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Polian on franchise tag: “If it makes sense, use it”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 24, 2014 – 9:01 pm

One of the most astute General Managers in recent NFL history says he would have no problem, if he ran the Buffalo Bills, using the franchise tag for a second year on Safety Jairus Byrd.

Bill Polian there’s no stigma about re-tagging a player for a second year. He made the comments Monday night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.

“I think that’s perfectly OK,” Polian said. “If you’ve looked at your situation from a personnel standpoint and you looked at it from a cap standpoint and you looked at it from a cash standpoint and it makes sense, go ahead and do it. That’s what we bargained for in the collective bargaining agreement. It’s there to be used. There’s no prohibition against it. There ought not to be a stigma about it. That’s the way it is.”

Polian is a strong proponent of setting specific priorities for a team’s personnel when it comes to spending in free agency. And the value, he believes, is largely a factor of what position is involved.

“It depends entirely upon what your construct is—who are the critical people in your system offensively and defensively,” Polian told host John Murphy. “Unless the player is an absolute world beater—let’s just say Troy Polamalu, even if that wasn’t a critical position for you, you’d pay him because he’s a difference maker. I don’t necessarily put Byrd in that category.”

Prioritization is critical in setting a team salary structure, Polian says. He’s a six-time winner of the NFL’s Executive of the Year Award. Without setting a pecking order for paying different positions, he says team’s could eventually not be able to pay their most important players.

“You do have to put your resources against the people who make a difference in your system,” he says. “Otherwise, you don’t have the money when the young ones come along at those positions, or you’re able to get someone in free agency and you don’t have the money to sign him.”

The entire interview with Bill Polian is available here

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Value of the combine for NFL GMs

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 24, 2014 – 8:30 pm

Tuesday is the final day for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. And a former high profile NFL GM says the combine is an essential part of the scouting process for teams in the league.

Former Bills, Panthers and Colts GM Bill Polian says it’s the medical exams and the weighing and measuring that are the most important part of the six day combine.

“First of all, it’s absolutely critical to get the medical information,” Polian said in an interview on The John Murphy Show from the combine. “And this is the most efficient way to do it, and Indianapolis happens to be the most efficient place to do it because the hospital is literally right across the street.”

“The second thing is the interviews and the psychological testing that goes on,” he said. “And then finally, the benchmarks, the forty yard dash, the jumping drills, the triangle drill, the shuttle drill-all of those things are critically important because they make the difference between, let’s say first rounder and perhaps a third rounder.”

Polian offered a recent example of how measurable, height and weight, make a big difference.

“Russell Wilson for example measures under six feet tall,” he said. “He’s a Super Bowl winning quarterback and no one would doubt his ability, but he was drafted in the third round because he’s under six feet tall. The measureables are important to us, because what they do is eliminate mistakes and that’s what we’re trying to do in each round, keep the mistakes to a minimum. So they’re very important.”

The entire radio interview with Bill Polian is available here

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Polian still excited about Reed in HOF

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 24, 2014 – 7:50 pm

His mind might be on 40-times and bench presses at the Combine this week, but former Bills General Manager Bill Polian is still gratified by the election of Andre Reed to the Hall of Fame.

Three weeks ago, Reed was elected to the Hall in high eighth year as a finalist. And speaking on The John Murphy Show Monday night, Polian said he couldn’t be happier.

“I was overjoyed,” Polian said. “It’s been so long for all of us associated with Andre and working hard behind the scenes to try to get him elected. It was just such a relief and a joy to see him in because he richly deserves it.”

Polian said it was unfortunate Reed had to wait so long before he got the call to the Hall.

“He should have been in four or five years ago and it happened. I was getting worried very frankly that it might not happen if we went beyond this year. Marv and I and Jim and Thurman and Bruce have been telling everyone we could –listen, this is Andre’s year, this is Andre’s time. And fortunately the electors listened to us.”

