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NEWS ARCHIVES - OCTOBER 4TH - OCTOBER 11TH, 2004 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Fall To 0-4

AP Photo - Pierson Prioleau Teague Has Cracked Bone: Trey Teague told reporters that he has a cracked bone in his leg just below the knee and he doesn't know how long he will be out. He says he's a fast healer and expects to be back sooner rather than later. Travis Henry was the only new injury as he hurt his foot but was able to continue. Injury Page.

Mularkey Talks About The Positives: Coach Mularkey addressed the media on Monday and said there were a lot of positive things in the way the team finished up. Mularkey admitted something we addressed in our post game grades, he said that the three faces of the team haven't played well at the same time this year. He knows that winning is learned and they need to learn how to win the close games. The coach expects the secondary to play better when the backups get more reps as the injuries have taken its toll. The coach would not react to the comments made from Ralph Wilson, saying they must have been made in frustration and he has a right to be.

Owner Not Happy: Ralph Wilson has seemed to have enough. He spoke with reporters after the loss to the Jets and was not taking a moral victory from the fourth quarter comeback. He thought the team played lackluster especially on offense and said he's tired of the smashmouth football. He called the offense boring and wants to see them open it up more. Of course, this is the opposite of what the head coach thinks as their philosophy is a run first offense. This is the offense they are better suited for with the personnel they have.

No New Injuries: The Bills seemed to get out of this game without any big injuries. Travis Henry was slowed in the second half with a sore ankle. Drew Bledsoe seemed to tug at his ribs in the first half but it didn't seem to bother him the rest of the game. Injury Page.

Defense Wastes Solid Effort: The team just can't put it all together at once. The offense struggled for three plus quarters, got hot and scored two touchdowns. The defense played very well for three plus quarters but gave up a field goal drive with the game on the line resulting in another loss. Gameday Grades.

Same Mistakes Frustrates Bledsoe: Drew Bledsoe spoke of the final desperation series after the Doug Brien go ahead field goal. He said that is a tough situation but Bobby Shaw made a nice play to get them past midfield. He said the team did a bit better this week on third downs and he gave the Jets credit since they have a fast front seven. Bledsoe said he's frustrated because the same things keep biting them. He says they have to eliminate the stupid, little mistakes and doesn't know why they haven't been eliminated yet.

Mularkey Fires Up Offense: Coach Mularkey said the way they have lost all four games has been frustrating. He was proud of the way the team fought back in the end, they took everything the Jets had and gave it back to them. Mularkey wouldn't elaborate to what he said to the offense in the fourth quarter. He was seen reading them the riot act and they responded with two touchdown drives. He said the defense has played well all year and they need to continue to play well. He said they are disappointed with the last drive when they thought they could hold them but didn't. He said they gave Willis McGahee more reps to give him a look. He feels the team is real close and a special group. He thinks the team can win their next four games as easily as they lost these four games. He expects the team to get it done.


Sunday October 10, 2004

Bills Lose Again: The Bills had a furious fourth quarter comeback fall short as they once again failed to finish a game and lost to the Jets 16-14 at the Meadowlands. They struggled through three quarters and trailed 13-0 before Drew Bledsoe threw fourth quarter touchdown passes to Mark Campbell and Lee Evans three minutes apart to give the Bills a short lived 14-13 lead. Doug Brien hit a 38 yard field goal into the wind with a minute left to give the Jets the win. Game Review.

Gameday Weather: It will be a picture perfect October day for football at the Meadowlands today. It will be partly cloudy with the high temperature of 67°. Winds will be out of the north northwest at 19mph.


Saturday October 9, 2004

Jennings Should Play: Jonas Jennings practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday. Angelo Crowell also practiced on Friday and should play also. He was added to the injury report on Thursday with a sore knee. Despite the positive outlook, neither player will be upgraded from questionable. Coy Wire did not practice and Coach Mularkey said he will be a game time decision but it appears unlikely that he will play. Injury Page.


