A Report from Billsland
We sent Dan "Bogboy" Steinberg to Buffalo; here's part of what he's filed on the bog...you can read more there. I thought you might like some fresh copy as we await players/Joe Gibbs.
The mood at the Bills' practice facility was very somber for much of the afternoon. Players spoke at great length and with great passion about their shock upon hearing the Sean Taylor news. Coach Dick Jauron addressed the issue at a team meeting this morning, along with some other team officials, offering counseling services to players who were affected and offering some philosophical thoughts. Players said Jauron was extremely emotional during his address: "trying to shine bright from our small corner of the earth," was how Coy Wire summarized it.
Jauron declined to go into the specifics of his speech, but said he would have acted the same way had the Bills not been playing the Redskins this week.
"I would be pretty certain that every team in the national football league would address that situation this morning," he said. "It's a tragedy and it touches us. The NFL, for me has always been a very special place. "It is, to some degree, a close fraternity. People have a lot of pride, they are very competitive, but we all understand each other. It affects everybody. It affects everybody in our business."
"It's a terrible tragedy," he said. "There's just not a whole lot else to say about it. It just leaves you almost speechless."
Taylor's former teammate at Miami, Roscoe Parrish, was not at the facility today; the team said he was ill. Teammates said he was taking the news very hard, and in fact he had been regaling teammates with Taylor stories on Sunday night, before the shooting.
Josh Reed said he hardly slept last night, so torn up was he by the news. Former Redskin Derrick Dockery has been in contact with several ex-teammates; "it hurts, it hurts," he said.. Punter Brian Moorman said the news was "incredibly sad...words can't express it." Wire, one of the captains, said "I don't know how they're going to be able to play on Sunday." He was serious; he said several times he just couldn't imagine how the Skins would be able to take the field; "it's beyond me," he said.
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