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Jim Monos: “A game plan for the QB” – JMS 1/22

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 23, 2015 – 12:19 am

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Our final night here at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. We wrapped up the week attending the final padded practice for both squads. Afterwards, we caught up with Pittsburgh offensive lineman TJ Clemmings. He has been climbing the ranks recently and is looking to solidify his stock in front of the pro personnel in attendance. Clemmings is an interesting prospect who made the switch from the defensive line to the offensive line and is embracing the attacking style of play.

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“Really being able to move people and finish guys. That’s what I’ve prided myself on this past season at Pitt. I’ve done it fairly consistently throughout the season. Mauling somebody, I guess you can say I’ve done it a couple of times so if that’s what people are connecting me with then I’ll accept that.”

The Senior Bowl is considered to be the first connection to the NFL offseason and that holds true for the Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos. He is here scouting for the draft but also is looking forward to bettering the roster through upcoming free agency and the trade market. Monos discussed the options he now has with the new ownership and coaching staff that brings confidence in quarterback EJ Manuel.

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“He’s going to have different coaches again and learning a new system already. That’s not the traditional way of how you develop players but this is what the situation is and we’ve got to get it done.” Monos said “The offensive coordinator Greg Roman, he’s excited to do some stuff and he’s been creative enough with guys that aren’t traditional drop back passers. It’s exciting to know that these guys (David Lee and Greg Roman) have a game plan for the quarterback.”

At the top of the first hour we were joined on-set by Josh Norris, NFL Draft Analyst for NBC Sports and Rotoworld. He’s been studying this year’s Senior Bowl group. Norris talked about the offensive tackles in this year’s class and said that tackle La’el Collins from LSU is the best overall prospect here at the Senior Bowl. Switching to the other side of the ball, Norris weighed in on Danny Shelton, the defensive tackle from Washington. He also said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Quinten Rollins, the converted basketball star turned cornerback, becomes a first round pick. Norris went through the other options for the Bills including running backs and quarterbacks and mentioned Alabama’s Blake Sims as being the best quarterback during the team portion of this week’s practice.

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In the final half-hour, we caught up with Bills Director of College Scouting, Doug Majeski. Majeski talked about the talent that can come out of the Senior Bowl and mentioned former participants and now Buffalo Bills starters LB Nigel Bradham and OT Cordy Glenn. He went through a few specific players from various position groups on this year’s roster and how the team’s scouts will break down what they’ve collected here this week.

Last but not least, we chatted with NFL Network Analyst Charles Davis who has been part of the network’s Senior Bowl coverage all week. He shared his thoughts on this group and who has stood out during the week. To hear more from Davis and the complete John Murphy Show from Thursday, click below.


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Doug Whaley: Completing the Roster – JMS 1/21

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 21, 2015 – 11:28 pm

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Our week continues in Mobile, Alabama, the site of the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Both the North and the South squads went through their second practice of the week leading up to Saturday’s game. Quarterback is a hot topic for the Bills and we caught up with Garrett Grayson, Colorado State’s signal caller. He’s one option for the Bills which led us to ask the listeners what’s the best way to bring in QB competition? Through the draft, free agency, or trade? Various responses on that topic.

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We had the chance to sit down with Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. Whaley, in attendance at the Senior Bowl, watching practices and interviewing the players to find out what “makes them tick.” He talked about creating competition on the roster and finding ways to do so without a first round pick. Whaley also talked about completing the quarterback picture before the team heads into OTAs and training camp.

 

“We’re exploring every option. Anything from the free agent market, to the trade market, to the draft, to unrestricted free agency. So, we’re going to explore every avenue possible. One, just out of sheer numbers. We have two guys on the roster now and we can’t go to camp with just two. We’re going to add two, maybe three. There’s nothing that we’re not going to explore.”

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Whaley also weighed in and reflected on the coaching search and why he feels Rex Ryan is a perfect fit for Buffalo.

 

At the top of the hour we were joined by Ben Austro, the editor and founder of Football Zebras. Austro joined us to talk about last weekend’s under-inflation of footballs by the Patriots during their game with the Colts in the AFC Championship game. He talked about the possible advantage and what possible sanctions might be come out of it from the league.

