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Connors: Bills are “one of the hunted”-JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 27, 2015 – 9:33 pm

Wrapping up the week here at One Bills Drive. A quiet day around the building and the league. We asked the listeners tonight to give their wish list for the season opener and which team they would like to see the Bills open up against. There were plenty of responses from Rex vs. the Jets, to kicking off the season with the Patriots, to even a matchup with Kiko Alonso and the Philadelphia Eagles.

kevin connorsSpeaking of the Bills schedule, the Bills have opened up their 2015 Bills Schedule Challenge, where you can attempt to correctly predict all 16-games and the bye week. ESPN SportsCenter anchor and a huge Bills fan Kevin Connors gave it a shot. Connors called in at the top of the second hour to discuss plotting out the Bills season and why he thinks the Bills are going to take the next step after their offseason moves.

“The changes that we’ve made, this roster, when you look around the NFL, there are not a whole lot of rosters better than what we have. Now, you can win the offseason and that doesn’t mean anything when week one roles around but for a change we’re going into the season one of the hunted. I look forward to having that reputation around here at ESPN for a while.”

Bills safety Duke Williams joined us as well. Williams has been hard at work during this offseason out in Nevada and is looking forward to interacting with the new coaching staff when the players report for their voluntary workouts on April 6th. He talked about that and reuniting with defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson. With the recent departure of Da’Norris Searcy in free agency, Williams has a chance to slip into that open spot at safety. He talked about filling that starting role.


“I think it’s that time. We weren’t able to keep Da’Norris and I think it’s time for me to step up and be that guy this year. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been working towards it and that’s what I expect coming into 2015.”

Rounding out the show, we reached out to Toronto Sun NFL Reporter John Kryk. Kryk spent this past week at the NFL Owner’s Meetings tempAP864413705456--nfl_mezz_1280_1024in Arizona where he gathered information on the possibility of relocation in the NFL. From Clark Hunt, owner of the Chiefs to Bills owner Terry Pegula, owners spoke of the discussion to have a team across the border.

“Three owners told me independently that the Toronto market is a market they’d like to get to. It’s just, as always, the big ‘how.’ How do we get there? There are a lot of obstacles in the way.” Kryk said. “The biggest problem with Toronto right now, as is in LA for the past twenty years, is that the NFL is not going to come unless there is an NFL worthy stadium but no one is going to build an NFL worthy stadium unless the NFL is going to come.”

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

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JMS From Duff’s Famous Wings in Niagara Falls

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 24, 2015 – 11:11 pm


We took the show on the road Tuesday evening. We set up shop at Duff’s Famous Wings on Niagara Falls Boulevard. A big crowd on-hand to receive plenty of giveaways and to have their say on the show sharing their Bills related thoughts and opinions.

IMG_2064Former Bills All-Pro guard Ruben Brown was in attendance to sign autographs and etched out some time to sit down with us. Brown will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December from his years playing at Pitt. He shared his humble response to that honor. Brown has been a close observer of the Bills this offseason and talked about the current needs up front on the offensive line.

Joining Ruben Brown was special teams ace/Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker. Tasker joined us at the top of the second hour. Of course he’s qualified to talk about special teams and he discussed the improvement that was seen from the Bills unit last season and his thoughts on standout performer Marcus Easley. He also talked about how it was Marv Levy who taught him the interworking’s of playing the special teams position. Tasker went on to weigh in on the Bills free agent acquisitions, including Percy Harvin and Charles Clay. He also said that the Bills are prime to “win big.”

Finally, speaking of newly signed tight end Charles Clay, he joined us to round out the show. Clay talked about the whole process of having the transition tag placed on him and the courting the Bills did to bring him to Buffalo. He said “he couldn’t be happier” to be here. He also talked about why he chose to come to a team that is on the upswing after numerous changes this offseason.

“It was huge. Buffalo was always a team I absolutely hated playing against. I hated going to Buffalo because I knew how rowdy the stadium got. I knew how tough that defense was and then to have a guy like Rex Ryan come in, who players love to play for and then see the moves he made on offense, getting LeSean McCoy, getting Percy Harvin, and even bringing in my guy Richie Incognito to go with some of the weapons they already have in Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins. It’s impressive. Then you bring in a veteran quarterback to come in and compete with a young quarterback. It will be an exciting time. I can’t wait.”


To hear more from Clay and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show from Duff’s Famous Wings in Niagara Falls, click here.

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Lal: “Most competitive guy I’ve been around”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 19, 2015 – 9:46 pm

More news from One Bills Drive to begin tonight’s show. Charles Clay has officially signed his offer sheet from the team and the Dolphins will not match that offer, confirming the next weapon added to the Bills offense. We asked the listeners to weigh in on the Clay move and also pitched for their thoughts on the possible rule changes that could come up for discussion at next week’s NFL Owners Meetings. There was plenty of reaction on that topic, specifically on what should be in play for video replay.

