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Steve Calhoun Coaches EJ Manuel: JMS Recap 4/24

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 24, 2014 – 9:55 pm


Newly appointed Pro Scout Gerald Dixon came into the studio to discuss his new role. After spending the previous six years coaching at The Citadel, Dixon joins the Bills to assess professional talent around the league.

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“I just don’t have a whistle in my mouth anymore. I’m not out there coaching but I’m still out there evaluating players and giving information to the coaches. It all ties together. Football is football and you either know it or you don’t. It’s just not my job to go out there to tell the players what to do. I just get the information and pass it along to the right people.”

Dixon also discussed his time in the Bills defensive backfield. He was in training camp with the team in 2004.

At the top of the hour we were joined by former Bills long snapper Ethan Albright. Albright is now part of the North Carolina football radio broadcast. He spent last season covering Tarheel tight end Eric Ebron. Ebron is a first round prospect entering this year’s NFL draft.

Eric Ebron

“He presents a lot of problems. I would list him as an athlete versus a tight end. You can’t cover him with a linebacker. If you put a defensive back on him and you audible to a run, he’s got a huge advantage in the running game. He just presents a lot of problems with his speed and size combination.”

Albright continues to hold the record for playing the most consecutive games as a long snapper. He retired from the NFL in 2010.


Steve Calhoun is the founder of Armed and Dangerous Football. Since 2005, he has been training and coaching quarterbacks of all levels. Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is one of his clients. The two have worked together since Manuel’s days at Florida State and recently got together during the current offseason.

“He reached out to me after the season and said I need to get back to you. I need you to get me to the Pro Bowl. I said if you give me the time, I’ll get you there.”

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Calhoun met with EJ in California and Florida to continue work on fundamentals.

“You never can stop working on your throwing mechanics. I can relate it back to golf. Tiger Woods, as good as he is still has a swing coach. It’s just so technical, you need somebody there to identify the little details you can’t really feel.”

For more information on Armed and Dangerous Football you can visit their website at

You can listen to the complete John Murphy Show below:

(Dixon – 23:58, Albright – 41:00, Calhoun – 01:06:49)

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Manuel’s Confidence High: JMS Recap 4/22

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 22, 2014 – 9:57 pm





workouts picOffseason workouts have begun at One Bills Drive. Plenty of players were on hand including quarterback EJ Manuel. Manuel is entering his second season with the team and has now experienced a full NFL offseason. During that time he rehabbed his knee and worked with QB trainer Steve Calhoun on improving his foot work and his mechanics. Manuel also led private workouts with a handful of his teammates in both California and Florida.

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“It was all Bills stuff. Coach Hackett would have been proud. We were running practices per say. We got a lot of work done and the biggest thing is that this is our offense. Coach Hackett is our coach but he is not out there making plays. It’s owning up to us as the players to be out there making changes at the line and stuff like that. We need that kind of rapport with each other to do that stuff second nature.”

Manuel also discussed the new offensive coaches on the staff including QB coach Todd Downing. He is hoping that Downing can push him into a 5,000 yard passer.


Jerry Hughes visited the studio to discuss his breakout season where he racked up 10 sacks and his anticipation of the new defensive scheme under coordinator Jim Schwartz. Hughes believes getting things going early with the offseason workouts will be beneficial.

Jerry Hughes, Matt Ryan


“It just helps us out to get our brain back active. Coming back to a new scheme, we have to get the ball rolling so that way we can work things out so by the time we’re actually on the field come training camp we are able to move as one cohesive unit.”

Hughes also touched on how his hybrid position will allow him to get after the quarterback no matter where he’s lined up.

“I am pretty excited about rushing the passer. I know we’ll get an opportunity to do that, so it will be fun.”


The Bills also hosted 3 pre-draft visits on Tuesday including Georgia Southern’s Jerick McKinnon. The hybrid quarterback/running back is expected to be a mid-round draft pick. The team’s color analyst Terry Harvin called-in to discuss the prospect. McKinnon is smaller in stature but has the strength among the draft’s best.

Jerick Mckinnon

“His strong point is certainly his speed, but also is his strength. Three out of four years he won our Iron Works Award, which is our top strength and conditioning in the weight room. For a quarterback to win that award is pretty impressive. If you get a chance to see him you’ll understand why. He led all the running backs at the combine with the bench press. Thirteen of the top fifteen bench presses were offensive lineman and he was a running back and he was eighth. That tells you about his strength, it’s pretty amazing.”