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An old friend of the show, Greg Gabriel, former NFL scout and now contributor for National Football Post sat down on-set to share his opinions on this year’s Senior Bowl. He recapped the past two days of practice and shared his praise for defensive tackles Chris Davis from Iowa and Washington’s Danny Shelton. He also weighed in on the quarterbacks and how Alabama’s Blake Sims jumped out at him, saying “he’s probably the most sound mechanically.”

Finally, we circled back to the Bills front office as we caught up with the Director of College Scouting, Kelvin Fisher. Fisher went down the list of possible needs for the team and what players stuck out during the first couple days of practice here at the Senior Bowl. Fisher also talked about the underclassmen that have declared for this year’s draft and the scouting process on sorting through the added talent. Overall, Fisher said that the Bills are in a good position to “reload not rebuild.”

 

To hear more from Fisher and the rest of Wednesday’s guests, click here.


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Rex: “We want gym rat mentality guys” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 20, 2015 – 11:26 pm

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It is day two on-site at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. It was the first day of practice for the players Tuesday afternoon. Post-practice, we caught up with North team defensive tackle Carl Davis, who comes from Iowa. He weighed in on his first practice.

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The Bills staff was also on hand, including head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan sat down with us to discuss his first week on the job and run down the list of recently hired assistant coaches. He also talked about his first interaction with the team’s scouts and pro personnel. He opened up about what type of players he’s looking for as the team kicks off their first hands-on scouting process.

“We want gym rat mentality guys. We want guys that love the game. Those are the things we look for and certain style of play, you know, a physical player. I think that represents our football team and our community.”

Ryan also said he will adjust to what he does defensively to fit the personnel. “3-4, 4-3, that’s what we do. We’ll play anything that it takes to win. It doesn’t matter.”

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Newly hired quarterback coach David Lee, also in attendance, joined the show to talk about his return to Buffalo. Lee was on Chan Gailey’s staff a few years ago and coached Ryan Fitzpatrick. He talked about grooming current Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and the patience that goes along with bringing up young quarterbacks in the league, adding that “we just have to cut him loose and let him go play.”

The Senior Bowl pays off for some players and that holds true for Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham. He was on the South roster back in 2012 coming off of his senior year at Florida State. Bradham talked about performing in front of those representing the NFL and if players find it somewhat intimidating.

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“It depends on what kind of player you are and what kind of mindset you have. For me, I was the type of the guy it kind of motivated me because I had that hunger in me where I wanted to showcase that I was one of the top linebackers out there. I wanted to put my best out there so they could see what I could do to put me in the best situation in the future.”

Finally, fresh off his first Senior Bowl practice, Yale running back Tyler Varga joined us. Varga, primarily a running back has done some work at fullback as well and discussed his versatility. From Kitchener, Ontario, he said he’s been to a few Bills games growing up near the area and talked about the more memorable games he has attended. He went on to talk about playing at a smaller football program and is excited for the chance to show what he has against the nation’s top talent.

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“It’s all about chances. Having the opportunity to put yourself on display, that’s all I’m asking for. I’m trying to put my best foot forward and give it everything I have and just until the tank is empty every day.

Varga signed off his segment with an “Oh, Canada and Go Bills!” To hear the rest of that interview and the rest of the John Murphy Show from Tuesday, click here.


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Kicking off Senior Bowl Week – JMS 1/19

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 19, 2015 – 11:00 pm

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On the road for the week as we touch down in Mobile, Alabama as practices are set to begin for this weekend’s Senior Bowl. Monday, players and NFL team personnel all congregated at the Renaissance Hotel and that includes Bills National Scout Chuck Cook. Cook sat down with us to talk about finding the right type of athlete that can fit into a team’s scheme. He discussed the importance of players responding to instruction from NFL coaches and NFL situations they will be put through during their time here.

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“We want to see the intangibles, obviously in the interview process but we want to see how they react when they step up and have to play better competition. It’s huge.” Cook said. “It’s another test. NFL coaches can throw stuff at them and see how they respond to it. Usually they do. Some smaller schools start a little slower but we’re looking for the improvement through the week.”

 

Cook went on to mention specific Bills players that stood out in the past at the Senior Bowl, specifically linebacker Nigel Bradham who had a breakout year in 2014 and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn.

 

At the top of the hour Dane Brugler, the Senior NFL Draft Analyst for CBS Sports, called into the show. He gave an overall analysis of the Senior Bowl. His recent articles on cbssports.com dealt with the top-10 offensive and defensive players whose stock could rise by their participation here in Mobile. He talked specifically about Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, who is looking to solidify his spot as the top Senior QB.

