Inside The Bills

Manuel: “more confident with myself” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 21, 2014 – 10:00 pm



Our last show here in Pittsford as we depart from St. John Fisher College. The team broke camp early this afternoon. Post-practice, head coach Doug Marrone spoke to the media. We got his thoughts on the 5-week long camp. We also heard from our listeners who weighed in on tonight’s topic. What is the best thing the team got done in camp this year?

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We kicked things off with a visit from quarterback EJ Manuel. He broke camp with the rest of his teammates and is looking forward to settling back in at Orchard Park and surveying to new look Ralph Wilson Stadium. He also is focused on Saturday’s upcoming game against the Bucs, the team’s fourth preseason game in which he expects to get a heavy load of playing time. With the starting offense still looking for their first touchdown, he realizes the importance of getting that done this week.



“I’m excited to have another opportunity, especially knowing I’ll probably play a lot more in this game. We obviously want to go out there on our first drive and execute a touchdown but the more bats at get, the better we’ll be.”



Manuel talked about how beneficial his first true training camp has been in the NFL after being injured last summer and missing time. He discussed the importance of having quarterback coach Todd Downing on the staff and the chemistry with offseason acquisition, Mike Williams.



At the bottom of the hour Buffalo native, UB grad, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB/DE Steven Means called in. Means is entering his second year in the NFL and continues to play well up front on the line, especially in the team’s latest preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He now returns home to Buffalo and hopes to play in front of his hometown crowd and he’s looking forward to the reunion.

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“I think it’s going to be really emotional to step out there. It’s kind of like a homecoming for me. At the same time I have to stay focused. God presented that blessing for me to be able to play and I need to go out there and execute to the best of my ability. It’s going to be a great feeling stepping out on that field.”




At the top of the first hour, we were joined by former Bills linebacker and now NFL Analyst Takeo Spikes. Spikes was recently added to the roster of new analysts for NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk.



“I’ve been prepping myself for this since my fourth year in the league when I was with Cincinnati. Anytime I had the opportunity to jump into the media world or even give an interview, I remember talking to you (John Murphy) back in the day. I did it because I knew one day this is what I wanted to be associated with. I knew I did not want to coach because it would acquire too much time and I had a daughter, a newborn at the time, but I knew that by me staying in the game with the media aspect, it was a good way for me to stay apart of the game but away from the game at the same time.”



Spikes also talked about the praise he gave to his cousin and current Bills linebacker, Brandon Spikes on coming to Buffalo. Takeo talked at length about his love for the Bills fans and said they are “second to none.” He also said he thinks the Bills have more than a chance to compete with the Patriots for the division.



Finally, with less than two days until fans get to see the newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium, we were joined by Kelly Kerns, the principal at Populous who is leading the design work for the renovations. Kearns has been a part of improving the fan experience in numerous NFL stadiums. He said the makeover at the Ralph will be a “game changer for the fans.” He discussed the gates and entry way into the stadium which will be a cleaner and more efficient way of getting in and around the inside the stadium and plenty of other improvements that will be unveiled Saturday night.



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JMS on the Road at Shooters Bar & Grill 8/20

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 20, 2014 – 10:47 pm



We took the show on the road for tonight’s show, right down the street to Shooters Sports Bar & Grill in Fairport. A good turnout gave us a chance to connect with the fans and get their opinions and questions for this year’s Bills team. We had plenty of visitors throughout the night.


Our first guest was defensive end Jerry Hughes. Hughes had a breakout year last season, his first as a Bill after being traded from Indianapolis. He talked about how he’s been put in a position to make plays and “create havoc.” He said coming to Buffalo for him is not considered a fresh start.

Jerry Hughes


“I feel like it was a start, honestly. I really didn’t get an opportunity to get on the field as much as I would have liked to in Indy, but last year I felt like it was the start to be completely honest…I just really wanted to get on the field and I know they told me I was going to get the opportunity to do so. When I saw my opportunities, I have to make the most of them.



Hughes also talked about the success as a whole for the defensive. He gave a lot of credit to a young but talented defensive backfield who force quarterbacks to look down to their second and third reads, which in-turn gives players like Hughes and the rest of the defensive line more time to apply pressure on the QB.



At the top of the hour we were joined on-site by offensive line coach Pat Morris. There has been shuffling along the offensive front during training camp and with the season opener now just two weeks away, Morris is confident they will solidify the o-line when they travel to Chicago.


“You want to go in and you want to feel confident that you have the best five guys that have worked and are competitors, that are tough, will go out there and protect the quarterback, and run the football. That’s the key, just because someone has been next to somebody and there’s a better guy on the bench, you can’t do that to yourself. It’s not fair to the team and I think that’s what we’re looking at.”



Morris also commented on the depth of the offensive line and mentioned specifically the added size they brought in during the offseason, including seventh round pick Seantrel Henderson who Morris said “has the desire and the love for football.”