You can hear more for Harvin and Tuesday’s complete John Murphy Show, below:

(Manuel – 26:00, Harvin – 41:22, Hughes – 01:05:00)

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Kaufman Ready for Tight End: JMS Recap 4/17

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 17, 2014 – 10:16 pm



Next week marks the start of OTA’s for the Buffalo Bills. Players will return to One Bills Drive for the voluntary workouts. The topic of discussion for tonight’s show focused on what player has the most to prove or needs to show the most improvement?

Brandon Kaufman



One of those players could be receiver Brandon Kaufman, who joined the show to discuss his offseason. He has put on close to 30 pounds since last year’s training camp. The added size is welcomed as he has been in discussion with coaches about a possible switch to tight end.

“I feel good about it if the position change happens. I definitely think that’s where I can be most productive with this team especially. I will like that opportunity.”

Kaufman also thinks he can add more to the special teams unit. He will join his teammates on Tuesday when OTA’s begin.



Kaufman’s teammate, tight end Tony Moeaki also called-in to talk about the upcoming season. Moeaki did not play much after being signed late last season after suffering shoulder and knee injuries. He said that the two games he appeared in with Buffalo gave him confidence moving forward with the Bills offensive system.

“I have everything to prove. I’m excited to get back and just get out there for OTA’s and prove what I can do. I want to show I can help the team in different ways and take it one day at a time. I want to work hard and let the chips fall where they may.”

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Moeaki spent time during the offseason with around a half-dozen Bills players in California. Quarterback EJ Manuel led the workouts with preplanned routes and plays. He said it was very productive.

It’s exactly three weeks away from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft. We continued our draft preview with Ourlads GM and National Scout Dan Shonka. The team from Ourlads are releasing their new mock draft with their own evaluation of each prospect. Shonka and his team have only one quarterback going in the first round, that being Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M to the Browns at number 26.

Shonka also has Jake Matthews, Manziel’s teammate at Texas A&M, going second overall to the Rams. You can hear the complete interview and the rest of The John Murphy Show, below:

(Moeaki – 25:15, Shonka – 40:40, Kaufman – 1:02:38)

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Who Hates Fantasy Football? JMS Recap 4/16

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 16, 2014 – 9:52 pm


Chris Johnson signed on with the New York Jets Wednesday. That news led us to to ponder, which team has the best running attack in the AFC East? The consensus had the Bills atop the list with CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson leading the way.

Comedian Jim Florentine joined us in the first hour of the show. Florentine grew up a Miami Dolphins fan and gave his view of the Bills/Dolphins rivalry. He also opened up on why he despises Fantasy Football.

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“If you want to gamble, just go to the Casino. I don’t like going to a sports bar and guys with laptops are out eating appetizers in khaki’s. I don’t know what that is. It doesn’t make sense to me.”


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Author Nathan Frederick calls in to talk about his new book “Draft Daze.” The book chronicles the 2012 draft, giving an in-depth look at each player taken that year. Frederick does his research by introducing various personalities associated with the NFL Draft.

“The draft has so many moving parts that you can’t tell that story without talking to an agent or a player. I really wanted to cover it from as many perspectives as possible.”

Frederick explains how the NFL Draft has now developed into a reality TV event with all the uncertainty associated with it. He also says there will be continuing changes to make the draft viewing better, including more integration of social media. “Draft Daze” also includes commentary from analysts Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay.




Finally, Dr. C. Keith Harrison, Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida discusses his new report dealing with female spectators and influences in the NFL. The report examines the NFL game day experiences for female spectators. Dr. Harrison is the principal investigator and lead researcher on how to better that experience. After collecting data for over 2 years, Dr. Harrison found that 51% of those attending an NFL game are of the female population.

“We don’t know things about women and how they consume, influence, and experience sport because we haven’t asked them.”

The report is available at

The John Murphy Show can be heard in its entirety below:

(Florentine- 22:30, Frederick-40:00, Dr. Harrison-01:02:00)

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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 15

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 15, 2014 – 10:40 pm


A variety of draft talk on tonight’s show. We look back on the drafts of the late 1970′s and early 1980′s.  Then switch gears to talk about the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, focusing on the wide receiving corp. Rounding out the show is former Bills offensive lineman Ruben Brown, who is now leading the way for safety in youth football.

