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DeBerg: “I expect really big things from EJ” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 13, 2015 – 9:18 pm

 

Players return from their long weekend for another week of voluntary workouts. On Monday afternoon, the assistant coaches spoke with the media regarding their first few interactions with the players and how their systems are being implemented. We heard from both defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and offensive coordinator Greg Roman, which led us to tonight’s topic of discussion. We asked the listeners, with the emphasis on a ground-and-pound approach, does that change with the playmaking additions of Percy Harvin and Charles Clay?

romanGreg Roman took some time afterwards to sit down in-studio and talk about his time so far here in Buffalo, his relationship with head coach Rex Ryan, and his unique approach he took to get to where he is now in the NFL. He also praised the offseason approach Doug Whaley and owners Kim and Terry Pegula took to supply his offense with added weapons.

“Gosh, our front office has done a great job of collecting great players at their respected positions and the challenge for us now is to get in-sync and to get that chemistry where everybody knows what to do and how to do it to build a really good working relationship. Percy (Harvin) is such a multi-dimensional threat. Charles (Clay) is the same thing, pretty versatile and LeSean (McCoy) is the same thing, a weapon out of the backfield either handing it off to him, throwing it to him. You’re talking about guys that can make some big plays anytime they touch the ball.”

manuel picAt the top of the first hour, we reached out to Steve DeBerg, the former NFL quarterback who is now spending his time coaching quarterbacks. Bills QB EJ Manuel spent part of his offseason working with DeBerg, specifically when it comes to his throwing motion. DeBerg spoke highly of the Bills third year QB and says he “seriously expects really big things from EJ this year.” He went on to discuss what they worked on the past few months down in Tampa, Florida.

“We worked on his throwing motion and then studied guys like Aaron Rodgers, some really unique passers from today and in the past and whatever they do and what makes them exceptional throwers. There are some areas that EJ can improve on to improve his ability to throw the football and to be honest, he has improved tremendously. I’m looking forward to him really having tremendous success.”

We also listened in the NFL Network’s pre-draft conference call with draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis. To hear that and the rest of Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Chris Gragg: Comparing himself to Charles Clay

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 9, 2015 – 9:32 pm

 

The Bills wrapping up their first week of voluntary workouts. They will resume activities next Monday. We began the show hearing from LeSean McCoy and his first impressions of working out with his new teammates, getting a fresh start, and the added talent on the Bills roster. That led us to the topic of the night. We asked the listeners, who will have the most rushing touchdowns this season?

CM7_6840It’s a new look for the Bills tight end group with the departures of Scott Chandler and Lee Smith. The addition of Charles Clay along with the return of Marqueis Gray and Chris Gragg leaves the team with a pretty solid group. Gragg sat down with us in studio to discuss his return from injury, feeding off a fairly positive 2014 season, and his comparison to new teammate Charles Clay.

“I don’t feel there’s a difference. I feel like me and him do the same things. My short time in the league, I’ve been asked to play a lot of positions. I’ve played fullback, H-back, tight end, I’ve been split out a little bit and he’s done the same things down there in Miami. That’s one of the things Greg Roman wants us to know is that us at tight ends, he wants athletic tight ends and that we’re going to be moving all around.”

reich-chargersAt the top of the second hour we were joined by former Bills backup QB and now Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Reich is gearing up to host the annual Call to Courage Awards Breakfast which will go to this year’s recipient, former Bills tight end Scott Chandler. He went on to discuss the current situation in San Diego and the recent rumors that the team is looking to trade quarterback Phillip Rivers. Reich also discussed the team’s recent acquisition in Stevie Johnson and what he will add to the offense.

Finally, we reached out to founder and editor of NFLFemale.com, Liz Panucci. Panucci talked about starting the website from her fanhood of the NFL growing up a Miami Dolphins fan. The site has female correspondents for teams all over the league and Panucci talked about how the site has been a voice for a growing number of female football fans.

