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Simms: Bills Defense “Tops in the NFL” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 18, 2014 – 8:21 pm



Inching towards Sunday’s game in Oakland. We loaded tonight’s show with plenty of material to get you ready. We began with the news of the day, including an update on running back C.J. Spiller which was one of the topics in tonight’s edition of Around the Locker Room. We also heard from head coach Doug Marrone on the team’s offense.


Calling the game on the TV side of things is former NFL quarterback Chris Simms who will be alongside his broadcast partner Brian Anderson on the CBS Network. Simms is also the lead NFL analyst for Bleacher Report and joined us by phone to talk about this weekend’s matchup including what he sees from the Bills defense. He called the unit the “top defense in the NFL” and had high praise for the defensive line. Simms then switched gears to talk about the Raiders and their rookie linebacker Khalil Mack.

Khalil Mack

“In the run game, he’s unbelievable. He’s a total mismatch against tight ends. He throws them around like they’re rag dolls. He’s of course strong and powerful to hold up against offensive tackles as well. He’s a good pass rusher that’s only getting better as the season goes along. He’s truly a dominant force on that side of the ball.”


To hear the complete interview with Simms and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.

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First ever PPK Championship Weekend a success

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 18, 2014 – 4:48 pm


The Buffalo Bills hosted their first ever Punt, Pass and Kick Team Championship Weekend as NFL PPK winners from three local sectional competitions vied for the Bills Team Championship at the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Saturday, December 13th.  After the competition, the participants had the opportunity to meet Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso and received a picture and autograph, followed by lunch in the Bills cafeteria with their families.


The forty Team Championship participants were invited to the Bills-Packers game the following day to form Stampede Row as Bills players took the field and received Bills Play 60 Jerseys, Bills Nike Vapor Football Gloves and New Era winter hats.  After Stampede Row, the participants watched the game with their family and the winners from each age group received on-field recognition during the second quarter.

Congratulations to the Team Championship participants and our winners!

Girls 6-7 Boys 6-7
Magdalena Parish – West Valley, N.Y. Drew Williamee – Canandaigua, N.Y.
Alaina Burdick – Canisteo, N.Y. Liam Davis – Malone, N.Y.
Hannah Michalek – East Aurora, N.Y. Manning Splain – Duke Center, PA
Selena Maldonado Brady Wiscup – Holland, N.Y.
Girls 8-9 Boys 8-9
Autumn Millington – Westmoreland, N.Y. Ryan Krzyzanowski – Westmoreland, N.Y.
Teagan Kosinski – Olean, N.Y. Alek Reynolds – Williamson, N.Y.
Isabella Pucci – Fairport, N.Y. Braydon Hummel – North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Wriana Hudson Amari Jones – Albion, N.Y.
Girls 10-11 Boys 10-11
Kennedy Case – West Leyden, N.Y. Rudy Warren – Tonawanda, N.Y.
Laura Cohn – Kenmore, N.Y. Jonathan Starling – Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Haley Bly – Rochester, N.Y. Connor Williams – Victor, N.Y.
Hannah Walker – Sayre, Penn. Cole Harrington – Lockport, N.Y.
Girls 12-13 Boys 12-13
Natalie McCormick – Ogdensburg, N.Y. Dominic Geracitano – Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Megan McCraith – Clarence, N.Y. CJ Williams – Victor, N.Y.
Melissa MacCowan – Bergen, N.Y. Nathan Moore – Albion, N.Y.
Caitlin Gonter – Boston, N.Y. Brandon Smathers – Miami, Fla.
Girls 14-15 Boys 14-15
Erin Geibel – Hornell, N.Y. Trevor Henneman – Painted Post, N.Y.
Breanna Chapman – Baldwinsville, N.Y. Gordon Wang – Williamson, N.Y.
Hailey Hubbard – Bergen, N.Y. Connor Fenlong – Gouverneur, N.Y.
Samantha Fovel – Rochester, N.Y. Casey Kelly – Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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Thigpen update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2014 – 2:35 pm






Buffalo’s primary punt returner was added to the injury report Thursday with a foot injury.

