Thursday, December 30, 2004

Here come the Bills

Funny thing about sports, is the so called Guru's. Guys from ESPN exc. who get to predict how one season is going to be.

Truth is that stats don't mean crap. It is about the team. It has always been about the team. Eric Moulds knows that.

"It doesn't matter who is getting the ball or who is getting the stats, just as long as we're winning," said wide receiver Eric Moulds. "There is a big difference since I've been here. Guys are unselfish and want to win games."

The Bills started the season at 0-4. Then critics of course criticized Coach Mike Mularkey about the lack of scoring, scoring just 51 points in their 0-4 start. Then road wins became a problem but Mularkey seems to be getting his team overcome the mental mistakes and not listen to what other sports writers had to say.

The Bills would need a win to help send them to the playoffs. And win against the Steelers. It will be tough, but the fact the Bills haven't been to the playoffs since 1999 might motivate them enough to out score the Steelers.

FYI - If the Bills make the playoffs, they will be the second team in NFL history to reach the playoff with a 0-4 start.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

All Business for Bills Fullback Shelton

by Gregg Pastore,
Bills fullback Daimon Shelton may not show up on the stat sheet on Sundays, and he's perfectly fine with that. But the seven-year veteran takes pride in knowing that opposing teams won't miss his numbers when they review the film on Mondays.

After a season away from football, Buffalo's 6-foot, 262-pound fullback is having a Pro Bowl year. Shelton is the ideal lead blocker, mixing power and leverage along with his size to help him blow up defenders at the point of attack.

"As long as I'm doing my job and opening holes for the running back that's my reward," said Shelton.

Shelton has helped pave the way for 100-yard rushing games in six of Willis McGahee's first nine NFL starts and Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements credits a large part of the team's success running the ball this season to the former Sacramento State tailback.

"He's probably the best blocking fullback I've been around," said Clements. "A smart and physical player, he never makes a mistake and when you ask him to do something he'll do it to the best of his ability. He's certainly having a great year and it would be nice to see him get some recognition."

Shelton was out of football in 2003 after being released by the Chicago Bears at the end of training camp last summer. Buffalo was only team to contact him.

"I came out and worked out for the Bills and shortly after that I signed," said Shelton. "I'm happy to be here and hoping that it's all worked out for the good."

Bills guard Chris Villarrial played with Shelton for two seasons in Chicago and he describes him as a hard nosed player that is all business.

"He's very quiet but he is a guy that brings his lunch pale to work every day," said Villarrial. "He comes to work, does his job, and goes home. You never hear him complaining."

I'm glad to see him doing so well this year. He really deserves it. In the off-season he works as hard as he can and he never gripes."

Earlier this season, Head Coach Mike Mularkey called Shelton the team's most consistent player on offense.

"I'd like to know if there's a fullback playing better in the league," Mularkey said. "I mean that. Daimon has been a great addition to this team. He's a very solid football player."

Ironically, Shelton signed with Bills prior to the team hiring Mularkey but when the two sat down to talk for the first time, Shelton was convinced he would fit right in.

"He talked how he wanted to establish the run and be a physical team and that was right up my alley," Shelton said.

For Shelton, becoming a successful fullback requires more than film study.

Earlier this season Shelton told Bills Digest, the team's official publication, that he feels it's important to establish a relationship with the back he's blocking for.

"I try to establish a relationship right away with the running backs I'm blocking for, so maybe we'll watch film together or we'll talk about different looks and different adjustments we both can make to be successful. It's definitely an on and off the field relationship."

After scoring his first career NFL touchdown, running back Willis McGahee handed the ball to Shelton as a reward for providing a key block that sprung McGahee for the 5-yard TD run.

After a spectacular first season the question remains will Shelton be elected to his first Pro Bowl this week?

"It comes to mind and sometimes the coaches say stuff about going to the Pro Bowl after the year off and how exciting that would be," Shelton last week. "I try not to focus on that too much because if it happens then it's going to happen. I just try to keep my focus on a weekly schedule and concentrate on the team that we play that week."

Pro Bowl or not, Shelton has made his presence felt this year for the Bills.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Tight End Campbell Out; Trafford In

Gregg Pastore,
Sunday's win over the AFC East rival Miami Dolphins came at a cost for the Bills.

Starting tight end Mark Campbell injured his ACL on his right knee and has been placed on Injured Reserve. Head Coach Mike Mularkey said the six-year veteran has not had surgery.

Campbell is third among Buffalo receivers with 17 catches for 203 yards and five touchdowns.

To make matters worse, backup tight end Tim Euhus has been listed as doubtful to play this week against the Browns. Euhus injured his right knee against Miami and his status is still being evaluated.