 

“This is really such a great platform for women to share what they have to say and not feel repressed in any way, shape, or form. They’re all loving it and we actually call it the sisterhood because the NFL has the brotherhood so we’re the sisterhood of the NFLFemale and we’re all sisters and it’s a lot of fun and some smart, smart ladies. ”

 

 

Bills head coach Rex Ryan throwing up the first pitch at the Bisons this afternoon and caught up with him after to get his comments. We also went over today’s release of the preseason schedule. To hear that and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Bills FB Knox: “I have to pinch myself” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2015 – 9:27 pm

 

Quiet day around One Bills Drive as the team continues their offseason voluntary workouts. We began the show with the news around the NFL, which included the league announcing their nine new officials for 2015. On that list is Sarah Thomas, the league’s first full-time female official. We heard from Thomas via conference call she did this afternoon. We went on to our discussion of the night dealing with the quarterbacks. We asked the listeners, with EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, and Jeff Tuel on the current roster, does the team need to find another QB in the draft? Various responses on that topic tonight.

KnoxWestern New York native and University at Buffalo grad Corey Knox joined the show at the bottom of the first hour. The fullback joined the Bills as a futures signing back in December. He’s here this week working out getting used to the NFL atmosphere. Knox grew up a Bills fan and admits he’s a fan of The John Murphy Show. He talked about being here and what it means to be on the same field with the players he grew up watching.

“A dream come true would probably be an understatement. I know I have a lot of work to do but every day when I get in I have to pinch myself and then I give myself a little slap in the face just to wake up and realize that it’s not a dream. It’s exciting to be able to be side-by-side with guys like Fred Jackson and Kyle Williams. It’s unbelievable. They’ve done such a fantastic job over their careers and it’s just an honor for me to be able to give them everything I have. Those guys are deserving of a championship and I’m going to give it everything I have for those guys and for this city.”

Next up, we returned to draft talk with a familiar name to the show, ESPN Draft Analyst Kevin Weidl. Weidl discussed the quarterback class beyond Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota and says that there isn’t a guy there worth taking that could be projected a future starter in the NFL. Weidl went on to talk about the Bills’ needs, specifically when it comes to the offensive line. He mentioned Laken Tomlinson from Duke and Tre’ Jackson from Florida State as players he likes to shore up the offensive line.

 

To hear more in-depth draft talk from Weidl and the rest of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Incognito: “My last bite at the apple” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 8, 2015 – 8:38 am

 

Back on the air to kick off another week. Players in and around the building as offseason workouts roll on. We began the show with the news of the day which included a free agent visit from safety Dawan Landry. On Monday, players spoke to the media. We heard from both Richie Incognito and Percy Harvin for the first time since their signings. They both are looking to reestablish their careers in the NFL, which led us to tonight’s topic asking the listeners, how many chances should a player with a troubled past get?

Richie Incognito picSpeaking of Incognito, he sat down with us to kick off our guest list for the night. He talked about his time here in Buffalo back in 2009 and the events that followed down in Miami that led to his suspension. Incognito opened up about what he has learned since and why he feels this is his last chance to prove himself, his “last bite at the apple.” He went on to discuss what he will bring to the offensive line, especially in the run game, which he admits is the strength of his game.

“I’m a mauler in the run game. I get after people. I’m physical for four quarters. I bring a nasty disposition to the game and that’s what you have to have to run the football. You have to have an attitude. Running the football is all about mentality and I have the right mentality for it.”

S Carolina Florida FootballNext up, we were joined by NFLDraftScout.com’s NFL Draft Insider Rob Rang. Rang gave an overall analysis of this year’s draft class. He talked about the possible needs for Buffalo and what possible players he sees as a fit at 50th overall. One player mentioned, considering the depth of this year’s draft, was AJ Cann, offensive lineman from South Carolina, NFLDraftScout.com’s top-rated guard.