Yesterday, the move for wide receiver Percy Harvin was announced. Bills wide receiver coach Sanjay Lal sat down in studio to talk about Harvin. The two were both in New York last season and Lal discussed their relationship. He said the versatile wide receiver is one of the “most competitive guys” he’s been around. He talked about Harvin’s competitive nature.

percy-harvin-story“He practices extremely hard and when he has the ball in his hands he finishes the run, puts his shoulder down to deliver a blow, never wants to come out of the game.”

Lal went on to say that Harvin has all the tools to be a polished outside receiver. He also went down the list of other guys on the roster including Sammy Watkins, saying the sky is the limit for the second year wide-out and that no limits will be placed on him.

As free agency begins to wind down, we reached out to Steve Palazzolo from Pro Football Focus. He recently had a post on the site recapping and grading the free agent moves in the AFC East. Palazzolo was impressed by the moves by all the teams in the division, including the Bills, who he says have surrounded their quarterback with plenty of offensive weapons.

Finally, Ben Austro from joined the show to discuss the possible rule changes up for debate at next week’s Owners Meetings. He mentioned the possibility of what could be done with video replay and also touched on the hot topic of the catch/no-catch scenarios. To hear the complete Ben Austro interview and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.

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Felton: “I’m the real Secret Service” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 13, 2015 – 9:16 pm

Rounding out the first week of NFL Free Agency. We began the show with ongoing reports from around the league and from back here at One Bills Drive. That includes the official announcement of the team extending defensive tackle Kyle Williams. There are also reports that the team has signed WR Percy Harvin. We brought on Vikings color analyst and former NFL linebacker Pete Bercich who weighed in on Harvin and his time in Minnesota. Bercich also talked about former Viking and now Bills additions, Matt Cassel and Jerome Felton.

DSC_3694Speaking of Felton, he was introduced as the team’s new fullback on Wednesday. He sat down with us on Friday to discuss his reason for opting out of his contract in Minnesota and the decision to sign a free agent deal in Buffalo, adding “The Bills want a winning program here and they want to win now and I’m happy to be a part of it.” Felton also discussed his role in the offensive, leading the way for new RB LeSean McCoy.

“When the running backs are having a lot of success or getting 200-yards, 150-yards, or averaging five yards a carry, those are the things that get me excited. I take it real seriously but I joke around and say I’m the real secret service! So he’s (McCoy) safe now. We’re going to have a good time and we got to chat it up a little bit and we’re both excited to get to work and get in here and turn this into a winning franchise.”

Last week we caught up with Cyrus Kouandjio who has been training in Arizona under LeCharles Bentley at his O-line Performance Training Academy. We decided to reach out to LeCharles to get a lowdown on his program and why he personally selects who he will train, picking out those players who have the “it factor.” Bentley was very energetic in describing why he wants to work with players like Cyrus Kouandjio.

kouandjio“You end up being with a guy like Cyrus that has all the tangibles but he also has that one thing I just can’t put my finger on and it’s that ‘it’ factor. If you can get that ‘it’ factor to mesh with the tangibles, now you have something special and that’s the beautiful part about offensive linemen. LeCharles said. “I love seeing young guys like Cyrus learn and grow from their mistakes and that’s something I pride myself on is being able to provide an opportunity and an environment for these young guys to grow.”

We circled back to free agency and called on former NFL scout and contributor to National Football Post, Greg Gabriel. Gabriel shared his thoughts on the Bills moves, stating that LeSean McCoy is a “huge” addition on the roster. He went on to talk about scouting talent and finding ascending players to fit a specific system in which he talks about in his recent article on National Football Post How Clubs Prepare for Free Agency. To hear that and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show, click here.

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Taylor: Comparing Super Bowl Ravens to Bills

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 12, 2015 – 9:19 pm

More news from One Bills Drive as free agency rolls along. On Thursday, the team announced they’ve retained special teamer Marcus Easley. They also brought in more quarterback competition as they signed former Ravens QB Tyrod Taylor. Taylor signed on the dotted line and then joined us in-studio. He discussed his time in Baltimore backing up Joe Flacco and feels after 4-years he’s ready to compete here in Buffalo. He went on to talk about what he can bring to the Bills quarterback group.

DSC_3761“My athleticism really stands out. By the numbers and just from watching tape, you can tell I’m comfortable moving but I’m also comfortable with throwing the football and that’s the thing I have to prove and continue to show to people and to coaches.”

Taylor touched on his relationship with EJ Manuel growing up in Virginia and compared this year’s Bills team to the Super Bowl winning squad he was on in Baltimore.

As mentioned above, Marcus Easley comes back for his fifth season. He joined us at the top of the second hour to discuss his uphill path to get to where he is now, which includes spending most of his first two seasons on injured reserve and even getting placed on the practice squad. Today, Easley is an important part of the Bills special teams unit. He talked about his approach to playing the position.