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“To me, this is Bryce Petty’s week. A chance to show scouts what he can do outside of that spread, shotgun offensive attack. At Baylor it was so much pitch-and-catch. You watch him, he barely had to move his feet. Going down to Mobile this week, he will have a chance to show that he can go under center. He can process information, go through his progressions, use his vision, use his eyes. Does he have the pocket mobility? How does he handle himself under pressure? There are a lot of question marks with Bryce Petty but he has a chance to be that top senior quarterback. A big part of that evaluation will come this week.”

 

Speaking of Petty, he spoke to the media late Monday afternoon. We heard from him along with the Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

 

We also caught up with Bucky Brooks, the Bills second round pick in 1994 and former scout. Brooks is now an NFL Analyst on NFL.com. He talked about why the Senior Bowl is so important to scouts and other pro-personnel. Brooks also broke down some positional groups and weighed in on what he calls a strong defensive back group in this year’s draft.

 

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


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Kim Pegula: The Process of Hiring Rex Ryan-JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 16, 2015 – 9:57 pm

We return to the airways to round up a busy week here at One Bills Drive. We began the show with a special guest, Bills owner Kim Pegula. Kim called in to go over a variety of topics, including the process in hiring new head coach Rex Ryan.

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“Rex almost was a candidate because obviously his name was all around. We didn’t really give much thought to him. We interviewed a lot of people before him. He came in and we were pleasantly surprised at how down to earth he really was in person, his love of the game, and what he said he really wanted to do with life and where he wanted to help us being part of the team. That really resounded very well with Terry and I. It was a little bit of a surprise, I’m going to admit because he was not a candidate we really had on the top of our list.” said Pegula “He really came in and really elevated himself to that top position.”

 

It’s been three months since taking over ownership of the team and Kim discussed her and Terry’s impressions so far. She also talked about her role on the NFL Foundation Board

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At the bottom of the first hour, Bills center Eric Wood joined us to share his thoughts on the Bills new hire. Wood talked about Coach Ryan’s love for the offensive line, his new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and why he is more excited than he has ever been heading into the 2015 season.

 

“I’m excited to have Coach Ryan in the building. His enthusiasm, his passion, will be great for us. From a lot of guys I’ve spoken to, we’ll love playing for Rex Ryan and that fires me up.

 

At the top of the hour, former Bills cornerback Butch Byrd called in to discuss the 50th anniversary of the 1965 AFL All-Star Game, in which he and his African American teammates spearheaded the decision to not play in the All-Star Game and instead return home after they faced racial discrimination in the city of New Orleans. The boycott was also welcomed by many white players who believed a statement needed to be made. Byrd went on to talk about the impact of that day.

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“I was really not aware of the significance of the boycott when it was taking place. I was playing in my first All-Star Game and I was excited about it and wanted to play. I was disappointed that we weren’t going to play. After the Houston game (The game was quickly moved to Houston), when we got back to Buffalo, I ran into Cookie (Gilchrist) and later Ernie (Warlick) and they were talking about the significance of the boycott. I started reading the papers about what we did. I believe it was the first time that any sports organization boycotted an event because of racism. That’s when I decided it was a big deal.”

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Finally, we were joined by Luke Tasker, the son of former Bills special teams ace Steve Tasker. Tasker, an All-Star wide receiver for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger Cats, talked about the team’s back-to-back Grey Cup appearances and his thoughts on the rule in the CFL to review defensive pass interference calls. He weighed in with his thoughts on if that same rule could apply to the NFL.

 

To hear the complete John Murphy Show from Friday, including a visit from Monday Morning Quarterback Club Vice President Paul Peck, who joined us to talk about Monday’s Football Night in Buffalo, click here.


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Replay Challenge on Pass Interference? – JMS 1/7

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 7, 2015 – 9:24 pm

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We kicked off our guest lineup with Bleacher Report Draft Lead Writer, Matt Miller. Miller discussed his latest mock draft where he had quarterback Marcus Mariota from Oregon being selected first overall. He then talked about where the other top quarterback prospect, Jameis Winston from Florida State might go. When it came to the Bills draft status, Miller discussed the depth of this year’s class.

