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Top OL bench press totals

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:41 pm

The offensive line bench press figures are in. Here’s the top 10 from the NFL Combine workouts today.

1 – OT ERECK FLOWERS – MIAMI – 37
2 – OG MITCH MORSE – MISSOURI – 36
3 – OT SEAN HICKEY – SYRACUSE – 35
4 – OG MARK GLOWINSKI – WEST VIRGINIA – 31
T5 – C CAMERON ERVING – FLORIDA ST.- 30
T5 – G/C ALI MARPET – HOBART – 30
T7 – C ANDY GALLIK – BOSTON COLLEGE – 29
T7 – OG JOHN MILLER – LOUISVILLE – 29
T7 – OT TYRUS THOMPSON – OKLAHOMA – 29
T10 – OG JAMIL DOUGLAS – ARIZONA – 28
T10 – OT COREY ROBINSON – SOUTH CAROLINA – 28

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Top OL 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:35 pm

Here’s a look at the top 10 40 times for offensive linemen here at the NFL Combine. Hobart’s Ali Marpet posted the fastest time at 4.98.

1 – OG ALI MARPET – HOBART & WILLIAM SMITH – 4.98
2 – OT JAKE FISHER – OREGON – 5.01
3 – OT LAURENCE GIBSON – VIRGINIA TECH – 5.04
4 – OG BRANDON SCHERFF – IOWA – 5.05
5 – OG TERRY POOLE – SAN DIEGO ST. – 5.09
T6 – OT LA’EL COLLINS – LSU – 5.12
T6 – OT D.J. HUMPHRIES – FLORIDA – 5.12
T8 – OT T.J. CLEMMINGS – PITT – 5.14
T8 – OG MITCH MORSE – MISSOURI – 5.14
10 – C CAMERON ERVING – FLORIDA ST.- 5.15

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Top TE 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:27 pm

Here’s a look at the top 40 times for the tight end position group at the NFL Combine today. Minnesota’s Maxx Williams, widely seen as the best TE prospect in the class, posted the third-best time.

1 – MYCOLE PRUITT – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – 4.58
2 – WES SAXTON – SOUTH ALABAMA – 4.65
3 – MAXX WILLIAMS – MINNESOTA – 4.78
4 – CLIVE WALFORD – MIAMI – 4.79
5 – BLAKE BELL – OKLAHOMA – 4.80
6 – JESSE JAMES – PENN ST.- 4.83
7 – JEAN SIFRIN – UMASS – 4.84
8 – GERALD CHRISTIAN – LOUISVILLE – 4.87
9 – NICK O’LEARY – FLORIDA ST.- 4.93
10 – CAMERON CLEAR – TEXAS A&M – 4.98

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Fan Friday 2-20

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 1:12 pm

It’s day three of our Combine Coverage presented by NAPA. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - @ChrisBrownBills

As good of a guy as CJ is..will he really fit Roman’s system?

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CB: As GM Doug Whaley has said Roman wants a mixed bag of backs that can do different things. Just because you didn’t see a C.J. Spiller type back in San Francisco’s offense when Roman was running things out there doesn’t mean he can’t use a talent like Spiller in his scheme.

Whaley characterized Bryce Brown and Spiller as the speed backs, Dixon as the power back and Fred Jackson as the pass catcher/pass protector. So it appears Roman would like to have three or four backs to work with, not to mention a fullback.

Additionally Rex Ryan has said that with their coaching staff it’s player over scheme every time, so if they can keep Spiller in the fold they’ll devise a way to make him a productive element in Roman’s system.

 

2 -  @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think OL Ali Marpet will be there in the 4th?

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CB: I think Marpet opened some eyes at the Senior Bowl when he showed he could hang with the top senior talent in college despite playing at Division III Hobart. He’s off to a good start with his workout here at the NFL Combine as well, running the fastest 40 time among offensive lineman with a five flat.

Obviously the 40 time isn’t a major influencer on draft grade for offensive linemen, but Marpet is legitimizing his ability to play at the NFL level. The Bills did meet with him and though he played tackle in college, he projects to guard in the NFL.

Will he be there in the fourth round? It’s possible. He could also be gone in the third.

 

3 – Chris

Thanks for providing a forum for fans to express opinions and ask questions.
With all the QB’s available in Free Agency, College, Canadian League, other pro leagues, I can’t grasp the Bills unable to develop one over the last 20 years. We seem to have chosen one alone and spend all our resources in proving we were right to pick them, rather than looking for the one who pops out and distances himself from the others. Brady popped out, as did Wilson, Romo, Foles etc. I’d be interested if you think this process will change with the new regime ?