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DE Clowney on the defensive

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 23, 2014 – 11:50 am

In terms of sheer athletic ability, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney is near the top of the list of the prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine.

But the doubts about his work habits and approach to the game that cropped up during his final year with the Gamecocks carried over into the NFL Scouting Combine this week. Clowney’s coach at South Carolina threw a couple of logs onto the fire earlier in the week when he talked about the talented defensive end.

Steve Spurrier told the NFL Network “He was OK. It wasn’t like Marcus Lattimore, you know, every player is a little different. His work habits are pretty good, they’re not quite like Lattimore, a Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Ingram, some of those guys, but when the ball is snapped he’s got something no one else has.”

On Saturday, when Clowney met the media at the combine, he was quickly asked about Spurrier’s comments.

“I don’t really have nothing to say about it,” he answered. “I believe I did work hard. You pull out any practice tape from last year, you’ll see that. That’s what I told them. I’ll tell everybody that. I will always be working hard. No matter where I end up I am going to work hard and give a team everything I’ve got.”

Clowney gets a chance to show his stuff in on-field workouts with the linebackers and defensive linemen on Monday.

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Support for Sam from Missouri teammate

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 23, 2014 – 10:51 am

Missouri DE Michael Sam was the focus of attention at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday, less than two weeks after his public announcement that he is gay.

And a Missouri Tigers teammate voiced his support for Sam when he took the podium in Indianapolis. DE Kony Ealy, regarded as the 2nd best defensive end in the draft (after Jadeveon Clowney) says he’d go to war with Michael Sam any day.

“A loving brother, he’s caring to the team,” is how Ealy described Sam at the combine. “He’s always singing, which gets on my nerves sometimes, but other than that, he’s just fun to be around, fun to play with. I know at the end of the day he’s gonna do his job. No other guy I’d rather go to war with.”

Ealy is a 6-5, 275 pound pass rush specialist who left Missouri early to enter the draft. He’s projected to be a mid-1st round pick in the May NFL draft.

He said he has little doubt that Michael Sam will be able to handle all the attention he’s getting since his dramatic announcement earlier this month.

“Like a professional,” he responded, when asked how Sam will deal with the scrutiny. “He’s not a college player anymore, he’s a professional and I expect him to handle it no other way, just go
in there and do his job and make plays.”

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Bridgewater believes he’s the best

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 23, 2014 – 9:00 am

When the quarterbacks start throwing at the combine Sunday, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater won’t be one of them. He will run but not throw this week in Indianapolis.

But in Bridgewater’s mind, he’s already done enough to merit consideration at the top of the NFL Draft in May. In face, he thinks the Houston Texans should chose him number one overall.

“Yes, no doubt. I feel that I’m the best quarterback in this draft,” he told the media Saturday.
“I’m not just going to sit up here and say it. There’s obviously actions that have to back up these words,and I’m just confident in myself and my capability to be able to play this position. I’m just going to go out there and prove that I’m the best guy.”

Bridgewater says there’s one major factor that separates him from the rest of the quarterbacks.

“The biggest thing I think is my accuracy,” he said. “This past season, I was able to complete 71 percent of my passes. My third-down passing completion percentage was pretty much off the charts, my pocket presence. I’m a competitor. Each day I go out there and I’m eager to learn, remain a student of the game, and I think that right there just separates me.”

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Big weekend for UB linebacker

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 6:10 pm

There are going to be a lot of eyes on UB Bulls Khalil Mack when he takes the field at the NFL combine with the rest of the linebackers Monday. And many observers may wonder how a relatively obscure prospect at the start of last fall became one of the top prospects in the draft playing for Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference.

Mack says he’s proud of the UB football program and the coaches who helped develop him into a top draft prospect.

“We have good talent, we have great coaches,” he told reporters Saturday at the combine. “We had Coach Turner Gill who recruited me. We have Jeff Quinn who came in and stamped us with a great staff-Coach William Inge and Coach Lou Tepper, my linebacker coaches when I was there. I feel like they help us get ready for this great league.”

