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Buffalo Bills News - September 19, 2004

Marker Raiders return to old-style offense [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We are going to push it down the field and we're going to take our shots," said Gannon. "I think we have a little different personnel than a year ago. You look over the preseason and the first two games of the season, and you can see we do have some people who can really get vertical and stretch the defense."'

Marker Strong, silent type [6:28 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'During games, Wyche works in a booth upstairs connected via headset to offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who calls the Bills' plays. When he's with the quarterbacks, say on the field before a game or at practice, Wyche has a miniature amplifier he can wear on his belt. So far, he really hasn't had to use it.'

Marker Mularkey lands in Buffalo [6:16 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'People close to Mularkey say he said no to the Raiders because the Bills made it clear that Mularkey was the front-runner among the seven candidates they interviewed.'

Marker Sunday's Oakland Coverage [6:15 AM] reports:
Running into Black Hole (Oakland Tribune)
Mularkey lands in Buffalo (Contra Costa Times)
Bills (0-1) vs. Raiders (0-1) (Contra Costa Times)
Raiders still ironing out the kinks (San Jose Mercury News)
Raiders' need to strike balance puts emphasis on run game (San Francisco Chronicle)
Raiders (0-1) vs. Bills (0-1) (San Francisco Chronicle)
Strong, silent type (San Francisco Chronicle)
There's money in it if Woodson plays big (Sacramento Bee)
Raiders vs. Buffalo (Sacramento Bee)
Gannon, Mularkey share common roots (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Rice adjusting to role (Springfield Republican)

Marker Bills are ready for Raiders and their fanatics [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I looked up in the stands and this kid was probably 8 years old and he was giving me the finger, and he was standing next to his dad,” Villarrial recalled. “You can expect the unexpected at this place.”'

Marker Roland is a Raider to the core [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I look at things this way," said Williams, who will hold his sixth youth football camp in Rochester next summer. "The average NFL career lasts 2.5 years, so I've almost tripled that. That makes me pretty lucky."'

Marker Bills face Raiders and Oakland Coliseum’s mystique [5:07 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Meanwhile, first-year Raiders’ coach Norv Turner is delighted by the intimidating reputation of his team’s home field. “It’s hard to play here,” he said, “just like it’s hard to play in Pittsburgh or Buffalo. We’ve got to make it a homefield advantage. We have a great start with our fans ... they’re fabulous and they’re different, but we have to do what it takes at home to ignite them.”'

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September 18, 2004

Marker I'll be billionaire in 10 to 15 years [6:08 PM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Q: How long is it going to take you to make $1 billion? A: It's something I threw out there. I don't know. Say, 10 to 15 years. I think that's conservative.'

Marker What to Look for…Bills vs. Raiders [5:51 PM] reports: '"They've got a tough defense," Bledsoe said. "They're not afraid to come after you with the blitz because they have one of the best corner tandems in the league in (Charles) Woodson and (Phillip) Buchanon. Those guys can cover man-to-man as well as anybody. When they leave those guys in coverage we're going to have to make plays against them."'

Marker Lindell finds life beyond 40 [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's the longer kicks that he falters on. The longest field goal Lindell hit last season was a 44-yarder - every one of the other 31 NFL teams had a kicker make a longer field goal than that.'

Marker Bills' Bledsoe is prepared for a 'Black Hole' welcome [8:56 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: '"I do feel like we have enough (talented) skill position guys that the big plays are going to happen for us," Bledsoe said.'

Marker A new challenge for Bledsoe [6:28 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: '"I hesitate to say I'm looking forward to it, but it's certainly one of those unique experiences in the NFL,'' he said. "Like I guess, without being there, it's kind of like going to Green Bay. It's just one of those unique places in the league where it's an experience to be a part of it.'''

Marker Bills' Bledsoe seeking change of fortune [6:18 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: '``Last year we really struggled with our passing game,'' Bledsoe said. ``Our stud, our horse in the passing game, Eric Moulds, was hurt most of the year. And we really didn't have a speed guy to stretch the field. We made too many mistakes offensively to consistently move the ball. This year I do feel like we have a team that can execute in that manner.'''

Marker Bledsoe knows slow start is no reason to panic [6:17 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Not so important that either team should refer to it as a must-win game, he added. "It can be done if you go 0-2," Bledsoe said. "But at the same time, that's a pretty big hole to have to start digging yourself out of to start the season. So, this is a pretty pivotal game for both of us, even though it's very, very early."'

Marker Saturday's Oakland Coverge [6:16 AM] reports:
Illegal contact? No problem (Oakland Tribune)
Bledsoe knows slow start is no reason to panic (Contra Costa Times)
Bills' Bledsoe seeking change of fortune (San Jose Mercury News)
A new challenge for Bledsoe (San Francisco Chronicle)
Bills' Bledsoe is prepared for a 'Black Hole' welcome (Sacramento Bee)
Defensive backs fit right in (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

Marker Raiders' Turner is NFL survivor [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Having faced the Bills five times in the past three years (3-2 record), he knows Buffalo defensive coordinator Jerry Gray inside and out. "Put the tape on from say Week 2 of last year when we played them and you see guys grow and understand the defense better and not make the little mistakes," he said. "There's no question that the Bills defense is as talented as any in the league. Jerry's done a great job with them and they continue to get better."'

