Smith hopes for fresh start [7:53 AM]
D and C reports: '"Oh yeah, I hope so," Smith said of the prospect of being released. "I don't want to go through the same thing here next year. I'd like to get a fresh start somewhere."'
Simmons received coach's message [7:51 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Simmons, who turned 26 last week, had been dismissed from Wednesday's practice and accused of not expending enough effort.'
Patriots' ills take a toll on Belichick [7:50 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'His team stinks, the weather is miserable and people are starting to get on his back. Bill Belichick is sick? What a surprise.'
NFL creates a fine mess [7:49 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The NFL (aka the No Fun League) doled out $90,000 in fines to the St. Louis Rams this week. The reason? Dancing after a touchdown.'
Parity's biggest ally of Patriots [7:47 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The NFL is one league in which teams can easily vault over the ones in front of them. Call it Pete Rozelle's legacy. But recent history tells us teams that struggle one year can make a big tournaround the next. The Pats could be one of those teams, considering that they spent the first six weeks of the season or so playing teams tough.'
Simmons in doghouse [7:46 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'During his daily press conference before practice yesterday, Belichick said the matter was a private issue between player and coach. Simmons did not work out with the team Thursday, and Belichick said the third-year pro would not do so yesterday.'
Pendry most disturbed by Bills lack of point production [8:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Asked if that means his offense has underachieved, Pendry said: "I would say this ... we need to score more points when the opportunities are there."'
Patriots, Bills have been big disappointments [1:51 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills will play a bowl game Sunday. They're the perfect teams to qualify for the "Disappointment Bowl." The problem is, which team has been the greater disappointment?'
Brown, Moulds named Pro Bowl starters [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To make sure the tenacious inside linebacker got in, the Bills mounted a media blitz, even going so far as to get Cowart's mother involved in stumping for her son.'
Votes simply don't add up in Wade's world [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Exasperated Buffalo Bills fans petitioned the Supreme Court this week to overturn the vote of confidence owner Ralph Wilson cast for his head coach, Wade Phillips.'
Phillips says Johnson is sore, but should play Sunday [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson, with his elbow wrapped in ice, didn't do much in Wednesday's quick walk through. He threw Thursday, although he appeared to be in pain his first few tosses.'
Redmond's goal: Being the answer [8:47 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"It's a good chance to establish yourself, what you want to accomplish and how hard you play regardless of the record or how many games are left," Redmond said.'
Patriots Focus [8:46 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Snow, sub-freezing temperatures and high winds are part of this week's forecast. Snow is predicted for game day.'
Success now pays dividends later [8:45 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'At this point of the season, most of the Patriot players realize that making a good showing over the final two games of the year can only help their prospects.'
The voice for 'God's frozen people' [5:59 AM]
USA Today reports: 'You can quicken the pulse of any red-blooded Buffalonian by turning on the radio as Miller spins out his familiar phrases: "Fan-demonium"..."God's frozen people"..."Do you believe?"...'
Players vote four Bills to Pro Bowl [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '"I guess there's a silver lining in every gray cloud. I'm excited about it. It totally caught me off guard."'
Haslett's Saintly season [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: '"I will always consider myself a Buffalo Bill no matter where I go," he said...I'd definitely love to live there again."'
Patriots are left starless [5:48 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Not one of coach Bill Belichick's charges was selected for the Pro Bowl team, announced yesterday.'
Redmond's a work in progress [5:48 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The words remind Redmond how far he must come to show the Patriots' coaching staff and management that he is the running back of the future.'
Underachieving Simmons missing in action [5:46 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Tony Simmons's season reached a new low yesterday, when the former second-round pick out of Wisconsin was told not to take part in practice by coach Bill Belichick...'
Drew stands Pats [5:45 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Steinberg said his intention is to keep Bledsoe among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, but given the complicated nature of NFL contracts, that could mean a wide range of dollar figures.'
Simmons to be sent on out route [5:44 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'On Wednesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick told his players that he wanted to see full effort the last two weeks of the season. Apparently, Tony Simmons didn't show him that effort.'
Simmons takes a pass on Patriots' practice [5:43 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Simmons's locker was all but vacant, a clear sign that something was wrong.'
Pass Rush Plays Big Part In Pats' Fall [5:42 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'In a 31-team league, they are tied for 29th when it comes to sacking the quarterback.'
Belichick fighting flu [5:41 AM]
AP reports: 'New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick went to a hospital emergency room Thursday night for treatment of flu-like symptoms.'
Flutie can't predict his future in Buffalo [5:40 AM]
AP reports: 'With Flutie set to make a $5.4 million base salary, which translates into about a $5 million increase over this season, speculation has been raised whether that is too expensive a price to pay a backup quarterback.'
Four Bills named to the Pro Bowl [5:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Somewhat more surprising is Brown, who will be making his fifth straight trip to Hawaii. He has started all 14 games at left guard for a much-maligned offensive line that has given up 55 sacks this season -- 48 of them with Rob Johnson at quarterback -- and paves the way for a ground attack that ranks 19th in the league in rush yards per game with 109.4.'
Belichick eases on defense [5:38 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Even if most players are grasping what they need to do, all 11 must be on the same page for the defense to be effective. On some occasions, communication has broken down, and the result has been too much opportunity for opposing offenses.'
Phillips gives staff vote of confidence [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I have a real strong coaching staff. They work real hard at what they do. "I have to evaluate that as a coach that's been in the league 25 years. These guys are working hard at what they do, they're trying to get things accomplished where we're not as strong in certain areas with personnel. We address those things and try to get better. They do a good job with that."'
Parade of Johnson hits has Phillips concerned [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson, who has a reputation for holding onto the ball too long, is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.'
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