As far as the combine, Mack has an agenda for his on-field workouts.

“I can show that I have good feet, I have good hands,” he said. “But…I feel like I showed all I have on film, and hopefully I can stamp it this weekend.”

Mack measured in at 6-2½, 251 pounds at the combine, but those numbers don’t seem to impress him.

“That’s pretty solid,” he said. “But it doesn’t matter-height-weight—I like to play football.”
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Khalil Mack “I love Mike Mayock”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 5:10 pm

He hasn’t played a down of football since the UB Bulls ended their season in late December. But linebacker Khalil Mack has seen his stock in the NFL draft shoot up like a rocket since then.

At the NFL combine in Indianapolis, NFL Network Draft Analyst Mike Mayock told a Minneapolis radio station Friday night that Mack is at the top of his list–the number one prospect in the NFL Draft.

Mack had nothing but thanks for Mayock when he took the podium in Indy Saturday afternoon.

“Mike Mayock’s the man, he’s the man,” Mack said. “I want to prove him right. I’ve been working hard these past five-six weeks and I’m ready to grind and get out there and work out.”

Mack indicated he doesn’t feel any extra pressure after getting Mayock’s seal of approval.

“The thing about Mike Mayock, again, I love him..” he said, “but I just want to keep proving myself. I want to be the best. I don’t know who you guys talk to but in anything, my dad always taught me, you want to be the best in anything and everything that you do.’

Mack and the rest of the combine linebackers are scheduled to work out on the field Monday in Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Draft guru has confidence in EJ Manuel

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 1:30 pm

After fifty years dealing with NFL personnel, former Cowboys exec Gil Brandt knows how to evaluate players. And he believes Bills QB EJ Manuel is going to make it.

“Manuel is a guy that’s going to get it done,” Brandt said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was a guest on The John Murphy Show from the combine in Indianapolis.

Brandt says he made the decision to invite Manuel to New York for the first night of the draft last year, when others thought the QB would not be chosen in the first round.

Now a Senior Analyst for, Brandt had this assessment of Manuel after his rookie season with the Bills:

“He probably doesn’t have as much ability as some people in this league. But he’s going to get it done because he works at it and he has a great relationship with players, which for a quarterback is important.”

Host John Murphy asked Brant where Manuel would stack up among the quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, a class that includes stars like Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater.

“I haven’t stacked this one up yet,” he answered. “But I still think he’d be a first round pick.”

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Gil Brandt: “Schwartz first choice in the draft”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 12:30 pm

Gil Brandt has been around the NFL for more than fifty years and he’s a familiar figure again this year at the NFL Scouting Combine.

And Brandt absolutely loves the Bills hiring of former Lions Coach Jim Schwartz as their new Defensive Coordinator.

“I think they got the first choice in the draft, really,” Brandt says. He was a guest Friday night on The John Murphy Show at the combine.

“I think Schwartz is really, really good,” he said. “I don’t know what happened (to him) in Detroit. But in Jim Schwartz they got not only a wonderful person but a really good football coach.”

There’s been some speculation that the Bills might overhaul their defensive scheme next season as they transition from Mike Pettine’s defense to Schwartz”s. Not a problem, according to Brandt.

“I would think that Jim is going to try to do things that are best for players,” he told host John Murphy. “I don’t think he’s stuck on a system, I think he’s stuck on what can my players do best. I talked to him the other day and he’s really excited about it. A lot of times when guys get fired they go into a funk for awhile. He was just the opposite.”

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Telesco says WR group at Combine is strong

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 11:30 am

Now in his second year as General Manager of the San Diego Chargers, and in his 20th year in the NFL, Western New York native Tom Telesco should feel comfortable around the NFL Scouting Combine.

And as he looks at the group of players assembled in Indianapolis, Telesco says one position group stands out.

“I’d say the receiver group is really strong, that’s probably one of the better groups,” Telesco said Friday night in an appearance on The John Murphy Show from the combine.

