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Why 1st down could determine game today

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 10:24 am

Very often we hear keys to the game like third down or preventing big plays. For the Bills and Dolphins today it’s going to come down to the first play of every series. Here’s why.

Buffalo and Miami are two teams that like to lean heavily on their running game. Both have multiple backs that they can deploy in their offense to gain yards. The Bills have three (Dixon, Jackson, Spiller) that they appear prepared to use through the course of the season regularly. Miami has Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno.

Last week against New England the Dolphins converted 54% of their third downs (7-13) and the big reason why was due to their success on first down on offense. Miami had 31 first down plays in their win over the Patriots. They ran the ball 18 times and averaged 5.39 a carry (18 for 97 yds). That very often set up 2nd-and-medium and kept their full playbook open. It also led to a lot of shorter third downs. Of the Dolphins 13 third down plays nine of them were 3rd-and-4 or less.

Similarly the Bills had comparable success running on 1st-and-10 against the Bears. Of their 20 first down plays they ran the ball 15 times and did even better than Miami. Buffalo averaged a whopping 6.53 yards per rush on first down gaining 98 yards on just 15 carries.

The difference this week is both offenses are going against run defenses that are considered superior to the ones they each faced in Week 1. But with both teams having developing quarterbacks running their offense Miami and Buffalo will continue to emphasize running on first down. Whichever defense has more success holding them to minimal gains could shift the balance of the game.


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Bradham’s improved play to be seen today

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 9:20 am

On more than one occasion Bills head coach Doug Marrone has praised the improved play of Nigel Bradham, who has recommitted himself to the game and performed admirably all preseason. In his weekly Coffee with the Coach interview presented by Tim Horton’s, Marrone gave an idea as to the areas of Bradham’s game where fans will see the most improvement.

“One, he has the ability because of his speed to be a three-down linebacker, which is important because he can be on the field the whole time,” said Marrone. “He’s always been a good tackler for us and that helps us against good rushing clubs. But he’s been very consistent and he’s played extremely well and has really stepped up his game. So you’re going to see someone who can play three downs, cover backs, that can make tackles and a take on linemen. He’s really become a complete linebacker.”

Bradham is expected to be on the field for nickel packages as one of the two linebackers.


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Sammy Watkins’ BOSE playlist

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 13, 2014 – 1:42 pm

This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  This week, it’s Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins.  Check out the songs Sammy will be listening to on Sunday before he takes the field against the Dolphins.

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Tim Hortons surprises fans in camper lot

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 13, 2014 – 1:13 pm

On the eve of the home opener fans in the very full camper lot were surprised by a special treat from Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop.  The fans were given Tim Hortons coffee and Timbits as they prepared for Sunday’s game.

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Special thanks to the Tim Hortons on the corner of Abbott and Southwestern for providing the coffee and Timbits!


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Bills were throwing on 3rd down in Wk 1

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2014 – 10:59 am

The Bills are already onto their Week 2 matchup with Miami at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday, but there was one interesting anomaly that came out of last week’s win over Chicago.

Buffalo’s offense had 12 third down plays in the overtime game, and they threw the ball every time. First and foremost it’s just one game and a relatively small sample size. So drawing any conclusions based on the third down plays from one game is foolhardy.

Nevertheless for a team that has a strong penchant for running the football to see them throw every time on third down was interesting.

Part of the reason for the passing only plays on third down in Week 1 could likely be attributed to the fact that all but three of their third down plays were less than 3rd-and-5. Once offenses get past 3rd-and-3 the league’s numbers shift heavily toward the pass and Buffalo was an example of that last week.

On their three 3rd-and-2 plays in that game they threw every time. To their credit they converted two of them for first downs. Chicago was also clogging up the box with defenders in the game daring Buffalo to throw. The Bears defense got what they wanted in the game with Buffalo only converting 33 percent on third down, but the Bills got out of there with a victory.

