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Buffalo Bills News - September 26, 2002

Marker Get the hang of hanging on [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '“There’s only been one technique error, changing it in traffic (against the Jets). The one in the Vikings game was not all his fault. Then last week, he got a big hit that occasionally will happen. I’m sure he’ll get it fixed, but we have good backs and if he doesn’t get it fixed, we’ll give those backs a chance to play.”'

Marker Bills' offense faces big task [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Boone started in Washington’s place against New Orleans and held his own, and Traylor was his usual dominant self as he clogged up the middle of the line and tied up two blockers at a time, allowing star linebacker Brian Urlacher to do his thing which is make lots of tackles.'

Marker Bills a revival for Gilbride [5:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I'm certainly delighted with some of the players we have, but I think more importantly the football players we have are buying into what we are doing," Gilbride said.'

Marker Bills prefer to rise or fall on Bledsoe's arm [5:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Here's the problem for the Bills. The numbers — 14 run plays, 41 pass plays — were suspiciously like the 14-49 mix of the week previous, and their smoke-and-mirror overtime heist of the Vikings. That's two weeks in a row of pass-first and you wonder whether it's Henry, the offensive line, the coach's lack of confidence in them, or Bledsoe calling the real shots that is behind something so out of whack.'

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September 25, 2002

Marker Under The Helmet Video: Drew Bledsoe [10:44 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe talks about Brittany Spears and Austin Powers among other non-football topics.

Marker Bills lock up Prioleau through 2005 [10:09 PM]
ESPN reports: Excited by his performance, and the stability he has provided the secondary since joining the team late last season, the Buffalo Bills have signed starting free safety Pierson Prioleau to a three-year contract extension. The extension is worth $4.465 million in so-called "new money."

Marker Prioleau signs 3-year contract extension with Bills [8:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Prioleau, who makes a base salary of $550,000 this season, is scheduled to make $750,000 next year, $1 million in 2004 and $1.25 million the following season.'

Marker Slow starts plaguing Bills' ability to finish [8:35 PM]
AP reports: '"This team is exciting when it comes down to crunch time," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "And I think that comes from our quarterback. He plays with an air about him. But you have to be exciting at the start and the middle of the ball game, too."'

Marker Prioleau Signs Contract Extension [5:27 PM] reports: Prioleau joined the Bills as an in-season free agent during the 2001 season and saw increased time as the season progressed. He kicked off the 2002 season with the second most total tackles on the team (6 total, 4 unassisted).

Marker Bills - Bears Series History [4:30 PM] reports: The Bills have played the Bears on eight occasions. Chicago leads the series 5-3 but the Bills are 3-1 all-time at home against the Bears. That includes a victory in the most recent game played in the series, a 20-3 Buffalo victory on 11/12/00 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The last Chicago victory at Buffalo was a 7-0 decision on 10/7/79.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Bears Preview [4:29 PM] reports: "With our guys I have complete confidence that if they go to the right place they can get the job done physically. The thing that we need to do and what has to happen immediately is that we have to make sure that we have guys pointed in the right direction all the time. We are working toward that."

Marker Preview: Bears - Bills [4:14 PM]
Chicago Bears reports: 'Fox will televise the game with Kenny Albert handling play-by-play and analysis from Tim Green.'

Marker Bills at Broncos (Photos - Part II) [2:34 PM] reports: More photos of Sunday's 28-23 loss at Denver.

Marker Balance is key [1:31 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Hate to be picky, but the Bills are 1-2. They’ve passed the ball 90 times and run only 28 times in the last two games, and that is a statistic that doesn’t usually reflect a winning team.'

Marker Remembering Mike Webster and the Best Centers of All Time [12:36 PM] reports: 6) Kent Hull, Buffalo -- Underrated and unappreciated, his line calls and heady blocking adjustments were a big factor in the success of the run-and-gun offense.

Marker Week 4 - Bills vs. Bears Injury Report [11:49 AM] reports: The Bills have no injuries to report. The Bears list eight players.

Marker Power Poll Rankings [11:19 AM]
Multiple reports reports: Power Poll Ratings from major sources.