To fill the void at tight end, the Bills signed Rod Trafford on Wednesday. Trafford had been part of the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad since Week 2.

The former NFL Europe standout is familiar with Buffalo's offense, having spent part the entire 2004 preseason with the team before being released a week before the regular season began.

"Rod has been out of the system for four months and we'll get him caught up as much as we can with out overloading him and expecting him to do too much," Mularkey said on Wednesday.

The Bills also have tight end Ryan Neufeld on the roster and Mularkey has confidence in Neufeld's ability should he be pressed into extended duty.

"Obviously Ryan Neufeld played a lot in the game this past week and I thought he played extremely well," said Mularkey.

Neufeld is an athletic tight end that catches the ball well and has shown versatility as part of the special teams unit.

"You've got to have guys that can step in and play for you," said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "We'll address it in the best way that we can. As with any position you have to have somebody to step in and play at a high level so that you can stay on track."

Mularkey said that tight end/offensive tackle Jason Peters will also have a limited role at tight end behind Neufeld.

"We have enough personnel groupings scheme wise to get it done," said Mularkey.

Meanwhile, veteran cornerback Troy Vincent is listed as questionable for the Browns game with a lingering knee injury that has kept him sidelined for the past nine games. Vincent did practice fully with the team on Wednesday.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Campbell Catches Three TD's

by Eric Allen, from

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- With a little help from Buffalo's special teams, Drew Bledsoe answered his critics.

Bledsoe hit tight end Mark Campbell for three touchdowns and Nate Clements returned a punt 86 yards for a score, helping the Bills to a 37-17 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

It was a dominating effort by a Buffalo team (4-6) that has won four straight at home, but was coming off its worst outing of the season, a 29-6 loss at New England.

Allen's Analysis

Why are the veteran-laden Rams so up and down? For some reason this team won't listen to the stats despite their obvious relevance. The stats prove that if RB Marshall Faulk gets a certain number of carries this team is darn hard to beat. But for some reason they will get enamored with the pass and completely ignore him and drop a game like this one to a team that has inferior personnel. It's also becoming obvious that the defense misses former coordinator Lovie Smith who seemed to have this team playing spirited football. He put an emphasis on team morale that now seems to be lacking in St. Louis.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

Bledsoe answered those calling for rookie J.P. Losman to take over as starter, going 15-of-24 for 185 yards. His only blemish was an interception off Lee Evans' hand in the first quarter.

The three touchdowns were the most Bledsoe's thrown since he had three in Buffalo's 38-21 win over Miami on Dec. 1, 2002.

Bledsoe was so good his 160 yards passing in the first half were more than he had in 10 of his previous 23 games. And he got his 213th career touchdown pass, moving into 19th place ahead of Terry Bradshaw and Y.A. Tittle.

After spotting the Rams a 10-0 first-quarter lead on their first two possessions, the Bills held St. Louis to 98 yards and no points in the second half, and intercepted Marc Bulger three times.

And Buffalo's special teams continued to shine. Clements' score was Buffalo's fourth touchdown return of the season, and second in consecutive games after Jonathan Smith returned a punt 70 yards for a score against the Patriots.

This was not the effort the Rams were expecting after taking the NFC West lead with last weekend's 23-12 win over Seattle.

St. Louis (5-5) has now lost three of its last four, all three losses against AFC East opponents.

This performance might have been worse than their loss to Miami, and could lead to another public outburst from coach Mike Martz, who chewed out his team following a 40-22 loss to New England on Nov. 7.

Marc Bulger went 27-of-45 for 287 yards, including touchdowns to Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.

The Rams unraveled completely at the start of the third quarter with the game tied at 17. The Bills scored 20 points in the quarter, 17 in a 5:40 span.

After the Rams went three and out on their first possession of the half, Smith returned a punt 53 yards to the St. Louis 5. Bledsoe hit Campbell over the middle for a touchdown on the next play.

After another three and out, Clements caught the punt at the right hash and burst untouched up the right sideline, somersaulting into the end zone from the 1.

The Rams' Erik Flowers then muffed Buffalo's short kickoff, which the Bills recovered at the St. Louis 31, leading to Rian Lindell's 35-yard field goal.

Any chances of a Rams comeback ended when Bulger marched St. Louis 65 yards to the Bills 2 early in the fourth quarter. But defensive tackle Sam Adams batted a pass at the line of scrimmage and then caught it in a crowd.

Campbell also caught TD passes of 19 and 10 yards for the first three-TD game of his career, and finished with four catches for 37 yards.

Willis McGahee rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries, the fourth 100-yard game of his career -- all coming in Bills victories this season.

