McCown Gets Starts: The Browns announced today that rookie QB Luke McCown will get his second straight start Sunday against the Bills. He threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns in his debut last week against New England. Their other two QBs are banged up.
Injury Report Long: As we reported earlier Mark Campbell has been placed on injured reserve with a right knee injury ending his season. It is an ACL injury and he has not had surgery yet and is still being evaluated. Mike Williams and Jonas Jennings are probable but did not practice today. Troy Vincent remains questionable but will be a gametime decision again this week. Travis Henry is out. Tim Euhus is doubtful with a knee injury and he is still being evaluated. Injury Report.
Bills Thin At Tight End: The Bills have moved Jason Peters back to tight end because of the injuries at the position. He will split time with newly signed Rod Trafford backing up Ryan Neufeld who will start with the injuries to Mark Campbell and Tim Euhus. The coaches are putting in extra work to get through the injury situation at the position. They say they have enough personnel groupings and schemes to get through it. They are impressed with the play of Neufeld last week. He says Neufeld is versatile and a good athlete who can move. He will be moved off of some special teams units since he will be starting. He said the Browns have some good blue collar type players. He says the team will try to redeem the little bit of a letdown they had last week. He says you can't rest on your success or you will lose.
A Lot Of Things Lead To Success: Mike Mularkey spoke about how disruptive Sam Adams and Pat Williams have been inside during his media day press conference. They disrupt an offense and work well together. He said the players and fans are excited about being home after two weeks on the road. He can't imagine that it won't be a good feeling coming out of the tunnel and he hopes for sellout. There are about 4,000 tickets remaining. The winning ways have come thanks to many reasons including capitalizing on turnovers and the plays being made by the offense in the red zone and with the no huddle. He called Lee Evans a threat and a game breaker. He says he may know the Browns better since he came from the AFC North but it is a matter of executing on Sunday, which is what they need to do.
Bledsoe Proud Of Team's Surge: Drew Bledsoe spoke about the revival of the team, saying he is proud with how the team responded after the low point of the season, the loss in New England. He feels the club will address the loss of Mark Campbell He expects one guy to step in, like Marcus Price does at tackle. He called the team fortunate for not having too many injuries to deal with. On the subject of Eric Moulds, he says he's had a great year and is the playmaker on the offense. He needs to get the ball in his hands more often but that teams are not letting that happen. That has opened things up for Lee Evans. He called Moulds his guy and he will give him every opportunity to make a play. There have been grumblings that Moulds is not happy with his role on the team. On offensive coordinator Tom Clements, he called him a tireless worker that puts them in position to win games. One play Clements developed was the touchdown pass to Tim Euhus against Miami. Bledsoe feels the offensive line is becoming a dominant group because they have worked together for a while. He called this week's game against the Browns as a dangerous game because the players are playing for their jobs. The team will need to play well to win the game. He says his plan is to finish his career in Buffalo but doesn't know how long that will be, but he does expect to play next year.
Campbell On IR: The Bills have placed TE Mark Campbell on injured reserve ending his season. Campbell hurt his knee in the first quarter of the Jets game. They have signed TE Rodney Trafford to replace him. Trafford was on the team in training camp but waived on September 5th after spending most of last year on the practice squad. He was with the Eagles practice squad part of this year.
Kelly For Congress? There is a story in the Syracuse paper that the Republicans may be trying to recruit Jim Kelly to run for congress in two years. The speculation has been fueled by recent political appearances by Kelly with Governor George Pataki. Kelly was also rumored to being recruited to run for the assembly this year but that never materialized.
Clements Meet: Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements will meet with Notre Dame officials about their head coaching vacancy tomorrow. The Bills said yesterday that the school has not contacted him. His agent told The New York Times that they will meet. Joe Montana and former Notre Dame Coach Ara Parseghian as well as Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz who turned down the job have recommended him. Clements once seemed like a long shot but after a rash of people turning down the opportunity, the college's choices are dwindling. They would prefer someone with previous head coaching experience which Clements does not have. If he does get the job he would likely leave the Bills before the end of the season causing a big blow to the resurgent unit.
Bills Need To Avoid Trap: This week's game is similar to last week's game. The Bills are playing an opponent that they should dominate but they must avoid the trap. They can't get caught looking ahead to next week's matchup with Cincinnati. Coach Mularkey has stressed the desire to go 1-0 each week. They have bought into it, now they must prove it on the field and if they can they should win convincingly. Complete Preview.
Tuesday December 7, 2004
McGee Honored: Terrence McGee has been named AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week for the second time in six weeks. It is the fourth time a Bills has received the award this year. Brian Moorman has also won it once for special teams and Lawyer Milloy has won it for defense. McGee returned the opening kickoff a club record 104 yards for a score against Miami.
Clements Not Contacted: The Bills issued a statement today that offensive coordinator Tom Clements hasn't been contacted by Notre Dame about their head coaching position. He has expressed interest in the position when it has become vacant in the past and it said he's interested again. He played for Notre Dame and was a QB coach there also. A report in the Chicago Tribune said he would be a good candidate for the position.
Bills Nation Grows: Bills Nation and the Bills Daily family has grown by two. Correspondent Tony Bogyo and his wife Liz welcomed twins to the world yesterday. Andrew Soren Bogyo was born at exactly noon and was followed two minutes later by his sister Allison. Mom and the babies are doing fine!
Many Tidbits From Victory: The Bills win over the Dolphins was filled with tidbits and record setting situations. The 35 points scored in the first quarter was a new club record. The opening kickoff return for a score was the longest in club history and the first ever on the first play of the game. The five punt/kickoff returns for touchdowns this year ties an NFL record. There are many more also and they are all on the right side of our gameday homepage. If you haven't checked it out yet, take a look. Gameday Homepage.
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