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Buffalo Bills News - September 10, 1999

Marker Flutie, Manning Difficult To Sack [6:24 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"Flutie is smart and has the ability to elude the pressure to make a play. And that is what makes him special. His decision-making is very good. He gets rid of the ball quickly, so he's not going to get sacked much,'' Phillips said. "Manning does that, too."'

Marker Cornelius Bennett To Face Bills [6:20 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It is exciting, because it's the beginning of another season. Thirteen years, whoever thought I'd be playing 13 years in the NFL," Bennett said. "I'm excited about playing Buffalo ... getting a chance to play against guys that I love as friends."'

Marker One More Time For Buffalo's Big Three Super Bowl Veterans [6:18 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Some might say that neither Reed nor Bruce Smith would be missed now that receiver Eric Moulds is emerging as a superstar, and defensive end Marcellus Wiley has proved more than capable. But the Bills say they would be lost without the Super Bowl veterans.'

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September 9, 1999

Marker Team Report 9/9/99 [11:57 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Sal Maiorana previews the Bills-Colts and also has this to say: FEARLESS FORECAST Doug Flutie is not going to take the big dip that many people are predicting this season. Opposing teams now have more video on Flutie to study, but the bottom line is that this guy knows how to play the game. Whatever defenses throw at him, he'll find a way to exploit it. He may not be as dynamic as last year, but that's only because it will be tough to top last year.

Marker Dave Goldberg's week one picks. [8:22 PM]
ESPNet reports: He actually picked the Colts to win.

Marker AFC East Preview [1:39 PM]
Washington Post reports: 'Flutie, 36, was rewarded with a huge contract, thus giving Buffalo two signal callers (backup Rob Johnson is the other) with starting-quarterback salaries. The downside of this was that the Bills couldn't afford to make a peep in the offseason free agent market, and therefore are pretty much the same team they were a season ago.'

Marker AFC East Preview [1:33 PM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 4. Buffalo Bills 6-10

Marker AFC Preview [7:05 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Buffalo Bills Outlook: Like Miami, the key rests with the ground game. Team officials showed their concern with RB Antowain Smith by unsuccessfully pursuing free agent Lawrence Phillips. Without a solid rushing attack, an early playoff exit looms.'

Marker Flutiemania II Revving Up [7:02 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'For the few remaining skeptics who figured the phenonenom known as Flutiemania would die off during the off-season, the exact opposite has transpired. Less than a year after the six-time Canadian Football League MVP returned to the NFL in relative anonymity as the backup quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, America's love affair with Flutie has continued to swell.'

Marker AFC Preview [7:00 AM]
New York Post reports: 'BILLS (10-6): Can Magic Man Doug Flutie do it again? Why not? C has been upgraded now that Jerry Ostroski has been moved there from RT, where hulking Robert Hicks takes over, and rook Peerless Price looks like nice third receiver, freeing up Kevin Williams for KOR and PR duties. And WR Eric Moulds is super. Antowain Smith and Thurman Thomas led third-best rushing attack last year. Rook CB Antoine Winfield will shadow slot receivers (Wayne Chrebet) and shore up third-down pass defense. DE Bruce Smith can still rush QB and NT Ted Washington and LBs John Holocek and Sam Cowart can stuff run.'

Marker Colts Will Defend Their Turf In Week 1 [6:30 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports: 'The Colts will open the season with an encouraging, 31-20, victory.'

Marker Colts' Run Defense Will Be Tested In A Hurry [6:28 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports: 'The Bills had the NFL's third-ranked rushing offense last season (135.1 ypg). But more telling than the raw numbers is Buffalo's commitment to the run. Despite the passing options provided by quarterback Doug Flutie and wide receivers Eric Moulds and Andre Reed, the Bills rushed a league-high 531 times in 1998. "Buffalo has the mentality to just pound you if they want to," Fangio said.'

Marker Flutie Back To Stir Things Up For Buffalo [6:23 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Apparently big bucks don't guarantee thick skin. Throughout the preseason Phillips handled his two pricey quarterbacks like a pair of fragile Little Leaguers, granting them equal status on the depth chart as co-starters. But Johnson, the oft-sacked former USC star who fires bullets, but sometimes wanders into trouble, knew the score. "It's Doug's town and Doug's team," Johnson said, "until something happens."'

Marker Panos Will Miss Opener Against Colts [6:19 AM]
D & C reports: '"I went to see the doctor yesterday and he said it would be in my best interest to sit down for this week," Panos said. "But they all agreed if I absolutely had to play and there were no other guards here, I would play. "I don't like the situation, but there's nothing I can do about it. I'm going to listen to them."'

Marker Inability To Run No Worry For Bills [6:17 AM]
D & C reports: '"Did we play a game yet that means something?" asked fullback Sam Gash. "My whole thing about this deal is to wait and see when the season starts to see what we do, what they allow us to do, and we'll get it done. "Yes, we didn't run the ball in the preseason, but I can care less."'