“I approach it as if I’m going to battle or getting in a fight. It’s definitely not going to be me so it’s got to be him. I have to take him out. It doesn’t matter who they put back there but I also have ten other guys that think like me that believe in the same thing I believe. It’s all attitude and it’s a mindset.”

Finally, NFL Network Reporter Steve Wyche joined us to recap the wild first few days of free agency and the news from around the league on Thursday. Wyche also talked about what Buffalo has done so far and said the national media is intrigued with they’re moves and called LeSean McCoy “a gamebreaker.” To hear that and the rest of The John Murphy Show from Thursday, click here.

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Matt Cassel: “Let’s Go Buf-fa-lo!”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 11, 2015 – 4:08 pm

It was a special 3-hour afternoon edition of The John Murphy on Wednesday. It is day two of NFL Free Agency and the Bills remain busy. We began the show with the news of the day that included a handful of confirmed free agent visits. We then went straight into the official DSC_3581introduction of quarterback Matt Cassel, whose trade from Minnesota was made official yesterday. An upbeat Cassel met with the media and afterwards stopped by our studio to discuss the trade, his path in the NFL, and why he and his family are excited to be moving here to Buffalo.

“My agent called and said I’ve been acquired in a trade. At first you always go, what just happened? You really aren’t expecting it. Then as soon as I found out I was coming to Buffalo, there was a lot of excitement. My wife and I were super excited. We started playing the theme (Shout) song on the phone for the kids. Let’s Go Buf-fa-lo! I love it! We were all fired up. We were also just excited about a new opportunity and right now with what’s going on with the Bills, with the team, Coach Ryan, offensively for me Coach Roman, I just think there’s a lot of good energy and a lot of good players coming in here.”

Fullback Jerome Felton also signed on the dotted line with the team on Wednesday. Felton makes his way from Minnesota and had his press conference which we listened in to as well.

General Manager Doug Whaley etched out some time from his busy schedule to recap day one of Free Agency here at One Bills Drive and also explain the wild moves we saw around the league on Tuesday. He shared his thoughts on the trades for Matt Cassel and LeSean McCoy and the free agent visits. Whaley also discussed how his headDSC_3341 coach and the owners have played a big role in these offseason dealings.

“No doubt about it. It’s not only Rex Ryan but the whole staff. I’ll tell you the truth, the way the Pegulas relate to players makes everybody at ease and even the players.” Whaley said “I’m telling you, they’re (Pegulas) unbelievable owners and the best I’ve been around so far.”

Kick off specialist Jordan Gay called in to round out the show. He talked about his extension with the team, staying together with the rest of his teammates on the unit, and the role he plays in making the special teams group an important part of the team.

Bills Insider Chris Brown also stopped by to recap and weigh in on the Bills moves, what he took from the Matt Cassel press conference, and look ahead to the rest of the offseason for the team. To hear that and the rest of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.

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McCoy: “My colors are now blue and red”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 10, 2015 – 9:41 pm

The official kick-off of NFL Free Agency on Tuesday, meaning it was finally announced that the Bills came to terms on a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in acquiring running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy met with the media after the announcement and then swung by our studio to discuss the move to Buffalo. McCoy admits the trade was shocking at first but says he now feels “right at home.” He talked about making the transition and making his focus the Buffalo Bills.

tempDSC_3126--nfl_mezz_1280_1024“My colors are now blue and red. The Eagles are my past life. I want a new team, new goals.”

At the top of the second hour, Kirk Morrison, former Bills linebacker and now NFL analyst for Fox Sports called in to discuss the news from around the league including the blockbuster trades and the free agency signings. He also weighed in on the LeSean McCoy acquisition saying that the RB will be a weapon in the Bills backfield, adding “myself and LeSean in a phone booth, he makes me miss.” Morrison also had high praise for guard Richie Incognito.

Jerome FeltonFinally, Ben Goessling from ESPN Minnesota joined us to talk about the trade made for quarterback Matt Cassel and Jerome Felton, the free agent fullback who is visiting the Bills. Goessling said that Felton is a “true-form blocking back” and a good fit to lead the way for LeSean McCoy.

“It’s something that certainly would make sense if they’re looking to put LeSean McCoy behind a fullback. If you’re looking to protect that investment that you made in LeSean McCoy, it’s certainly a good fit. If you want a two-back set, I think Jerome Felton is the guy to go get.”

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

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Hughes: “We have something great here” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 9, 2015 – 9:29 pm

A fast start to the week for the Bills here at One Bills Drive. The story of the day revolved around the team’s defensive line as they re-signed Jerry Hughes before he was able to hit the free agent market. Hughes joined us in-studio to talk about his return and why he chose to stay here in Buffalo.

DSC_3019“Being with this organization and being with this team and seeing all that we’ve accomplished and you know that there’s much more that we can do. Being with the guys and working with them the past two years, I didn’t want to lose that. I feel like we have something great building here. We all have such great comradery. Everyone knows each other well. We know how to work. We all want to win. When you have all those elements together and you have hungry people who want to win games and you know we’re doing whatever it takes for us to win, you know it’s going to end up good.”