Head coach Doug Marrone said Thigpen experienced some swelling in his foot Thursday and could only practice on a limited basis. It’s not expected to impact his availability for Sunday’s game.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Marcus Thigpen WR Foot LP
Dan Carpenter K Right Groin LP
Jarius Wynn DE Knee LP
Chris Gragg TE Knee LP
Da’Norris Searcy S Hamstring LP
Stephon Gilmore CB Shoulder LP
Duke Williams S Concussion LP
Boobie Dixon RB Chest FP

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Kyle Williams: Blood, sweat, and tears – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 17, 2014 – 9:33 pm



The team began gearing up for their road tilt with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. We began the show asking the viewers their thoughts on the team and how they are adjusting to meaningful games late in the season? We then heard from President Russ Brandon, who spoke about head coach Doug Marrone and his efforts to change the culture here at One Bills Drive. Post-practice, we caught up with players and served up another edition of Around the Locker Room.


After the fired up post-game speech he gave to his teammates following the Packers game, Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams joined us in studio to share his thoughts on this year’s team. Williams discussed his feelings on playing meaningful games late in the season and why this season has meant so much to him after being around the organization for the past 9-seasons.

Kyle Williams

“It means everything to me. It really does. A lot of years of just really pushing it and I’ve really just been trying to play as hard as I possibly can for my teammates, for our organization, and for our fan base who deserves it. I’m really going to cherish this moment and like I said, I don’t want to let it pass by. I don’t want to miss an opportunity. I want to know that I’ve done everything that I could and not that I haven’t in the past but being in this position, really, really trying to drive and keeps guys into it. It means everything to me. There’s been a lot of work, blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into getting to this point, almost a decade later and I’m going to go out Sunday and do what I’ve always done.”


Williams also discussed the rotation along the defensive line, his relationship with teammate Marcell Dareus, and why their defense has been so successful under coordinator Jim Schwartz.


At the top of the hour, Bills HOF running back Thurman Thomas returned to the show. Thomas has been fully engaged with this year’s team and shared his excitement with their possible playoff chances. He weighed in on tonight’s topic on if the fans are accustomed to losing seasons and now are having a hard time adjusting to a winning season.

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“As being a fan now and being retired for 13, 14 years, I don’t want to be like that now as a fan. I want these games to mean home field advantage, a first round bye, a playoff game here. I want to be a fan of that now even though I’m a former player, I’m a fan and would love to see the turnaround happen with this group that we have right now.”


Thomas went on to discuss the possible return of running back C.J. Spiller and his thoughts on the offense.


Finally, former Bills and Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison called in to discuss this weekend’s matchup. Morrison is now an NFL on Fox analyst and said he’s happy to see his former team on the rise but is torn on who to root for this weekend in Oakland. He talked about the Raiders struggling transition and what they can hang their hat on, specifically University at Buffalo grad and rookie LB Khalil Mack. When it came to the Bills, Morrison said he’s been raving about the team as of late, specifically when it comes to their defense. If the Bills can get themselves into the playoffs, Morrison says they’re a team “he does not want to play.”


To hear that and the entire John Murphy Show from Wednesday, click here.

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Raiders QB Carr limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2014 – 7:38 pm

Oakland starting QB Derek Carr could not practice fully on Wednesday.

