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Vic Carucci

Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The Buffalo News. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector, has authored nine books about pro football and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.


It is almost a tradition for Super Bowl participants to gripe about the two-week layoff before the big game.They say it causes them to lose their edge after winning their respective conference championships.They equate the extra week to an opponent calling a timeout to force a place-kicker to think longer about his critical field-goal attempt.Then, there is Boomer Esi…

The Greater Miami Super Bowl Host Committee spent almost $2 million to ensure that when the national spotlight was focused this week, the blemishes would hardly be visible.But the eruption of violence in the city's Overtown section Monday night may have turned the investment into a Super bust.Instead of cranking up the hype for Sunday's clash between the San Francisco…

Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy has been named 1988 National Football League Coach of the Year by the Sporting News, it was announced Tuesday.Levy, who led the Bills to a 12-4 regular-season record and the AFC Eastern Division championship, received 11 of the 24 votes cast by NFL coaches.Sam Wyche, whose Cincinnati Bengals will face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl…

THE FINAL grades are in for the Buffalo Bills' 1988 season.For the most part, it is the kind of report card a kid wouldn't be terribly afraid to show to his parents. After all, the Bills had to do plenty of things right to finish the regular season with a 12-4 record and advance to the American Football Conference championship game.Of course, luck also played a part i…

During his post-season news conference Wednesday, Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy went out of his way to endorse running backs coach Elijah Pitts for any head coaching openings in the NFL."You hear every now and then, when there are some head coaching openings, the fact that minority coaches aren't getting opportunities," Levy said. "And I'm telling you, somebody ought …

Improving the offense is at the top of Marv Levy's list of things to do during the off-season.But, no, the main concern of the Buffalo Bills' head coach is not adding spice through new game-planning or play selection.Nor does he see the primary answer as the inclusion of a speed-burning wide receiver (although he acknowledges a need for one).The way the Bills will imp…

Less than 24 hours after the Buffalo Bills ended their season, Bruce Smith renewed his public demand to be the highest-paid defensive player in the National Football League, and said he intended to shop his services to other teams.Sunday's 21-10 loss to Cincinnati for the American Football Conference championship marked Smith's final game under his original four-year …

The frustration of their 21-10 loss to Cincinnati in Sunday's American Football Conference Championship showdown resulted in heated exchanges in the Buffalo Bills' dressing room after the game.According to the accounts of several Bills players, offensive tackle Joe Devlin and return-specialist Erroll Tucker were at the center of an altercation that subsided before mos…

One step away from a first-ever Super Bowl appearance, the Buffalo Bills stubbed their collective toe Sunday at Riverfront Stadium.They blundered their way to a 21-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the American Football Conference championship game, and the bitterness of the defeat lingered long after the final gun."It's really disheartening," center Kent Hull said…

How do the Buffalo Bills prevent Cincinnati running backs Ickey Woods and James Brooks from shuffling all over them in today's AFC championship game as they did when the teams last met?By eliminating cutback lanes at the line of scrimmage."Most of those plays were cutback plays," Bills linebacker Cornelius Bennett said of the 222 rushing yards for which Woods (129) an…

Ask members of the Buffalo Bills and they'll tell you they are not the same club that showed up at Riverfront Stadium Nov. 27 and suffered a 35-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.Ask members of the national media and they'll tell you lightning will strike the Bills twice when they face the Bengals in today's American Football Conference championship game (12:30 p.m., C…

A photograph of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Lewis Billups hung all week near the Rich Stadium dressing stall of Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Joe Devlin.Devlin refused to say why, but it apparently isn't because he and Billups are close friends or that he finds any particular pleasure in looking at his face.Bills wide receiver Andre Reed says Devlin has a score to …

Others, perhaps trying to be charitable to Bruce Smith for one reason or another, have been calling it a draw.Smith doesn't want anyone's charity."I think I lost," the Buffalo Bills' right defensive end said of his last confrontation with Anthony Munoz, the left offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals. "I just didn't feel I played that well at all."When the teams …

Erroll Tucker has a history of living dangerously where his athletic career is concerned. Then again, if he didn't, he probably wouldn't be a return specialist for the Buffalo Bills.In his junior year of high school, Tucker suffered a fractured right leg while running track.In his rookie year in the NFL, he sustained a fractured left leg while returning a punt for the…

The NFL rule book became a battleground of sorts Tuesday for Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy and Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche.In separate conference calls with the national media to discuss Sunday's Bills notebook. / D3AFC championship game, Levy and Wyche disagreed over the way the Bengals employ their no-huddle offense.Levy said the Bengals, in trying to ensure …