“His ability, in my opinion, could be a plug and play option. A guy, because he’s a four year starter, because he started all four seasons at left guard but also did a lot of work at right guard and at center during his pro day workout, teams are feeling increasingly comfortable with the possibility that he might be able to play any one of those three interior positions. At number fifty overall, I think you’re going with the best player available and AJ Cann, in my opinion, can be among those players if available.

We rounded out the show hearing from quarterback EJ Manuel. He talked about having a clean slate with the new coaching staff and what he’s been working on during the offseason. To hear that and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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“I’ll be a Buffalo Bill–only” -Kyle Williams

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 4:15 pm

The offseason saw another contract restructuring for Bills DT Kyle Williams. And Williams doesn’t know how much longer he’ll play. But he’s sure that when he retires, he’ll retire as a Buffalo Bill.

“No matter what happens, if they run me out the door in a year, or two or three, or I’m done, this will be my last stop,” he said as the Bills voluntary conditioning program got started this week. “I’m excited about that. To be where I belong–I started here and to end here is going to be a special thing.”

“I’m not putting a cap on it. I’ve got three years left. Maybe it’s more than that. Either way, I’ll be a Buffalo Bill—only,” Williams said emphatically.

The veteran lineman says it’s not just the Bills, it’s the community that has made an impact on he and his family.

“It means everything to me,” Williams said. “I’ve had the opportunity to be here, to start my family here. I’ve got five kids now. It’s really a place that has a special place in my heart for me and my wife.”

 


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Kyle: “You don’t go in expecting bad things from people”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 3:30 pm

The Bills got national attention in the last few months when they signed a couple of veteran free agents who’ve had trouble in the past. Guard Richie Incognito and WR Percy Harvin reportedly have had locker room issues and both have bounced around the league somewhat.

But Bills veteran Kyle Williams is certain there’s enough locker room leadership in Buffalo to prevent any problems from any new additions to the roster.

“We have a really good locker room,” Williams said this week at the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program. “A great mix of guys who are important to one another, guys that the game is important to them. Those guys coming in, they’ll see that.”

Williams has been selected a Bills team captain in each of the last four years. And he’s convinced Incognito and Harvin will not disrupt team chemistry.

“Richie was already here, he was a great teammate here,’ he said. “I haven’t been around Percy, but you talk to guys on the Jets last year and they say he was a great teammate there.”

“You don’t go in expecting bad things from people. You expect them to be great teammates and play hard and to care about what’s going on. They’ll get a vibe from the locker room and they’ll see what’s in that locker room. I’m excited to have them. They’re both great players and they’re going to help us win.”


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Some veteran guidance for EJ Manuel

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 7, 2015 – 2:45 pm

As he goes into his third year, Bills QB EJ Manuel has sought advice from a quarterback with one of the longest tenures at the position in recent NFL history.

Manuel revealed this week that he spent a considerable amount of offseason workout time with longtime vet Steve DeBerg. Based in the Tampa, Fla. area, DeBerg spent 21-seasons in the NFL with the Niners, Broncos, Bucs, Chiefs, Dolphins and Falcons. He led the Chiefs to two playoff appearances, and he remains in the top-20 all time in NFL history in passing attempts, completions, and yardage.

Since retiring from playing in 1998, DeBerg has been a quarterback coach with the Falcons and Giants. And he’s participated in a number of quarterback development camps.

EJ Manuel says he’s worked with DeBerg on improving his throwing motion.

“I don’t want to say I’ve changed my throwing motion but I’ve been working with Steve DeBerg pretty much since January,” Manuel said this week. “We’ve studied a bunch of the elite passers in the game. They all throw the ball, not necessarily the same exact way, but certain types of ways. I’ve been working on that since January. I think I have it down now.”

Manuel spent the last few weeks throwing with teammate Chris Hogan at a private facility in New Jersey. And he says Hogan has noticed how well EJ is throwing the ball.

“‘Hoag’  said he saw the difference,” according to Manuel. “Once we start getting out here in minicamps you guys will be able to see it as well. My confidence is extremely high and I want to keep it that way.”