The Raiders rookie QB has been battling a nagging thumb injury on his throwing hand. Head coach Tony Sparano said he’s not concerned about Carr’s playing status for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

CB Tarell Brown – Foot
WR Vincent Brown – Groin
CB Chimdi Chekwa – Hamstring
TE Brian Leonhardt – Concussion
WR Denarius Moore – Knee/Ankle
T Menelik Watson – Foot/Ankle
DL C.J. Wilson – Knee

QB Derek Carr – Rt. Thumb
CB TJ Carrie – Ankle

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Longtime Bills gameday staff member retires

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 17, 2014 – 5:50 pm


Before Sunday’s home game against the Green Bay Packers, the Bills honored Erie County Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner John Adolf for 16 years of dedicated service to the Bills organization and its fans. Adolf coordinates emergency medical services at the Erie County-owned Ralph Wilson Stadium, and Sunday was his last official game serving in that capacity. Bills Vice President Andy Major and Senior Director of Security Christopher Clark presented Adolf with an official Buffalo Bills helmet signed by all of the public safety partners who staff the stadium command center managing game day operations. Adolf is set to retire December 29, 2014 after 32 years of service to Erie County.

On behalf of all Bills fans and the entire Bills organization, we thank Adolf for his longtime service to our community.

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C.J. has been hitting the weights

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2014 – 5:26 pm

Bills RB C.J. Spiller was back on the practice field for a third straight week, only now he’s fully cleared. He has not yet been added to the active roster off injured reserve yet. A  final decision is expected to come later in the week based on how he looks in practice. Spiller shared some of rehab regimen for his shoulder coming off surgery when he appeared on the John Murphy Show earlier this week.

“Just starting back lifting,” said Spiller in reference to weight work with his surgically repaired shoulder. “Getting the range of motion that’s the biggest thing. Just taking it day by day. The biggest thing for me was not rushing it. I think it was a blessing and a curse at the same time because it let me get a mental aspect of the game and a view on different things in life. I understand now what it takes on how to prepare and don’t take things for granted.”

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Gilmore, Duke, Spiller limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2014 – 2:51 pm






The Bills had a player out with illness at practice Wednesday along with a handful of other players limited due to injury.

Scott Chandler missed Wednesday’s practice as he was sent home sick. A few of Buffalo’s defensive backs were also limited including Duke Williams, who is going through concussion protocol.

C.J. Spiller was limited in practice as well.

TE Scott Chandler – illness

K Dan Carpenter – groin
S Duke Williams – concussion
CB Stephon Gilmore – shoulder
S Da’Norris Searcy – hamstring
RB C.J. Spiller – shoulder
TE Chris Gragg – knee
DE Jarius Wynn – knee

RB Boobie Dixon – chest

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Spiller charged up to return to full practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2014 – 11:56 am

Bills RB C.J. Spiller has been participating in practice the last two weeks, but was not fully cleared for contact until Monday. Now able to practice fully Spiller is charged up to be back in the fold with his teammates.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show Tuesday, Spiller made his excitement to begin the practice week on the field evident. He explained what he’ll be looking to get accomplished this week leading up to the game against the Raiders in Oakland Sunday.

“When you’ve been off for two months it’s just how your legs feel and getting back into a rhythm. I’ve been going through some thing the last couple of weeks to dust off some of the rust that I had. This will be a critical week for me to see how I do in the live practice and bump around a little bit. So I’m looking forward to it and I can’t wait.”

Spiller admitted he’ll have a bit of a mental hurdle to clear, but believes if he’s able to play in the game that after the first contact he’ll be fine.

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3 Bills get PFF Pro Bowl recognition

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2014 – 10:37 am

They weren’t named to their starting Pro Bowl positions, but Pro Football Focus named three Bills players as reserves on their Pro Bowl roster.

Nigel Bradham, Corey Graham and Marcell Dareus all earned reserve Pro Bowl spots on the PFF all-star roster. Here was their assessment of the Bills’ trio at their respective positions.


Defensive Tackle
Starters: Aaron Donald (SL), Gerald McCoy (TB), Sheldon Richardson (NYJ) and Fletcher Cox (PHI)
Reserves: Ndamukong Suh (DET), Muhammad Wilkerson (NYJ), Calais Campbell (ARZ) and Marcell Dareus (BUF)

Breakdown: Again we’ve taken some of the guys balloted as defensive ends and slotted them here, given how they’re used as interior defenders. No big surprises — all of these guys make enough plays that it would be harder not to notice them.