September 8, 1999

Marker To Pick a Champ, Cull Out the Losers [11:59 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Look at this piece of idiot analysis: "You can dismiss any team commanded by a Munchkin at quarterback: Chicago and Buffalo." Using logic like this, some guy named T. J. Simers manages to come up with Jacksonville beating Minnesota in the Super Bowl. To this I respond: Oh yeah, well our Munchkin beat your Super Bowl Champs last year! How do you explain that! Hmmmmmm?

Marker NFL Power Poll [11:47 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Sure, the Bills come in at #6 overall here, but the Fish at #2? Get real. As for the Jets.... look for them around #8.

Marker Bills Team Report 09/06/1999 [11:42 AM]
The Sporting News reports: "There is no quarterback controversy." Also, Sal calls Nails (listed 354) as "definitely in the 370 range."

Marker Zeigler will Start vs. Colts [11:35 AM]
Shout! reports: Panos won't play vs. the Colts, giving Zeigler the nod. In other news, Wade also has this to say about Anthony Gray ""I pick the team based on all aspects of their play. I like Gray, but I liked the other two guys better."

Marker Flutie Named the Starter [11:20 AM]
Shout! reports: Wade finally comes clean and calls Flutie the starter, *but* he also says that RJ will see some playing time. This sounds a lot like the plans instituted for McNabb in Philly and McNown in ChiTown. Perhaps history will look back on the QB Class of '99 as having a sixth member.

Marker No More Containers? [7:40 AM]
Shout! reports: TBD columnist, A. James Nicholas is hot under the collar Bills fans. The new container rules instituted by the Bills this year at RWS are short-sighted at best and a big corporate money grab at worst. Thankfully, Shout! and TBD have given him a forum to release some steam!

Marker Kickoff 1999! - Bills vs.Colts [7:39 AM]
Shout! reports: The Bills start the 1999 season with a visit to Indianapolis to play a dangerous Colts team. TBD columnist, Eric Schweitz, takes a look at the kickoff of the new season - the Bills vs. the Colts!

Marker Running Wild [6:34 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The reason the running game has been lagging is more a matter of preseason strategy than missed blocks, blown assignments and aching muscles, according to Smith. "We haven't opened up the whole offensive package because we don't want to show teams what we're going to be doing in the games," he said. "We're limited to three or four runs that we're trying to execute."'

Marker Bills Name Three Players To Practice Squad [6:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The three are fullback Brian Edwards, running back Lennox Gordon and wide receiver Jeremy McDaniel, the team said Tuesday. They were among 13 players cut by the Bills on Sunday. Teams are allowed to keep as many as five extra players for their practice squads.'

Marker Reed Brings Along His Proteges [6:27 AM]
D & C reports: '"It's nice. They're my proteges," Reed says of Moulds and Price. "It's a sense of accomplishment for me. I try to set an example for everybody here. As far as receivers go, as a veteran, as a leader on the team for a lot of years, you take that upon yourself to be an example. When it comes down to it, the younger guys are going to look up to us veterans. We didn't stay around this long not knowing what we're doing."'

September 7, 1999

Marker NFL Team Values [7:31 AM]
Forbes Magazine reports: 19. Buffalo Bills $326,000,000

Marker Undrafted Free Agent Carpenter Makes It Big With Bills [6:16 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips knows why Carpenter is getting ready for the Bills' season opener at Indianapolis on Sunday and not looking for a job. "He makes plays for us," said Phillips, who was impressed with the way Carpenter managed to zero in on the ball with special teams and in the defensive backfield. "He caught my eye a lot, and he deserves to be on this team."'

September 6, 1999

Marker Fox Sports Net Hires Marv Levy For NFL This Morning Pregame Show [8:13 PM]
Fox Sports reports: '"When we first announced the creation of the NFL THIS MORNING, we made clear our commitment to having outstanding talent in studio. Hiring Marv Levy is a key step in that direction," said Terenzio who, along with FSN executive vice president programming and production Arthur Smith, will serve as executive producers for NFL THIS MORNING. "Marv’s years of experience and track record as a winner place him in an elite class among NFL coaches. We’re thrilled to have him on board for both the pregame show and for FOX SPORTS NEWS."'

Marker Advice From A Champion Nice Guy [7:43 PM]
San Diego Union-Tribune reports: 'Levy wound up as a runner-up in four Super Bowls when he was handling the Buffalo Bills, not that that diminished him, in my thinking. His team taught us something about gallantry, about striving and failing and coming back to strive and fail some more. That was the Bills' triumph and it was all of ours.'

Marker Bills' Top Preseason Running Back Given Pink Slip [6:56 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But Gray's departure didn't surprise veteran running back Thurman Thomas. "You don't always see everything when you're watching the game from the outside," Thomas said. "A guy might not be playing as well in practice as he is in a game. (Gray) made a lot of mistakes and that might have cost him."'

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