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Buffalo Bills News - September 2, 2001

Marker New boss, new plan in place [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's the learning curve of the offense," Johnson said. "It's just a matter of doing it over and over. We've been working hard and I think we'll be all right."'

Marker Bills take on a different sound [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'Both WHAM and WCMF will have extensive Bills programming before and after games, as well as during the week, when each station (and their affiliated stations) will trot out a series of experts to talk about the team. "We're putting more time and effort and energy into coverage of the Bills this year than we did when we had the play-by-play," says Jeff Howlett, station manager at WHAM. Howlett adds that WHAM decided not to buy the play-by-play rights because of the high cost, a cost it did not want to pass along to its longtime advertisers. WHAM has been running ads that declare that its coverage is not "the company line," suggesting that WCMF will cave into pressure from the Bills to be positive.'

Marker On any given Sunday [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '20. Buffalo Bills...predicted record 6-10.'

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September 1, 2001

Marker Let the games begin [11:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Im just glad we got the preseason out of the way, and we can start working on the Saints, said defensive tackle Pat Williams. We just ran basic fronts, and we didnt want to show anything. Were saving everything for the Saints. For the grand opening, you will see our whole playbook.

Marker Bills have decisions to make, look to finalize roster [11:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I felt a few guys came out and played pretty decent tonight overall," Gregg Williams said after Thursday's pre-season finale in Pittsburgh. "I thought some of our young guys didn't step up to the plate and do some things that they could have done better.

Marker Post-preseason Audio Interview with Tom Donahoe [9:25 AM]
The Sporting News reports: [Audio only - recorded prior to Pittsburgh game]
Donahoe talks about old issues, preseason (Bills are a work in progress), officials (no concern, officials are competent), 3-4 defense (some players better suited for 3-4, Gregg was willing to go 4-3 but ultimately he was going to go to 3-4) and Buffalo on Superbowl losses (hope champiobnship in time).

Marker Henry hammers his way into starting lineup [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Travis Henry gets the football in his hands, he knows where he's going. Any novice fan can see it.'

Marker Hulsey waits for final call [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hulsey, a 6-foot-5, 340-pounder, seemed to hold his own again at right guard in the Bills' preseason finale. It appears he will win the job created when Jerry Ostroski suffered a broken leg.'

Marker Channel 29 seeks Johnson, Flutie doubleheader [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Fox affiliate is carrying the Bills-Saints opener Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. because the road team determines which network gets to carry the game. The Saints are a NFC team so the game goes to Fox. Channel 29 also gets to carry a second game on a Fox doubleheader weekend, since the game won't conflict with a Bills home game. WUTV has asked for Flutie's opening game when San Diego hosts Bruce Smith and the Washington Redskins at 4 p.m. It won't find out if its request is being granted until Tuesday, but it would be a major surprise if Fox said no because it has to realize the interest here.'

Marker WR Eric Moulds is #4 in compensation this year [8:42 AM]
ESPN reports: At $12,502,560, Eric Moulds is one of 54 players making $5 Million a year more in compensation including a player's base salary for 2001 and all signing, reporting, roster and offseason workout bonuses.

Marker Bills pretender to AFC Championship [8:34 AM]
ESPN reports: The Bills are coming off an 8-8 season and have a new HC, who's brought in a positive attitude.

The problems are that Buffalo chose the wrong QB in keeping Johnson over Flutie and there simply are too many questions on this team, such as who's going to run the football?

Johnson, who's being backed up by Van Pelt, a player who it seems hasn't taken an NFL snap since Ronald Reagan was in office, has to stay healthy -- something he's never been able to do.

Marker Locker room barriers broken [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"When we came in, both Tom (Donahoe) and I, that was one of the first things we talked about is that there was some division in the locker room," Williams recalled. "So why not get down to brass tax and correct it immediately. That's something a coach can correct, so we intermixed the team and that's the way it will be as long as we're here."'

Marker Topping Titans last season a reason for Bills' optimism [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills looked ready in their final preseason game Thursday night -- ready to go about 3-13 this season. Bills fans can only hope that strangely confident coach Gregg Williams and upbeat quarterback Rob Johnson are saving their good stuff for the Sept. 9 season opener against the New Orleans Saints.'

August 31, 2001

Marker Ex-Bills RB Jonathan Linton cut by Titans [10:57 PM]
Titan's Website reports: Probably the most difficult one I've had thus far would be that of Jonathan Linton. Jonathan is really a nice person and a hard worker. In retrospect he probably didn't get a chance, so I apologized to him for that. There's nothing fair about the business often times. That was probably the hardest one because we moved him to fullback and he got some work. It's hard to evaluate a player in his position, based on the amount of time he had.