Not surprisingly, Buffalo’s four conversions came on the four shortest down and distance situations on third down. They converted the pair of 3rd-and-2s, a 3rd-and-5 and a 3rd-and-6. It further emphasizes why the offensive staff commits so much to the run because if they can get to 3rd-and-4 or less they stand a much better chance of moving the sticks, even if they choose to throw it.


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Miami MLB doubtful

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 2:26 pm

The injuries at linebacker for the Dolphins claimed one of their starters for the season in Dannell Ellerbe. Friday’s injury report indicates they’re likely to be without another.

Starting MLB Koa Misi is doubtful after being unable to practice all week with an ankle injury. Rookie LB Jordan Tripp is also out with a chest injury.

That means there’s a good chance former Bills LB Kelvin Sheppard, who was signed earlier this week by Miami could see a lot of snaps Sunday.


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Rivers out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 1:59 pm

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Here is the rundown of the status of injured Bills players for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Player Pos Injury Participation Friday Game Status
Lee Smith TE Toe LP DOUBTFUL
Keith Rivers LB Groin DNP OUT
Jonathan Meeks S Neck LP DOUBTFUL
Aaron Williams S Concussion FP PROBABLE
Stephon Gilmore CB Groin FP PROBABLE
Sammy Watkins WR Ribs FP PROBABLE
Chris Hogan WR Ankle FP PROBABLE

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Fan Friday 9-12

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 12:29 pm

Perhaps the most anticipated home opener in a long time and it’s Miami on top of it. It’s been a heck of a week for Bills fans with all the positive news. Let’s get to the latest edition of your questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

My question to you:

Could you see the Bills putting Cordy Glenn at LG because it seems like they are deeper at tackle than they are at guard? I know they have experimented with him there a few times but it just seems like they don’t have an answer at LG at all even with the Williams signing. I would go from left to right: Henderson, Glenn, Wood, Urbik (or Richardson or Williams) and Pears. With an injury to a T you could then slide Glenn back to LT and put Henderson at RT. I think this gives you the best 5 up front.

Thanks!
Dave
twitter: DTaylor716

CB: I think the way things looked in Week 1 the front five that coach Marrone has put together looks pretty good and should only get more and more comfortable together as the weeks wear on. I think the key thing to remember here is to have your two most athletic linemen on the edges now that most NFL clubs have speed rushers on both sides, which the Bills will see this week with Miami’s Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon.

I did an in depth piece on this regarding how important the right tackle has become in the league now knowing NFL defenses are putting speed on both sides.

Buffalo’s two most athletic linemen by far are Cordy Glenn and Seantrel Henderson. So putting them at the two tackle positions is the best way to go as I see it.

 

2 – Hi Chris,

My question regards the slot position- both how we plan to defend it and attack other defenses with it.

I’ve read recently about the “big nickel” package- subbing out the nickel corner for a third safety to better match up against the monsters that are being put into the slot now-( see Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski).

Do you see Nickell Robey’s stature as a liability against these bigger slot receivers and is there a plan in place to get a better matchup if we need to? Would this involve Corey Graham coming on potentially or having Searcy Williams and Williams all out as safeties at once? As much as I love Robey- he’s incredible- I just forsee a long day for him trying to cover Gronk in the slot.

Conversely- do you think there is a plan in place to attack smaller nickel corners with our offense? I notice that neither Hogan nor Woods are exactly giants- I wonder if we will see Mike Williams or one of our bigger guys slide inside to slot to take advantage of some potential mismatches.

Thanks for everything you do for the Bills and us fans!

Tim
Ovid, NY

CB: I think what you saw last week was in Buffalo’s nickel at times they’ll make use of Duke Williams as a hybrid linebacker. Similar to the way Bryan Scott and Da’Norris Searcy have been used in years past, Williams has the physical game to help in the run game, if there’s a draw play or something on third down, but also possesses the cover skills and physicality to handle coverage assignments.

Aaron Williams has the size and physical style to match up with a bigger player in the slot too as does Nigel Bradham, who is back this week. So I think Robey can still serve in his role and should a size mismatch present itself Buffalo has enough options to deploy against a larger slot receiver/tight end.

 

3 – Hi Chris!!