Finally, with the Bills close to approaching their home debut we were joined on the line by Chief Marketing Officer Marc Honan. Honan talked about the recent renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium. He mentioned the new concession stands and the “super gates” to allow quicker and more efficient entry into the stadium. One of the more noticeable projects taking place deals with the three new scoreboards, which will feature more information from around the league and plenty of highlights. He also mentioned the brand new Bills Store, which is the focal point as you enter Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Giving Fans Something to Shout About – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 19, 2014 – 10:01 pm



At the bottom of the first hour, we were joined by tight end Lee Smith. Smith discussed the long training camp this year and how it’s helped build team chemistry and how they’ve become a “tight-knit” group because of it. He weighed in on the rest of the players in his unit and even though each of them plays the same position, he did say he’s ok with being labeled as the “blocking” tight end in the group.

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“I’ve been dreaming of playing in this league since I was a little kid. To be labeled as the blocking tight end, I take pride in that. If I can be that sixth offensive lineman and get in there and grind with those big boys, that’s something I take a lot of pride in and I enjoy it. If I had to run around on a tennis court all day, I wouldn’t like it too much. Getting in there with the hogs and grinding, that’s a lot of fun.”


Smith also discussed his excitement for returning to Ralph Wilson Stadium after three straight road games.


“It’s going to feel different being back at the Ralph. They’ve done a lot of things over there and it’s going to be a great atmosphere. Playing in this league is awesome regardless of where you’re playing but there’s nothing like playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium. I tell people all the time, it’s the best place in the league to play and we’re fired up and we’re ready to give these fans something to shout about.”

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At the top of the hour, Grantland contributing writer Bill Barnwell joined us to talk about his recent article on the site regarding the fastest teams in the NFL. He had the Bills ranked fourth in the league. “need for speed” He worked with player 40-times when it comes to skill positions like wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends. Defensively, the majority were from the defensive backfield. Even though these teams are ranked atop when it comes to overall speed, they may not be the most productive.


“Those teams have some fast players. They have some good offensive players but they are not among the better offenses in football but meanwhile the older teams in the league and the slower teams in the league rated at some of the best offenses in football. New England, Chicago, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Denver, those are teams that rated out as pretty slow against the average.”


Finally, we were joined by the Executive Director of Independent Health Foundation, Carrie Meyer. Meyer joined the show to talk about the upcoming Kids Day at Ralph Wilson Stadium sponsored by Independent Health as the Bills open the home portion of their preseason schedule. Meyer discussed their sponsorship with the Bills when it comes to the Kids Fitness Challenge and the NFL Play60 initiative. Meyer explained Saturday at the stadium will feature games for those in attendance that will involve smart decision making when it comes to healthy choices. She also touched on the atmosphere they expect when the kids invade the Ralph and encourages parents to attend the game with their children.


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Return to Action at Fisher – JMS 8/18

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 18, 2014 – 10:05 pm



The John Murphy Show returned to the campus of St. John Fisher College for a night practice under the lights at Growney Stadium. We kicked off the show with an injury update from head coach Doug Marrone. Murph had all the calls and highlights throughout the night with sideline assistance from WGR Sports Radio’s Sal Cappacio. He gave his analysis along with providing us post practice sound from the field. You heard from C.J. Spiller, Chris Hogan, T.J. Graham, and Eric Wood.

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At the top of the first hour, 13WHAM and Fox Rochester Sports Director Mike Catalana stopped by. Catalana is also the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills preseason television broadcasts. He gave his thoughts on the preseason, EJ Manuel, and why he feels like the defense will carry the Bills this season.


“I just see talent and I think there’s depth too, which is such a key thing. They could be a force in the front seven and deep in the defensive backfield and I think this team’s going to rely on the defense, which is something we haven’t been able to say for a little while.

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Arthur Moats “happy” in Pittsburgh – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 15, 2014 – 9:51 pm



Rounding out the week and finishing up here in Pittsburgh on the eve of the Bills third preseason game, Saturday night against the Steelers. We began the show asking the listeners what position is the strongest and deepest unit on this year’s Bills team? We received a variety of responses from the running backs, to wide receivers, to the defensive line, and even the defensive backfield. We also heard plenty of discussion on what to look for in tomorrow night’s game.


Former Bills linebacker Arthur Moats joined us as our first guest. The always smiling and always happy Moats signed on with the Steelers in the offseason and said the move to Pittsburgh is “the best fit for me and my family.” Now, he is playing under well-respected defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and is slotted in at outside linebacker.

 Arthur Moats

Moats also looked back on his time here in Buffalo and discussed his strong commitment to the Buffalo community and said he looks to continue his community work now here in Pittsburgh.