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“Compared to last year, this is not a very deep draft. This is a good group and looking at where they’re (Bills) at at number fifty, as long as they don’t trade up this year, you can get a quality player, an impact player, especially at a couple of positions. Running back is very deep this year. Wide receiver is very deep once again. When you look at defense, those guys out on the edge, the defensive ends, the standup pass rushers, those are the really the strong parts of this year’s draft.”

 

Miller went on to talk about the offensive linemen, saying the early round picks might lead you to a tackle that can move inside to the guard position.

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With the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs now just days away, we reached out to Boston Globe NFL reporter Ben Volin who discussed this weekend’s playoff matchups. Volin also went into depth when it came to the Patriots and Ravens this Saturday which will include WNY native and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who looks poised to have another strong playoff performance.

 

“In my opinion, he has to be in the short conversation for MVP. Gronk has been absolutely phenomenal. Having him healthy in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, and we’ll see, that could mean all the difference.”

 

Finally, we were joined by Vice President of Officiating in the CFL, Glen Johnson. Johnson talked specifically on the new rule in the CFL that allows for replay review on pass interference calls. We tapped Johnson to discuss this process and if it could be adopted by the NFL, especially with this week’s discussion regarding the questionable pass interference call or “non-call” during Sunday’s Lions-Cowboys game. He talked about the rule and the process of challenging the call or even a no-call.

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“We had 55 of these challenges and of those of the vast majority were for ones that they thought we missed. There were only six of those that were challenged for ones that were called that they thought we got wrong. By a large, large margin coaches thought we were missing more than we were calling.”

 

Out of those 55 challenges that Johnson mentioned, he stated that they actually overturned 17 of them.

 

To hear more from Johnson and the complete John Murphy Show from Wednesday, click here.


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Rapoport: Running Down the Coaching List – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 5, 2015 – 9:40 pm

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It’s the return of The John Murphy Show to kick off 2015. Throughout tonight’s show, we discussed the search for a new coach to head up the team. Listener calls chimed in with various opinions on that issue. We heard from running back Fred Jackson on Doug Marrone’s departure and what he hopes for as the team begins to move forward. With the first round of the playoffs getting underway this past weekend, we also heard from head from VP of NFL Officiating Dean Blandino, who broke down and gave his thoughts on the much talked about pass interference no-call during the Lions-Cowboys game on Sunday.

 

Sticking with that topic, we brought in former NFL referee and now CBS officiating consultant, Mike Carey. Carey talked about that very play and whether or not there should have been a called penalty for pass interference on Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens as he was defending Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Carey had his take.

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“I think if he had been facing the same way, nobody would have even said anything about picking that flag up. It just looks odd for a defender not to be playing the ball and have them go down in a heap. Remember, there is no foul for not playing the ball. Just like, you’re not off the hook for turning and looking to the ball. All your actions have to be is to play the ball but the only foul is for restrictive contact against an eligible receiver. There was slight contact but certainly not enough to raise it to the level of defensive or offensive pass interference.”

 

At the top of the first hour, we were joined by Pro Football Focus President and Founder Neil Hornsby who called in to talk about his grades for the 2014 Buffalo Bills. He and his team grade each player at each position for every NFL team. When it came to the Bills, he had high marks for the defense, especially up front of the defensive line. He also had some high praise for cornerback Corey Graham who seemed to have flown under the radar as far as a top defensive back in the league.

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“It felt like it was good for him to be back at home. He wanted to be in Buffalo and that really showed in his play. He started off the year great and he continued that for the rest of the season. We had him graded as the ninth overall cornerback in production terms in coverage, which is a great place to be.”

 

Finally, we circled back around to coaching talk. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joined us to talk about the possible candidates, specifically when it comes to the Bills possibilities. He went through the list of names that are being mentioned from around the league and shared his thoughts on what might make a unique or perfect fit.

 

“I don’t care where a guy comes from. People will say there is so much focus on the quarterback that you have to have an offensive guy, you have to have a quarterback guy or you have to have a defensive guy that creates pressure. To me you can easily hire great coordinators. If you hire a great coordinator and let them coach, I think you’re fine. To me a head coach needs to lead and manage his staff and help everyone do their jobs the best that they possibly can and navigate locker room issues. To me, those are the most important issues about being a head coach. If you want a guy who is going to be the best defensive game planner around then you can find that guy but it’s all about leading the team.”

