Adams Says Dispute Is In-House: Sam Adams spoke to the media today for the first time since being pulled from the game on Sunday. He called the dispute an in house thing and he will not air the dispute in the media. He said the argument had nothing to do with wanting to play more or his performance. He said he has no problems sitting down if someone will play better than him but that wasn't the case. He said he's been ready to face his former team since they put the Ravens on the schedule. He seemed fired up in the media session for this week's game saying he doesn't like their offensive line and has never liked them, he called them his enemy right now. He said he's happy to be in Buffalo, he loves the city, and he's going down to Baltimore to get a victory.
Milloy Should Play: Lawyer Milloy should make his season debut on Sunday, he practiced fully today and coach Mularkey anticipates him playing this week. Travis Henry also practiced today but still had a bit of a limp. Both players are listed as questionable for this week's game. Jonas Jennings will be back in the starting lineup as he is probable with his sprained ankle. J.P. Losman and Troy Vincent are listed as out on the injury report this week and Trey Teague is doubtful. He did not practice and will likely be out again this week. Injury Report.
Team Will Not Take Taylor Lightly: Coach Mularkey said Jamal Lewis being out this week is a factor but Chester Taylor has made plays and the team will not take him lightly. He also knows that the Ravens run offensive scheme is very good. The defense of the Ravens was described as a veteran group that has a lot of confidence. One thing the Ravens do very well on defense is shedding blocks. They use leverage and do a good job of getting off of people that frees up Ray Lewis and makes him very dangerous.
Moorman Spreads Credit: Brian Moorman called it an honor to be named the special teams player of the week. He feels the offense and defense should have been honored because they kept him from punting too often in that game. He also praised the great job the coverage units did in getting the award. He was shocked to get it this week in particular since he only had three punts.
Team Needs Complete Efficiency: Drew Bledsoe addressed the media today and spoke about how his job was made much easier by the improved play of the offensive line last week. If that continues he will be able to continue to be more efficient. He said he hopes to be able to use play action more effectively like they did last week. He feels he can continue to make one person miss in the backfield, the problem arises when there are several defenders rushing the passer. The next step is to execute well for four straight quarters that would make them hard to stop even against a good defense. He called this week's challenge very similar to last week because of the sound defensive philosophy of the Ravens. He acknowledged the need to improve the running game in the red zone to win more games. Bledsoe credited the professionalism of both Travis Henry and Willis McGahee despite knowing both guys want the ball all the time.
Tickets Remain For Cards Game: The Bills announced today that 8,000 tickets remain for the next home game against the Cardinals on Halloween day at Ralph Wilson Stadium. This puts the sellout streak of 11 games in jeopardy. In the release by the team, Tom Donahoe gave his plea to the fans to sellout the building and give them the home field advantage that helped them beat the Dolphins.
Moorman Honored: Brian Moorman was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Dolphins. Moorman punted three times for a 53 yard average including a 47 yard punt into the wind. It is his first such honor in his career.
Tough Road Matchup Ahead: The Bills fresh off their first win of the season hit the road for a tough defensive minded matchup with the 3-2 Baltimore Ravens. The Bills catch a break as the Ravens will be without RB Jamal Lewis who is serving a league suspension. The Bills will have to play a mistake free game on offense to get enough points to win against a solid defense. The Ravens offense is struggling as well but their may be little room for error from the Bills defense in what promises to be a low scoring affair. Game Preview.
Tuesday October 19, 2004
Adams Frustrated: The agent for Sam Adams admitted to AP that his client is frustrated with the defensive scheme and all Adams wants to do is win. As we reported yesterday, Coach Mularkey yesterday called Adams' tantrum just a heat of the battle thing. One report says Adams told teammates after the game on Sunday he will never play for Jerry Gray again. Coach Mularkey denied that. Adams has been outspoken recently on the defensive scheme saying in Bills Digest that the team would have 50 to 60 sacks if the defensive line was able to rush the passer more. He isn't happy with the scheme that has him bottling up the middle of the line and even dropping back in pass coverage at times. What do you think the Bills should do with the Adams situation? Take our poll on the homepage.
Monday October 18, 2004
Bills Add One: The Bills have filled their open practice squad spot by adding wide receiver George Wilson to the squad. He was recently released from the Lions practice squad after signing with them as an undrafted free agent after the draft. He replaces Drew Haddad who was placed on the active roster last week.
Players Given Day Off: All it took was one win and the players were rewarded with a day off today. They normally have a light workout and look at films on Mondays. They will be off again tomorrow and begin preparing for the Ravens on Wednesday.
Henry Still No. 1 Coach Mularkey addressed the media today and tried to nip the running back controversy in the bud. He said Travis Henry is still the number one running back on the club. He did say Willis McGahee will get more playing time as we go on like he did yesterday. They will not alter the plan they came into the season with but because of personnel groupings McGahee will get more reps. McGahee would have had more reps this week even if Henry wasn't hurt. He is sticking with Henry because he's been productive and it doesn't make sense to make a change because he missed a game with an injury.
Mularkey On Adams: Coach Mularkey spoke about the Sam Adams situation in his Monday media briefing. He chalked up Adams reaction to the heat of the battle, if there is any disciplinary action, that would be kept in house Mularkey said. As we reported earlier, Adams refused to leave the game when he was being pulled and had an animated discussion with Jerry Gray and Tim Krumrie and then threw his helmet in disgust.
Programming Note: Injured tackle Jonas Jennings is scheduled to be a guest on Pro Football Central's streamed radio show tonight at 6pm.
Adams Unhappy: There may be some trouble in an otherwise happy Monday at One Bills Drive. As we reported yesterday, Sam Adams was benched in favor of Ron Edwards who had two sacks in the win. Adams was part of the problem that allowed Sammy Morris to rumble for 81 yards in the first half. Edwards came in and with the help of an extra defender in the box shut down the Miami running attack. Adams was upset after the benching and got into a heated exchange with Jerry Gray and Tim Krumrie. Two injured starters, Lawyer Milloy and Jonas Jennings tried to calm the big man down. The Buffalo news reports that the team tried to take Adams out earlier but he refused to come off the field. We will have to wait and see if any more comes from this story.
Wilson Happy: After the game, Ralph Wilson was talking to reporters and said this week he likes smashmouth football as he was gripping the game ball handed to him by Drew Bledsoe. He admitted to being frustrated last week when he made his comments about not liking the power running game that they were running. He re-iterated that he is firmly behind Coach Mularkey and called him a class act.
Win Was Long Time Coming: Drew Bledsoe called the win a long time coming. He praised Mike Mularkey for being tremendous during the tough start and staying the course. The final game killing drive went exactly as it should the quarterback said. He said the wind was a factor especially on the first pass that was too far for Lee Evans. He says it makes it tough but it is an advantage for them. The shuttle pass to Willis McGahee on fourth down came from Shane Matthews who showed Bledsoe a cool way of throwing it underhanded. Bledsoe felt McGahee had a tremendous game running the ball and it pass protection. He said his hats were off to the offensive line that gave him a lot of time to throw especially with two backups in there.
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