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Buffalo Bills News - December 10, 2000

Marker Don't Dump Wade -- Yet [10:45 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Phillips' country-boy manner makes him an easy target. His responses
to media queries sometimes meander around the point and sometimes miss it
altogether.'

Marker Wilson praises Phillips' job performance [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think Wade has done a very good job," Wilson said this week. "He made the playoffs the first two years he was head coach. I think maybe for some people, if you don't make the playoffs every year, then you fire the coach. Hah. Well, I don't feel that way. I think he's done a very good job, particularly with all the players we lost in the offseason."'

Marker Wings, prayers and tattoos [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It just so happens that Flutie never has had a single beer in his life. And Johnson never has had a chicken wing. Not one.'

Marker If Bills can't run, decimated defense can't hide from Colts [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Colts 34, Bills 17.'

Marker Monday Night is huge for Johnson [7:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'Many view this as Johnson's golden opportunity to show a nation of sports fan why there was a quarterback controversy in Buffalo to begin with. Why he deserved to start over folk hero Doug Flutie.'

Marker Vanderjagt an also-ran once more? [7:15 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Vanderjagt would embrace Pro Bowl recognition, but for a third consecutive year he is bracing himself for also-ran status. He was snubbed the past two seasons despite being more accurate than the players selected -- Miami's Olindo Mare in 1999, Elam in '98.'

Marker Wiley's tracks lead to quarterback [7:13 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"He's a speed rusher around the end, but he's good against the run as well."'

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December 9, 2000

Marker Turn Out The Lights... [10:59 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'As a result, Monday night's game means a little more to the winner
than the loser. But not much.'

Marker Fading down the stretch [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...the Indianapolis Colts were the choice of many prognosticators to repeat as AFC East Division champions and represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. So much for predictions.'

Marker Wonderful work of Wiley [6:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Smith's replacement, Marcellus Wiley, the shining light of the Bills locker room, has been every bit as productive a player as he is a quote machine for the media.'

Marker Belser scores 100 as starter [6:26 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'So, when the Colts play AFC East rival Buffalo in the RCA Dome on ABC's Monday Night Football, Belser will be on hand to hit from the secondary. It will mark the 100th consecutive start of his nine-year career.'

December 8, 2000

Marker Cottrell optimistic Bills defense can hold its own against Colts [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'If last weekend was a baptism of fire for many Bills youngsters filling in for five injured starters, the challenge doesn't get any easier.'

Marker Ex-Coaches Say Responsibilities Must Be Delegated [2:10 PM]
Washington Post reports: 'Marv Levy, winner of four straight AFC titles and loser of four straight Super Bowls as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, always went in with a clear definition of what it takes to win.'

Marker Bills need much more from anemic offense [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With their playoff hopes hanging by a thread, the Bills can't afford a repeat performance. Monday could be a chance to make something happen on offense as the Colts have the 26th-ranked defense in the NFL.'

Marker Wounded knee clouding Fina's status; Hansen set to start [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Left tackle John Fina seems to be the biggest concern. He missed his second straight practice Thursday because of a sprained right knee suffered in the 33-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. He is questionable for the Monday night game at Indianapolis.'

Marker Bills, Colts seeking answers [7:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, if the Bills and their fans are perplexed by what has taken place in 2000, imagine what the Colts and the fine citizens of Indianapolis are going through.'

Marker Morris set to return against Colts [7:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills rookie running back Sammy Morris, who has missed three games with a high ankle sprain, ran well in practice yesterday and declared himself ready to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.'

Marker Bills turned on for prime time [7:17 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"We realize we are a long shot," tight end Jay Riemersma said following practice. "We also understand we are fighting for our jobs. We don't want to go out and be embarrassed."'

Marker Failing to live up to the hype of preseason [7:16 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"Their big three players have some of the most inconsequential statistics of any players in the league. They have the ability to play at a level that other teams can't or won't match, but they don't."'

Marker Sticking with Mora and Polian the right move [7:15 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The most important pieces are in place. If Polian can successfully massage the cap, renegotiate some deals and bring in some defensive help, there's no reason why the Colts can't return as a contender next year.'

Marker No loss of confidence in Polian and Mora [7:14 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Although his team will carry a 7-6 record and tag of "underachiever'' into Monday night's game with Buffalo, Irsay said the right people are directing the franchise. They are, he noted, the same ones who led the Colts to an AFC East title a year ago.'

Marker Colts fully prepared for QB double-threat [7:13 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Injuries (ankle, elbow, shoulder) and ineffective play (6-of-18, 44 yards, two interceptions last week vs. Miami) have resulted in Johnson failing to finish five of the nine games he's started this season. If that trend continues, it will be Doug Flutie to the rescue.'

December 7, 2000

Marker Bills playoff hopes rest on Johnson, offense [8:14 PM]
AP reports: '"People aren't flying around and being real peppy around here right now."'

Marker Wiley delivers big plays by the sackful [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills took a chance in letting Bruce Smith go in a salary cap-cutting move after the 1999 season. There were many people outside the organization who weren't sure if Wiley was ready to assume full-time duty at Smith's right defensive end position. However, Wiley is making the gamble pay off.'

Marker Phillips should coach Bills next year [7:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'I don't believe he deserves to be canned. At least not yet.'

Marker Bills offence a symptom of poor coaching [7:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Ultimately, it is the head coach who must prepare his team every week and it was utterly clear from the opening moments that the Bills were not ready. In the one area where he could have made a difference, Wade Phillips failed his team.'

December 6, 2000

Marker Bills will be back home for holidays [7:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'And after what we all saw on Sunday, that embarrassing performance they gave in a 33-6 loss to Miami, it's probably a good thing.'

December 5, 2000

Marker Bills, Dolphins Search For Themselves [10:26 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'As surely as two losses in three weeks to the Bills had punctuated the Dolphins' decline under Shula, the end for Johnson started with last November's 23-3 loss in Orchard Park. Miami lost five of its last seven and got butchered in the playoffs, triggering the retirements of Johnson and Marino.'

Marker Bills figure to be home for the holidays [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But they finally came to grips with that grim reality Monday when coach Wade Phillips basically told them they probably won't be in the postseason for the first time since 1997.'

Marker Reinforcements may arrive in time for Colts game [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The injured player the Bills desperately need back is cornerback Donovan Greer, who has been sidelined for two full games and most of a third with a sore ankle. "We especially have to get him back because of his speed and he's a corner and we just don't have any corners," Phillips said.'

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