Overall, Telesco says the inclusion of more than 100-underclassmen in this year’s draft class means the pool of talent is as strong as it’s been in years.

“Even before any of the juniors declared, we thought the senior class was very strong,” he said. “We look at it more in terms of not just the first round, but the whole draft from top to bottom. You take a strong senior class and then an unusual amount of juniors declared this year. A lot of them are good players. It is a really strong draft”

For Telesco, a product of St. Francis High School in Athol Springs (N.Y.), having that much talent means there’s pressure to produce in the draft.

“You’ve got to find a player in every round, not just the first round, so we have some work to do,” he said.

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Frank Reich groomed for SD Coordinator job

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 10:36 am

It’s another step up the coaching ladder for former Bills QB Frank Reich in his coaching career. And according to Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco, it’s a move years in the making.

Last month, Reich was named San Diego’s Offensive Coordinator, replacing Ken Whisenhunt, who left to coach the Titans. And Chargers GM Tom Telesco says he anticipated Reich’s move to the top offensive post for years.

“We knew with Ken Whisenhunt that if we had some success this year, there was a good chance he may move on for a head coaching job,” Telesco said Friday night on The John Murphy Show from the NFL Combine.

“We had Frank waiting in the wings and having him go through the process with Phillip (Rivers) and kinda grooming him for that Offensive Coordinator role. I’ve known Frank for years back when he was with Buffalo. He was a player in Carolina when I worked there and he was a coach in Indianapolis when I worked there. I’ve always thought Frank was a future coordinator at some point and now is his time” Telesco said.

Telesco watched Reich as a player 20-years ago, when Reich backed up Jim Kelly at the Bills quarterback position. Telesco, a Western New York native, was a training camp intern with the Bills at Fredonia.

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Marrone says Michael Sam is “courageous”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 20, 2014 – 4:00 pm


A week ago, the hot topic in the NFL was the announcement from Missouri LB Michael Sam that he is gay. And that announcement is expected to generate a media frenzy Saturday when Sam and the rest of the rookie linebackers meet the media at the NFL Scouting Combine.

On Thursday, Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone issued his first public comment on Sam’s pronouncement. Marrone talked to the Western New York media at the combine.

“I think it’s courageous of him to come out and say what he feels and I think people should do that,” he said. “It would be awful to not be able to say what you feel or what you believe.”

Marrone said like all the other draft prospects, Michael Sam’s NFL credibility will be judged on the field.

“When it comes down to the NFL, it always comes back to the same thing—can you perform well enough to help your team win. I think that’s what everyone gets evaluated on here.”

As far as the possible impact Sam might have in an NFL locker room, Marrone dismissed that as much of a factor in Buffalo.

“We have a great culture in our building, I think we have a great culture in our locker room,” he said. “I think our players are open to, as far as the organization, we’re open to bringing in anyone who can help better our football team, win games and help our community.”

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Marrone on Byrd: “I love him”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 20, 2014 – 3:15 pm

With two and a half weeks to go before the start of NFL Free Agency, there’s no doubt about where the Buffalo Bills stand with their most prominent unrestricted free agent.

Head Coach Doug Marrone told reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis today he hopes the Bills can keep Jairus Byrd on the roster and avoid losing him to another team, and he said as much to the veteran safety.

“I told Jairus I have nothing but great things to say, nothing but great things to recommend,” Marrone said, referring back to his end of the season exit interviews with Bills players. The Head Coach says the personnel department knows his feelings about Byrd.

“Now that goes to Doug Whaley and it goes to management and they try to come up with something and see what’s best for both parties,” Marrone said.

“I love him, I really do. He did an outstanding job for us.”

The Bills used the franchise tag on Byrd last season and have the option to do the same again this year.

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Marrone excited about welcoming Stevie back

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 20, 2014 – 2:28 pm

Head Coach Doug Marrone sounds like he’s ready to welcome veteran wide receiver Stevie Johnson back with open arms, once the veterans return to One Bills Drive this spring.