The team’s general manager, Doug Whaley swung by to talk about the looming free agency period, the strategy behind acquiring those free agents, and of course the process and importance of signing Jerry Hughes. Whaley said “it was the best situation for him (Hughes) to continue with his success and production.” Whaley went on to discuss investing the money they have up front on the defensive line.

“That’s how we’re going to have to play until we find our franchise quarterback. We’re going to have to play really good defense, we’re going to run the ball, and ask the quarterback to protect the ball and try to get it in the hands of the playmakers.”

cassel-storyAt the top of the first hour, NFL Films Executive Producer Greg Cosell joined the show to discuss Tuesday’s free agency kick-off and some of the reported deals from around the league. He talked about the needs of the Bills this offseason and also shared his praise for quarterback Matt Cassel, who the team agreed to terms with last week.

“Matt Cassel is a very solid NFL quarterback that if he can work off a run game, the foundation in which they’re clearly trying to do in Buffalo, he can be an efficient quarterback. We all know what he is and no one is suggesting he is Tom Brady but I think he’s very good off play action and I think if the run game can be the foundation and formationally with personnel packages, they can develop all that then I think Matt Cassel can be an efficient quarterback for you.”

Finally, Matt Birk, the NFL’s Director of Development came on the show to discuss the possible changes to the NFL Scouting Combine, specifically when it comes to the drills for each position group. He also gave us some insight on late March’s first-ever Veteran Combine, a chance for second or third year players to showcase their skills in hopes of clinging on to a team.

To hear all of that and more from Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.

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Boobie D: “I’m a team guy, a championship guy”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 5, 2015 – 9:37 pm

Another night on the air as we wind down the week here at One Bills Drive. Tonight, we asked the listeners, with the pending additions for the team, where should they now turn their focus as free agency looms, what’s next and what do they need? Plenty of reaction from the offensive line, to tight end, to even wide receiver.

dixon picBills running back Boobie Dixon, a familiar voice on the show is back in Buffalo and was kind enough to swing by our studio. He talked about the changes with the running back group, his relationship with new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and how his versatility will play a positive role in the Bills offensive backfield.

“For me, being my sixth year in the NFL, I’ve pretty much trained myself to be ready for anything. I don’t really pride myself on a bell cow guy no more. I like all the different tags. I’ll play running back, I’ll play fullback, I’ll do whatever on special teams. I’m a team guy, a championship guy. If you want that type of guy, that’s Boobie Dixon.”

hogan picThe team tendered exclusive free agent Chris Hogan on Thursday. He joined us to talk about his return to Buffalo and what’s in store for the WR as he looks to build off of his successful 2014 season.

“I’ve set my goals high ever since I stepped into the NFL. Last year I had a really good chance to contribute to the offense and to this team. I’m excited about this year to come and hopefully I can do better and contribute a little bit more.” Hogan said “In this league your time can be short-lived if you don’t make most of your opportunities that you get. Every opportunity that I was given since I’ve been playing I just have to take advantage of. It’s something I’m going to continue to do for the rest of my career.”

We also had a couple of national media members join us to talk about free agency and the Bills moves so far. Bill Barnwell from Grantland joined us at the top of the second hour and Brad Gagnon from Bleacher Report rounded out the show. To hear all of that and more of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.

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Reese: “Most electric player you’ve ever seen”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 5, 2015 – 9:01 am

The NFL offseason heating up days before the league year begins. The Bills agreeing on a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for quarterback Matt Cassel. There are also reports that the team is in the works to deal LB Kiko Alonso to the Eagles for running back LeSean McCoy. Plenty of reaction on these pending moves from the listeners tonight.

lesean-mccoy2On that topic, we brought in Eagles play-by-play voice Merrill Reese. Reese talked about why LeSean McCoy is one of his favorite players calling him “one of the most electric players you’ve ever seen”, why the Eagles seem willing to part ways with such a high profile player, and what he could bring to the Bills offense.

“His elusiveness, his acceleration, his feel for the game, the ability to block, the ability to catch. He doesn’t take hard hits and as Buddy Ryan told me many years ago, durability is as important as ability. Shady has had a concussion but has rarely missed any time. He’s out there every week.”

Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas returned to the show tempAP885548359420_12--nfl_mezz_1280_1024to voice his opinions on the recent news from One Bills Drive. Always excited to discuss the running back position, Thurman talked about the decision to add a veteran running back instead of drafting an unproven rookie.

“I don’t want to get a running back that, oh we have to wait and see if he can be able to perform and take the NFL punishment. We know LeSean McCoy can. He’s one of the top backs in the league. I’m sure anyone else would want to have him too at this point on their roster. I think it’s a great deal.”

Finally, we reached out to Vikings beat reporter Matt Vensel from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Vensel talked about Matt Cassel’s time in Minnesota and how the veteran QB had a good start to the 2014 season before suffering a season ending injury in week 3. Vensel added that he believes Cassel will be a good addition to the Bills quarterback group, a leader in the locker room, and one that you can trust to know the offense.