From 1979-1985, Bruce Nicholas was the Buffalo Bills assistant director of player personnel. During that time he was part of the Bills draft class in 1979 that saw the team select first overall but eventually never sign their top pick, Tom Cousineau. Although, that year brought in such greats as Jerry Butler and Fred Smerlas.jerrybutler2

“It was a great beginning for us in ’79 to get 4 or 5 really good players. Even though Cousineau did not sign with us, we were able to trade the rights to him later and come up with beneficial players.”

That trade was to Cleveland which eventually landed the Bills Jim Kelly in the 1983 draft.






ESPN Draft Analyst Kevin Weidl returned to the show to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft. Tonight’s focus was on the wide receiver group. Weidl says this year’s class in one of the deepest he can remember.


“You look at the top 16 of our wide receivers ranked, 14 of them are underclassmen. It is a very deep class. There is a wide variety that come in all shapes and sizes and a lot of different fits.”

Weidl also says that high talent receivers could be available in the fourth or fifth round, which you wouldn’t have seen in previous drafts.

0ap2000000258961Finally, former Bills offensive lineman Ruben Brown calls in to discuss his new gig as a master trainer for USA Football’s Heads Up Program. The program is designed to teach safety to those in youth football which includes proper tackling tactics.

“The main focus on the technique is to try to tell kids not to use their head to tackle. Your head should always be up so you can see where you’re going. You’re in a vulnerable position when your head is down.”

Brown says he also wants to encourage coaches in football to join the program to create better practice plans using correct fundamentals.

The John Murphy Show from Tuesday April 15 can be heard in its entirety below:


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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 14

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 14, 2014 – 10:29 pm


We start a new week, counting down the days until the 2014 NFL Draft.  Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks joins the show to discuss his recent mock draft.  Banks has the Bills taking Michigan offensive tackle, Taylor Lewan at the number 9 spot.

Taylor Lewan“He’s the most solid consensus number 3 tackle in the draft.  He has a nasty streak and he fits Doug Marrone’s mentality.  I think he is a blue-collar player that fills a need and makes sense.”

Banks also touches on the quarterbacks in the draft and thinks there could be a scenario where the first QB taken off the board could  be outside the top ten.

On Monday, Buffalo Bills lead journalist Chris Brown unveiled his latest installment of On the Clock:  Kiko’s story-drafting a rookie of the year

One college scout for the Bills played a major role in scouting the linebacker from Oregon.  Matt Hand joined the show to talk about that process and how Kiko surprised everyone in his rookie year.

Kiko Alonso

“It’s a guy you’ve been following since (last) May.  He comes in and he’s an instant impact for us, a piece of the puzzle to putting together a championship football team.  We knew we were getting a good player but Kiko played better than anyone thought he was going to play.”

In last block of the show, Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan joined the show to talk about his offseason training, his anticipation of rejoining his teammates back in Buffalo, and his thoughts on the changes among the WR group.

The receiver, now entering his third season with the Bills, says he feels he has a great grasp on the offense and good chemistry with quarterback EJ Manuel which gives him an advantage.  You can hear the full version of Monday’s John Murphy Show, below:




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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 11

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 11, 2014 – 10:14 pm



Former University at Buffalo running back, Branden Oliver called in from his hometown of Miami, Florida.  Oliver is in midst of pre-draft workouts with a handful of NFL teams.  Friday, the Miami Dolphins had Oliver in for a private workout.  The 5’6″ running back is hopeful the face-to-face visits will pay off.

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“I think seeing my physique, getting out of cuts, and my acceleration having that one cut.  Being able to lower my center of gravity while I’m running the ball.  I’ve been doing a lot of catching, also.  They (NFL teams) have been throwing me the ball and I haven’t drop the ball yet.  I can’t put pressure on myself, just go out there and have fun.”

Oliver also says NFL players like Ray Rice, Frank Gore, and other undersized running backs have been an inspiration to him.ej


Evan Silva, the Senior Football Editor from‘s NFL page, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics relating to the Bills.  He had a strong view on quarterback EJ Manuel and is clear on his concern for the second year QB.