Marrone addressed Johnson’s status during a session with Buffalo area reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He responded to a report published by CBS that called into question the coaching staff’s belief that Stevie was committed to their team concept.

“I wound up texting Stevie and he got back to me, we had a great conversation,” Marrone said. “I told Stevie, listen, I’m excited about getting started with you. I’m excited about you coming in and being healthy and getting this team going. Whatever else you’re hearing is not coming from me. But if you hear anything else make sure you call me.”

Marrone said he believes the report originated from CBS around the time of the Super Bowl earlier this month. And he said his most recent telephone conversation with Johnson served to clear the air.

“It was a good positive conversation we had in the last week,” he said. “After that happened, I found something with CBS Sports that didn’t really quote a source from the Bills. That kind of stuff concerns me. You don’t want distractions like that for your players in the offseason.”

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Pepper started thinking about coaching in college

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 4, 2014 – 10:00 pm

He had a 13-year playing career in the NFL. Pepper Johnson won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants at linebacker, and he was a Pro Bowl performer two times.

Yet all the time, Johnson knew that he wanted to be a coach. The Bills new Defensive Line Coach says he started thinking about coaching when he was attending Ohio State University, but he thought about coaching at a much lower level.

“Pretty much when I was in college at Ohio State,” Johnson said, when asked when he was bitten by the coaching bug, “but I never expected it at this level. I wanted to coach at my high school.”

Johnson was a guest Tuesday night on The John Murphy Show. He said as he made his way through the NFL as a player, he made a point of talking to teammates and opponents about coaching points.

“I tried to pick the brains of everybody I respected as a player,” he said. “So I talked to Reggie White, I talked to Richard Dent, I talked to Seth Joyner, defensive guys. I talked to Cornelius Bennett for a linebacker point of view. I talked to receivers, defensive backs. If I could get some of that knowledge and give it to high school kids that still have that drive, I felt like I was going to be a great high school football coach.”

Instead, Johnson got to work with his former Coach, Bill Belichick, in training camp one summer. And Belichick saw to it that Johnson never left the team.

“I did a minority fellowship with Coach Belichick after I retired,” he told host John Murphy, “and I wanted to get some information on how to organize your staff and practice schedules. I think Coach Belichick knew if I got back involved with football, I was going to stay.”

Stay he did. Johnson just wrapped up a 14-year coaching stint with New England, before signing on to coach the Bills Defensive Line last week.

The entire radio interview with Pepper Johnson is available here

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Bills new DL coach learned from Parcells

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 4, 2014 – 9:00 pm

The new Defensive Line Coach for the Buffalo Bills got his first taste of the NFL from one of the master motivators in the history of the game.

Pepper Johnson, named last Friday to the DL post with the Bills, was a 2nd round draft pick of the New York Giants in 1986. His first head coach–Bill Parcells.

In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Pepper Johnson described his first ever team meeting with Parcells and the Giants in 1986.

“He told us all that he didn’t need any of us,” Johnson remembered. “That’s how he started it off. He said the New York Giants didn’t need any of these guys. They had made it to the playoffs–this is a train, a locomotive, and it’s steamrolling. His best advice to us was if you got enough speed and enough heart, then catch on to the caboose, because this train is moving.”

Johnson told host John Murphy Parcells first speech left a big impression on Giants rookies that year.

“You felt like any bad move you might get cut and left high and dry, and I started running,” he said.

Pepper Johnson has spent the last 14-years with the New England Patriots, as a Defensive Line and Linebacker coach. He was asked if Parcells hard-nosed, no-nonsense approach would work with today’s NFL players.

“No,” he answered. “With some guys maybe. Some guys believe in working hard until the day they drop. But some guys feel that a lot of opportunities– they deserve them, and they’re going to make it some form or fashion, whether it’s here or somewhere else, and not looking at it as a privilege, an honor to play in the NFL.”