First of all, thank you for your great work keeping us Bills fans always well informed. Quick question. Are the Bills planning to wear their white alternate jersey this season? If so, which game?

Thanks Chris & take care!
Luis Estrada
(Puerto Rico)

CB: The only other jersey being worn is the white throwback jersey this Sunday for the home opener along with the standing red Buffalo helmets.

 

4 – Chris,

Love the coverage year round. Helps for a non-local Bills fan. Can you explain the reasoning behind Pears playing RG? He only practiced a few times there and has zero game experience at guard. In the preseason game, he look lost there. Why don’t they keep him at tackle. You had Robert Woods as your camp MVP, so why has he slid down the pecking order at WR? I see him more as outside threat instead of slot. I would like to see him on the field every play.

Thanks
Josh P.
CB: Pears did have some limited experience at guard from his days with the Raiders, though it was only a few games about five years ago. Still I think aside from his first snaps there against Tampa’s Gerald McCoy in the preseason he’s fared well. Pears is also great snap by snap counsel for rookie Seantrel Henderson. Henderson has told me having Pears there is invaluable for him.

Head coach Doug Marrone knows offensive line play, so if he believes this is his best five then I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and see how it plays out.

As for Robert Woods, he was my camp MVP because he brought it every day and outperformed the other receivers on a more consistent basis. Yes, Sammy Watkins turned in the highlight reel plays, but Woods is a guy who is going to get you first downs more consistently. In the NFL it’s about keeping the offense on the field with first downs. That’s where Woods helps you most.

And don’t worry Woods will be moved around a lot this season because he’s the most versatile receiver on the roster in my opinion.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

First day of practice every week is Wednesday. So what does the team/players do Monday Tuesday? Chill or group watch film or ??

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CB: Usually on Mondays injured players come in early for treatments. At 9 in the morning there’s a designated weight lifting group. At 10 am there’s a stretch and run conditioning period. Then there’s a second weight lifting group later in the morning. That’s followed by a team meeting at noon. Then they have a special teams meeting followed by offense, defense meetings. That’s where they review game film from Sunday and make corrections.

On Tuesday most players get a jump on the upcoming opponent by studying film while the coaches spend the day putting together the game plan for Sunday. Generally though Tuesday is the players’ day off.  


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Spiller joins “Scoring for Good” campaign

Posted by Dallas Miller on September 12, 2014 – 10:35 am

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Camp Kesem, a nationwide community that helps children through and beyond a parent’s cancer is pleased to announce that Bills RB C.J. Spiller will join the 2014 season of Scoring For Good.

Spiller, a national fan favorite and Clemson University alumni, has pledged to donate $500 to Camp Kesem for every touchdown he scores this season. Quarterback EJ Manuel, who announced a renewed partnership earlier this year, will donate a special meet & greet grand prize for the highest score winner of Camp Kesem’s Scoring For Good mobile app, available for download in iTunes and Google Play.

Spiller’s partnership with Camp Kesem and the Scoring For Good initiative is inspired by his late grandmother, Nettie Pearl Allen, who played an important role in his upbringing. Spiller lost his grandmother to a two-week battle with lung cancer when he was a freshman in high school. “My grandmother’s death hit me hard and made a significant impact on my life and my career.  I know how difficult it is to lose someone to cancer and I want to help give kids, who have to go through it at a young age, the support they need. Camp Kesem provides an incredible service and I am honored to help them expand their impact this season and beyond,” said Spiller.

Endorsed by the NFL Players Association as part of the One Team, One Community initiative, Scoring For Good is a program of Camp Kesem where professional athletes show their support of children impacted by a parent’s cancer by visiting camps, generating awareness, and dedicating their on-field performance to providing the organization’s services to an even larger population of children.


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Miami’s 5 new OL changes little for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 10:16 am

The Miami Dolphins had five new offensive linemen in their Week 1 win from the men they had lining up for them last season at this time. The group performed admirably despite not having their one holdover from last season in C Mike Pouncey, who is out again this week with a hip injury. Bills DT Kyle Williams was impressed with what he saw on tape from the Dolphins’ front five last Sunday.