“I’m hoping he can step up his performance.  His performance as a rookie was not promising for  the future.  It was not effective for the 2013 Bills.  He played poorly as a rookie.  There was no consistency to his on-field performance.  We will see if that will happen in 2014.”

Silva did say that surrounding Manuel is a 10-win team and likes their defense to be another top-5 unit.  He also discussed Buffalo’s need when it comes to the NFL Draft and the consensus at Rotoworld is that the Bills will go offensive tackle in the first round.


Finally, Brian Batrowny, one of the 14-members on the Bills Fan Advisory Board, gave us a fan’s perspective on the game day experience at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  The committee, fresh off their second meeting, are trying to develop a line of communication between the fans and the Bills organization.


“This is part of the initiative is to get the word out there and to let the people know that the team wants the paying fans to enjoy the game.”

Batrowny says the committee reaches out to friends and family for suggestions on how to improve the relationship between the Bills organization and it’s fans.

You can hear more of the discussion with Batrowny and the rest of The John Murphy Show below:

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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 10

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 10, 2014 – 6:06 pm



Final Podcast of the year for The John Murphy Show.  Tonight, we circle back with a look around the AFC East.  Miami Dolphins beat writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Chris Perkins calls in to the show to discuss the offseason for the Dolphins so far.
Miami was busy in the first week of free agency, re-signing or acquiring a handful of players to their roster, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  Perkins says two additions should help.
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“The run defense was slacking and the big thing was the offense.  One of the things they did was sign Branden Albert to help protect Ryan Tannehill.  The Dolphins gave up 58 sacks last year, a franchise record and NFL high.  They also signed Knowshon Moreno.  Hopefully those two things will help them get back on track with their offense.”


Perkins also addressed the play of QB Ryan Tannehill and his recent struggles.
“I’m not sure he is a franchise quarterback.  If he doesn’t get this team to the playoffs this year, I think the Dolphins are going to be forced to draft another quarterback next year and start thinking what if?”

Supplying more help on the offense might be the direction the Dolphins go in next month’s NFL Draft.  Perkins feels that protecting their QB with offensive tackle help could be a day one or day two priority.  Perkins specifically mentions Zack Martin, a right offensive tackle from Notre Dame as a possibility.  If not on the o-line, the linebacker position could be their next target.  Specifically, CJ Mosley, a middle linebacker from Alabama.

Perkins also talked about offensive lineman Mike Pouncey and his possibility of requesting a big-time contract extension and Miami’s defensive backfield issues at cornerback.  You can hear the whole conversation on Thursday’s edition of The John Murphy Show, below.



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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 9

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 10, 2014 – 10:41 am



The 2014 NFL Draft is now 4 weeks away and the Bills continue their pre-draft visits.  On Wednesday, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews visited One Bills Drive.  Robert Cessna has been covering the Aggies for over 30-years and is the Executive sports editor for The Eagle in College Station, Texas.  He joined The John Murphy Show to discuss Matthews along with the other two top Aggie prospects, Mike Evans and Johnny Manziel.

Speaking of the draft, ESPN Draft Analyst, Kevin Weidl returned to the show.  The discussion was focused on offensive tackles.  Weidl weighed in on who he think will be the best OT prospect.Greg Robinson

“I watched Greg Robinson and then I watched Jake Matthews.  After watching Greg Robinson it was hard to get excited (for Matthews).  Robinson is massive.  He is one of the more agile, athletic, and naturally powerful offensive lineman that I have ever evaluated.”



Producer/Director Ivan Reitman capped off the show.  The Director of the new drama/comedy ‘Draft Day’ discusses the movie which brings the annual ritual of the NFL Draft to the big screen.  Staring Kevin Costner, who plays Sonny Weaver Jr., the GM of the Cleveland Browns holding the top pick in the draft, ‘Draft Day’ brings a real-life look behind the scenes of the draft process.
“I can’t see doing a movie called Draft Day without actually using the NFL.  I wanted to use real teams, real uniforms, and real personalities.  We wanted to get this movie right.”

The film features the Bills President/CEO Russ Brandon who makes a cameo along with VP of Marketing and Broadcasting Marc Honan.  Reitman said that Brandon was really helpful in making the movie factual and in turn was guaranteed a spot in the movie.