  • ESPN (19) Only player with more passing attempts than Drew Bledsoe (129) is Tom Brady (132).
  • ESPN Chris Mortensen (15)
  • CBS (20) A nice effort at Denver. The schedule has not been kind to this young team.
  • TSN Pompei (20)
  • TSN War Room (19) Exciting Bills offense finally sees a Denver defense that know how to stop them
  • CNN/SI Dr Z (13) Drew Bledsoe was supposed to be immobile, but I like the way he operates against a rush. And the way he makes the right decisions in a hurry. I know, I keep writing good things about him every week, but I sure am in his corner.
  • CNN/SI Peter King (12) They'll be in the playoff chase, seriously, in December.
  • Marker Where Are They Now: Tony Greene [10:11 AM] reports: An undrafted free agent in 1971, the University of Maryland star was contacted by several NFL teams, but chose to try his luck with the Bills because Hawkins, who had been on his college coaching staff, was now the linebackers coach in Buffalo.

    Marker Bills want Henry to get a grip [9:04 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: '"It's frustrating, but I'm not concerned about it," Henry said. "Sometimes, those things happen. You just have to put it out of your mind and move on. I still have confidence in my ability and I think the team still believes in me, too."'

    September 24, 2002

    Marker Week 4: Chicago at Buffalo matchup [7:58 PM]
    Fanball reports: Chicago hasn't allowed a tight end touchdown in 12 straight games. So, obviously, Riemersma is totally off limits in this game. If he finishes with two catches it will be the sign of a remarkable performance worthy of praise, song, and a movie adaptation.

    Marker Building Of A Third Habitat For Humanity Home [5:22 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills, Choice One Communications and 84 Lumber announce the building of their Habitat for Humanity Home in Buffalo. The three companies joined forces in 2000 to build their first home at 33 Grey Street. The partnership with Habitat for Humanity has continued and this season the third Bills home will be built and proudly owned by Shaneen Bowden and family.

    Marker Bledsoe has earned the Bills some NFL-wide respect [1:42 PM]
    Olean Times Herald reports: 'If Buffalo can sweep those games — and that’s not out of the question — it would be 4-2 and set up for the meat of its schedule. The suggestion of such a win streak isn’t absurd, due to the play of quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

    Marker The Quest for Consistency [9:10 AM] reports: There's a common piece of advice that parents give to their kids, and teachers give to their students: Don't be afraid to make mistakes. That wisdom doesn't work so well in football.

    Marker Numbers don't add up for Bills' linebackers [9:04 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'On Monday, Bills linebackers Keith Newman and Eddie Robinson faced the possibility that they combined for just one tackle Sunday in a 28-23 loss to the Denver Broncos.'

    Marker Bledsoe-Brady deserves big audience [9:03 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe has thrown for 1,017 yards and six touchdowns; New England's Tom Brady has 973 yards passing and nine TDs. Both are on pace to break Dan Marino's record of 5,084 passing yards in a season.'

    Marker Bills' game was a ratings record [6:54 AM]
    Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos game on Sept. 22 drew a record TV audience in the Western New York market since meters have been used to measure viewing habits.'

    Marker Brand-new Drew [6:42 AM]
    Chicago Tribune reports: 'Said Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce: "Buffalo caught up to us a little bit, but I think it might have been more Drew Bledsoe than so much the Bills." Indeed, the Bills have given up 104 points. Only the Jets and Lions have allowed more. But neither of those teams has Bledsoe.' requires registration

    Marker Penalty blitz burns Bills' defense [5:23 AM]
    D and C reports: 'The Bills, who have yet to make an interception, are confident that if they keep pressure on the quarterback, turnovers will happen. They forced none against Denver. The Broncos, meanwhile, turned a Travis Henry fumble into a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. That underscored the importance of takeaways.'

    Marker How can Bills get their running game going? [5:22 AM]
    D and C reports: 'I like Travis Henry. He’s tough and talented but he’s yet to find a level of consistency anywhere near that of the best ball carriers in the NFL and I’m not sure it’s all his fault. One reason might be the way he’s used. Buffalo has a big offensive line and linemen love to run block. But in these last two games, Buffalo has run the ball just 28 times and passed it 90. Teams pass when they’re behind in the fourth quarter, which the Bills were, but they didn’t bother to establish a running tone early.'

    Marker First look: Bills' Week 4 [5:21 AM]
    D and C reports: 'Chicago’s defense will pose quite a challenge for Drew Bledsoe. The Bears, led by magnificent middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, limited New Orleans’ Deuce McAllister to 45 yards rushing and they forced three Saints turnovers. This might mean Bledsoe will have to air it out (again), but that’s a scary proposition with big-play safety Mike Brown lurking in the secondary.'

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