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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