The Rams' already young and troubled secondary was depleted further by injuries. Starting cornerback Travis Fisher and backup DeJuan Groce did not return after sustaining knee injuries in the first quarter. And fourth cornerback Kevin Garrett did not return after taking a blow to the head in the third quarter.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Bills RT Williams Driven off Field in Ambulance

by Associated Press, From

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills right tackle Mike Williams suffered a neck injury and was driven off the field in an ambulance during the third quarter of Buffalo's 22-17 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Williams was walking around with a neck brace following the game. He also had X-rays taken that were negative, but the Bills remained cautious.

"He'll be looked at again after 24 hours," coach Mike Mularkey said.

Williams appeared to be knocked cold when he and left tackle Jonas Jennings were protecting quarterback Drew Bledsoe, double-teaming Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis. As Bledsoe released the pass, Ellis bowled over Jennings, knocking him into Williams, who awkwardly fell backward.

Williams lay face down and motionless at the Bills 10 as team trainers and emergency officials tended to him. He was lifted onto a stretcher and had his helmet strapped in place. The Bills announced that trainers were taking precautionary measures to protect Williams' neck.

Williams raised his right thumb just he was being placed into the ambulance.

"He's a guy I have a lot of respect for, and is an important member of our team," Bledsoe said.

Bills players knelt together in a circle while Williams was being treated on the field.

Marcus Price took over for Williams, Buffalo's first-round pick in the 2002 draft.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Defense Pressure Creates Turnover, Bills Win

Gregg Pastore,

Why is history important - or even significant? It's been said that those who ignore history, are condemned to repeat it.

The Bills have played the Dolphins at least twice every season since 1966. The home team has now won 12 of the past 17 games and the team winning the turnover battle has taken 15 of the past 16.

Sunday's meeting between the two teams, before a crowd of 72,714 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY, offered proof of that old axiom.

The Bills defense did in fact win the battle, 1-0, and the lone turnover proved to be the difference as the Bills etched their first victory of the season, 20-13.

On Miami's second possession, Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes stepped in front of a Jay Fielder screen pass intended for fullback Ron Konrad and returned it 11 yards untouched for the game's first points.

"It was basically a man-to-man play, and I knew the guy had to account for the blitzer coming from the outside," said Spikes. "Once I saw him faking like he was going to block, I knew he was going to run the screen, so instead I just ran in the gap where he had to throw it, and Fiedler threw it and I knew I had to make the play"

Although the Bills defense didn't force another turnover the rest of the way, they were disruptive throughout the remainder of the game. Defensive end Aaron Schobel had 2 ½ sacks, for his seventh multi-sack game of his career, and defensive tackle Ron Edwards added a pair sacks as the Bills limited Miami to 212 yards of net offense.

On several occasions, Fielder was forced to rush his throws by blitzing Bills players.

The Bills also did a good job of making adjustments.

After former Bills running back Sammy Morris rushed for 81 yards on 12 carries in the first half, the defense put eight guys in the box and contained Miami in the second half, holding him to 10 yards on six rushes.

Buffalo has not given up a 100-yard individual rushing performance this season and dating back to the beginning of 2003, the Bills defense has yielded only three individual rushing performances in the last 21 games.

With the first win of the season behind them, the Bills are now focusing on another streak.

"It's been a long time since we've gotten a win," said Fletcher. "A lot of people in Western New York can go have a good week at work now. A lot of guys sleep easier tonight. But, we still have a long to go to be the type of football team we want to be."

Monday, September 27, 2004

Monday Update

From the offical site of the Buffalo Bills

On what would normally be just a day of film session and recovery, the Bills are taking advantage of the week off by practicing on Monday. The team will workout from 12:35 – 2:00 p.m.

At conclusion of practice will be in the locker room to talk to players about their weekend off and the upcoming matchup with the New England Patriots. Shortly afterward, will have complete audio posted on the site.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Confidence not Shaken

You won't see new head coach Mike Mularkey hang his head nor will you see his team hang their heads after Sunday's match up against the Jacksonville Jaguars. For bout 56-58 minuntes it seemed to be a Bills win. After holding Jacksonville to 145 yards all game, there was a debacle in the closing minutes, the Bills allowed Jacksonville to drive all most the full length of the field for a game winning T.D.

Post game remark

"I felt like we had a number of opportunities. One play here or there in all the phases could have been the difference in the game. I don't feel like we lost the game on the last play of the game. I felt like there were opportunities, many of them, and one of them could have been the difference in the game."

Monday morning remark

"It was pretty upbeat. I think they know it's just one football game that we came up on the short end and we can make up for it this week."