Outside Linebacker
Starters: DeAndre Levy (DET) and Brandon Marshall (DEN)
Reserves: Thomas Davis (CAR) and Nigel Bradham (BUF)

Breakdown: Again we’ve changed things around so we’re looking at those traditional 4-3 outside linebackers. Levy was an easy pick with a superb season as the Detroit defense dominated. Marshall has rightly got plenty of credit with a breakout year.

Starters: Chris Harris Jr. (DEN), Vontae Davis (IND), Darrelle Revis (NE) and Richard Sherman (SEA)
Reserves: Orlando Scandrick (DAL), Sean Smith (KC), Desmond Trufant (ATL) and Corey Graham (BUF)

Breakdown: One of the more controversial positions. Harris and Davis have had wonderful years, while Revis and Sherman have in different ways dominated against quality opposition. The more up-and-down nature of years by others left room for players in smaller markets (Graham) to make quite the impression and get backup duties.

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Brandon: Marrone has changed culture

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2014 – 9:40 am

He made comments earlier this week at the Monday QB club luncheon, and on Wednesday morning Bills team president Russ Brandon reiterated his conviction that head coach Doug Marrone has effectively changed the culture of the team.

Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Brandon reinforced his commentary from earlier in the week that Marrone has the team on the right path for sustained success.

“Culture is a major thing and holding each other accountable and coach Marrone has done an incredible job over this past year,” said Brandon on the Howard Simon show Wednesday morning. “I think you need to look and reflect on some of the things that happened over this past year, which are major game changers.

“We had the death of an owner in March, a team in transition for the entire year from an ownership standpoint. We also, which gets lost in the shuffle, we had a major renovation of the stadium and our team was displaced for four months in OTAs and minicamps. We had a prolonged training camp because of the renovations. We had the sale of the franchise during the season, which is unprecedented, and we had a historic snowstorm where the team was displaced.

“Coach Marrone has done an unbelievable job of leading this franchise, keeping everyone together and holding people accountable. To be in the position we are today is a credit to him.”

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Spiller: “Excited to be back with the guys” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 16, 2014 – 10:03 pm



On the road for tonight’s podcast. NOCO Express at 1898 Whitehaven Road on Grand Island welcomed us into their new location. We were joined by Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who made an appearance for a meet and greet with the fans in attendance.


We began the show with the news of the day from back at One Bills Drive and around the NFL. We heard from head coach Doug Marrone who spoke to the media a day after the team’s win over the Packers. Marrone discussed the standout play of defensive end Mario Williams and the struggles up front on the offensive line.


Spiller then etched out some time from signing autographs to sit down with us and discuss his anticipated return to the active roster following a clavicle injury back in week 7. He talked about his time off, which he used to get a different “mental aspect of the game.” Spiller is now excited to rejoin his teammates, especially when the team still has something to play for this late into the season.


“That’s why we play this game, to be in the position we are in right now to have a chance to win games to be able to get to the postseason. To not be able to play in these previous games, it’s been tough because that’s why you put all the hard work in the offseason and all the work leading up to training camp, to be able to put yourself in this position. Now, I have the opportunity to do that against Oakland.


We then took fan questions from those on-site. To hear that and the rest of The John Murphy Show from Tuesday, click here.

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Five Bills to sign autographs for a cause Wed.

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 16, 2014 – 5:07 pm


Want to meet some of your favorite Bills players for a good cause?

Bills CB Corey Graham, RB Fred Jackson, S Aaron Williams, RB C.J. Spiller and DE Jerry Hughes will be signing autographs at the New Era Flagship Store at 160 Delaware Avenue on Wednesday, December 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

With a $25 donation to benefit Kids Escaping Drugs, fans will receive the Limited Edition Bills poster pictured above and one autograph from each player. Players can autograph the poster or a personal item, and there is no limit to how many wristbands an individual can purchase. Wristband sales begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

We’ll see you there, Bills fans!