At the top of the first hour, Bills defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson joined us in our hotel studio. Henderson talked about the benefits of practicing against another team with seeing different looks and routes. We went down the list of cornerbacks and safeties on the roster and he discussed what he liked from each, including Aaron Williams and Leodis McKelvin who had a breakout year in 2013.


“The reason they got better last year is because they worked hard at it. Like I said to them this year, if you even want to achieve more, you’re going to have to work even harder. I think the biggest thing for them is going to be repetition and making sure they can see things before it happens. Last year they had to see it as it was happening. This year, with the experience, I hope they can see it before it happens.”


He had praise for rookie cornerback Ross Cockrell, adding that the Duke product was very instinctive and that he “is probably the most intelligent player I’ve ever coached.”


Finally, to round out the show, Bills QB Thad Lewis stopped by. Lewis discussed the recent joint practices with the Steelers and the playing time he’s received during this preseason. He explained how important it is to take advantage of his reps to show the coaching staff he can make an impact at the quarterback position. He also discussed his progress through the first few weeks of camp after what he described as a slow start.

“When we were getting to camp, I just felt like I wasn’t myself and I had to get back to my old ways. That was just a minor adjustment here and there but right now I feel like I’m locked in and feel like everything is going good, especially having a good week going into the Panthers game and now having a good week this week. I’m thankful and grateful for the opportunity.”


Lewis talked about the quarterback competition to backup EJ Manuel and how Nathaniel Hackett’s offensive goal is to dictate the pace by including both a huddle and no-huddle offensive system.


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Spiller: “I’m more patient now” – JMS 8/14

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 14, 2014 – 10:18 pm



Another night in Pittsburgh as the team wraps up their joint practice sessions with the Steelers in advance of their game Saturday night. We heard from Brandon Spikes to begin the show as he mentioned how he wants to see better play from the defense when it comes to stopping the run. We asked the listeners with the addition of Spikes, Keith Rivers, and the new defensive scheme under Jim Schwartz, will the Bills improve when it comes to their run defense?


Towards the end of Thursday’s practice, Bills Insider Chris Brown called in to discuss his evaluations from field level. He pointed out a strong day by rookie cornerback Ross Cockrell and gave his assessment on quarterback EJ Manuel.

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After practice, Steelers special teams coordinator and former Bills coordinator Danny Smith joined us. Smith is in his second year with Pittsburgh, returning to his hometown. It’s his 20th year in the NFL and he explained his love for coaching special teams. He looked back at his time with the Bills, 3-years under then head coach Gregg Williams. He coached punter Brian Moorman who he said is “mentally tough” to have his current longevity in the league. Smith also weighed in on the preseason rule change to extend the length of extra points and how different the taller goal posts are.


At the top of the first hour we were joined by Pro Football Focus Analyst Pete Damilatis who recently released his 2014 Buffalo Bills season preview on the site. He broke it up into two parts, 5 reasons to be concerned and 5 reasons to be confident, which included the depth at wide receiver and the strength of the Bills defensive line. He also mentioned C.J. Spiller as having a breakout year.


Damilatis added that offensive tackle Cordy Glenn’s analytic grade increased significantly in his second year and said, if healthy, there’s reason to be confident in the Bills offense with Glenn rising to be great as anchor on the left side.


Speaking of the offense and C.J. Spiller, the running back joined us in the last half-hour. Spiller touched on the joint practices this week including the physical nature that was displayed on day one in Latrobe. He talked about the recent success of the running game and how the offense needs to build off of that heading into Saturday’s game with the Steelers. He also mentioned how he’s a better and more complete back entering his fifth year in the league.


“I’m more patient now. If you go back and look at my rookie tape you’ll see the impatience. I always wanted to have that big homerun threat every time I got it but now having two great running back coaches in coach (Curtis) Modkins and now coach (Tyrone) Wheatley. A 3-yard run is a great run in this league and that’s how I’ve had to switch my mindset. If those big ones happen you have to take advantage of it and that’s what my offensive line, they do a great job, so when I get an open space I have to make sure I reward those guys.”


Spiller discussed the rest of the running back group and how there’s no issue at all with whoever is on the field. Spiller said “we all have faith in each other that whoever is out there will get the job done.” He also talked about how the fullbacks on the team will play a big role, adding “I just love seeing my fullback out there having success and beat some people’s heads in.”


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“Put it in the Sky” – JMS 8/13

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 13, 2014 – 10:36 pm



Wednesday’s John Murphy Show from downtown Pittsburgh at the Wyndham Grand Hotel. The Bills and Steelers underway with their joint team practices at St. Vincent College over in Latrobe. The action got underway late Wednesday afternoon.

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We heard from Head Coach Doug Marrone, General Manager Doug Whaley on his return to Pittsburgh, and Aaron Williams thoughts on the sessions with the Steelers. We also got a complete practice recap from Bills Insider Chris Brown.