Marker Questions persist as Bills prepare to make final cuts [7:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Gregg Williams has to cut 12 players from his roster by Sunday afternoon. Problem is, the Buffalo Bills head coach would probably like to release a few more based on his team's mediocre preseason performances, capped by Thursday's 20-0 loss at Pittsburgh.'

Marker Size Doesn't Matter [2:00 PM]
Forbes reports: From the 09.17.01 issue:
Current value: $393 mil; Current Ranking: 23

The skinny: Improved lease and specialty seating in 1999. Small but great football town. Major corporate sponsors are Blockbuster Entertainment, HSBC Bank, Verizon Wireless.

Marker Bills' loss raises lots of questions [1:35 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The reality is, in the first half, when both team's first two units were on the field, Pittsburgh enjoyed a rather emphatic 147-63 edge in offensive yardage. And looking at Buffalo's preseason offense in total, it scored 34 points in four games with a mere three touchdowns. Hardly a ringing endorsement for the touted West Coast attack.'

Marker Plenty of seats (or are there?) at Heinz Field [1:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Fisher was one of two Bills' youngsters whose play was lauded by head coach Gregg Williams. The other was rookie running back Travis Henry. He noted, "Travis Henry ran the football strong and it's going to be an easy decision (who starts)." Of Fisher, Williams added, "Byrce came off the ball really well ... he attacked and rushed the way we want him to."'

Marker Stewart Sharp, Martin Struggles In 20-0 Preseason Win Over Bills [1:32 PM]
McKeesport Daily News reports: 'After the Steelers' offense moved well on its first two drives with Stewartat the helm, Martin's offense could barely register any positive yardage. Martin worked eleven series in which the offense gained a total of 63 yards.'

Marker Rotisserie By The Numbers: The Top 30 Quarterbacks [11:37 AM]
SportsTicker reports: 18. Rob Johnson, Bills: He no longer has to look over his shoulder for Doug Flutie to come and steal his job, but he is worthless if he does not stay healthy.

Marker Bills fall 20-0 to Steelers in pre-season [10:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Recap of the game courtesy of the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Quick Hits [10:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalo held Pittsburgh to just 10 first downs, while the Steelers held Buffalo to just 12.

Marker Bills fall in finale [10:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: -Curtis Alexander was the Player of the Game.
-Aaron Schobel recorded 2 sacks for the Bills
-Curtis Alexander led both teams with 47 yards rushing
-Travis Brown was 11 for 22 and 85 yards passing in his Buffalo debut
-Bryce Fisher, Leif Larsen and DaShon Polk all recorded sacks for Buffalo

Marker NFL Referees can make even Marv Levy curse [9:38 AM]
USA Today reports: As the final preseason week of games began Thursday night, all eyes were on NFL replacement officials. If the lockout and bargaining impasse continue, this could get interesting.

"The type of player who thinks he can benefit from intimidation will be encouraged by this," Levy said. "It's like the (substitute teacher). Twenty-five kids are well-behaved, the other five look for vulnerability."

Marker Steelers-Bills Stats [9:15 AM]
NFL.com reports: Game stats from pre-season game.

Marker Bills bring new flavor - vanilla - to Heinz [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If giving the New Orleans Saints little to fear was the Buffalo Bills' mission Thursday night, they were a smashing success.'

Marker Clements could rev up return game [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It looks like rookie Nate Clements may hold the key to dramatic improvement in the return game for the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have kept their prize rookie under wraps on returns most of the preseason. But Clements gave a glimpse of his potential on kickoff returns Thursday when he had a 42-yard return in the third quarter. The Bills are trying to rebound from last season when they ranked 31st in the NFL in kickoff returns.'

Marker Steelers finish preseason with shutout of Buffalo [9:11 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '"The first offense, and the first defense, I was very pleased with how they played," said Coach Bill Cowher.'

Marker Replacement refs hardly noticeable [9:10 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '"It was pretty good," quarterback Kordell Stewart said. "They made a few mistakes, and the fans got on them a little bit. But there was not much of a difference on the field."'

Marker Donahoe quiet during return [9:08 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'Donahoe, who's in his first year as vice-president and general manager of the Buffalo Bills, declined to be interviewed Thursday night at Heinz Field..."I wish Tom Donahoe the best of luck," Steeler running back Jerome Bettis said. "He's a good football man. I should know. He's the guy who brought me to Pittsburgh."'

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