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Why Pepper left the Pats to come to Buffalo

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 4, 2014 – 8:00 pm

It’s a big move for Pepper Johnson. The Bills new Defensive Line Coach made the switch to Buffalo after 14-seasons on the coaching staff of their biggest rival-the New England Patriots.

In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Johnson said he made the move to get out from under the shadow of Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.

Johnson said he was comfortable in New England, and still pinching himself after a couple of days on the job in Orchard Park.

“My legs are still shaking a little bit,” he said. “But I’m excited, I’m so excited. I have always been a fan of Doug (Marrone) and the Buffalo Bills, and just getting the opportunity to spread my wings, and to get up from under the shadow of Coach Belichick. So it’s a good thing, a good opportunity.”

Johnson moved around the Patriots defensive coaching staff during his 14-years there, coaching both linebackers and defensive line. He spent the last two seasons working with New England’s linebackers, the position he played in the NFL. He told host John Murphy it’s all an effort to continue to grow as a coach.

“I’m growing,” Johnson said. “I’m a very ambitious person. I started off coaching and I moved around a little bit while I was there with New England, starting off with the linebackers,…then I graduated to coaching inside linebackers and took the linebackers over, and then eventually the defensive line. I went back to linebackers last year.”

Pepper Johnson does not hide his ambition to move up. And it’s been speculated in Boston that his move to Buffalo may be his attempt to set himself up for a defensive coordinator’s position in the NFL. Johnson says that would appeal to him.

“I would love to,” he said. “In a sense, those 13 years that I played in the NFL, I graduated to calling a lot of the defenses and having the responsibility of running our defense, and being an extension of the head coach on the sideline. It’s a dream of mine and a goal of mine, but right now, I have to deal with this defensive line.”

The entire radio interview with Pepper Johnson is available here

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Teammate: Andre Reed changed WR

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 3, 2014 – 8:00 pm

Steve Tasker made his living on special teams, during his Wall of Fame career with the Buffalo Bills. But he also played wide receiver. And Tasker says teammate Andre Reed, elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, changed the way the receiver position was played during his career.

Tasker was a guest Monday night on The John Murphy Show, and he talked about Reed’s career and how he helped the WR position evolve.

“Nobody before him had the kind of career he had,” Tasker said. “He was the guy in that no huddle, in a league that was changing into more of what we see now, he was the slot guy.”

Tasker says Reed’s performance over the years opened eyes all over the league as to the potential production that could come out of the slot WR spot.

“He played Wes Welker’s spot ten years before Welker was in the league, and he made a living doing it,” Tasker told host John Murphy.

“He was different, at the time he played. His ability and the way he ran and the way he played was different from a lot of guys. The way he ran, his run after the catch was legendary.”

The entire interview with Steve Tasker is available here

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Tasker: “Manning is most significant QB of our era”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 3, 2014 – 7:00 pm

In the wreckage of Denver’s blowout loss in Super Bowl XLVIII, former Bills Special Teams Ace Steve Tasker says QB Peyton Manning’s legacy will not be damaged that much.

In an appearance Monday night on The John Murphy Show, Tasker said going into the game, he thought Manning had a chance to burnish his legacy with a strong performance in the game. But even with his poor performance, Tasker believes Manning’s legacy remains intact. In fact, the Bills Wall of Famer says Peyton Manning is the most significant quarterback of our time.

“He is the absolute most significant quarterback to have played the game in our lifetime and perhaps in the history of the game,” Tasker said on the radio show.

“He changed the paradigm by which quarterbacks are evaluated. He changed the expectations of every quarterback across the league from his point forward, on what is expected of them (quarterbacks) in terms of preparation, and what is expected of them to be able to do on the field, on the fly. It’s all because of Peyton Manning and his ability and his preparedness on the field, that other quarterbacks are expected to be able to change plays, call their own plays, work the no huddle, work the snap count, work personnel combinations, dictate matchups—all of that is expected of a top flight quarterback now. And it was not before Peyton Manning came into the league.”

The entire radio interview with Steve Tasker is available here

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