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

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Bryce Paup: “Making a Splash” in Buffalo – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 2, 2015 – 9:42 pm

Kicking off another week here at One Bills Drive. We began the show with the news of the day from around the league, which includes the announcement of the 2015 salary cap number and the placement of the franchise tag on the handful of players. We also heard from Marshawn Lynch, who sat down on a Turkish Sports Network to talk about the Super Bowl and give his thoughts on the Seahawks final offensive play.

Cyrus KouandjioOur first guest is about to enter his second year in the league, Bills offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. Kouandjio talked about his offseason so far and his training regimen in Phoenix, Arizona. He went on to talk about the disappointment he had in his rookie season and why he has been working so hard during this offseason to make strides heading into the upcoming year.

“I want to be the best I can be. I am trying harder than I have ever had in my life. I’ve worked on every position except center. I want to be able to play any position on the offensive line. Currently, I am comfortable with every position right now. That took literally hundreds of repetitions and hours and hours of working on my craft.”

HARBAUGH PAUPThroughout the night, we asked our listeners to give their pick for the Bills best free agent signing. We received responses ranging from the most recent signing of Mario Williams, to Chris Spielman, to even Bryce Paup who came over from Green Bay back in 1995. Paup called in at the top of the second hour to discuss coming to the Bills and his immediate impact on the defense.

“I will never forget this. When I signed and I was going to the airport leaving Buffalo, this lady said something to my wife after she figured out who I was. Maybe it wasn’t my wife but she said it to somebody, “yeah for that kind of money, he better be good!” It was the first time that it ever occurred to me that that element was a part of it. I was aware of my need to make a splash.”

Finally, we reached out to CBS Sports salary cap expert Joel Corry. Corry gave a breakdown of why teams place the franchise tag on their top players and why some teams refuse to take on such a high cap number for a certain position. He also gave his opinion on the open window negotiating period that begins 3-days before free agency opens on March 10th.

To hear all of that and more from Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.

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Tasker: “It has to happen now” for EJ Manuel

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 27, 2015 – 11:34 pm

On location tonight from (716) Food and Sport for Friday night’s show with a large crowd in attendance. We began the show with the news of the day from One Bills Drive and around the league. We listened in on Thursday’s conference call with ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. who discussed this year’s running back and tight end class, scouting quarterbacks, and what possible mid-round QBs might be worth taking.pic

Former Bills special team’s ace and Wall of Fame member, now CBS NFL Football Analyst Steve Tasker joined us on location to talk about the team. He talked about his broadcasting career on CBS, now entering his 18th season with the network. He went on to discuss the current Bills team including the quarterback situation and the opportunity for EJ Manuel.

IMG_2005“This is a guy who is making himself ready even when Kyle Orton was the starter. This is a guy who felt like he was ready to step in if Kyle Orton got hurt but you have to prove it. It’s got to happen. Right now, he’s the only guy and if you need more motivation than that to put your best foot forward, you’re not the guy you are. We know he is. We don’t have to tell EJ this. He knows all of this.”

Tasker also talked about his former General Manager Bill Polian who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.

Bills cornerback Nickell Robey called in at the bottom of the first hour. Robey has been busy this offseason working towards earning his degree from USC and training with teammate Robert Woods. He discussed the changes to the team this offseason and the staff that remains, including his defensive back coach Donnie Henderson.

Nickell Robey“Coach Henderson is a very cool coach, especially when you get to know him as a person and you get to know his style. He’s more of a father figure in some cases. I know we’re all grown men in the NFL but he understands the life on an NFL player. He connects with us and we’re able to match wits with each other. He picks our brain and we pick his brain and it’s always business to get better and reach the ultimate goal.”

Finally, NFL Media Reporter Judy Battista called in to talk about this weekend’s NFL Competition Committee Meeting and their look into video replay and defensive pass interference. The penalty has been under heavy scrutiny, especially during the playoffs this past season. Battista weighed in on the potential changes, which include making the call a 15-yard penalty and applying video replay review. She spoke with the NFL’s VP for Football Operations Troy Vincent about that very issue.

“His point was that it’s a potentially huge play but pass interference is very much a judgment call. It’s happening very quickly and rather than make it reviewable, do you solve the problem of this is too big of a play and it’s in the officials’ hands late in the game and you really don’t want that. Do you solve the problem by, instead of having it a spot foul as it is now, you make it just a 15-yarder? That was the context where he raised that. I wouldn’t say that will be an imminent change like that.”

Battista also shared her thoughts on the Bills signing of guard Richie Incognito. To hear that and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show from 716 Food and Sport, click here.