 

To hear the entire Rapoport interview and the rest of Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Don Banks – “A good year for the Bills” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 30, 2014 – 9:18 pm

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All quiet around One Bills Drive as the players departed after Monday’s locker clean out. Head coach Doug Marrone and GM Doug Whaley recapped the season on Monday and touched on various issues dealing with the offensive struggles, Sammy Watkins, and striving to get better in 2015. We asked the listeners what their favorite moment was from the 2014 season, on the field or off the field? There was plenty of feedback on that topic tonight.

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Speaking of lasting memories from the 2014 season, we dialed up Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks, who recently wrote an article on the site that dealt with this past Bills season, which he says was “A Good Year for the Bills.” He discussed the offseason and in season moments the team dealt with from the passing of Ralph Wilson, Jr., to new owners Terry and Kim Pegula assuring the team staying in Western New York, to the snow storm that moved the team out of Ralph Wilson Stadium.

 

“To me, from start to finish it was a challenging of a year as any NFL team had and then you throw the snow storm on top of that, having to dig out of that and prospered. 9-7, not the playoffs but a pretty solid step forward in Buffalo.”

 

Our next guest signed a futures contract with the team on Tuesday. Chris Manhertz sat down with us in-studio to discuss the transition from a basketball player at Canisius College to a hopeful career in the NFL as a tight end. With his limited football experience, he’s looking up at other players in the league that made the same jump.

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“The opportunity presented itself and I really had to sit down and think about, you know, if this could be done. By all means am I where I want to be yet. It’s just the beginning of the road. I look at guys like Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham who have little to no football experience prior to the NFL and they are out there doing their thing. I look at them as role models and say if they can do it I can do it.”

 

Manhertz says he continues to work on the field and in the weight room to make it a smooth transition.

 

To hear more from Manhertz and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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

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

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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.

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“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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Kyle Williams: Blood, sweat, and tears – JMS

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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“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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Robey: “He’s the best QB in the NFL” – JMS 12/10

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 10, 2014 – 9:31 pm

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We’ve hit the middle of the week. Wednesday is the day the team turns their attention to the next opponent. With the Packers coming into town, there was plenty of talk in the locker room on defending Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense, which was featured in tonight’s version of Around the Locker Room. We then hit the news of the day which included Fred Jackson being awarded the team’s 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Also, reaction from the NFL’s new personal conduct policy.

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Our first guest at the bottom of the hour was defensive back Nickell Robey. Robey talked about his role in this year’s defense, adding that he has improved immensely when it comes to his coverage skills noting that they are now “second-to-none.” He also gave his opinion on why this year’s defense has been so successful, alluding to the accountability that each player has on that side of the ball. We then switched gears to this week’s home finale at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who Robey called “the best quarterback in the NFL.”

 

“We expect a lot when we’re home. We know the communication for their offense is going to be tough because our crowd is magnificent. Our fans are second-to-none so if we can disturb their communication on that side and get them looking at different things and get them thinking one thing but we’re also doing something else underneath and if we can get them thinking that, the edge of the game will definitely shift.”

 

At the top of the first hour, we were joined by Tyler Dunne, the Packers beat reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Dunne talked about Sunday’s matchup from Green Bay’s point of view, dealing with both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. We began by getting his thoughts on Aaron Rodgers’ play this season and why the QB has been so successful running the Packers offense.

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“It’s just the fact that he’s not going to put the ball in harm’s way. That’s really unprecedented for him. What makes him different from the Tom Brady’s and the Peyton Manning’s is that ability to extend the play, use his legs, and do something outside of the pocket. There was a play against New England where Bill Belichick was scratching his head after the game because they (Patriots) had everybody covered. They had Nelson covered. They had Cobb covered. It was a second and eighteen, the screen pass was covered, and then Rodgers takes off on the run and gains seventeen yards. Even if you do everything perfectly defensively, he can still find that one weakness that you have defensively.

 

Dunne did mention that Packers quarterbacks coach and former Bills QB Alex Van Pelt is one of the reasons Rodgers is having such an effective 2014 season.

 

Finally, Andy Major, the Bills VP of Operations and Guest Experience rejoined us to talk about prepping the stadium for the fans this Sunday. Major took listener calls to answer their questions and concerns specifically when it comes to entry into the stadium and parking. He also talked about the “Responsibility Bowl” and the push to encourage from fans to sign up to be a designated driver.

