Rounding out the week on The John Murphy Show. It was quiet around One Bills Drive as the players departed for their break until training camp at St. John Fisher College, now exactly 4-weeks away. Quarterback Jeff Tuel was kind enough to stick around, as he joined us at the bottom of the first hour. Tuel finished up this week’s minicamp trying to soak up the playbook and the changes to Nathaniel Hackett’s offense. He joins the other 3-quarterbacks on the roster who all have just one year in the system.
“We learn from each other’s mistakes and we also grow with each other. We kind of have a one-for-all, all-for-one mentality. We have each other’s backs and we learn from each other, push each other, and ask each other questions and we’re growing together.”
Tuel was thrust into the lineup last year when EJ Manuel went down in week five at Cleveland. Tuel got the start against the Kansas City Chiefs. He looked back on his 59-yard touchdown to Marquise Goodwin and also expressed his frustration with the interception he threw that led to a Chiefs touchdown. Tuel admitted he didn’t expect to get as much playing time as he did in his first year in the league.
“You come in here and I was the fourth quarterback. I didn’t get a rep in OTAs until I think ninth or tenth one and I got the three reps in minicamp. As soon as training camp hit it was all with the ones or twos it seemed like. Kevin (Kolb) got hurt real early and I was going with the twos and then EJ (Manuel) went down and I was going with the ones. You never know how it’s going to play out and that’s why you always have to be ready and I’ve learned that about football. If you think it’s going to go one way, it’s most likely not going to go that way. So, you just continue to grind and get better and make sure you’re at your top self.”
Kicking off the second hour we were joined by former Bills offensive lineman and NFL Analyst for Sirius XM and NBC Sports Network Ross Tucker. Tucker just finished up the 3-day NFL Broadcast Boot Camp where he instructed current and recently retired NFL players who are looking to get involved in Sports Broadcasting.
“There’s been some guys over the years that I thought he’d be pretty slick. I think Maurice Jones-Drew will be good. He does some fantasy work for Sirius but he gets it, the fan interaction, and he gets the growth of fantasy. Tim Hasselbeck has gone to on to ESPN along with myself. I will tell you the guy that’s really pretty good this year was Brady Quinn. He’s just so darn good looking it makes you sick. He’s got a big name going for him. He’s a good looking guy, very smart.”
Tucker had a very strong opinion and some strong comments regarding Cleveland Browns first round draft pick Johnny Manziel and the QB’s off-field decisions. He also added that he thinks the Bills are good enough to contend for a playoff spot.
Finally, actor and Buffalo native William Fichtner joined us in studio to talk about his love for the Buffalo Bills. He grew up a fan watching Jack Kemp and Daryle Lamonica and continues to keep an eye on the team, watching the past couple seasons while in Prague where he was filming for the NBC crime drama “Crossing Lines.”
“There’s no missing the boat that I’m a Bills fan. Most of the last two years I’ve been living in the Czech Republic and thank God for NFL Game Pass because on Sunday nights at 7 o’clock Prague time, these games right here from the stadium come live right into my house and it’s great and I love it.”
Fichtner went over his movie career and talks about his future works, including his role in Michael Bay’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. He weighs in about chicken wings and how optimistic he is for this upcoming season and says all fans should be. He describes Bills fans as the best in the world.
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