‘The Bills worked out Jon Hilbert and veteran Al Del Greco before the start of the season and, more recently, Doug Brien, who spent all of last year with the New Orleans Saints.’
Archives for November 26, 2001
At his press conference today, coach Gregg Williams told the media the Bills will be making a change at the kicker position, with a new kicker to be announced tomorrow.
‘For three periods, you wondered how the Miami Dolphins had won six games. For the last quarter, you wondered how the Buffalo Bills had won even one.’
‘Quarterback Jay Fiedler sounded shocked at the way the Bills decided to defend Miami in the fourth quarter with a 21-10 lead. “They were giving us chances, playing a lot of man-to-man defenses, they were playing hard inside on Chris (Chambers) and our wideouts and giving us the deep throws for (the Miami receivers) to go up and make some plays,” Fiedler said. “They tried blitzing a couple times, and we were able to catch them in one or two blitzes and made some big plays.”‘
‘Buffalo has now lost a team-record eight straight home games.’
‘There was absolutely no way, by any objective measure, that the Buffalo Bills should have, could have, lost to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. And yet they did.’
‘"I’ve seen a lot in 11 years, and this is a new low."’
‘"Despite all the other things that went against us, I had two plays to make a difference and I didn’t make a difference…".
‘If the Bills didn’t already know about Chambers’ playmaking ability, they know now.’
‘And you thought it couldn’t get any worse.’
‘And with every passing week we’re left to wonder. Bottom line? Or end of the line?’
‘The Bills appear so concerned about injured quarterback Rob Johnson, they apparently didn’t want him on the sideline for fear he might suffer a freak injury. Johnson spent the game in the coaches’ box.’
‘"My Bonnie lies over the ocean, my Bonnie lies over the sea and until she hates the Dolphins, she won’t live in Buffalo with me."’
Hansen has always been a guy with perspective, someone who could play through any situation and explain it, too. With his Buffalo Bills struggling this season, Hansen has been able to articulate the problems clearly and honestly: It’s a young team. We make mistakes. We need to learn to win. But this time, after a 34-27 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Hansen had no explanation. "I try to come up with a reason or excuse every week," he said, "but this one hurts worse than any."
‘The 75th meeting of the Bills and Dolphins proved to be a very memorable game, but unfortunately for Buffalo, a strong upset bid by the Bills was dashed with a 24-point fourth quarter by Miami as the Dolphins took a 34-27 win out of Buffalo.’
"It is frustrating to play hard and well and not come up with a win. They made some big plays at the end and we didn’t make the plays to counter that."
‘"I don’t know how much lower we can get," defensive end Phil Hansen added.’
‘That said, Arians should start collecting his unemployment checks this week.’
‘"It’s frustrating," Williams said. "The guys played well enough in some situations to win it, but we didn’t." "Some" is the operative word here.’
‘While Fiedler and his teammates were bouncing back, the Bills were finding news ways to get bounced.’
‘The offense was much improved, the defense regressed and special teams looked like Ronnie Jones was still coaching here.’
‘Instead it was the Bad News Bills who self-destructed in a 34-27 loss that became a snapshot of a miserable 1-9 season.’
‘This is a head coach who declared upon his hiring that his database of potential assistants would allow him to recruit the best coaching staff in football. Hooey!’
‘This felt good.’
‘Still, the Dolphins managed to survive the loss of perhaps their two best offensive linemen Sunday to rally for a 34-27 win over the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.’
‘Entering the Miami game, he was on pace for 57 catches and 718 yards, far below his totals of 94 receptions and 1,326 yards last season.’
‘In his two starts this season, Van Pelt has moved the Bills down the field better than Johnson.’
‘But for a day, the Dolphins held it together and orchestrated an improbable comeback. They fought through the kind of adversity that unnerves even the best.’
‘Asked if he would cut himself if he were general manager of the Bills, Arians replied: “If I was the GM, probably.”‘
‘Numerous fights broke out in the crowd.’
‘"Comebacks like this don’t happen every day."’
‘"I don’t care," middle linebacker Zach Thomas said. "We got out of here with a win, and I’m going to stay positive."’
‘Good teams find ways to win. Bad teams find ways to lose.’
‘It was the patchwork offensive line that gave quarterback Jay Fiedler enough time to throw two touchdown passes to rookie Chris Chambers in the final 4:07 to fuel the come-from-behind victory.’
‘This was a great escape against a decidedly ungreat opponent, but the Dolphins and Jay Fiedler will take it.’
‘"They came up with some big plays in the end, and we didn’t make the big plays to counter that." — coach Gregg Williams’.
‘Let’s not kid ourselves: The Bills (1-9) are not a particularly good team.’
‘The Dolphins could place defensive tackle Daryl Gardener on injured reserve as early as today.’
‘On Sunday, Fiedler directed his fourth fourth-quarter comeback of the season, taking the Dolphins from the depths of a devastating loss to the heights of an almost unimaginable 34-27 win against Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium.’
‘”We didn’t play our best,” Thomas said, “but we got the job done.”‘