September 17, 2004

Marker Venturing into the Black Hole [9:21 PM] reports: '“When they pressure us we're going to have the opportunity to take some shots,” Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. “They are aggressive in the secondary, both at the corner position and their safety's they're aggressive as well. There should be some chances to take the ball down field against these guys.”'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Eric Moulds [5:06 PM] reports: 'Bouncing back from a loss like last week can be difficult. Do you see this team being more resilient than last years? And, what role do you feel you play getting the offense rejuvenated after last week's loss?
EM: We just have to go out there and play a lot better. I think when we have an opportunity to put teams away we've got to put them away. When we have an opportunity to make plays we have to make them. It was a loss and losses always hurt you but at the same time we have 15 more games left and we'll go from there and hopefully things will work are way.'

Marker Buffalo (0-1) at Oakland (0-1) [1:03 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Raiders 26, Bills 21.'

Marker I Want Proof [1:03 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Oakland 24 Bills 17.'

Marker L.A. Bills Backers Show Support [12:03 PM] reports: '"The General Manager of the restaurant, Jimmy Peterson, is a Bills fan," said the club's co-president Kim Montoya. "When he approached one of our members [about making the restaurant the new home for the group], my husband and I went over and tested the wings. Then we were all set."'

Marker Legendary challenge awaits Smith [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's going to be exciting considering I used to watch those guys on TV when I was in college," Smith said. "I think it's going to be a big test, a big challenge."'

Marker Halloween atmosphere won't be a treat for Bills [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I remember my first game there," said Bills guard Chris Villarrial of a 1999 trip with the Chicago Bears. "I looked up in the stands and this kid was probably 8 years old and he was giving me the finger, and he was standing next to his dad. You can expect the unexpected at this place. It's unusual. It's going to be a loud environment."'

Marker Ex-teammate Mularkey to coach against Gannon [6:58 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'Gannon said he was ``totally'' surprised that Mularkey, whom he played with in 1987-88, delved into coaching because in the 1980s he seemed a better fit for Saturday night at the comedy club than drawing up X's and O's on a Sunday afternoon.'

Marker Friday's Oakland Coverage [6:56 AM] reports:
Walker suddenly starting on bench (Oakland Tribune)
Gannon works on quicker release (Oakland Tribune)
Walker left out in O-line shuffle (Contra Costa Times)
Johnson waits for turn to contribute (Contra Costa Times)
Top pick Gallery unseats Walker at right tackle (San Jose Mercury News)
Ex-teammate Mularkey to coach against Gannon (San Jose Mercury News)
Raiders' game Sunday not on TV (San Jose Mercury News)
Rice adjusting to new role (San Francisco Chronicle)
As usual, no local TV for Sunday's home opener (San Francisco Chronicle)
Gallery replaces Walker at tackle (Sacramento Bee)
Are team's multiple sets too complex? (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Rookie Gallery to make first NFL start as Oakland's right tackle (AP)

Marker Spikes still driven [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Thank God for guys like him. He's what we hope the makeup of this team is going to be when it's all said and done."'

Marker Don't discount debut of McGahee [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Henry, a two-time 1,000-yard rusher, remains the starter. He ground out 75 yards on 23 carries against the Jags. But don't be surprised if McGahee receives more carries as the season progresses, maybe even Sunday when the Bills visit the Oakland Raiders, who start run-stuffing Ted Washington and Warren Sapp on the defensive line.'

September 16, 2004

Marker Bledsoe curious heading into first game in Oakland [10:17 PM]
AP reports: '"I'm a little interested to see what that's all about," Bledsoe said. "I've heard about it and I've seen it on TV. I know it's a crazy, crazy place to play. And I hesitate to say I'm looking forward to it, but it's certainly one of those unique experiences in the NFL."'

Marker Adversity arrives early for Mularkey's Bills [10:00 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Playing well isn’t the same thing, though. Attention to detail and game awareness are just as crucial as the willingness to bang your head against a locker-room wall, and the vaunted (in some circles) Bills defense came up woefully short in both categories on Jacksonville’s final drive last week.'

Marker Wire Heading Back to School for Charity [9:44 PM] reports: '"Coy is a tremendous role model on and off the field, who is willing to work hard to help this community," said Joe Ferrino, Vice President of the local McDonald's Co-op. "The McDonald's team appreciates Coy's devotion to the community and his dedication to this program. The opportunity for local students to have an NFL player as their principal for a day is exciting and we could not do this without Coy."'

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