Also, if we have two QB’s, shouldn’t they be similar in style, either mobile or pocket passers, so if one is injured the offense doesn’t have to change to adapt to two different styles, like last year with Manuel and Orton ?

Thanks;
Jim in Florida

CB: I think the Bills are more apt than ever to add another young quarterback to the roster, especially with a thin free agent class of options at the position. Adding two veterans is probably unlikely so a vet and a young player is the most likely combination to fortify the position on Buffalo’s roster.

I found it interesting that Doug Whaley and his personnel department intend to meet personally with every quarterback prospect here at the Combine not named Mariota and Winston. After the Combine they also will dispatch QBs coach David Lee to go and work these quarterback prospects out at or around their pro days. Whaley described their planned search to be exhaustive.

He mentioned this on the John Murphy Show and in addition when asked about the philosophy of drafting a quarterback every year he said he was not opposed to it.

I would think similar style quarterbacks would make sense, but sometimes you’re willing to sacrifice similarity if it means getting a better player overall.

 

4 - Hi Chris

Could you please explain to me how David Lee, who couldn’t get Jets quarterbacks to play better, is going to help EJ Manuel and any other quarterback we have on the roster ?

Thanks, Dale

CB: Rex Ryan has answered this question. David Lee is an expert when it comes to teaching quarterback fundamentals, and really that’s his main job with the signal callers on the roster. To keep their mechanics sound. That’s easier with some quarterbacks than others obviously, but knowing the worker that EJ Manuel is I would anticipate seeing improvement in everything from Manuel’s footwork, to the consistency of his arm angle, release point, hip drive, etc.

While you may knock the results in New York with Geno Smith, David Lee successfully turned Tony Romo from a third string QB into a Pro Bowl starter. I’ve talked to David Lee about that transformation and he said the only reason Romo was successful was because he wanted to work at it.

Romo needed to make 10-thousand throws to improve his passing efficiency because his release point was too low as a younger player and too many of his passes were getting batted down at the line. But he worked with Lee every day. Knowing that Manuel has a similar work ethic, I think we’ll see a difference with him too.

 

 

5 - Chris,

I was very disappointed to see Jim Schwartz leave considering the outstanding work he did with the defense last year especially with stopping the run. Now with Rex Ryan in the fold, the defense will most likely look very similar to what we experienced during the 2013 season under Mike Pettine. With that said, our run defense was not very good under Pettine. Is there real reason to worry it might struggle again with Rex Ryan going back to more of the 3-4 hybrid system that Pettine used? I know we have an outstanding defensive line but they seemed to be in better position to stop the run under Schwartz’s system. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks.

-Mike from Syracuse

CB: I don’t think there should be a big worry about the run defense. Yes, Schwartz did simplify things, which made it easier to execute. By the same token Rex Ryan defenses have almost always finished in the top 10 in run defense. Buffalo finished 11th last season. So if anything it could improve under Ryan based on the track record of his defenses.

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Rex wears Thurman Thomas jersey at Combine

Posted by Dallas Miller on February 20, 2015 – 12:40 pm


Just one more reason to love Rex Ryan, as captured by NFL Network’s Rich Eisen.

While other coaches and scouts are decked out in the latest athletic-fit gear, complete with whistles and clipboards, Rex opts instead for a Super Bowl 25-throwback Thurman Thomas jersey at the NFL Combine. There could be more than meets the eye as to why he made this choice while walking in next to Bill Belichick, but it’s still likely to resonate with Bills fans that the head coach sports the jersey of one of the franchise’s all-time greats. Casual.


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Bills to meet with all but 2 QBs at Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 12:19 pm

The Bills won’t be meeting with Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota at the NFL Combine, but every other quarterback prospect in Indianapolis will have a face-to-face meeting with Buffalo.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday morning, Bills GM Doug Whaley confirmed that his personnel department will meet with all but the top two signal callers at the Combine, either in a formal or informal setting.

“We’re going to meet with all of them except for the top two,” said Whaley. “You’ve got to do your due diligence on all of them because you never know if you’ll be able to a get a guy or if all of them will be available and you’ve got to be able to rank them and go with the best.”

Whaley also said in an appearance on the John Murphy Show that they’ll be very extensive in their efforts to get a firm grasp of all the quarterback prospects in this class.

“That’s what we’re going to do, an exhaustive search with the quarterbacks just looking at these guys not only here at the Combine, but we’re going to send David Lee, the quarterbacks coach out to work those other guys out,” Whaley said. “That’s another avenue where we can add a guy. We can add two or one in free agency and one in the draft. But we’re going to try to get the best guys out there to help the Buffalo Bills win.”