“I got to meet him (Russ Brandon) when we researching the film and checking out Buffalo and the facilities.  He was extraordinary helpful with the script in pointing out if there was anything inaccurate or what was possible.”


You can hear the complete Ivan Reitman interview along with The John Murphy show in its entirety below:

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Special Super Bowl Sunday for Wynn

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2014 – 6:30 pm

The Bills new Defensive End has more than a Super Bowl ring on his finger to remember his appearance in the big game.

Jarius Wynn has a son who was born hours before Super Bowl XLV.

When he was a member of the Green Bay Packers, Wynn and his wife were having dinner in Dallas the night before the big game.

“That night, her water broke at a restaurant,” Wynn said Tuesday in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.  “I was like, are you OK? She wouldn’t tell me. And then we had to rush her to the hospital.”

Martavia Wynn game birth to a seven pound, four ounce baby boy early on the morning on February 6th, 2011 in Dallas.  Jarius says he barely had time to kiss his son before he had to rejoin the Packers at their game-day hotel.

“As soon as I left the hotel I went to meetings, everybody congratulated me,” Wynn said.  “They were saying it was a sign that we were going to win the game.”

His teammates were right.  The Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in that game.  Operating on about 90-minutes of sleep, Wynn played on special teams and got in for three defensive snaps in Super Bowl XLV.

Wynn said Packer fans wanted him to make his baby boy’s middle name “Super,” or “Super Bowl.”

“That’s what people in Green Bay wanted me to call him, but it’s just Jarius Wynn, Jr.”



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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 8

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2014 – 5:29 pm


Podcast edition of The John Murphy Show.  On Tuesday, the Bills welcomed and eventually signed free agent defensive end Jarius Wynn.  Wynn joined the show to discuss his signing and how he can help the Bills defensive front.

“In the 4-3, I can definately rush the quarterback and stop the run.  I feel like I’m a solid player at that position.”DSC_8754

Wynn developed playing the DE position during his time at Georgia, specifically during his third year under Georgia’s defensive line coach, Rodney Garner.

Wynn also talked about meeting his new coaches, competing for a starting spot, and his wild Super Bowl experience with the Packers, in which his wife gave birth to their son, Jarius Wynn, Jr.

You can hear the entire interview along with the rest of Tuesday’s podcast below.

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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 7

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2014 – 10:30 am


A shortened version of The John Murphy Show for Monday April 7.  Enough time to touch on the news of the day, highlighted by the introductory press conference for newly acquired wide receiver, Mike Williams.

On Friday, the Bills traded a draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the wide out.  On Monday, the Buffalo native and Riverside grad came in-studio to discuss a variety of topics.DSC_8727

Williams touched on his relationship with Head Coach Doug Marrone, who coached Williams in his last year at Syracuse when the receiver left the team.  He said there were never any hard feelings and that the past is the past.  He’s now moving on and ready to catch “touchdowns” for the Buffalo Bills.

“This is a dream come true to come back home.  I was really surprised by the trade but now that I’m back home, it feels great.”

Williams also talked about growing up a Bills fan, his relationship with former Bill Alex Van Pelt, and being drafted in the fourth round which left a chip on his shoulder.


Also on the show, a recap of the weekend events at the Buffalo Bills fieldhouse with Saturday’s Ralph Wilson Fan Celebration.  Bills President/CEO Russ Brandon, former Bills QB/WR Ed Rutkowski, Hall of Famer Bruce Smith, and others all paid respects to the Hall of Fame Owner.

brandon on ralph “His deep loyalty and appreciation for his adopted home town of Buffalo.  His numerous acts of giving, always done without notoriety.  He understood the Bills are the fabric of Western New York and it was often stated his relentless passion was only matched by our fans.  Ralph Wilson in Buffalo was a perfect marriage” -Bills President/CEO Russ Brandon 4/5/14

You can hear Monday’s John Murphy Show in full, below.

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RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 4

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 4, 2014 – 6:23 pm

Recapping the John Murphy Show for April 4, beginning and ending with the Bills trade with Tampa Bay for wide receiver Mike Williams.

Before his NFL career, Williams played a big role on the Syracuse Orange football team before running into trouble on and off the field.’s Brent Axe joined the show to talk about the trade and what a surprise the move was to him.