Friday October 8, 2004

Crowell Added: The Bills have added LB Angelo Crowell to the injury report as questionable with a sore knee. No word on if he'll be available on Sunday. Coy Wire missed practice again on Thursday making his playing availability in doubt for the game. The Jets added two names to the report but they are both probable for the game. Injury Report.

Teague Out: The saga regarding the injury to Trey Teague continues. He has been downgraded to out for the game the team said yesterday. Coach Mularkey told the media on Wednesday that they would make a decision on Thursday. He has a cracked bone in a non weight bearing bone just under his knee. The team was hopeful he could play with it but have decided to hold him out. No word yet on how long he'll be out. One report earlier in the week said he'd be out 5-6 weeks but the team would not confirm that. Ross Tucker will get his first career start at center in his place. Jonas Jennings returned to practice yesterday and should play, but is still listed officially as questionable. Injury Report.


Thursday October 7, 2004

Jets Watching Henry: To a man the Jets players and coaches said yesterday in their media day press conferences that the main person on the Bills they have to watch out for his Travis Henry. He has had great success against the Jets in the past and they know if they can stop him, they can then tee off on the passing game. He had 169 yards in the Bills win over the Jets last December.

Cheap Shots? Jonas Jennings believes that the play that he suffered the concussion on was a cheap shot. He said he felt that Patriots LB Vince Wilfork pre-meditated the hit that injured him. Chris Villarial also said that Wilfork kicked him while he was down on another play. Wilfork was not available for comment.

McGahee Team Player: Despite only touching the ball twice in the last two game and not once last week, Willis McGahee is being the good soldier and playing the company line. He was all smiles in the locker room yesterday and said he's patient and his time will come. He agreed with Coach Mularkey's assessment that when a running back is going good and in a rythym he shouldn't come it. McGahee felt Travis Henry was moving the ball well against the Patriots and there was no need to make a change.


Wednesday October 6, 2004

Critical Mistakes Must Be Stopped: Coach Mularkey told the media that the team just has to do it and stop making the critical mistakes that have hampered them this year. On the possibility of lineup changes, the Coach was coy saying they are still putting the gameplan in. He said he's still committed to running the ball since they have been successful at times with it. On the defensive line, the Coach says they aren't getting sacks but they are being disruptive and are close to getting them. He feels comfortable about playing Pierson Prioleau at either safety position. On the running back situation, he said he wouldn't make a change during the Patriots game because the flow of the game was going real well with no negative plays until the third and one play on the final drive. He called Willis McGahee an excellent protector who gets his reps and he may get more of them depending on the flow of the game.

Teague's Status Up In The Air: Coach Mularkey said they gave Trey Teague the day off to keep off his feet and they will give it a day and make a decision on his status tomorrow. He did admit there is something on the MRI but it is not a weight bearing area and they will have to see how he is tomorrow. Coy Wire is expected to be added to the injury report as questionable after injuring his quad before practice. Mularkey would not elaborate on if Wire would have seen less time even if he didn't get hurt. Jonas Jennings was given the day off from practice to rest his concussion. Injury Report.

Jets Defense Very Solid: Drew Bledsoe said in his media day press conference that the Jets defense is good and solid. He called the front seven fast and the defensive back opportunistic. He called Ross Tucker another coach in meetings and isn't worried that he will probably be playing center in place of the injured Trey Teague. With the offensive woes Bledsoe says he's trying to be more upbeat and practice with a higher tempo in the situation that they are in. He is trying to build a sense of success and optimism. In the red zone Bledsoe said they can't turnover the ball they must come away with at least three points. To be more successful down there the team needs to be able to run the ball which would make play action more effective.

Prioleau To See More Action: The Bills are expected to give Pierson Prioleau is expected to see more action at strong safety this week against the Jets replacing the ineffective Coy Wire the Coach has said today. No word on if Prioleau or Wire will start but Prioleau will get more action than he has this year.

