John Murphy returned to the airwaves for tonight’s show, back from a 2-week break. We discussed with training camp right around the corner, if you are in attendance where will your eyes go first? Sammy Watkins and the rest of the wide receiver group led the discussion. Also mentioned were quarterback EJ Manuel and who will replace Kiko Alonso at the outside linebacker spot.
This past weekend, San Francisco blew out the flame at Candlestick Park, the home for the 49ers since 1971. The team will move into a brand new stadium. Over 25,000 were in attendance to watch a flag football game between 49er and other NFL greats, including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Dan Marino. Daniel Brown from the San Jose Mercury News covered the game and reflected on the weekend featuring the Legends of Candlestick.
“I thought I was going to see a bunch of old guys mail-in an effort, get the check, and leave. It was anything but that. It was a reminder that these guys love what they do and they love being with each other. Some of the guys really wanted to show that they could play. Roger Craig was out there going crazy, high-stepping, catching passes. They did it all with a smile on their face. They were laughing. They were joking.”
Brown also looked back on some of the great moments from Candlestick Park and looked forward to what’s ahead for the 49ers. The team will move into Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for this upcoming season.
At the top of the hour we were joined by Pro Football writer Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated. He is also a contributor to the Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com. Klemko is in Buffalo and surveying the Bills move to St. John Fisher College. He is getting an inside look at how a team relocates their players to another location and replicate the pro football setup.
“There’s no expense spared. They put a lot of value in isolating these players and making it about football 24-7 as opposed to a lot of these teams who are now switching to just the training camps and the facility where there are still potential distractions where guys are driving from their home as opposed to living in a dorm room.”
Klemko discussed the handful of teams that relocate to training camp venues and its benefits, especially for a young team like the Bills.
Finally, we were joined by recently retired NFL referee Mike Carey who will now join CBS Sports as a rules expert and will add his knowledge of officiating to game broadcasts throughout the upcoming NFL season. He will work from the CBS New York Studio during Sunday games and during Thursday night games will be in the broadcast booth reviewing and explaining calls. He discussed many topics relating to officiating, including some of his most difficult calls he has made.
Carey also looked back on his path to the NFL and some of the highlights from his career including when he was the side judge during the Bills-Oilers comeback game. You can hear that and the rest of the John Murphy Show by clicking below.
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