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After the team arrived back at the hotel, receiver Mike Williams was kind enough to swing by to discuss what happened on the field and how he thinks the practices will help better the team. He also talked about his quarterback EJ Manuel and how impressed he was from him on day one.


“He looked very confident. For him to go out there, going through all his reads, hitting a couple check-downs, hitting receivers down field. I liked how he looked versus the Steelers today. We know they probably didn’t give us all their looks but for what they gave us and for what we gave them, he looked good doing it.”


Williams also discussed his greatest asset of his game, going up and grabbing the football saying “those are the catches you’re going to see all year. Like I told EJ (Manuel), put it in the sky, I’m going to get it.”


We were also joined by Dr. David Chao, a former NFL team doctor and contributor to National Football Post. Chao weighs in on the medical side of the NFL. During the NFL season, he gives real time insight on different injuries throughout that week’s games on the Monday Morning MD.


Dr. Chao talked about his most recent article on how the Achilles tears are the new “ACL”. He also discussed the importance for concussion awareness.


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Joint Practices will be “Pretty Intense” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 12, 2014 – 9:43 pm



As the Bills depart for their practice sessions and game with the Steelers, we caught up with a couple of offensive players who gave their opinions on the joint practices in Pittsburgh. We heard from wide receivers Robert Woods and Chris Hogan.


We also got some insight from center Eric Wood. Wood joined us at the bottom of the first hour to discuss his first time practicing against another team. He talked about what he anticipates from these upcoming sessions with the Steelers.

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“I’d imagine they’d be pretty intense. We have a lot that we’re fighting for as an offense and as a team but there’s also a lot of guys fighting to make this team and I’m sure those guys are really looking forward to the opportunity to go out and prove themselves tomorrow and Thursday out on the practice field as well as Saturday in the game. I’d imagine it’d be pretty intense.”


Wood weighed in on the progress of the offense saying “if we want to become a top offense in the league, we have a lot of work to do and it’s not going to happen overnight.” He said the work during training camp and preseason will hopefully bring out more ups than downs and the progress is already showing. Wood also mentioned the rest of his offensive linemen teammates and how they collectively welcome the challenge to increase production, specifically in the run game. You will hear how he embraces being a captain on the team as well.


At 8pm, Columnist for National Football Post Jack Bechta joined us. Bechta gave his reasons for why we should be watching preseason football and what the league could do to better the product. He mentioned including more joint controlled practices which could be televised with a “Hard Knocks” type production. He suggested increasing the regular season by stretching the schedule out by including 2 or 3 bye weeks.


Bechta, also an NFL agent, had an interesting take on how far a player should go during the preseason when it comes to their playing time on special teams. For some he tells them to try to avoid the extra wear and tear but for others, special teams could be their only way of making an NFL roster.

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Veteran Rochester sportscaster Scott Pitoniak came on during the last half hour to promote his new radio show on ESPN Rochester 95.7FM “The Radio Press Box,” which he will co-host with Dan Borrello will debut Wednesday night from 3-7pm. Pitoniak is excited to talk about what he called “Rochester’s hometown team” in the Bills, even though they are 75 miles away.


“It’s almost like we’re a suburb of Buffalo in terms of Bills interest and how people feel about the team here. It’s clearly their team as well and it’s laid out in the ticket sales where you have 10, 15, 20-thousand people coming from this area for a Bills home game. I’m not surprised by the depth of knowledge because we have to keep feeding into that. The fans have become a lot more sophisticated and their passion is running deeper than ever.”


Pitoniak discussed the Bills preseason and why he’s encouraged with the Bills offense. He mentioned specifically the Bills running game which he thinks will help offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterback EJ Manuel.


Throughout the night we asked listeners to give their thoughts on the structure of the preseason schedule. How many games should make up the preseason? Is the current four, in the Bills case five too many, especially considering the joint practices with the Steelers?


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Yoga, Jujitsu, and the NFL – JMS 8/11

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 11, 2014 – 10:50 pm


Back at One Bills Drive for tonight’s show. We started the program asking for the listeners thoughts on Friday night’s preseason game against the Panthers. We also asked about the running back situation and what you would do with a roster full of RB talent? We recapped the game with all the highlights courtesy of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network with the play-by-play calls by John Murphy himself.

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Our first guest continues to make plays on defense during the preseason. Bills defensive lineman Landon Cohen joined us at the bottom of the first hour. Cohen talked about recently joining the game and how he’s been able to make an immediate impact.


“I’m one of those guys, I never get too high or I never get too low. The only thing I’m doing is what I’m supposed to do. A defensive tackle in the NFL is supposed to make tackles. You’re supposed to be accountable to your teammates. It’s not anything extraordinary.”


Cohen discussed how he does Bikram Yoga to help keep his focus, which in turn helps on game days. He also partakes in Brazilian Jujitsu to help with leverage and the mind game that goes into football and playing against your opponent.


