [8:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I'm trying to think if Rob Johnson, or even Todd Collins looked as bad as Bledsoe has for the past seven games.'

Marker Bills do the Texas pew-step [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Not good would be one way to describe the play of quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Drew is looking awfully Rob-like [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'At this point, the Bills must ask themselves whether they really want to activate the final three years of the contract they inherited from the Patriots after next season.'

Marker Admit it: Bills are not that good [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills QB Drew Bledsoe: There is no other way to describe his performance but to say it was pathetic. He passed for just 104 yards on 34 attempts, an incredibly dismal 3.0 yards per attempt.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Drew Bledsoe flunked his exam against his former teacher, Bill Parcells, completing just half of his 34 attempts for a mere 104 yards. Worst, he fumbled on two of the three times he was sacked, his first setting up the only TD Dallas would need. Was 2 of 8 for 1 yard in the fourth quarter when game was there to be won. Where’s Rob Johnson when you need him?'

Marker Cowboys defense makes Bills pay for mistakes [5:21 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Buffalo (4-5) has three star-quality offensive players – quarterback Drew Bledsoe, running back Travis Henry and receiver Eric Moulds. None made an impact Sunday.'

Marker Bledsoe has harried look vs. Dallas 'D' [5:20 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'The rest of the game, he was chased, sacked, hurried and generally harassed into a dreadful performance. Against a constant blitz, Bledsoe never could connect with his open receiver to force the Cowboys to back off. Even when he had time, it looked like he was in a hurry.'

Marker Corners keep passing tests [5:19 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Going against Newman and Mario Edwards, Moulds left Sunday with five catches for 32 yards, and Bledsoe had 104 yards passing. The Bills passing game looked as bad as the Redskins' the week before.'

Marker Cowboys' tight ends come up big [5:18 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'To ensure Buffalo would be fooled by the run fake, Parcells put two tight ends and two fullbacks in the game. Carter faked a pitch left and rolled right, where he threw a pass to Campbell, who was open in the back of the end zone.'

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