 

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


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Thompson: Taking It To the Next Level – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 9, 2014 – 5:15 pm

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Quiet day around One Bills Drive as the players had the day off. We began the podcast with the news of the day and we heard from running back Fred Jackson on the current state of the Bills offense and his thoughts on the season moving forward.

Deonte Thompson

Newly signed Bills wide receiver Deonte Thompson joined us in studio. Thompson was claimed off the Baltimore Ravens practice squad on Monday and talked about the process getting to Buffalo. He also discussed his relationship with former Raven and current Bills cornerback Corey Graham. Thompson is hoping to pick up the offense quickly and get on the field to help Buffalo “take it to the next level.” He was asked why Buffalo is a good fit for the next step in his young NFL career.

 

“It’s more of an opportunity to play. More of an opportunity to get on the field and try to help this team win. That’s the biggest thing. I just want to go somewhere I can fit right in and start rolling.”

 

Thompson also talked about his specialty of running routes and returning kicks and being part of the Ravens Super Bowl winning team in 2012.

 

To hear that complete interview and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Searcy: “This is what you signed up for” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 4, 2014 – 6:30 pm

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Another podcast for Thursday but plenty of news around One Bills Drive and around the NFL. We began the show by hearing from the AFC Defensive player of the Month for November, Mario Williams, who talked about the honor after practice. We also went Around the Locker Room as the team continues their prep for this weekend’s game against the Broncos.

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Da’Norris Searcy sat down with us in studio to talk about facing Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense on Sunday. He discussed trying to confuse Manning prior the snap and stopping the run game with RB C.J. Anderson. The team, heads into this game coming off of two wins and Searcy discussed the high confidence level they have as they head into the final stretch of the season.

 

“It’s good to be playing for something in December. I know my first couple years here, it was hard. Last year, a lot of guys could see the turnaround coming and this year we’re just trying to finish strong. That’s the main thing heading into the last four games of the year. We have some elite quarterbacks coming up and it’s going to be great competition, which is always great in the NFL. That’s what you signed up for. It’s going to be good to see what we can do.”

 

Searcy also talked about the breakout game against the Browns, calling it “the best game of my career” as hauled in two interceptions last Sunday.

 

To hear the complete John Murphy Show podcast from Thursday, click here.


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Thurman: “Playoffs have started now”-JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 3, 2014 – 9:29 pm

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The Bills turn their attention towards the Broncos and Sunday’s game in Denver. We began the show with the news of the day including President Russ Brandon’s announcement that the team and Rogers Communications have terminated the Toronto Series. After practice we got an update from running back C.J. Spiller who made his return to the practice field. We then served up another edition of Around the Locker Room.

Terrance West, Corey GrahamOur first guest, defensive back Corey Graham, sat down in studio to discuss Sunday’s game and facing quarterback Peyton Manning. He talked about the last two games he played against the Broncos, including the 2012 playoff game where he had two interceptions of Manning. It’s a meaningful game in December for the team and Graham talked making a playoff push late in the season and how his big game experience can help with this year’s Bills team.

“That was one of things we talked about before I signed here (in Buffalo). Obviously, they tried to bring in high character guys, guys with leadership, guys who have won at the highest level, and things like that. Everything was factored in when I was brought in here. I continue to go out there and try to lead by example, do the things the right way, and help guys. We have a young defense and a DB group back there, period. I try to help guys and show them how to study, how to go about things, how to prepare, and hopefully how to win.”

huddleAt the top of the first hour, Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas called in to the show. He began by sharing his thoughts on Wednesday’s news that the Bills-Toronto series will end. Thomas said he enjoys going to Toronto but did not feel it was the best atmosphere for a football game, especially for Bills fans. He then moved on to Sunday’s game against the Broncos. He talked about facing Denver and the chance of getting a win to help set the tone for the final month of the season.

“You have a good solid defense. If your offense can score 21, 24 points, or somewhere around there and don’t’ turn the ball over, you have a great opportunity because you’ve been playing great all year long. If you’re going to be able to beat the best and get to your goal which is to go to the playoffs, you’re going to have to beat the best and Peyton Manning is the best or one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. It all starts this Sunday.”

