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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2004

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."'

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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."'

Marker Big Game Sunday [9:42 PM] reports: '"We can go out and get a win and not play well. Where does that put us going into the off week?" asked offensive tackle Jonas Jennings. "We're always looking to go out and play to win, it's never looking ahead saying `man what if we lose this game then we got a bye week?’ If you lost you definitely got a sour taste in your mouth and you can't wait to the next game. Our next game is in Oakland, and it's a west coast trip. We just got to go out there and man it up and play football."'

Marker Milloy to miss at least another three weeks [9:38 PM]
AP reports: '''It's killing me not to be out there,'' he said. ''I'm a guy that prides myself being loyal to myself, loyal to my teammates, one of the guys that's dependable. But sometimes when nature takes its course, you can't do anything about that."'

Marker Bills Look to take Victory out of ‘Black Hole’ [11:57 AM] reports: '"Playing in the 'Black Hole" is different," Reese said. "You've just got to focus on your game and what you've got to do. It's a totally different atmosphere. It's like Halloween is coming early. As far as the costumes go, you see everything from A to Z."'

Marker Bills Accepting Applications for Community QB Award [11:56 AM] reports: 'A committee comprised of community leaders will review the nominations and select the 10 finalists and name the 2004 Buffalo Bills Community Quarterback winner. The Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation will then award each of the 10 finalists with a $1,000 grant for their charitable organizations, with the winner receiving an additional $10,000 grant. Winners and their agency contacts will also be recognized on the field at the Bills-Steelers game on January 2.'

Marker Bills Focus on Matchup with Raiders [11:56 AM] reports: '"We watched the tape and Monday and moved on," cornerback Troy Vincent said of the last-second loss to Jacksonville. "They won, we lost, and we've got another opportunity this weekend as we travel out to Oakland. We'll get it together and see if we can have another good defensive performance but this time seal the deal."'

Marker Tops, Bills Working for Education in WNY [11:55 AM] reports: 'This year marked the third consecutive year that the Bills in the Tops Rookie Club attended the event. Students in the Buffalo area have been unable to attend field trips in the past few years due to the Buffalo Public Schools funding crisis. The lack of funds has forced the school board to cut all field trips from the curriculum.'

Marker Bills' offense can't afford to delay [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That situation is always tough," safety Izell Reese said. "The more we can get off the field and get our offense the ball, the better success we'll have in scoring. That's our job. I mean, that's defense. If (the offense) scores three points, it's our job to keep the other team from scoring at all."'

Marker Raiders show a commitment to the blitz [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're certainly not afraid to come after you with the blitz because they have probably the best tandem of corners in the league in Woodson and Buchanon," Bledsoe said. "They have two guys who can cover man to man as well as anyone. They will take some chances with the blitz and leave those guys out there on an island. When they do that, we have to make plays against them."'

Marker Thursday's Oakland Coverage [7:53 AM] reports:
Rice says support role fine with him (Oakland Tribune)
Rookie Gallery will start Sunday (Oakland Tribune)
Raiders defense aimed at keeping foes guessing (Contra Costa Times)
Gallery lined up to start (Contra Costa Times)
After solid outing against Pittsburgh, Woodson expects test from Buffalo (San Jose Mercury News)
Gallery to start home opener after impressive NFL debut (San Jose Mercury News)
Woodson plays corner as if he hadn't missed a day (San Francisco Chronicle)
Gallery set to start at right tackle (San Francisco Chronicle)
Rice's reduced role concerns receiver (Sacramento Bee)
Gallery will start at right tackle (Sacramento Bee)
Rookie lineman Gallery steps into starting lineup (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Woodson not thinking about long-term contract now (AP)

Marker Bills won't rush young Evans [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think any rookie, it's hard to step right in," Mularkey said. "Some guys can do it and some can't, but I think at some point Lee will. It's not right now, but he's got to get more playing time so he can get more experience."'

Marker Bills' Lindell still confident despite a critical miss [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Every kick is big for me. Even if we're up 28-0, for me to go out and kick a field goal is big for me; I want to make every one of them. And that one meant a little more than some of the others."'

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