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Tonight – Join JMS from (716) Food and Sport

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 27, 2015 – 3:55 pm


Join The John Murphy Show at (716) Food and Sport at the HarborCenter tonight, Friday, February 27, 2015 from 7-9pm. Former Buffalo Bills Player and current NFL CBS analyst Steve Tasker is making a guest appearance. We will also hear from current Bills cornerback Nickell Robey. Stop by and bring the family for some food, football talk and giveaways. See you tonight!

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Kiko Alonso: “It’s a great time to be a Bill”-JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 25, 2015 – 9:45 pm

We return to the airwaves for live radio on Wednesday. The free agency period kicks off 2-weeks from today, so we began the show asking the listeners their thoughts on what position group the Bills should target. There were plenty of responses to that topic from offensive line, to running back, to even quarterback.

Kiko AlonsoHe’s a player we haven’t heard from in a while. Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso checked in with us. Alonso missed all of last season with a torn ACL he suffered back in July. He has been rehabbing since and says he anticipates he will be “one-hundred percent before training camp.” Alonso talked about this past season’s defense with his absence and the linebackers that stepped up mentioning Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham’s emergence. He says he’s “stoked” to have Rex Ryan on board and is ready to get back on the field in preps for the 2015 season.

“I’m just trying to get back. It sucks to be on the sideline all year. It just gives me that much more drive to get back. At the same time, you have to be careful and not push too hard because the ACL is a long rehab. You have to find that balance.”

NFL writer at Sports Illustrated Chris Burke called in to the show. Burke recapped last week’s Combine by putting together his All-Combine Team which included Division III’s Ali Marpet from Hobart College. He went on to give his thoughts on the Bills hire of Rex Ryan, which he says puts the Bills “close to must-watch territory.”

Rex Ryan“I think Rex himself is close to that territory. He’s an energetic guy and his teams always play hard even this last year. That was not a very good roster at all in New York but up through the end of the season they were competing and going all-out. He’s a fiery guy and I think from that standpoint, they (The Bills) will be entertaining and it’s a team like we saw last year that’s not far away.”

Finally, Tony Villiotti from National Football Post joined us to discuss his recent article on What to Expect in Free Agency and why free agents are of modest importance in building a team. If they do pan out, the number of those players who have an impact is small. He also talked about the quarterback trends in the league and why the good QBs don’t normally end up in free agency and that teams should take the road of the draft to find their guy.

To hear more from Villiotti and the rest of The John Murphy Show, click here.

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Brinson: Combine Winners and Losers – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 23, 2015 – 9:32 pm

The show returns to the One Bills Drive after our week in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine. To recap, we listened in today Monday’s Combine conference call with ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. McShay weighed in on who he thinks might pull ahead in the race for the number 3-quarterback in the draft and the running backs that could be available in the middle rounds.

Bills defensive tackle Corbin Bryant joined the show at the bottom of the first hour. He talked about his second season on the Bills defensive line, the changeover with the coaching staff, and why he and his teammates are excited to “adapt” to a new defensive scheme. He then went on to discuss his involvement this offseason with the NFLPA Externship, where he’s working with Under Armour, in hopes of building experience for life after football.

Corbin Bryant“One thing I’ve learned in life is that you have to continue to learn. Football is not forever even though I love the game and I love playing on Sunday’s. I use the offseason to try and learn as much as I can about different fields so when that times comes, I’ll be ready.”

Circling back to the Combine, we brought in CBS Sports Senior NFL writer Will Brinson. Brinson’s recent article on the site took a look at the NFL Combine Winners and Losers. Brinson talked about the quarterback class with an interesting take on Jameis Winston’s on-field issues rather than his off-field red flags. He went on to say he was disappointed in what he saw from the running back group last week in Indianapolis but did say there’s plenty of talent to get a worthy pick in the later rounds.

“This is a group with some second, maybe late first if you really need a running back but probably second and third round talents where once again, we’re going to see teams that need running back help that are able to go in the draft instead of overpaying in free agency, pick up a young guy that they can plug and play that they picked up in the second or third round, which has become the sweet spot for running backs in the NFL these days.”

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

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Polian on Bills QB Quest

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 18, 2015 – 11:01 pm

IMG_1970After being at the helm of Super Bowl teams featuring Jim Kelly and Peyton Manning, Bill Polian knows what a franchise QB looks like.

And the soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer is keeping tabs on Buffalo’s search for a winning QB. Polian was a guest on The John Murphy Show Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He strongly believes the Bills should an experienced, veteran presence in their quarterback room.

“There has to be a veteran, there’s no two ways about that,” Polian said.  “Greg Roman’s going to take the right approach. If EJ Manuel can do it, Greg will put him in a position to do so because he’s not going to put a huge burden on him. It has to be the right veteran and the process has to go forward.  We’ll find out come September.”

Besides adding a veteran, Polian also thinks the Bills should take a long look at the QB prospects in this year’s draft, even if Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are not going to be available.

