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NEWS ARCHIVES - DEC 26TH - JAN 1ST, 2006 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Lose Finale 30-26

AP Photo - Willis McGahee Special Teams Meltdown: In this terrible season we've watched the offense blow games for the Bills. We've watched the defense blow games for them. We have now seen it all as the special teams have blown a game for them. We can now let this season rest in peace. Gameday Grades

Mistakes Killed Bills: The Bills dominated the line of scrimmage against the Jets but couldn't overcome four turnovers and the kick return for a score. They ended the season on a low note with a 30-26 loss to the Jets even though there were some positives in the game. Complete Review

Changes Will Be Made: Ralph Wilson told reporters after the game that changes will be made. He said there will be a change in structure over the next couple of days but he won't just hope they will get better. He said he will talk to Mike Mularkey and see what he needs but there will be changes. He said he's disappointed in the season and the fact that they had an inexperience quarterback had something to do with it but wouldn't blame the season on J.P. Losman.

Bills Lose To Jets: The same things that got the Bills a win a week ago cost them in their finale against the Jets. An interception return and a kickoff return for a score led the Jets to the 30-26 win over the Bills. Kelly Holcomb threw four interceptions and two touchdown passes in the loss. Willis McGahee ran for 113 yards in the game. We will have our complete review later on tonight.

Clearing Skies For Game: Today's game will be played in clearing skies after a New Year's eve snow/rain fall in the New York Metropolitan area. It will be mostly cloudy with a game time temperature of 41° and winds will be light, out of the North Northwest at 5mph. There is a slight chance of rain or snow early.


Saturday December 31, 2005

Wire On IR: The Bills placed Coy Wire on injured reserve yesterday. The move comes after he injured his hamstring during last week's win over Cincinnati. The Bills activated FB Jon Goldsberry to take his place on the active roster in the season finale against the Jets. Front Office Page


Friday December 30, 2005

Williams Out: The Bills announced today that Mike Williams will miss the season finale against the Jets with his chest muscle injury. It ends a disappointing season for the former fourth overall pick in the draft who has battled injuries all year long. Injury Report

Holcomb Gets Reps Again: Kelly Holcomb once again took the first team reps in practice yesterday, meaning it appears almost certain he will start and J.P. Losman will be the backup with his thigh injury. Don't rule out Losman getting some playing time against the Jets though. Mike Williams once again missed practice and will likely miss the finale. The Jets downgraded one player on their report. Injury Report

Crowell Deal For 3 Years: The contract extension signed by Angelo Crowell will keep him in a Bills uniform through the 2008 season. He signed a three year extension worth $6.5 Million and it includes an undisclosed signing bonus. He said the new deal feels real good and he praised the organization for letting him know what they think of him as a player. Front Office Page


Thursday December 29, 2005

Award Team Effort: Terrence McGee spoke to the media yesterday after being named the AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week. He said he doesn't feel any different after becoming the first NFL player ever to return a kick and an interception for a score. It felt great to finally returning a kick for a score, he was thinking he would go the whole year without breaking one. He said the award means something to the entire special teams unit, they work hard all year and this award is for everyone. On this week's contest, he said they want to end the season on a good note. On his corner play, he feels he hasn't improved but he hasn't regressed. Injuries has hampered his development but he's still learning his technique and trying to get better but no huge jump has been made.


Wednesday December 28, 2005

Crowell Signs Extension: The Bills announced late today that they have signed LB Angelo Crowell to a contract extensions. Terms were not disclosed or immediately known. Crowell moved into the starting lineup after Takeo Spikes went down with his Achillies tendon tear. Crowell constantly plays almost every play of the game and has played very well in Spikes' place. He was due to become a restricted free agent in the off season. It would have taken a large tender to keep other teams at bay. He joins Terrence McGee and Aaron Schobel as young defensive stars that have signed long term deals. Schobel signed a deal just before last season and McGee signed an extension earlier this year keeping him from becoming a restricted free agent as well.