When asked about the approach by some NFL clubs that draft a quarterback every year, Whaley wasn’t against such a strategy.

“That’s a possibility,” he said. “Until you hit on one (drafting) quarterbacks and cornerbacks (every year isn’t wrong) because it’s a passing league that’s an approach some subscribe to and I’m not opposed to it.”

Here’s a list of all the QB prospects at the Combine not named Winston or Mariota.
Bryan Bennet – SE Louisiana
Anthony Boone – Duke
Brandon Bridge – So. Alabama
Shane Carden – E. Carolina
Cody Fajardo – Nevada
Garrett Grayson – Colorado St.
Connor Halliday – Washington St.
Brett Hundley – UCLA
Jerry Lovelocke – Prairie View A&M
Sean Mannion – Oregon St.
Nick Marshall – Auburn
Bryce Petty – Baylor
Blake Sims – Alabama


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Incognito doesn’t remove OL from needs list

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2015 – 9:39 am

The Bills first free agent signing, G Richie Incognito, certainly lessens the need Buffalo has in addressing their offensive line this offseason. However, GM Doug Whaley still intends to pursue more additions for their group up front whether it’s free agency or the draft.

“It lessens it a little bit because you’ve got a former Pro Bowl guard,” said Whaley. “It’s no mystery that our guard play was lackluster last year. We have to get better up front there’s no mistake about it and we think that’s a piece that can help us get better up front. Again we will look at everything.

“Our philosophy in building this team is to not only have great starters, but great backups. So that depth, that’s what we’re looking for. Injuries are a part of the game and if someone goes down we want that backup to go in and that expectation doesn’t dip.”

Whaley mentioned guard and tackle as position players they have in mind for the offensive line.

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Dareus to be addressed in time

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 8:00 pm

Marcell Dareus is entering the final year of his contract in 2015. Buffalo picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract last year. But GM Doug Whaley said that the team intends to work on a contract extension for the Pro Bowl defensive tackle, just not right now.

Whaley said an extension for Dareus is a high priority, but the club needs to address their current free agents to be first and make some additions in free agency.

“After we get done with all the unrestricted (free agents) and all we have to do this offseason then we would start to broach that subject,” said Whaley.

Dareus is coming off a career-high 10 sack season in 2014.


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Bills want to re-sign Easley

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 7:53 pm

Bills special teams ace Marcus Easley has led the team in special teams tackles each of the past two seasons. He did it this past year despite missing six games due to a knee injury. Easley however, is an unrestricted free agent. With the dramatic increase in play on special teams in 2014 Buffalo wants to keep a key component of their coverage units in the fold.

“We’d like to get him back. That’s another thing that (Senior VP of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf is going to work on this week,” said Bills GM Doug Whaley. “He’s a hell of a special teams player and we’re excited and we hopefully can get him back.”

After going from 30th to 2nd in the NFL in overall special teams from 2013 to 2014 the team clearly sees Easley as a key piece to staying near the top of the league in special teams play.


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LB Spikes has a decision to make

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 5:55 pm

Bills free agent LB Brandon Spikes would like to still be a three down linebacker in the NFL, but that is not a role he would have if he chooses to re-sign with Buffalo.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, in an appearance on the John Murphy Show confirmed that he spoke with Spikes personally Thursday and laid out how they view Spikes as a player on their roster in Buffalo. With Kiko Alonso set to return healthy in 2015 combined with the emergence of Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham in 2014, it’s evident they don’t see Spikes as a full-time linebacker.

“I just talked to him today and the new staff sees a different role than maybe he does so I told him to see if he can get a team that sees him the way he sees himself,” said Whaley. “If not, come back to us and then we can talk.

“Brandon is one of my favorite players. We’re going to reach out to his representation and see how he would fit in this new defensive scheme and because of the depth we have whether it would fit how he sees himself as a player. So it’ll be more of, ‘Hey do you want to come back and be a one or two down player? Or do you want to try to go out and still be an every down player (elsewhere)?’ So that one is going to be a kind of seeing what works for him and what works for us.”

Spikes will likely test the market and see if he can land a full-time starting job in free agency. If he can’t he’ll probably return to the Bills to where he said he really enjoyed the city and his teammates.

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Whaley: Keeping Searcy won’t be easy

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 4:10 pm


The Bills would like to keep all of their unrestricted free agents, but some might be easier to return to the fold than others. Such might prove to be the case with S Da’Norris Searcy.