 


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Silva: “These Guys Are Playmakers”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 2, 2015 – 10:47 pm

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As we approach Easter Weekend, excitement is slowly building around One Bills Drive.  Players return on monday for offseason workouts, and the draft is edging closer and closer.  We asked the listeners tonight what their biggest concerns going in to offseason workouts are.  As expected, the responses mainly surrounded the Quarterback and Offensive Line positions, but also included some concerns on the defensive side of the ball at safety and linebacker.

Although we are now in April, March Madness is far from over.  With the Blue Devils of Duke University in the final four, we reached out to proud Duke alumni and current Bills DB, Ross Cockrell.  We obviously spoke with him about the upcoming Duke basketball matchup against Michigan St. but in addition we spoke with him about his time at Duke, his continued pursuit of a Masters Degree and about his level of excitement regarding returning to Buffalo for offseason workouts this coming monday.

“I can’t wait.  I can’t wait to get back.  I’m excited.  I’m looking forward to it.  I know we have a great team and I’m excited to see what we’re going to do this year.”

As our next guest, we were joined by long time NFL reporter and current Sirius XM NFL show host Howard Balzer.  Howard discussed an array of topics including the biggest concerns for Bills fans in 2015, the free agency moves and spending thus far and even the hiring of Rex Ryan.  He has always been a fan of Coach Ryan and expects good things from him in

“I think that was an excellent hire by the Bills.  Is it his last job? Who knows. If he does a good job there and they start getting in to those playoff hunts consistently, he could be there for a long time.”

Rex RyanLastly, with the aforementioned draft seemingly right around the corner and continuing fan concerns with the QB and OL positions, we brought in Senior Football Editor for rotoworld.com, Evan Silva, to discuss the biggest draft needs for the Bills.  In a recent article on rotoworld.com, Silva outlined the Bills’ needs and listed quarterback as the No.1 need and offensive line at No. 2.  Throughout the rest of the interview, Silva was emphatic that the Bills have most of the pieces in place to be very successful in 2015.

“These guys are playmakers.  The supporting cast and the roster of talent is strong.  I think it’s quite a bit stronger than last year.  They tried to use a similar formula last year and it didn’t work, but I think they’re in a better position to make that formula work this year.”

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Simms: Most Talented Roster In The NFL

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 31, 2015 – 9:45 pm

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A quiet day at One Bills Drive as we round out the month of March. Free Agency winds down as we approach the NFL Draft, now just four weeks away. With plenty of offseason additions already, we asked the listeners their thoughts on the talent pool on the Bills roster and where they may rank in the NFL? Plenty of responses throughout the night.

mccoy picOn that topic, we decided to reach out to former NFL quarterback and now Bleacher Report NFL analyst Chris Simms. In the site’s recent videocast on BleacherReport.com, Simms discussed why he thinks the Bills might just have the most talented roster in the NFL. He also said that the Bills are ready to contend and could be a 2015 playoff sleeper.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that they can contend. We need just average quarterback play. That’s all you’re really going to need with this team because I do expect you guys to be able to run the football with the running backs and the talent on the line. Some of the explosiveness at wide receiver and I have zero question about your defense. Your defense is going to keep you in every game.”

We were then joined by Bills tight end MarQueis Gray who is looking forward to his return for his second season in Buffalo. Gray returns with the rest of his teammates next week for voluntary offseason workouts. He discussed his anticipated role in 2015 and the addition of Charles Clay to the tight end group.

Marqueis Gray pic“He is very athletic. He’s a great tight end. He’s a great pass catcher also. He’s got both of those traits and I feel like our whole tight end room has just gotten better with him being a part of our Bills.”

Rounding out the show we took a listen back to an interview we did with Bills head trainer Bud Carpenter as his staff was recently awarded as the NFL’s top athletic training staff in 2014. With March being National Athletic Training Month we thought it was fitting to listen back to the Bills staff’s reaction to the honor.

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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 rolls 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.

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“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.”

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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 FootballZebras.com 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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