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Vic Carucci

Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The News. With four decades of experience as a pro football writer and broadcaster, he is a co-host on SiriusXM NFL Radio and a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector. Vic has authored 10 books about football (including multiple New York Times best-sellers) and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.


Fred Smerlas compared the plight of the Buffalo Bills' defense before Monday night's game to a television set with a malfunctioning tuner."Physically, we were playing pretty well," the Bills' veteran nose tackle said. "But, mentally, everyone was tuned into a different channel. We were playing like slobs."Having "locked into the same channel," the Bills' defenders gav…

Former Bills quarterback Jack Kemp threw some friendly jabs at current Bills QB Jim Kelly and praised ex-Bills coach Lou Saban during a luncheon Monday celebrating the 20th year of ABC's Monday Night Football.While addressing a crowd of about 400 at the Connecticut Street Armory, Kemp said he couldn't understand how Kelly could let "a little thing" like a separated sh…

He didn't know where to go. He didn't know what to do. He didn't know whom to talk to.So, having delivered the winning touchdown pass to Andre Reed, Frank Reich just started running in circles on the Rich Stadium field Monday night.Hey, the guy had never been in this situation before. He had never started an NFL regular-season game, let alone engineered a miraculous v…

WILL WOLFORD stared at the big John Deere tractor as it sat, idling, on a Tennessee farm. He shook his head and sighed."OK," the photographer said to him. "Now, I want you to climb up there and sit behind the wheel, just like we talked about."Reluctantly, Wolford complied.He knew the pose was misleading. He had never spent any length of time on a farm, let alone drive…

Walt Corey's defense used to be a thing of football beauty. Even with ticket sales and television ratings predominantly fueled by offense, its appeal was hard to resist.No matter what the opposition offered, Walt Corey's defense had an answer.If you threw, it was in your face -- or on your back.If you ran, it stopped you cold.If you attacked it short, long or in betwe…

The Buffalo Bills have lost more than Jim Kelly, Shane Conlan and Derrick Burroughs this season."I really believe we've misplaced our personality," Bills General Manager Bill Polian said Wednesday. "I think, not only last Sunday but over the last five weeks, we may have lost a little bit of our focus."Last Sunday, the Bills were abused by Indianapolis, 37-14. Even bef…

The last time Frank Reich was thrust into the spotlight, he was a junior at the University of Maryland.The circumstances he faced in 1983 sound eerily familiar.Boomer Esiason, Maryland's starting quarterback at the time, was nursing a separated right (non-throwing) shoulder. Jim Kelly, the Buffalo Bills' starter, has a separated left (non-throwing) shoulder.The oppone…

Offensive guard Todd Peat had one of the shorter stays with the Buffalo Bills of any player in team history.The Bills waived Peat Tuesday, less than 24 hours after claiming him off waivers from the Phoenix Cardinals.Meanwhile, the Bills did as expected and re-signed Stan Gelbaugh, whom they cut at the end of the preseason, to be their backup quarterback behind Frank R…

Los Angeles Rams running back Greg Bell fired the first shot in a war of words with his former team, the Buffalo Bills, whom he will face next Monday night for the first time since leaving them in a 1987 trade.In an interview published today by the Orange County (Calif.) Register, Bell took aim at:Bills nose tackle Fred Smerlas, Bills coach Marv Levy, Bills running ba…

One day after being blasted into the Hoosier Dome turf, Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly did some blasting of his own.The target was Bills right offensive tackle Howard Ballard.During a news conference Monday, Kelly lashed out at Ballard for allowing left defensive end Jon Hand to come free and deliver the blow that caused Kelly to suffer a shoulder separation in S…

The Buffalo Bills Monday acquired offensive guard Todd Peat off waivers from the Phoenix Cardinals.The Bills have not announced what they would do to make room for him on their 47-man active roster.The 6-foot-2, 294-pound Peat, in his third National Football League season, is expected to be a backup for the Bills.He joined the Cardinals in 1987, as an 11th-round draft…

Buffalo Bills free safety Mark Kelso suffered a slight concussion during Sunday's 37-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.Kelso left the field late in the first quarter after taking a blow to the head.He did not return, and Dwight Drane finished the game at free safety for the Bills."Mark was fine later in the game," Bills coach Marv Levy said. "But he had a headache, an…

It isn't what they have that makes some defensive backs in the National Football League better.It's what they don't have."No breaking point," Buffalo Bills strong safety Leonard Smith said. "You can bend. You can twist. You can turn until you're a pretzel."But you can't break. You've got to have that strong will."The topic was Bills right cornerback Nate Odomes.Smith,…

One of these days, Pete Metzelaars expects to stop catching passes and start throwing blocks on a full-time basis.The Buffalo Bills tight end expects to be asked to add about 30 pounds to his 6-foot-7, 250-pound frame and spend the rest of his NFL life at offensive tackle."I've heard it mentioned, on and off, through the years," Metzelaars said Wednesday. "It's been d…