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This Day in Bills History, Sept. 20: Rude welcome for Marchibroda

Sept. 20, 1992 – The Bills showed that they sure knew how to spoil a “welcome home” party.

Ted Marchibroda had been the team’s offensive coordinator when he developed the Bills’ no-huddle offense that was the talk of the league for a while. When that happens, other teams usually come calling, big contracts in hand. It happened to Marchibroda, as the former St. Bonaventure football player became the head coach of the Colts.

The Bills didn’t just win. The 38-0 victory was the biggest rout in the history of Rich Stadium.

One of the stars of the game was safety Henry Jones. He was always capable of taking a pick all the way back, and he did it twice in this game. The game’s most unlikely point-maker was John Fina, an offensive tackle. Fina caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Jim Kelly for his first TD in the NFL.

Buffalo moved to 3-0, and hadn’t scored fewer than 34 points yet. Even Marchibroda must have been impressed.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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