 “Maybe Mike and Doug (Marrone) had a connection.  There was a lot of production there and maybe a return home to Buffalo is what Mike needs right now.”

Axe also says that once you get the know the receiver, he’s a guy you want to root for and that now that he’s given a chance to make good at home, it can right the path for the receiver.

You can listen to the whole interview with Brent Axe on The John Murphy Show below:

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The John Murphy Show: April 3rd

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 3, 2014 – 6:05 pm

Podcast for tonight’s show.   News of the day includes Mary Wilson taking over the ownership of the Buffalo Bills to put a plan in place for the future sale of the franchise. Also, two draft prospects visit One Bills Drive, Clemson’s DB Bashaud Breeland and Duke CB Ross Cockrell.wilson-obit-story-image

Buffalo Bills Vice President of Event Operations and Guest Experience, Andy Major is in studio to discuss Saturday’s event at the Bills Fieldhouse. The Fan Celebration and Remembrance of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. is this Saturday April 5th at 1:00pm.

The public ceremony will celebrate the life of the Bills former owner and will include a walk-through exhibit which includes artifacts and memorabilia from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, photos and medals from his time in the Naval Academy, and even a replication of his office here at the stadium.

“It’s a great way to remember Mr. Wilson and all the great things he accomplished in his lifetime with the team, his military service, and in the community here in Buffalo. He had a major impact in this community.”

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The John Murphy Show: April 2nd

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 3, 2014 – 10:58 am

If you missed Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, there was a wide variety of topics. Starting with former Bills first round draft pick, Linebacker Shane Conlan who joined the show to discuss his career move back to football. Conlan is now the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the Arena Football League’s Pittsburgh Power.

“This gets you back into the game of football, which is fun. There’s 18 games which we play Friday and Saturday night. It’s fun to go out and sell the game of football.”

Conlan also reminisced about his playing days in Buffalo, including the 1987 draft, where he was chosen in the first round by the Bills.  He discusses his mini hold-out during that year and his departure for Los Angeles in 1993.

Bills special teams coach Danny Crossman came into the studio to talk about the new additions to his squad, including free agent signings Anthony Dixon and Corey Graham.

“He’s (Graham) got good length and good speed.  He has an unbelievable desire to get the ball.  He doesn’t think anyone can block him.  He’s doesn’t think anyone can handle him, he’s going to make the play.”

Crossman also says he’s trying to develop the players on the roster to get a better core group on special teams.

Finally, comedian Steve Rannazzisi calls in to talk Fantasy Football and the NFL. Rannazzisi plays Kevin on FX’s “The League” and is appearing at Helium Comedy club April 3-5. Rannazzisi says he has had countless encounters with strangers asking who they should start/play in their own leagues. He also is amazed with the acting work NFL stars bring when they make guest appearances on the show. Season 6 of “The League” premiers in the Fall of 2014.

The show also reaches out to the listeners.   If you were on the Bills Stadium Committee, what would be at the top of your list for stadium ideas for the Bills?

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Expert advice for your fantasy team?

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 2, 2014 – 6:19 pm

ranazziziHe’s may not be a fantasy football expert, but he plays one on TV.

Tonight on The John Murphy Show, actor/comedian Steve Rannazzisi joins us as he prepares for a three-day engagement at Buffalo’s Helium Comedy Club. He plays Kevin MacArthur in the hit FXX TV show “The League.” In the show, Kevin is the former League Commissioner who is the first one in his group of fantasy players to get married and have a kid. We’ll get some fantasy football tips from Rannazzisi at 830pm.

Also on the show, former Bills LB Shane Conlan joins us at 730pm to talk about his new job with the Arena Football League’s Pittsburgh Power. Conlan has lived in Pittsburgh since his playing days ended and he’s found a way to mesh his love of football into his extensive experience in the business world.

And Bills Special Teams Coordinator Danny Crossman stops by at 8pm to discuss the recent additions to the roster (Corey Graham, Anthony Dixon) and how they can help upgrade the Bills special teams.

As usual, phone calls from fans are encouraged. The John Murphy Show airs from 7pm-9pm tonight on the flagship station of the Buffalo Bills, WGR Sportsradio 550.