To some preseason football isn’t their style. They can’t wait until September hits and the regular season gets underway. Kenneth Arthur from Rolling Stone Magazine called in at the top of the hour to discuss why one should embrace preseason action because it involves all the drama that is currently being played out on today’s television shows. Arthur compares the NFL players fighting for a spot on the roster to the way a dramatic screenplay unfolds.


“There’s going to be some plays that make your jaw drop. I would definitely say that at least if it’s your favorite team, you’ve got to be tuning in every week. Get to know who these guys are so that when the regular season comes on, you’re informed, you can talk about them, and feel like the smartest guy in the room.”

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Finally, we heard from Chris Perkins, NFL Dolphins beat reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He discussed the Dolphins recent signing of quarterback Brady Quinn leading to speculation of worry for backup QB Matt Moore. Ryan Tannehill continues to look impressive early in the preseason, especially in the offensive system under new coordinator Bill Lazor. Perkins also discussed the new-look offensive line Miami has put together and the suspensions of two defensive players, leaving the team shorthanded when the regular season begins.


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Mike Williams: “Throw it to the clouds”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 10, 2014 – 8:00 pm

After two preseason games, and three weeks of training camp, the chemistry between QB EJ Manuel and veteran WR Mike Williams is starting to develop.

In Friday’s preseason win in Carolina, the pair connected for a 28-yard pass play down the middle when Manuel threw it high and Williams went over DB Josh Norman to bring it in.

In Sunday’s after practice at training camp, Manuel and Williams were at it again. EJ found Williams in the end zone during red zone work in one of the early 11-on-11 sessions. And Williams was targeted several times in later red zone work as well.

Williams says he wants to be the quarterback’s go-to guy in the red zone, and he practically guarantees success when he’s thrown the ball.

“I always tell them there’s a 96-percent chance–the other 4-percent is their fault,” he laughed.  “I always tell them, throw it to the clouds, I’m going to find a way to bring it down.”

“It’s true,” Manuel says.  “He’s done it day and day out and he’s been very consistent as far as tracking the ball, whether it’s a fade or a deep ball or a post. I think a great example of that was how we did it in the game. The corner played off him a little bit and I just stuck it on him, he went up and made a great catch. Having that as a security blanked with a wide receiver is awesome for us. “

Williams says he focuses on making big impact catches, for touchdowns and first downs, instead of worrying about how many passes he catches in a game.

” My mom always said, ‘make them see you when they’re supposed to see you.’ That’s what she always said to me,” Williams said. “That’s like big first downs, touchdowns, those are the ones they see. They don’t see the first play of the game, slants or the second play of the game, curl route. As soon as you catch that third and 15 or game-tieing touchdowns, those are the ones they remember. It kinda seems like that’s how my career is going.”


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Competitive fire on display Sunday

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 10, 2014 – 7:04 pm

A long, hot practice in the sunshine at Bills camp made for some competitive, chippy play on Sunday.  And both the Bills offense and defense were not shy about letting the other side know when they made big plays.

Veteran wideout Mike Williams took an extra long bow to the crowd after catching a tough touchdown pass in traffic during red zone work.  And Williams curtain call resulted in DB Corey Graham throwing the ball at him after he started to return to the huddle.

“I had about six touchdowns today,” Williams said after practice. “It’s very competitive, we wanted to make it like that. We always want to make it competitive, we want them (defense) to compete, so we can be our best on Sundays.”

Safety Aaron Williams embraced the competitive, fiery nature of Sunday’s practice.

“It’s just one of the things we’re trying to do to get better,” he said. “We don’t want to take crap from anybody. When somebody jumps in your face we’re not going to let it go. We’re trying to be a different defense, more attitude, and just trying to have the attitude that we’re going to win and it has to happen on both sides.”


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Cory Mummery on the Launch of NFL Now

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 7, 2014 – 10:32 pm



On the eve of preseason game number two, we take the show on the road. Live from WBT Radio in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. As the Bills prepare to take on the Panthers Friday night, we asked the listeners how long they think starting QB EJ Manuel should play in tomorrow night’s game. We also got feedback on what the fans want to see from the team overall.


One player who has made an impact and is looking to continue his strong play is linebacker Nigel Bradham. Bradham is taking over for the injured Kiko Alonso on the weak side as he is tops on the depth chart. He discussed his skillset similarities to Alonso, coverage responsibilities, and rushing the passer. Bradham also talked about head coach Doug Marrone’s message and expectations for his team.


“We can go out there and dominate. That’s what we expect. We just have to follow his (Doug Marrone) plan. We believe in his plan. We just have to execute his plan and go out there and be a dominate team on defense, offense, and special teams, just dominate at once.”


Bradham made some big plays last week against the Giants and talked about the importance of winning in the preseason. He mentioned this upcoming game and the possibility of going up against Cam Newton as well.


