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Bills Re-Evaluate Selves During Bye Week

AP Photo - Willis McGahee Sunday November 6, 2005

Bye Week Help: The Bills got help in the bye week as comebacks by both the Dolphins and Jets fell short. Their losses means the Bills moved into a second place tie with Miami a game ahead of the Jets. The Patriots play the undefeated Colts on Monday night.

Saturday November 5, 2005

Defense, Consistency Issues: In his midseason "State Of The Bills: address on Thursday, Tom Donahoe said inconsistent play and poor play by the defense has hurt the team in the first half. He said they need to put it all together in all three phases and the team was in position to win seven of the eight games but they need to find a way to finish the games. Donahoe feels some of the struggles of J.P. Losman has been magnified by poor play from the entire team and he understands the switch to Kelly Holcomb saying he never would tell a coach who to start at QB. He feels Losman is still progressing and if he gets back in the game it won't be because the team thinks they are out of it. The organization feels they are still in the race since the division is struggling and they are all behind J.P. as the future of the team. The GM/President defended the offensive line saying they must be doing something right since the team has the league's second leading rusher. Some of the sacks have also been pinned on the quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends. He feels the offense has been hampered, especially in the red zone, because of the injuries to the top two draft picks. The fact the team stayed toe to toe with the defending champions could act as a springboard for the second half of the season.

Friday November 4, 2005

Bye Week Break: After practicing Wednesday and Thursday the players have been given a three day weekend before returning to work on Monday to begin their regular weekly schedule for the game against the Chiefs next Sunday.

Thursday November 3, 2005

Panthers Game Has Tix Left: The only home game that has any tickets left is the Panthers game on November 27th. There are 3,500 tickets for that game. The other three home games against Kansas City, Denver, and New England have only single seats left and are virtually guaranteed to be soldout.

Thomas To Go On IR: Tom Donahoe said today that the Bills will likely move Kevin Thomas from the PUP list to the injured reserve list ending any chance of him playing this season. Thomas has had nothing but setbacks from off season knee surgery and had a clean up procedure last month. The other PUP player, Kevin Everett may be cleared to practice within the next two weeks. He had a clean up procedure last month that has helped his recovery. If he begins practicing the team has until the end of the month to activate him or IR him. Donahoe also said he hopes that Takeo Spikes will be ready by training camp next year. Injury Page

Players Want Holcomb: To a man the players want to see the Bills stick with Kelly Holcomb at quarterback since he gives them the best chance to win. Coach Mularkey basically admitted that yesterday without committing to the veteran. He is in a tough situation, if he goes to J.P. Losman he runs the risk of losing the veterans and having the season go even more south quickly. If he doesn't go to him, his development will be stunted for next season.

Re-evaluation Begins: Mike Mularkey addressed the media yesterday as the team returned to the practice field for a couple of practices this week. He said they will re-evaluate everything including the QB position. He said Kelly Holcomb has done what they have asked him to do and he's done well enough to help them win. They will do what gives them the best chance to win. He said he feels J.P. Losman is still developing despite not playing. He said everyone that finished the last game is still starters at this point but they are right in the middle of the evaluation process and it will continue. The coach said Sam Adams has a very good mind frame despite getting benched last week. He said he hopes he responds like he did last year after being benched. He went on to have a pro bowl season. The coach feels they can play with anybody, anywhere, anytime and they proved that in the loss to the Patriots. It was evidence that they can do good things and the guys realize that it will be back and forth all year in their division.

Wednesday November 2, 2005

Four Miss Practice: Greg Jerman and Mike Williams were held out of practice today because of their ankle injuries. Sam Adams was there, but he was watching on the sidelines. He said after Sunday's game that he doesn't feel like he's in the team's plans anymore. Josh Reed was absent from practice as he was excused for personal reasons. Injury Page

Losman Return Possible: Coach Mularkey told the media Sunday that the team will look at possible personnel changes over the bye week. The one position that will be watched carefully is quarterback. Answering questions on the team's website Mularkey said that J.P. Losman's return will happen at some point and after evaluating the position this week they will discuss it. They will then make a decision on whether or not to turn the reigns back over to Losman this week. What do you think they should do? Take our poll on the homepage if you haven't already!

Tuesday November 1, 2005

Day Off: It's not unusual for the players to have Monday off after a night game on Sunday but it was a bit of a surprise that Coach Mularkey did not address the media yesterday like he normally does. With the bye week upon us, Mularkey took an extra day of silence to digest the tough loss to the Patriots.

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