Searcy is coming off a very successful season as he assumed a starting safety role opposite Aaron Williams and was very productive. But if Searcy is looking to cash in big time on his second contract, like most NFL players, it could prove too steep for the Bills to handle.

“Searcy is going to be a little challenging with Searcy just because we have paid Aaron Williams and there’s some money tied up in that position,” said GM Doug Whaley. “Searcy may probably garner starter money at safety. That’s going to be a little more challenging trying to get that done just because of the cap space dedicated to that position.”

Fortunately for the Bills if they can’t come to an agreement with Searcy they have depth at the position with Duke Williams, Baccari Rambo and Jonathan Meeks still on the roster.

“If he does move on we think we’ve got three guys that will compete and one of those guys is going to come out of there as the starter, but we have two excellent backups,” said Whaley.

On locker clean out day Searcy said as much as he’d like to return he has to put the needs of his family first. We’ll see how things pan out soon enough with free agency set to open in just over a couple of weeks.

 


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Virtue of patience with a young QB

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 12:54 pm

The Dallas Cowboys were an organization that was very patient with Tony Romo as a young signal caller. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was asked about how important that patience is for an NFL team even though the temptation can be great to pull the plug.

“I would argue that playing quarterback in the National Football League is probably as hard a thing as there is in sports,” said Garrett, a former quarterback himself. “The environment that you create for that quarterback is critical to his success – the system he’s in, the people he has blocking for him, how you’re playing defense, the weapons he has around him, how you call plays – all those things contribute to that. You want to have a guy who wants to be great, you want to have a guy who wants to be in that position.

“It’s a hard job. It really is, to be one of these 32 guys who start for an NFL team. You have to have the right makeup, the right character, and if you try to create that environment for him and he goes about it the right way, you have a chance to be patient for him and have the kind of quarterback that you want.”

Bills GM Doug Whaley has said he continues to believe in what EJ Manuel can be as an NFL quarterback, and though he will likely be part of a quarterback competition this offseason, patience could be rewarded.

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49ers GM has praise for Roman

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 12:02 pm

The San Francisco 49ers offense was one of the best in football in the four years that Greg Roman was their offensive coordinator. The unit did take a step back last year with speculation of disagreements between the head coach and the front office being a major detriment to the performance of the team. 49ers GM Trent Baalke was asked specifically about Bills new offensive coordinator Greg Roman and his future in the league now that he’s moved on from the 49ers.

“I think Greg is one heck-of-a football coach and for whatever reason last year it just didn’t work,” said Baalke. “As you look at why, we had injuries. There were other things that were going on and there were a lot of different battles being played out in different ways. But, I take nothing away from the coaches. They worked their tail end off. They
were in there early. They stayed late. They did everything that was asked of them and so did the players. But, sometimes it just doesn’t work.”

Baalke was also asked about veteran RB Frank Gore, who at 31 ran for over 1,100 yards last season, but is set to become a free agent.

“Frank… everyone asks that question all the time. I think I’ve been asked that question for five straight years now,” said Baalke. “Frank’s just the Energizer battery, he just keeps on ticking. The last two games of the season, I think you saw what Frank still has left in the tank. A very good football player. One of the most passionate, if not the most passionate football player I’ve ever been around. So, I still think he’s got it in him. I know that he still believes it. I talked to him the other day on the phone and we’re going to do what we can to get him back as a 49er.”

Whether Gore would be of any interest to the Bills would have to wait until the free agent market opens March 10th. With a 34-year old Fred Jackson already on the roster, it’s the general consensus that Buffalo would like to get younger at the position. Gore is one of the oldest free agent backs set to hit the market.

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Rams GM on plan for QB Bradford

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 9:40 am

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There has been much speculation that St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford could be on the trading block. That speculation was only fueled by the CBS Sports report that Bradford’s agent was given permission to seek a trade. St. Louis GM Les Snead however, refuted those reports here at the NFL combine.

“Deleting him is not our answer. I don’t know that that solves our riddle,” said Snead of Bradford. “He’s a good player. If some team was interested I certainly don’t blame them. But I’ll stick to what I said earlier, deleting him is not the answer. I think the answer is providing insurance in case we do go through more bad luck. Let’s rehab (Bradford). Let’s see if he can reach his potential. But let’s do insure the position.”

Snead confirmed that he intends to add to the position so there’s capable talent to compete and if necessary replace Bradford in the lineup for the Rams should he succumb to injury a third year in a row.