At the top of the hour, Bills Digest Editor Mark Ludwiczak called in to discuss Bills training camp so far and what to expect here in the preseason. He gave his thoughts on what he’s seen from EJ Manuel. He feels that there’s not much to judge early in this preseason and wants the quarterback to get a full half in Friday night’s game, to see EJ make the right reads and get the offense in the endzone. He also talked about the abundance of talent on the roster.


“I think when you look especially at the skill positions of offense and then that defensive line. To me, on paper, this is probably the most talented Bills team we’ve seen on paper in maybe 10 years. They have players in place to make a difference. It’s so interesting to see how much of it falls on the quarterback because that’s just how the league is these days.”


We had another guest in the second hour. Cory Mummery, the GM of NFL Now joined us to discuss the recent launch of the app. NFL Now is video information for the biggest fan. One can pick their favorite team and/or players and then personalize the videos they want to see. This is all part of obtaining inside access from your favorite team throughout the season.


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“We take all those small video clips. We parse them up into exactly what the user is interested in. Let’s say they’re a Bills fan, let’s say they play fantasy football as well, they would get the video for their fantasy football players as well as the Buffalo Bills. They won’t have to wait when you’re watching a sports telecast and wait for that one segment that you’re most interested in. You get all those segments delivered straight to you.”


For more on NFL Now you can sign up at Newton


Finally, as we look ahead to Friday night’s game, we had on the color analyst and preseason play-by-play man for the Panthers Jim Szoke. Szoke talked about the departure of receiver Steve Smith and some other impact players that left in free agency. This year’s team is part of a transition to younger players taking a leadership role. Szoke talked about the potential for Kelvin Benjamin, who was drafted late in the first round, to possibly take Steve Smith’s place as the top wide-out. He also weighed-in on Cam Newton and the chances of the star QB making an appearance against the Bills and his next level of potential.



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Jeff Tuel on QB Competition – JMS 8/6

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 6, 2014 – 10:09 pm



Last day of practice before the team departs for Carolina and their game against the Panthers Friday night. We began the show asking the viewers their pick for the most underrated player on the team. There was quite a variety of responses ranging from Robert Woods to Nickell Robey. We also heard from head coach Doug Marrone and quarterback EJ Manuel after today’s practice session.


Our first guest was quarterback Jeff Tuel. Tuel had an impressive game Sunday night against the Giants, getting reps with the number two offense. Tuel hooked up with Robert Woods for the first and only touchdown of the game for the Bills. He talked about this past weekend and also looked ahead to the upcoming game in Carolina. He has put in the work during this offseason and in camp and now has a solid grasp of the offense. Tuel said he wants to know the system “better than coach Hackett” and work to better himself and at the same time help the other quarterbacks on the roster.


“Thad (Lewis) and I are going back and forth. I think it’s great for the room. I think it’s great for each other. I think it’s good for EJ (Manuel) as well. Any competition is good competition so work on all-for-one and one-for-all. I’m going to push Thad and Thad’s going to push me. We’re both going to push EJ. Whatever it is, I think it’s really healthy for the room and the team.”


Tuel discussed his new quarterback coach Todd Downing and how he’s helped the offense. He also touched on the receiving group and how it’s easy to “just cut it loose for those guys.”


At the top of the hour we were joined by Kevin Clark, the National NFL writer for the Wall Street Journal. Clark recently wrote an article about the future of defense in the NFL. He discussed specifically the hybrid safety role. He mentions specifically Rob Ryan’s defensive scheme in New Orleans using Kenny Vaccaro in an unconventional way lining up, at times, in the linebacker spot.


Clark also talked about the tablet technology that teams are utilizing. Coaches and players use their tablets to watch game film and gather information in a dependable and reliable way. Clark mentioned those teams that understand the up-to-date technology can be more efficient in their game planning.

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Finally, we were joined by NY Jets Team Insider Eric Allen. Allen discussed a variety of topics relating to the Jets, including the quarterback situation between Geno Smith and offseason acquisition Michael Vick. He weighed in on the other training camp battles as well. Allen also gave us the story lines for the team’s preseason debut, Thursday night against the Colts.


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Murph and Kelso with the Call – JMS 8/5

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 5, 2014 – 10:02 pm



The John Murphy Show returned to St. John Fisher College for a practice under the lights, up in the broadcast booth calling tonight’s action. All the play-by-play action including analysis from Mark Kelso who was alongside Murph.


Plenty of highlights and viewer calls regarding the team’s latest preseason game this past weekend against the Giants. You’ll also hear from Head Coach Doug Marrone as he addresses the plan for playing time for his starting quarterback, EJ Manuel.