Finally, Broncos sideline reporter Andy Lindahl joined us to preview the game. Lindahl talked about the difference in the Broncos offense this year and why they have focused more of their attention on running the ball and how that may continue Sunday against a strong Buffalo defensive front. He also weighed in on running back C.J. Anderson and his “outstanding individual efforts” the past few weeks and how the Broncos defensive has been a big part of their success.

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Benoit: High Praise for Bills Defense – JMS 12/2

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 2, 2014 – 5:37 pm

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Podcast for tonight’s show. The players have the day off, so not much news coming out from around One Bills Drive. As we put a close to Sunday’s win over the Browns, we heard from head coach Doug Marrone on recent waiver wire pickups Marcus Thigpen and MarQueis Gray. Marrone also discussed the strength of the linebacking group, specifically rookie Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham.

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Andy Benoit, podcast host for Sports Illustrated’s MMQB kept a close eye on the Bills after the win over the Browns. Benoit took a look at this past weekend’s game with his weekly video breakdown. He specifically mentioned the Bills defensive performance and the praise he had after his review especially when it comes to safety Da’Norris Searcy.

 

“Searcy is a guy no one outside of buffalo talks about. He’s a good box safety and now we’re really seeing that he can play in coverage as well. He’s a really good all-around safety.”

 

Benoit also commended the linebacker group, including the recent play of Preston Brown. He then went down to the defensive line where he rates defensive end Jerry Hughes as a first team all-pro.

 

To hear more from Benoit including his thoughts on the offensive side of the ball and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show podcast, click here.

 

 


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“Our Plan is to win out” – JMS 11/26

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 26, 2014 – 7:22 pm

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The team turned their attention to this weekend’s game against the Browns on Wednesday. We heard from Browns coach Mike Pettine on his return to Ralph Wilson Stadium and his adjustment to being a head coach. After Wednesday’s practice, Bills head coach Doug Marrone and defensive tackle Kyle Williams both spoke about Pettine and the groundwork he laid for their defense.

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Bills defensive end Manny Lawson sat down with us in studio. Lawson looked back at the Jets game and talked about his touchdown, recovering the ball in the endzone after the Boobie Dixon blocked punt. We then switched gears to this weekend’s game. Lawson and the rest of his teammates are excited for their return to Ralph Wilson Stadium this Sunday and hope to carry over the motivation from last week through the rest of the season.

 

“We have to. We plan on winning out and take everything for what it is. We have to win out to get to where we want to go. We want to go out there and put a show on for our fans and winning at home is going to be a key statement for us especially this week coming off of a win and that’s something we need to improve on.”

 

Lawson also talked about his season and the switch from linebacker to defensive end and his role on specials teams.

 

We finished the show recapping the news of the day including reaction from running back Boobie Dixon and his Player of the Week award for his efforts against the Jets. To hear Wednesday’s complete John Murphy Show, click here.

 

 

 

 


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“An Angry & Dominant Performance” – JMS 11/25

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 25, 2014 – 9:44 pm

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Our return to One Bills Drive to recap Monday night’s dominant win over the Jets at Ford Field in Detroit. We began the show hearing from you, the fans and listeners who chimed in with their thoughts and opinions on the game. After the win, we went inside the locker room to shell out another edition of Around the Locker Room. We also recapped all the highlights with our Game Rewind courtesy of Murph’s play-by-play calls.

Bills Insider Chris Brown joined us at the top of the second hour to give his weekly assessment following the team’s latest game. He discussed the Bills offensive output against the Jets, which included successful trips inside the redzone led by quarterback Kyle Orton. Brown also weighed in with his thoughts on the Bills defensive performance, specifically when it came to the play of the Bills defensive line and Mario Williams.

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“The one thing we underestimate, in both of the games against the Jets, once (Michael) Vick was in there, Mario Williams was on his blind side. That matchup was probably one of the worst mismatches you’re going to find in the league between a defensive end and an offensive tackle. He (Williams) owned (Breno) Giacomini in both games. There were a couple of plays where they matched him up with a tight end. I was dumbfounded by that adjustment by the Jets and the offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. He split both tight ends and then tossed Michael Vick like a rag doll for his second sack of the game. It was just an angry and dominant performance.”

Brown also talked about the unusual circumstances leading up to the game and the outstanding preparation led by head coach Doug Marrone.