“I think if you look at their whole offensive line, their offensive line is brand new, all five of them and they work well together,” he said. “Veteran group, they play hard. They have a rookie at right tackle but everybody else has been around a while. They know what they’re doing. They get on their blocks and stay on their blocks so we got a good challenge in front of us.”

Buffalobills.com asked Williams if the new players on the Dolphins’ offensive front increases his preparation since they’re not the typical players they see when they face Miami each season.

“No, I’m not going to prepare any more or any less than I would if I had played these guys, all these guys were the same,” said Williams. “I’m going go about my business the way I always do. Nitpick and try to figure the ins and outs, whats good and not good no matter whos playing or how long they have been playing.”


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Passing game looking to take next step

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 9:05 am

Buffalo’s receivers made some key plays in the win over the Bears in Week 1, but EJ Manuel’s targets in the passing game want to take another step as they open up division play on Sunday.

Sammy Watkins, who turned in a few receptions last week, believes it’s all about the matchups.

“Just being dominant,” he said. “Winning our matchups, 1-on-1’s, Win the balls that come to us. And I think overall, the balls that came to us we caught them. Everybody is making big plays but when we get more involved and need to pass, we going to be there. EJ will get us the ball.”

QB EJ Manuel believes the improvements need to be all encompassing.

“Just being better in all situations, third down, red zone, that’s pretty much it,” said EJ Manuel. “I would say our game  plan is a little different versus Miami, just sticking to the plan as far as what Coach Hackett wants us to do.”

Buffalo was 2-4 in the red zone last week, but converted just four of their 12 third down opportunities.


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“We want fans as loud as they can” – JMS 9/11

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 11, 2014 – 8:25 pm

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The countdown continues as we’re now just days away from the Bills home opener, Sunday against the Dolphins. We had a shortened version of The John Murphy Show tonight. We received an updated injury report and heard from head coach Doug Marrone and quarterback EJ Manuel.

Jason Trusnik

In the first half-hour we caught up with Dolphins linebacker Jason Trusnik who called-in to discuss the upcoming game at the Ralph. Trusnik is part of a depleted Miami linebacking corp. He talked about the challenge of going up against the Bills offense including the “1-2 punch” of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Trusnik, a graduate of Division III Ohio Northern, also discussed climbing the ranks from a small school program, which he related to Bills RB Fred Jackson.

 

“The more we move forward with the recruiting process, D-III will get a better look. There have been some guys like London Fletcher and Fred Jackson who have made a big impact. To continue to follow along these footsteps and make an impact to show that D-III guys can make it and that there’s opportunities for them to make it in the NFL. It’s always something we’re pushing for.”

Corey Graham

Bills cornerback Corey Graham joined us in-studio after Trusnik to talk about his homecoming of sorts. He’s a Buffalo native and talked about his excitement of playing in front of his family and friends at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Graham also weighed-in on the recent ownership news and mentioned how excited he is for the team and especially for the fans that do not have to worry about not having a team to root for on Sunday’s.

 

“It’s a special moment for the Buffalo Bills and the rest of Western New York. We have an opportunity now, hoping the franchise is going to be here no matter what, they’ll always have an opportunity to enjoy football.”

 

With that recent news and the anticipation of the home opener, Graham talked about how loud and crazy the fans will be come Sunday saying “we want them to be as loud as they can.” We finished the segment discussion the game itself. Graham focused on Miami’s two receivers, Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline.

 

To hear more from Graham and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click below.

 

 

 


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2014 – 8:15 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players and coaches on the local radio airwaves Friday.

Fan 590, Greg Brady and Andrew Walker
o 7:20 am – CJ Spiller

KISS 98.5, Janet and Nick in the morning
o 7:20 am – Boobie Dixon

WCMF, Break room
o 7:20 am – Preston Brown

103.3 The Edge, Shredd and Ragan
o 7:30 am – Kyle Williams

WGR 550 am, Howard Simon and Jeremy White
o 8:00 am – Doug Marrone


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Miami DE Vernon knows Seantrel well

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2014 – 5:08 pm

Miami DE Olivier Vernon had 11.5 sacks last year. He won’t square off against his former college teammate Seantrel Henderson Sunday, they’ll be on opposite sides of the formation, but Vernon still believes he’s one of the most athletically gifted big men he’s ever come across.