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Hall of Fame Weekend Recap – JMS 8/4

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 4, 2014 – 9:37 pm


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The show returned to One Bills Drive Monday night after a weekend trip to Canton, Ohio for the Hall of Fame weekend. We looked back on Andre Reed’s enshrinement and played portions of his emotional speech. We also recapped last night’s preseason game against the Giants. Plenty of listener calls chiming in with their opinion of the game. We heard post game sound from Jeff Tuel, Robert Woods, and center Eric Wood on their preseason debut.


Bills Insider Chris Brown joined us in the second hour of the show. He and Murph discussed what they liked from last night’s game. Brown touched on the battle for the number two quarterback spot between Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel. Tuel played well in Sunday’s game, hooking up with receiver Robert Woods for the team’s only touchdown but Brown said there was other areas of his game that impressed him.


“The one area where he looks really good is when he climbs the pocket. When that first read is not initially there, he keeps his eyes down field. He can sense the pressure and he climbs the pocket and then delivers the football…More often than not, I’m really encouraged with what I see there. That’s what an advanced quarterback in the NFL, one that’s been in the league four or five years. To start seeing that from him in his second year is pretty encouraging.”


Brown talked about the offensive line and some of the younger players up front including 7th round pick Seantrel Henderson who had solid play at tackle.


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Making the Best of His Opportunity – JMS 8/1

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 1, 2014 – 10:40 pm



It was the final practice before the team departs for Canton, Ohio for their first preseason game against the Giants. We asked listeners what they wanted to see from the team’s debut. We heard a wide variety of responses from quarterback play, to the defense stopping the run, to the young offensive linemen added to the roster in the offseason. It was a practice under the lights at Growney Stadium. Murph had all the calls and analysis throughout the night. We also heard from select players post-practice which included Sammy Watkins, C.J. Spiller, and Anthony “Boobie” Dixon.


Ray GuyOn the eve of the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, punter Brian Moorman joined us to talk about Ray Guy who will get his bust Saturday night. He will be the first punter to enter the Hall. Moorman discussed why Guy getting the call is great for the position and how it can only help pave the way for other special teamers to get their chance. He mentioned specifically Steve Tasker. Guy was drafted in the first round by the Raiders and Moorman says “you won’t see that ever again.” He also added that Guy paved the way for the punter position and that’s the reason why it holds its level of importance in today’s game.


Moorman talked about his role on the team and how he works day in and day out to make sure he puts the defense in the best position possible.


We were also joined by wide receiver Chris Hogan. With stacked lineup at the wide-out position, Hogan has stuck out during the first two weeks of camp making numerous catches, including some highlight reel grabs. He has now worked his way into the slot role working with the one’s most recently. He talked about that and his chemistry with quarterback EJ Manuel.


“It takes place everywhere. In the meetings talking about different routes, watching film together obviously, the beginning of practice routes, everything. It’s all timing that we’re doing and that timing is getting better and better every day.”


Hogan will be on the field Sunday when the team plays the Giants, the team he grew up watching as he hails from the New Jersey area.



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Andre Reed: “A joy to coach” – JMS 7/31

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2014 – 10:02 pm



Another training camp practice in the books as we inch closer to the Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, Ohio. We brought up Andre Reed, who is awaiting his enshrinement and we asked the listeners to call in with their favorite memory of the Bills Hall of Fame receiver. We also threw out the topic of who might be the most improved player on the team? Wide Receiver Chris Hogan was one predicted along with Aaron Williams and Nigel Bradham.


Speaking of those players on the roster, Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos joined us at the bottom of the first hour. Monos is heavily involved in assembling this year’s roster, putting together the high caliber of talent on both sides of the ball, whether it was free agency or through the draft.


“I think everyone gets excited when you look at this team but at the same time we want to finish product. We want the end result and that’s getting wins. We’re very excited and you and I were just going about it earlier, the secondary, the defensive line, receiving corps, running backs. You put that up against any team in the NFL right now.”



Monos went down the roster and touched on specific positions like the new linebacker additions and the offensive line which has changed in the last year, specifically when it comes to size.



At the top of the hour we were joined by Hall of Fame receiver and former Bills receiving coach Charlie Joiner who called in from the Hall of Fame festivities in Canton. Joiner coached Andre Reed for eight years and talked about his time coaching the Bills receiving great.


Andre Reed

“With Andre’s size at that time, I thought he was the best insider receiver in the league. He played in the slot and he played in the slot excellently…Andre can read the defense as good as anybody I’ve ever seen on a football field. I just enjoyed the way he played the game. He never got tired. He played hard and he just kept going and going. This guy was a joy to coach.”



Joiner called Reed the “truest of all professionals” and said he knew it was just a matter of time before Reed got the call to the HOF.



One of the reasons for the signs of improvement from QB EJ Manuel has come from the team’s new quarterback’s coach, Todd Downing. Downing joined us to round out the show to discuss just that. Downing says EJ Manuel has the tools and the skillset but most importantly the work ethic to be great.