Bills President Russ Brandon addressed the media this morning regarding the preparations for holding Sunday’s game against the Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Brandon says the stadium is “one hundred percent operational.” There were great efforts made over the last few days, led by VP of Operations and Guest Experience Andy Major, who joined us in-studio to round out the show. Major talked about the cleanup process and the job done by the staff on hand including upwards of 500 people who were inside the stadium helping with the snow removal. Major added that the warmer temperatures aided in speeding up the process. He also discussed the ongoing efforts and the plan to have Ralph Wilson Stadium safe for those in attendance come Sunday.

To hear more from Major and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Dissecting Bills at Dolphins – JMS 11/14

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 14, 2014 – 9:24 pm

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Recapping Thursday night’s game in Miami. We began with an update from head coach Doug Marrone and defensive back Corey Graham who addressed the media earlier this morning. We looked back at it how it all went down as Murph delivered the highlights with another edition of Game Rewind courtesy of the play-by-play calls on Buffalo Bills Radio. Post game, we headed in the locker room where we caught up with the players and took a trip Around the Locker Room.

 

Bills Insider Chris Brown, as he always does following a game, joined us in studio to breakdown the game. He began by looking at the possible playoff scenario for the team as they stand with a 5-5 record and shared what the players had to say about their chances. Brown also discussed the ongoing offensive redzone issues as well as the 4th down argument that was brought up again, specifically when the Bills chose to punt the ball from the Miami 47-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

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“We go back once again to the age old problem with analytics. You cannot look at the percentages and treat them like they are in a vacuum. They are not, especially in football with all the variables. Now, the devil’s advocate would say, with how the offense was struggling, don’t you try to take a chance and hold on to the football and see where you can get? Knowing how much Doug Marrone values field position and how his team has been very good in flipping the field this year and creating advantages in field position, I don’t know if you still don’t punt it anyway. I think you can make an argument for both sides based on the way the game was going but I don’t think it’s tipped so far in favor of one way or the other.”

 

Brown also looked at where the Dolphins had success against the Bills defense and how Corey Graham can be of help in the backend at cornerback now that Leodis McKelvin will be out a while with his fractured ankle.

 

All night we were taking your calls to get your thoughts and opinions on Thursday night’s game. To listen to that and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, click here.

 

 

 

 


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Moulds “more than convinced” Bills in Playoffs

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 7, 2014 – 6:05 pm

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Yet another jam packed John Murphy Show for you all. Friday brings the last day of practice before Sunday’s game against the Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. We began the show with an update on both Sammy Watkins and Fred Jackson who are questionable with groin injuries. We also ran down the rest of the news from inside One Bills Drive and around the NFL.

Eric Moulds

Former Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds called in to talk about his return to Buffalo to Lead the Charge before this weekend’s game. Joining us in studio to talk to Moulds was his former teammate and Bills All-Pro guard Ruben Brown. They both talked about what it means to be a part of that pre-game introduction. Moulds also talked about his continued interest in basketball, his times playing with his teammates, and even the thought of playing professionally.

 

“I’m really good friends with Vince Carter and thought I could play at that level. He kind of boosted my head up a little bit. I was really thinking of doing it but after talking with the late great Mr. Wilson, I changed my mind really quick. He told me, it’s not going to happen!”

 

Moulds said he’s “more than convinced” that the Bills will make the playoffs this season. He then went on to talk about the current Bills team and the wide receiver group. He said he’s excited to watch Sammy Watkins play and see him grow into a great receiver.

 

Mark Kelso also returned, per usual on Friday to preview the upcoming game. He took a look at the Chiefs defense, especially their two defensive ends in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. On offense, he eluded to Kansas City’s mistake-free play and their strong run game that features Jamaal Charles. Kelso admits it will be a tough game for the Bills and said if they lose the turnover battle, they “don’t have a prayer” of pulling out the win.

Jamaal Charles

We also sat down with Bills VP of Operations and Guest Experience Andy Major who addressed the recent fan advisory board meeting and the on-going improvements to the game day experience for fans. We took listener questions via Twitter which dealt with an update on the in-stadium WiFi, drinking fountains, and the topic of more replays on the scoreboards above the tunnel end. Major did emphasis that if fans encounter a problem to continue to use the ELERTS system or contact a convenient usher nearby.

 

To listen to Friday’s complete John Murphy Show podcast, click here.

 

 

 

 


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