Friday, September 03, 2004

Matthews Joins the Bills


The Bills signed Matthews late Monday afternoon to fill a void in the roster after quarterbacks Travis Brown and J.P. Losman went down with injuries last week, leaving starter Drew Bledsoe and the inexperienced Greg Zolman as the remaining healthy quarterbacks on the roster.

With Brown expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a knee sprain and Losman anticipated to be sidelined for 8-12 weeks with a broken leg, President and General Manager Tom Donahoe felt it was necessary to land a veteran to backup Bledsoe.

Let's go Bills!! Hope Matthews has a good season!

Friday, August 27, 2004

Bills vs. Colts


The Buffalo Bills travel to Indianapolis this weekend to take on the Colts in their third preseason contest. The Bills are currently 1-1 in preseason play and look to add to their win column at the RCA Dome.

The Bills defense has been impressive both in camp and during their two previous games. They have only allowed one touchdown and an average of only 11 points per game. The Colts explosive offense should be a great test for this defense.

Peyton Manning, the NFL's 2003 co-MVP, presents a difficult challenge. He can beat defenses single-handedly with his arm, especially throwing to Pro Bowl wide receiver, Marvin Harrison. But that's not all the Bills have to contain. Throw in running back Edgerrin James and the Colts have the triple threat.

Be sure and watch the game! GO BILLS!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Losman Breaks Leg


Rookie quarterback J.P. Losman has suffered a broken leg and will be out indefinitely. Such injuries typically require a recovery time of 8-12 weeks.

Losman went down during 11-on-11 action with 25 minutes left in practice and was helped into a cart and driven off to the locker room.

The first-round draft pick was injured when he made contact with cornerback Troy Vincent while he was finishing up a run to the right side during a two-minute drill. He got up immediately and started limping before falling back to the ground, where team trainers attended to him for about five minutes before he was carted off the field.

Hopefully Losman feels better sooner than expected!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

We All Scream for Ice Cream


With football season kicking off next month, Turkey Hill is looking to score a touchdown in the frozen food aisles of Western New York with its new Bills Stampede Sundae Ice Cream.

For the extra point, area sports fans can help Turkey Hill raise money for the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB).

The first ever Bills themed ice cream flavor, Stampede Sundae, features vanilla flavored ice cream spiked with tasty Gertrude Hawk chocolate peanut butter footballs. Smooth swirls of peanut butter and chocolate fudge enhance the premium ice cream taste.

Hehe... sounds good.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Bills Begin Training


The Buffalo Bills have begun their training camp. As all eyes are on the field, here's a look at what the team is shaping up to be:

The Bills opened camp with 85 players on their roster. NFL rules limit teams to 80 players unless a player has been granted an exemption from the League. The Bills have received a roster exemption until Sunday, September 5 for offensive tackle Jasen Esposito, linebacker Asa Francis, kicker Mike Shafer, and quarterback Greg Zolman due to their participation in the NFL Europe League this past spring.

And, as training camps opens across the league, a scan of all 32 NFL rosters shows that only eight quarterbacks have more NFL experience than Bills starter Drew Bledsoe.

Also, the Bills have released defensive back Kahlil Carter, who spent the spring playing for the Scottish Claymores in the NFL Europe League. Carter was originally signed by the team on January 29, 2004.

More info as it comes...

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Welcome Anderson!


The Bills have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Tim Anderson, the team's third round selection in the 2004 NFL Draft and the 74th player taken overall. A three-year starter at Ohio State, Anderson established himself as the team's inside anchor, starting 36 of 44 games in his career, totaling 125 tackles (65 solos) with 11 sacks for minus 61 yards. Anderson becomes the fourth of the Bills six 2004 draft picks to agree on a contract with the team, joining TE Tim Euhus, OT Dylan McFarland, and Jonathan Smith as the others.

Welome to all new members of the Bills!!!

Friday, July 16, 2004

Hopes for the New Season

One of the main changes this season is Jim McNally's return as a line coach for The Bills. Here's what The Bills official website said about him:

Jim McNally has returned to his roots in Western New York and enters training camp working to turn around an offensive line that gave up 49 sacks last season. He also faces the challenge of molding together a new group of men after the departure of guard Ruben Brown to the Chicago Bears.
He will have the task of helping to select a starting left guard between candidates Ross Tucker, Mike Pucillo, and Marques Sullivan, but McNally's track record proves he's up to the task. He has had success every place he has coached from college to the NFL.

Lets hope that his experience makes this season the best ever!!

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Brand New Bills Blog

Thanks for stopping by my new Bills site. It's not quite up and running yet, but come back soon!!!