“Obviously the two top guys are not within reach now, because of the lack of a first round draft choice,” he said. “But who knows, there might be somebody down below who’s the answer. Frank  Reich was a third round pick, Joe Montana was a third rounder, Russell Wilson was a third rounder.  Maybe there’s somebody there who will eventually be the guy.” Combine coverage is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

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Combine: Rex Ryan, Bill Polian, & More-JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 18, 2015 – 10:03 pm

From the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Taking the show on the road for the next three days. The day began with Bills head coach Rex Ryan who spoke to those in attendance. Later, the offensive linemen and tight ends came to speak to the media contingent. We heard from tight end Maxx Williams from Minnesota and Duke offensive guard Laken Tomlinson.

DSC_2729Coach Ryan was able to sit down with us at the bottom of the first hour. He talked about the new additions to his coaching staff with high praise for assistant coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn. He shared his thoughts on recent free agent visit Josh McCown, EJ Manuel with the new offensive system, and the signing of guard Richie Incognito. Ryan went on to discuss the team’s path for the offseason, starting with the draft to free agency, doing so as a collaborative effort from the top down.

“The great thing about Doug Whaley and I is that we see things very similar. We’re pretty much on the same page. Obviously I’ll prepare and watch all the players as well and have my two cents but all the decisions will be a Bills decision and I will say this, there are three things you can count on with all decisions made by this organization and I truly believe this. It’s based on three things, it’s the team, the team, and the team. When you base decisions on that, what’s the best interest for the team, you generally make the right decisions.”Bill Polian

WHAM-TV Sports Director Mike Catalana gave us a local perspective on what he took from Rex Ryan today and the team’s approach to solving the quarterback position. He also talked about some of the Bills needs this offseason and his thoughts on what they should focus on in this year’s draft, specifically the tight end position and the offensive line.

Former Bills General Manager and now Hall of Famer Bill Polian sat down with us to discuss his time in Buffalo, how close he came to returning to work for the Bills organization, and his thoughts on his upcoming Hall of Fame induction. Polian talked about the nerve-wrecking wait to hear his name called.

“We were told we might hear by 4:30 and 4:30 came and went and then 5 O’clock came and went, then 5:30 came and went. My wife said, well this isn’t looking very promising. I said well you can’t lose something you never had anyway. Then there came a knock at the door. Everything is relative because Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis have been waiting a long, long time so I’m very fortunate that we only had to wait an hour or so.”

Tom TelescoFinally, Western New York native and Chargers GM Tom Telesco joined us to round out the show. Telesco finished up his second season in charge in San Diego and talked about his team falling just short of the playoffs. He weighed in on the addition of undrafted University at Buffalo grad Branden Oliver and his role filling in for the injured running backs last season. Telesco then went on to talk about his homecoming, returning back to his hometown and grabbing a win over the Bills back in September and what it means to have his mentor, Bill Polian join the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

To hear all of that and more of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here. The show will continue coverage Thursday and Friday as we will be broadcasting live from 12pm-3pm on-site at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Combine coverage is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

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Jim Monos: Getting to Know the Prospects – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 13, 2015 – 9:16 pm

We close out the week continuing our look into next week’s NFL Scouting Combine with a solid lineup dealing with just that. Before that, we reached out to the listeners and asked them to share their choice for the most-underrated player on the Bills roster. We received plenty of feedback on that topic from kicker Dan Carpenter to Nigel Bradham to special teams standout Marcus Easley.Chris Johnson, Preston Brown

Bills linebacker Preston Brown came by the studio to talk about his past rookie season, what the offseason has been like so far, and his thoughts on the new coaching staff. Brown also looked back at his experience at last year’s Combine and weighed-in on the pressure that was felt to produce in order to raise his draft stock.

“It’s crazy. You want to impress because that’s something you watch growing up. You turn on the Combine and see the guys running the forty, so that’s something you want to do but it’s the whole week with the interviews and the testing, it’s everything. You have to be prepared for the whole time they’re watching you.”

Brown said that he believes he improved his draft position with his performance at last year’s Combine.

monosAt the top of the hour we were joined by Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos. Monos discussed upcoming free agency, the process of signing Richie Incognito, and what lies ahead of the staff at next week’s Combine. Monos said the team’s draft board is pretty much set as they’ve done their work on watching player film but now is the time to get to know the prospects first-hand before April’s draft approaches.

“This is the time to get to know them a little bit better as far as spending time with them, interviewing them, getting to know how much knowledge they have of football, spending time at their pro days, bringing them in for visits. Now, it’s about getting to know the player a little bit more.”fl-bommarito-training-camp-021412i

Finally, sticking with our Combine coverage, we reached out to Fitness Trainer Pete Bommarito who owns and runs Bommarito Performance Systems in South Florida. There, he has been training approximately 80-collegiate athletes who are getting ready for the intense mental and physical pull that the NFL Combine brings. Through his innovative regiments, Bommarito has helped players draft stock rise through their performance at both the Combine and their respected Pro-Days.