“He’s a very hungry kid. He wants to be great. That’s half the battle. A lot of times you run into guys that think they know it all or their way is the right way and EJ is just the sponge. He wants all the information you can give him. Any drill we can do to get him better, footwork wise, he’s all for it. It’s exciting to work with a guy that wants to be great and wants to do anything you ask him to do to get better.”



In addition, Downing talked about offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and why he’s on his way to being a “super-star” coach in the league. He also touched on the rest of the quarterbacks on the roster, specifically Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel.



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“Leap to Superstardom” – JMS 7/30

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 30, 2014 – 10:20 pm



The past two weeks of training camp saw a lot of national pundits make their way through St. John Fisher College. They all had a chance to view quarterback EJ Manuel and give their opinion on the second year QB. Back on Monday night, we had both Cris Collinsworth from NBC Sports and former NFL Head Coach Marty Shottenheimer on the show. They talked at length about what they saw from Manuel and both had positive reviews. We asked the listeners, with the credentials those two hold, do you trust their opinion of EJ Manuel and should we be critiquing the quarterback with so much detail this early in camp?


Our first guest was Bills rookie linebacker Preston Brown. Brown is gearing up for his first NFL preseason game this coming Sunday. So far he’s shown the coaching staff that he can handle whatever has been thrown at him, specifically when it comes to learning all three linebacking positions. He’s concentrating on playing specifically in the middle and working on his strengths, tackling and stopping the run.

Preston Brown

“That’s one of the biggest keys of the game. You have to tackle the ball carrier and that’s why I try to be around the ball as much as much as possible.”


Brown also discussed the influence from his father and why he loves being a student of the game.


At the top of the first hour we were joined by Bleacher Report’s Nick Kostos. Kostos recently went through each position in the league and gave his choice for those that will be most improved in 2014. At cornerback, Kostos had Bills defensive back Stephon Gilmore.


“I expect Gilmore to be left out on an island quite frequently and I think he proved at the end of last season that he is up for the challenge. We saw his skills coming out of college. I think this is the year, now fully healthy, that Stephon Gilmore takes the leap to superstardom for the Buffalo Bills.”


Kostos projected Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to improve drastically at the quarterback position given better play from the offensive line.

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Finally, former Vikings and Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk called-in to the show. Birk has recently taken a new job as the NFL director of football development. He will be working with players and coaches to help advance the game. Birk weighed in on player safety and how the culture is changing when it comes to concussion awareness. He mentioned that the NFL is leading the way and the results are showing as such. He also discussed what he missed most from playing the league which includes the camaraderie with his teammates.


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Schottenheimer: “Get behind this team”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 28, 2014 – 10:36 pm



Weather turned what was going to be a quiet John Murphy Show into an exciting one as the team went under the lights for a night practice in Growney Stadium. Mark Kelso, Murph’s color analyst on the Bills broadcast joined him once again to help call the action and break down each play. We heard from Head Coach Doug Marrone, Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz, and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Andre Reed.

Cris Collinsworth

We also had some unexpected special guests. Right off the top of the show, NBC Football Lead Analyst Cris Collinsworth joined us in our St. John Fisher College Studio to discuss what he’s witnessed from this year’s team. He will be part of the broadcast crew that will call the Bills preseason game against the Giants in the Hall of Fame Game Sunday night. Collinsworth talked at length about EJ Manuel, specifically when it comes to his progression. He noted that “you can see the development.”


Collinsworth gave his thoughts on Sammy Watkins and what he likes from the rookie receiver even going back to his evaluations when Watkins was at Clemson.


After practice, former Bills Linebacker and former NFL Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer made an appearance. As a footbschottenheimer picall evaluator for many years in the league, Schottenheimer gave his opinion on the Bills quarterback as well.


“I think if you’re a Bills fan, you’ve got to be very excited. Every time you look at a football team, the first thing people look at is the quarterback. I was so extremely impressed tonight with EJ (Manuel). I just thought he was terrific in accuracy and velocity. I think it’s an opportunity for these Bills fans to get behind this football team because I think they’re going to be very good.”


Schottenheimer also weighed in on the defense, what he misses most from coaching and playing in the NFL, and why he’s on a mission to seek out his favorite Buffalo food.


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“He makes the catch!” – JMS 7/25

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 25, 2014 – 10:23 pm



The John Murphy Show returned to St. John Fisher College as the team took part in a night practice under the lights at Growney Stadium. Joining Murph was Mark Kelso, his partner and color analyst on the Bills Broadcast. The two called highlights and gave in-depth analysis of the night’s practice session.


We began the show by hearing from head coach Doug Marrone. He spoke on the return of defensive linemen Marcell Dareus and Alan Branch. Branch makes his return after passing his physical on Thursday. You’ll hear from him as well.


Afterwards, Bills Insider Chris Brown roamed the sidelines to get post-practice reaction. He caught up with rookie cornerback Ross Cockrell who made some impressive plays tonight.


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