Teague Questionable: The injury to Trey Teague apparently isn't as bad as we feared yesterday. We reported a story that said he would be out 5-6 weeks although the team did not confirm that. He is listed as questionable on the injury report. If the report was true he would have been listed as out. Jonas Jennings is also questionable while a trio are listed as out. The Jets are very healthy with just two players on the report including former Bill Sam Cowart who is out with a knee injury. Injury Report.

Who's To Blame? The state of the Bills is bad enough to depress any Bills fan. There is definitely enough people to point fingers at regarding the current situation. Tony Bogyo takes a look at who is to blame for the predicament that the team is in. Complete Story.

Tough Matchup Ahead: The Bills have turned the page on another loss and our now looking ahead to Sunday's battle with the Jets at the Meadowlands. These are two teams going in opposite directions. The Bills don't know how to win as of yet and Coach Mularkey plans to re-evaluate everything this week heading into the matchup. This game will be very tough for the Bills to get that elusive 'W' especially with all the injuries that are mounting up. Game Preview.


Tuesday October 5,2004

Teague Out: Reports tell the Simoncast on Empire that Trey Teague will miss five to six weeks with a partial fracture of a bone below the knee. He underwent an MRI yesterday and the team was awaiting results and haven't made an official statement. He will not require surgery for the bone to heal. Originally, his injury was not believed to be that serious. The Bills have not yet confirmed the report, they say the team will know more tomorrow. Injury Page.

Time For Changes? After an 0-3 start it may be time for the Bills to shake things up a little and make some lineup changes. Coach Mularkey said yesterday he will assess the situation and may make some changes. One position needing a change is strong safety. Coy Wire was benched in favor of Pierson Prioleau and Rashad Baker late in the game against New England because of his poor play. It may be time to go to the veteran Prioleau until Lawyer Milloy is ready to return. Wire has been lost in pass coverage. On the defensive line, should Chris Kelsay get the nod over Ryan Denney? He seems to have the knack for the big play. Lee Evans seems to have solidifed the number two wide receiver position but should Bobby Shaw move ahead of Josh Reed in the number three spot? Reed has not gotten over the dropsies that plagued him last year. The team also needs to find playing time for Willis McGahee at least as a third down receiver. Let us know what change you think needs made, by taking our poll on the homepage. Depth Chart.


Monday October 4, 2004

Vincent Out 2 Weeks: Troy Vincent underwent arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee today and will be out at least 2 weeks. In other injury news, the Bills are waiting for MRI results on the knee of Trey Teague. Jonas Jennings should be ok for next week's game against the Jets after suffering a concussion yesterday. Injury Page.


Bills Work OT: The Simoncast on Empire is reporting that the team is undergoing a double session of meetings today. This is unusual on Mondays as they usually just breakdown films and hold one session of meetings. Coach Mularkey was visibly perturbed during yesterday's press conference and said the mistakes and penalties are unacceptable and he appears to be taking some action.

More On Fletcher Fumble: It was a game of many big plays but lost in the shuffle was when London Fletcher recovered a fumble and returned it to the Patriots 3 yard line before fumbling the ball through the end zone for an apparent touchback. The Bills had the play reviewed and it was ruled an incomplete pass forcing a punt. If Fletcher did not fumble the Bills would have had the ball at the 2 yard line and the Patriots would not have been able to challenge for an incomplete pass since they used up both of their challenges.

Team Not Playing Smart Football: Drew Bledsoe talked about the loss in his post game news conference. He talked about the mistakes and penalties and said that Coach Mularkey addresses it twice a week about playing smart football and for some reason they just can't do it. The team is making mistakes at the wrong time and can't expect to win games against New England doing that. He said the called bootleg on fourth and three would have been a big surprise to New England since they weren't looking for that all day and he thought it would have worked if it wasn't blown up. On his interception, he said that was his fault as they disguised the play well. He says the team has to step up and make the plays to win games. He knows he's said it over and over again but the little mistakes have to stop. As soon as they get the basic stuff corrected things will start happening for them. The difference in the game was that New England made no mistakes in the second half. He is trying to figure out how to correct it, he says they are doing extra film work but may need to even do more.



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