Both QBs May Play: Coach Mularkey said today that it is likely that Kelly Holcomb will start since he's taking the first team reps but J.P. Losman took a number of reps and he's being careful with him. He doesn't want to put him in a situation where further injury could occur. Even if Holcomb starts, the coach would like to get Losman some work during the game so there is a good chance you will see both quarterbacks on Sunday. He admitted the play of Holcomb has made it easier for him to put him in the lineup. He said the QB situation has unfolded like he thought it would. Holcomb was brought in for his experience to help out J.P. who is still taking steps in being the quarterback they figure he will be.

Wire Out: The Bills have only three players on the injury report. Coy Wire has been ruled out with a hamstring injury while Mike Williams has been upgraded to questionable with his chest muscle pull. Neither player practiced. J.P. Losman remains probable but it is now the thigh injury keeping him on the report not the shoulder injury. They continue treatment on the thigh but the shoulder is fine and he's throwing the ball well. Sam Adams missed practice today with a bug and the doctor was looking at him. Jason Peters missed ¾ of practice today with a personal issue. The Jets have four players on their report. Injury Page

McGahee Takes The Blame: Willis McGahee said his season has been alright but it could have been better. He said he will take the blame for his bad second half, it hasn't gone as he expected it and you just have to overcome it. He will take this game personally since his buddy Jonathan Vilma is on the other side. They are looking for a win to build on for next season.

Holcomb Takes First Team Reps: Kelly Holcomb took the reps with the first team at Quarterback today but didn't know if he would start or not. J.P. Losman is struggling from a thigh injury. The shoulder is better but the leg he bruised against New England is not. He felt like the team finally developed some consistency last week and he hopes it carries over to this week's game against the Jets. He won't look ahead to next year, he wants to finish this season strong after getting the big win last week. He said he's never content to being a backup but he knows his role with this team.

Mularkey Confident In McGahee: Coach Mularkey addressed the media in his usual Wednesday press briefing. He feels Willis McGahee has proven to be a good, durable back that needs to be the focal point of the offense. He thinks he's very, very good when he just hits the holes. In other news, Inactivating Rashad Baker the past two weeks has been a result of numbers not his play. He said he's not approaching this game any differently because his job may be on the line. On special teams, he said they do more work than most teams and it has shown up on the field including Terrence McGee, who has a knack for returns as he goes full throttle and trusts the guys he works with.

McGee Honored: Terrence McGee was named the AFC Special Teams Player Of The 20kick return yards, one shy of the team record. His five returns averaged 44 yards a return. This is the third time he's won the award and the 2nd time this year that a Bill has one the award, Brian Moorman received the award in the win over Kansas City.

Looking To End On High Note: The Bills will be looking to end the season on a high note when they battle the Jets at the Meadowlands on New Year's day. It has been a tough road for the Bills but 6-10 sure sounds better than 5-11. They had a great game last week but it is unknown if they can match the intensity against another team just playing out the string. Complete Preview


Tuesday December 27, 2005

Who Will Start Sunday? Everyone is weighing in on the quarterback debate. Coach Mularkey should give insight during his media day press conference on Wednesday. If J.P. Losman doesn't get the starting nod it means he has officially lost his starting job for the 2nd time this season. That should open it up for a fair competition in training camp. If Losman starts, then the job appears to still be his. Take our poll on our homepage if you haven't already. Almost ¾ of all fans voting so far think the Bills need to start Losman on Sunday.


Monday December 26 2005

QB Controversy Again? The Bills appear headed for another quarterback controversy. It could be an off season one that plays out through training camp next year. It could ge as early as this week. Coach Mularkey went with Kelly Holcomb against Cincinnati with J.P. Losman apparently healthy enough to play. Now what does he do this week? He knows Holcomb gives him the best chance to win but Losman needs to play to develop. Mularkey is also trying to save his job, he may have already did that thanks in part to Holcomb's play in Cincinnati. It creates an interesting dilemma. Let us know what you think the Bills should do against the Jets by taking our poll on our homepage.



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