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First Section V Coach of the Year announced

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 15, 2014 – 4:53 pm

The Bills and New York National Guard Coach of the Week program has been a weekly staple of the high school football season on, and this year grew to include Section V. In the inaugural year of the program’s exciting expansion, Dan Fichter of West Irondequoit High School took home the Coach of the Year award. Fichter was honored on the field before Sunday’s Bills-Packers game, along with Section VI Coach of the Year winner Tom Langworthy of Jamestown High School, and each of the Coach of the Week winners from both Sections V and VI.

In addition to the recognition online and on-field, each 2014 Coach of the Week winner received a $1,000 grant for their football programs from the Bills and the New York National Guard, a certificate signed by Bills President Russ Brandon, General Manager Doug Whaley, and Head Coach Doug Marrone recognizing their accomplishment and a Bills hat. The High School Coach of the Year winners each received an additional $1,000 grant for their football program.

Congratulations to all of the Coach of the Week winners this year, as well as Coach Fichter and Coach Langworthy for their Coach of the Year honors!

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MMQB gives Bills ‘D’ MVP honor

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2014 – 4:14 pm

Buffalo’s defense handed Aaron Rodgers the worst single game performance of his career. Their play also earned them an MVP nod from Monday Morning Quarterback from the early games on Sunday.

Here’s what MMQB’s Chris Burke wrote about the Buffalo performance.

MVP: The Buffalo defense

Not often does a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, with an offense as potent as Green Bay’s, look as out of sync as he did Sunday. Several times, Rodgers fired to … well, nobody in particular, with his receivers going anywhere but where thePackers’ quarterback expected. Even Jordy Nelson dropped a couple balls, including one that may have gone for a 94-yard touchdown.

Still, the majority of the credit here belongs to the Bills defense and coordinator Jim Schwartz. Buffalo sacked Rodgers just once, but they pressured him constantly and worked aggressive coverage downfield. The secondary came up with two interceptions, both by safety Bacarri Rambo, while the Packers’ receivers were left looking for flags repeatedly.

The final nail in Green Bay’s Week 15 coffin came courtesy of Mario Williams, who swung around the left side of the offensive line to swat the ball from Rodgers’ hand, forcing a safety.

“They really get after you with their four-man rush, which is the typical Jim Schwartz defense,” Rodgers said earlier this week. “He’s a very talented coach and always has some schemes that put pressure on the offense.”

Rodgers had thrown multiple interceptions in just one other game this season: a 44-23 loss in New Orleans. (He’s still yet to throw one at Lambeau Field.) He was just 8-of-24 for 70 yards in the first half, his quarterback rating dipping from 42.2 at the break to 34.3 when all was said and done. That’s the lowest mark of his career.


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Brian Dawkins helped Bacarri Rambo

Posted by Dallas Miller on December 15, 2014 – 10:51 am


After his sudden release from the Washington Redskins, Bacarri Rambo turned to a savvy NFL veteran to hone his craft while unemployed.

“I was working out with Brian Dawkins,” said Rambo. “He was teaching me things, and giving me tips and advice to help me play faster once I got my chance.”

A member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade team and a nine-time Pro Bowler, Dawkins was persistent in pushing Rambo to make plays. Especially after the Redskins informed Rambo that he was cut because he wasn’t involved enough on defense and was not participating on special teams.

“And he stayed in my grill,” added Rambo on Dawkins’ efforts. ” ‘Once you get your chance just go all out.’ “

Rambo signed with Buffalo on Nov. 17 and worked his way into the defensive backfield rotation. Putting Dawkins’ advice into practice, Rambo’s pair of interceptions provided an unexpected boost against Aaron Rodgers, who finished with the lowest QB rating of his pro career.