“I still think he was good,” said Vernon of Henderson. “To this day, that’s the biggest, most athletic guy I’ve seen at his size. Even when I was at UM (University of Miami), I didn’t do anything. I feel like he’s going to be a good player for that organization. We’ll see what happens.”

Henderson said he won’t be overwhelmed playing against guys he watched on TV while he was in college at Miami.

“It’s not too weird. I know a couple of guys. Olivier Vernon I played with him, so he’s going to be out there,” said Henderson. “I know a lot of guys from the Miami Dolphins. I used to seeing them when I’m down in Miami, but as far as playing against them it’s going to be just like another game.”

 


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Dolphins LBs still sidelined

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2014 – 4:59 pm

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Miami’s linebacking corps is still banged up as a bunch of them were either limited in practice or unable to practice again on Thursday. Here’s the full rundown of the Dolphins’ injuries.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Terrence Fede DE Knee OUT
Mike Pouncey C Hip OUT
Jordan Tripp LB Chest OUT
Chris McCain LB Illness LP
Koa Misi LB Ankle DNP
Randy Starks DT Toe LP
Billy Turner G Foot DNP
Walt Aikens S Hand LP
Charles Clay TE Knee LP
Knowshon Moreno RB Shoulder LP
Derrick Shelby DE Knee LP
Dion Sims TE Neck LP
Mike Wallace WR Hamstring LP
Philip Wheeler LB Thumb LP

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Aaron does more in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2014 – 4:09 pm

Aaron Williams, who was limited in practice Wednesday with a concussion, was also limited in practice Thursday, but did more according to head coach Doug Marrone.

“He did more than individual, so he’s practicing and working on some plays,” said Marrone of Williams. ‘Again, we won’t know that decision. We’ll go day by day and see how he feels.”

Williams left last week’s game in the second half.


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Gameday activities: Dolphins vs. Bills

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 11, 2014 – 2:42 pm

Here’s a rundown of gameday activities for Sunday’s home opener against the Miami Dolphins.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Gates open: 11:30 a.m.
Gameday Experience: Adpro Sports Training Center Fieldhouse open 9:30 a.m.

Giveaway
The first 50,000 guests will receive a Time Warner Cable rally towel and an RCW window cling

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Pregame
Player warm-ups: 11:55 a.m.
Syracuse University Marching Band: 12:20 p.m.
Ralph Wilson Tribute: 12:30 p.m.
Leader of the Charge: Andre Reed
Color guard: United States Navy
National anthem: Tom Sartori

Halftime
Syracuse University Marching Band

Tailgating Reminder: No open fires are permitted in the Bills parking lots or on stadium grounds. Fires in contained grills are permitted.  Please do not empty hot coals on the parking lot pavement. Thank you!

Security Process: Remember to arrive at the gates early to avoid missing any of the pregame activities.  Be sure to empty pockets in preparation for the metal detection screening process at gate entry.

Make Mom Proud: Follow the Bills fan code of conduct available here.

Designated Driver:  If you’re over 21, stop by any Guest Service Booth and pledge not to drink and make sure everyone in your group gets home safely.  Designated drives will receive a coupon good for one non-alcoholic beverage and will be entered into a raffle to win the Designated Driver of the Game prize and sweepstakes with a chance to win Pro Bowl or Super Bowl tickets. Sign up here.

Visa Deal of the Game: Spend $100 and get 10% off your next online purchase at shopthebills.com! *Excludes jerseys.

 

BAG POLICY REMINDER:

  1. Clear Bags smaller than 12” x 6” x 12” are permitted.
  2. One gallon clear plastic freezer bags are permitted.
  3. Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap is

permitted.