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Marrone: “Let coaches challenge everything”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 25, 2014 – 2:00 pm

The NFL has already slightly expanded the instant replay rule this week, by voting to use the league’s Officiating Command Center to consult with on-field officials during replay reviews.
If Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone had his way, the replay rule would be expanded even more.
He things coaches should be able to challenge any call on the field.
“Whether you have two challenges, three challenges, to protect your team, put it upon the coach, so he has the right to challenge anything,” Marrone said Tuesday at the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando.
“If he challenges it and loses, obviously he loses his challenge. If you feel it’s a play that is a game changing type play, he should have the ability to challenge that play just to get the call right.”
Marrone made the comments in an appearance on The John Murphy Show podcast from the NFL meetings. The entire interview will air tonight.
The New England Patriots have proposed a replay system that would allow coaches to challenge any official’s call, except on scoring plays. That proposal is not expected to get much traction this week at the meetings.

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Marrone on board with two rules changes

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 25, 2014 – 1:05 pm

There may not be a revolutionary revision of NFL playing rules this week at the owners meetings in Orlando, but there already are some changes.
After meeting Tuesday morning, NFL teams voted to adopt two rules changes.
One proposal extends protection of “roll-up blocks” from behind to include such blocks from the side.
The other change adopted allows the on-field official to be in contact with the Officiating Command Center in New York for every instant replay review.
Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone says as a former offensive lineman, and offensive line coach in the league, he is strongly in favor of the roll-up block rule.
“Being a former offensive lineman, from a player safety standpoint, obviously we don’t want that,” Marrone said, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “We don’t want people rolling up people or on the back of their legs.”
NFL teams also approved use of a limited centralized replay review system, with Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino and his staff consulting with the on-field officials during reviews.
The entire interview with Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone will be aired tonight on The John Murphy Show podcast.

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John Elway on Kelly: “He represents toughness”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 24, 2014 – 3:55 pm


The NFL’s top officials are gathered in Orlando this week for the owners meetings. But the recent health setback to Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly is on the minds of many in the hallways and lobbies of the Ritz Carlton in Orlando.

Kelly’s had a long standing relationship with Hall of Fame QB John Elway. They were both part of the legendary QB draft of 1983 and have remained friends for decades.

Today at the owners meetings, Elway, the Denver Broncos General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, told us Kelly’s recent bout with cancer is tough for his friends to handle.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Jim and his family,” Elway told The John Murphy Show in Orlando. “I know what a tough guy he is, he’s proven that in his years in the NFL. Obviously, the last couple of years he’s been struggling with some of the health issues. Our hearts and prayers go out to him and hopefully everything works out for him.”

Elway says Jim Kelly’s defining personality trait is his toughness, and that should serve him well in the weeks and months ahead.

“There’s no question,” said Elway. “He was a tough guy and I think when you think of Jim Kelly, that’s what he represents. Hopefully that toughness gets him through this next challenge that he has in front of him.”

The brief interview with Hall of Fame QB John Elway will be part of The John Murphy Show from the NFL Owners meetings in Orlando, tonight from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Buffalo Bills, WGR Sportsradio 550.

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Super Bowl of Lobby Watching

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 24, 2014 – 11:57 am

It’s the Super Bowl of lobby watching–day one of the NFL Owners Meetings in Orlando, Florida. is here with complete coverage of the three day event and we’ll be broadcasting The John Murphy Show live from the meetings tonight and Wednesday night.

NFL personnel have gathered in the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando for day one of the sessions. The entire group, coaches, GMs, and top level club executives, held a meeting in one ballroom at 830 Monday morning, and then the group broke up around 10am. Head Coaches, GMs, and other football personnel went to a Football Operations session at mid morning. Later today, the NFL Competition Committee, chaired by Rich McKay, will hold a news conference to discuss some of the propsals on the table.

The Bills are represented here by President and CEO Russ Brandon, General Manager Doug Whaley, the club’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning, Mary Owen, the Senior Vice President of Football Administration, Jim Overdorf, and Head Coach Doug Marrone.

As of noon on Monday, the media gathered here at the Ritz Carlton have spent the day loitering outside the meeting rooms, taking video and pictures of NFL luminaries going from meeting room to meeting room, and waiting for the morning meetings to recess so that we can talk to the principals. We expect things to pick up shortly.

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