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

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Steve Almond: “Against Football” – JMS 2/12

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 12, 2015 – 9:39 pm

Winding down the week here at One Bills Drive. We began tonight’s’ show hearing from head coach Rex Ryan, who spoke this morning on WGR550 , discussing Richie Incognito, quarterback EJ Manuel, and what his keys are to a successful 2015 season. We asked the listeners for their opinion on free agency and what position groups should be targeted by the Bills as March 10th approaches.

Vertical JumpAs we gear up for next week’s NFL Scouting Combine, we reached out to the President of National Football Scouting Jeff Foster, who manages the combine in Indianapolis. Foster spoke on the growth of the event over the years and the process of how teams utilize it to scout the top prospects in the draft. He also addressed the setup of events and the balancing act that goes with servicing those teams and players.

“We feel like it’s one of our jobs to protect the integrity of the football event while the entire event continues to grow. Some of the circus aspects of it, we try to make sure happens in and around the football pieces. So, whether that’s after we’ve cut away from the field or when the players are moving to different aspects. As you know, the combine was created many, many years ago with the number one priority being the medical evaluations and that’s really still true today. From a team perspective, the medical evaluations and the interviews are as important if not more important than anything else that we do here.”

against football picSteve Almond, a longtime football fan, explores both the positives of loving the game that is the NFL and the dark side of the game in his book “Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto.” Almond joined us at the top of the hour to weigh-in on why he has gone against the grain in asking why there is so much support for a game that has so many issues surrounding it. He deals with the criticisms of the football and questions its importance in American culture, challenging himself and those that love the game.

“Why do we as fans feel that it is OK for us to consume this form of entertainment when one of the known by-products of it is that the guys who play, who we worship when they’re on the field, when they leave that field, many of them are going to wind up with brain damage. There’s also the question of the economics of it. I think it’s wrong that the NFL as a non-profit entity, the power that they hold, they use essentially to force politicians to publically fund stadiums.”

Rex RyanFinally, we were joined by Jeff Larsen, a segment producer for NFL Films. Larsen shared his thoughts on the recent passing of NFL Films founder Ed Sabol. He also talked about his recent project, supplying the sights and sounds of Super Bowl XLIX in the NFL Network series, Sound FX. Larsen discussed the final drive of the game and the emotions that were displayed after the Patriots won the Super Bowl. He then went on to talk about his time dealing with Rex Ryan when he was part of the group that put together the Emmy Award winning HBO’s Hard Knocks during the NY Jets 2010 training camp.

“When people come up to me and talk about Hard Knocks they usually remember Rex Ryan and his language but just the fun entertaining personality of that team and of that series.”

To hear the complete John Murphy Show, click here.

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Wood: Incognito will bring element of toughness

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 11, 2015 – 9:43 pm


Back live on the air tonight. We began the show asking the listeners their thoughts on the upcoming free agency period and what the team should do with their own players who are ready to hit the market. On that note, we heard from Jerry Hughes who talked about his offseason options, why Buffalo would be his first choice to sign with, and if the franchise tag is a possible option.

Eric Wood

Our first guest was Bills center Eric Wood. Wood talked about his offseason, the anticipation of rejoining his teammates, and interacting with the new coaching staff. He also shared his thoughts on this week’s addition of guard Richie Incognito. Wood and Incognito were here together back in 2009 and he talked about their relationship and shared his opinion on his potential teammate.

“I think he will bring a lot to the line. He will bring an element of toughness. He’s always been known as a tough, aggressive player. His last true season with the Dolphins, before the whole mess that went on, he was a Pro Bowl guard. The coaches, the GM, everybody talked about wanting to bolster the offensive line and I think giving Richie a second chance gives us the opportunity to do that immediately.”

The QBAt the top of the hour, we were joined by FOX Sports College Football Analyst and author Bruce Feldman. Feldman came on to discuss his book, “The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks.” In the book Feldman uncovers the difficulty teams have on finding the perfect quarterback and why most of the time those teams strike out on trying to develop their “guy.”

“The wiring that a Peyton Manning has is so unique and I think he’s been blessed with some of the preparation. These guys are just really rare. It’s the hardest position in the world and the most glamorous and a lot of people want to play it. Ultimately it gets weeded out. I’ll be honest, the quarterback that you see sometimes, you can say there are a lot of reasons to really like this guy and then all of a sudden you get into games and it’s not all together there.”

Finally, with the majority of talk tonight about free agency we dialed up Mike Ginnitti, the editor and founder of Spotrac a site that deals with player contracts, team salary caps, and yearly salaries. He came on to discuss just that and what that means for the Buffalo Bills and their needs. Ginnitti weighed in on where they stand in relation to the salary cap and where they rank in the league when it comes to free cap space.

Doug Whaley

“We’re able to say that the Bills are spotted to spend about three and a half million on their draft picks this coming May. When we’re including that and the current roster, the Bills have just under 30-million in estimated cap space heading into free agency here and that’s for the top 51-players on the roster which is all that matters between March and September. Right now they’re eighth (in the league). They are top ten and in good shape and I expect them to be busy here.”

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

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