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Sunday’s Leader of the Charge: Andre Reed

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on September 11, 2014 – 1:00 am

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Who better than to stand above the tunnel as the Buffalo Bills take the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first time this season than the newest Bills Hall of Famer, Andre Reed? Reed will serve as the Leader of the Charge as the Bills host their 2014 home opener against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.

It’s a big day for the Bills organization and for Reed, who will be returning to the Ralph for the first time since his Hall of Fame induction in August. He’ll also be participating alongside Jim Kelly in a special pregame ceremony honoring founding owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. It’s a ceremony you won’t want to miss, so make sure you get through the gates early.

Leader of the Charge is an honor given to Bills alumni and other special guests to home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Leader of the Charge stands atop of the tunnel during the pregame festivities as the Bills take the field.

It’s safe to say the crowd will be energized on Sunday and with Reed as the Leader of the Charge, the volume will only go up at the Ralph.

 


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2014 – 10:34 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the local and national radio airwaves Thursday.’

WGR 550 – Howard Simon show
7:30 am Preston Brown

Sirius NFL Radio, Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan
4:30 pm EJ Manuel

Robert Woods is scheduled to appear on ESPN Radio’s SVP and Rusillo show in the afternoon. Time to be determined.

Sammy Watkins is scheduled to appear on ESPN Radio’s Dan LeBatard show in the afternoon. Also time to be determined.


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Bradham ready to make his return – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 10, 2014 – 9:41 pm

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Wednesday is the day the team turns its attention to the Miami Dolphins. Plenty of locker room sound including another edition of Around the Locker Room. We touched on Tuesday’s ownership news and the upcoming game against the Dolphins which led to tonight’s show topic. We asked the listeners, when was the last time there was this much hype heading into the home opener?

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Our first guest was Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham. Bradham will be returning to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension. He talked about watching the Bears game alone on TV and how hard it was for him to do so. Bradham also talked about his excitement in returning to the field for the home opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium, especially with the recent news surrounding the team with the future ownership change.

 

“We’re all excited. We know it’s great for the community. We know it’s going to be exciting for the fans. They are already ecstatic on game day here. I know they’re even more excited now and then we’re 1-0 right now and this is a division game so there’s just so much for them and I know it’s going to be crazy loud. It’s definitely going to be appreciated for our defense come third down.”

 

Bradham also talked about the run game and stopping Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno. He weighed in on his Florida State teammate, EJ Manuel and how he’s progressing with the offense and his coaches.

 

At the top of the hour we were joined by author Joseph Valerio, who recently released his new book Second to None which chronicles the Bills Super Bowl years during 1991-1994. He conducted interviews with all the top players during that time including Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, and Thurman Thomas and even head coach Marv Levy and Bill Polian. He talked about why he chose to write about that era of Buffalo Bills football.

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“The fact that they went to four straight Super Bowls. I consider that a remarkable feat and an accomplishment of resilience, determination, and perseverance. You always hear coaches say it’s so hard to get to the Super Bowl. It’s really hard to get to the Super Bowl but then you get there and you lose your first Super Bowl in the most heartbreaking way but you have the resolve to come back year after year after year and chase that dream. I really thought that was remarkable.”

 

Finally, Former NFL scout and National Football Post contributor Greg Gabriel made his return to the show to discuss his Introduction to Scouting Class. The class provides those interested in getting into football scouting a 5-week online tutorial to help improve one’s knowledge of the game and the fundamentals of scouting. The course goes over each position and what to look for in a certain player. Gabriel went on to talk about the difficulty of the job but said it certainly can fit someone with a real passion for the game.

 

“I think it’s the NFL. It’s part of the big game and the enterprise that the NFL is today. Everybody thinks they know about football and players and that it’s easy to scout but it really isn’t because let’s say you’re taking an offensive lineman, you’re starting off with his stance and going forward from there. What’s he look like in his stance, his first step coming out, his reaction to the snap, his steps to the block, his explosion through hips. You’re looking at a number of different things on each individual play and you have a checklist if he’s doing it right or if he’s doing it wrong…when you do that for every position there’s a lot to know and a lot to understand.”

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

 


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