Rambo also helped spring Marcus Thigpen for a 75-yard punt return TD.

“They said I wasn’t in on too many plays and I wasn’t participating on special teams,” said Rambo of his time in Washington.

“I want to thank the Bills organization for giving me a second a chance.”


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Defense hasn’t allowed passing TD in a month

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2014 – 8:55 am

While we made the handling of Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers a primary focus in our feature story coming off of Buffalo’s win over Green Bay Sunday. The two quarterbacks are just part of a string of signal callers that have not been able to manage a passing touchdown against Buffalo’s defense.

The Bills held Manning without a touchdown for the first time in 51 games, then held Rodgers, the league leader in touchdown passes to no scoring throws Sunday, but that’s been the case for Buffalo’s the defense the past four weeks now.

Buffalo did not allow Michael Vick or Geno Smith to throw a touchdown pass back in Week 12 and Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel could not reach the end zone through the air either, though Manziel had a rushing score. Ryan Tannehill is the last quarterback to throw a TD pass against the Bills back in Week 11.

In fact Tannehill’s two passing TDs in that Week 11 game are the only two passing touchdowns allowed by Buffalo since midseason. Opposing quarterback have not thrown a touchdown pass on the Bills in six of the last seven games.

That group of quarterbacks has however, throw a total of 11 interceptions to Buffalo defenders.

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Graham: We’ve set the standard now

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2014 – 8:52 am

The Bills defense has played well all season long, but over the last two weeks holding both Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers without touchdown passes and picking off four passes has been downright unthinkable. We cover Buffalo’s defensive prowess in depth in our feature story on But veteran CB Corey Graham, who always believed this kind of play on their side of the ball was possible now says they’ve set a standard they have to meet every week moving forward.

“We have to obviously continue to play like that but once we do that, now the mark is set,” said Graham. “Now you got to expect that every week from everybody and that’s what we got to do. We’ve got to make sure we’re locked in and ready to go every week.”

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Perfect by narrowest of margins vs. NFC North

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 6:35 pm

It probably wasn’t seen as a strong likelihood going into the season, but the Bills made it a clean sweep of the NFC North this season.

Buffalo won all four games against the four opponents from the inter-conference division they were scheduled to play based on the league’s rotational schedule. And they did it by the narrowest of margins in three of the four games.

They beat Chicago by three in overtime (23-20). They beat Detroit on a 58-yard field goal with four seconds remaining (17-14). They beat Minnesota by one point on a last second touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Sammy Watkins (18-17).

Their finale against Green Bay was a comfortable eight-point win by comparison (21-13).

It’s the first time Buffalo went 4-0 against a division since 2004 when the Bills swept the NFC West. That year Buffalo finished 9-7.

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McCarthy blames himself for GB safety

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 6:00 pm

The Bills had only one sack of Aaron Rodgers in their big win over the Packers Sunday and it came at the end of the game. Mario Williams stripped Rodgers of the ball in the end zone and the fumble though recovered by Eddie Lacy in the end zone could not be advanced with less than two minutes in the game resulting in a safety for the Bills. After the game Packers head coach Mike McCarthy put the sack and subsequent safety on himself, citing a poor protection call with their backup right tackle in the game.

Packers starting RT Bryan Bulaga left the game with a concussion in the second half and did not return. It left second-year lineman and Akron, NY native JC Tretter to step in at right tackle to block Mario Williams. McCarthy in hindsight felt his play and protection call put Tretter in a bad spot going against one of the best pass rushers in the game.

“Yeah, that last call was my fault,” McCarthy said. “I had another play in mind and I should’ve went with it. The result would’ve been different. In that particular spot, I should’ve helped him on that play so that last fumble is my fault based on the protection call.”

Williams swooped in off the left side and dislodged the ball from Rodgers throwing hand forcing the fumble. The safety sealed the game for the Bills lifting them to 8-6 on the season.

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