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Winston, Mariota weigh in

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 9:28 am

The top two quarterbacks at the NFL Combine have arrived and weighed in this morning. Here are the numbers for Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

Winston measured in at 6-3 3/4 and 231 pounds, which is considerably lighter than his listed weight on Florida State’s roster of 248 pounds.

Mariota also measured at 6-3 3/4 and 222 pounds, which is seven pounds heavier than his listed weight on Oregon’s roster (215).

Both players are expected to meet the media today.

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Polian on Bills QB Quest

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 18, 2015 – 11:01 pm

IMG_1970After being at the helm of Super Bowl teams featuring Jim Kelly and Peyton Manning, Bill Polian knows what a franchise QB looks like.

And the soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer is keeping tabs on Buffalo’s search for a winning QB. Polian was a guest on The John Murphy Show Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He strongly believes the Bills should an experienced, veteran presence in their quarterback room.

“There has to be a veteran, there’s no two ways about that,” Polian said.  “Greg Roman’s going to take the right approach. If EJ Manuel can do it, Greg will put him in a position to do so because he’s not going to put a huge burden on him. It has to be the right veteran and the process has to go forward.  We’ll find out come September.”

Besides adding a veteran, Polian also thinks the Bills should take a long look at the QB prospects in this year’s draft, even if Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are not going to be available.

“Obviously the two top guys are not within reach now, because of the lack of a first round draft choice,” he said. “But who knows, there might be somebody down below who’s the answer. Frank  Reich was a third round pick, Joe Montana was a third rounder, Russell Wilson was a third rounder.  Maybe there’s somebody there who will eventually be the guy.”

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Combine: Rex Ryan, Bill Polian, & More-JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 18, 2015 – 10:03 pm

From the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Taking the show on the road for the next three days. The day began with Bills head coach Rex Ryan who spoke to those in attendance. Later, the offensive linemen and tight ends came to speak to the media contingent. We heard from tight end Maxx Williams from Minnesota and Duke offensive guard Laken Tomlinson.

DSC_2729Coach Ryan was able to sit down with us at the bottom of the first hour. He talked about the new additions to his coaching staff with high praise for assistant coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn. He shared his thoughts on recent free agent visit Josh McCown, EJ Manuel with the new offensive system, and the signing of guard Richie Incognito. Ryan went on to discuss the team’s path for the offseason, starting with the draft to free agency, doing so as a collaborative effort from the top down.

“The great thing about Doug Whaley and I is that we see things very similar. We’re pretty much on the same page. Obviously I’ll prepare and watch all the players as well and have my two cents but all the decisions will be a Bills decision and I will say this, there are three things you can count on with all decisions made by this organization and I truly believe this. It’s based on three things, it’s the team, the team, and the team. When you base decisions on that, what’s the best interest for the team, you generally make the right decisions.”Bill Polian

WHAM-TV Sports Director Mike Catalana gave us a local perspective on what he took from Rex Ryan today and the team’s approach to solving the quarterback position. He also talked about some of the Bills needs this offseason and his thoughts on what they should focus on in this year’s draft, specifically the tight end position and the offensive line.

Former Bills General Manager and now Hall of Famer Bill Polian sat down with us to discuss his time in Buffalo, how close he came to returning to work for the Bills organization, and his thoughts on his upcoming Hall of Fame induction. Polian talked about the nerve-wrecking wait to hear his name called.

“We were told we might hear by 4:30 and 4:30 came and went and then 5 O’clock came and went, then 5:30 came and went. My wife said, well this isn’t looking very promising. I said well you can’t lose something you never had anyway. Then there came a knock at the door. Everything is relative because Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis have been waiting a long, long time so I’m very fortunate that we only had to wait an hour or so.”

Tom TelescoFinally, Western New York native and Chargers GM Tom Telesco joined us to round out the show. Telesco finished up his second season in charge in San Diego and talked about his team falling just short of the playoffs. He weighed in on the addition of undrafted University at Buffalo grad Branden Oliver and his role filling in for the injured running backs last season. Telesco then went on to talk about his homecoming, returning back to his hometown and grabbing a win over the Bills back in September and what it means to have his mentor, Bill Polian join the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

To hear all of that and more of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here. The show will continue coverage Thursday and Friday as we will be broadcasting live from 12pm-3pm on-site at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

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Calling plays something Rex still plans to do

Posted by Chris Brown on February 18, 2015 – 4:01 pm

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Rex Ryan has held onto and relinquished some of his play calling duties over the years when it comes to running the defense on his clubs. In Buffalo it sounds like he’ll handle play calling for the most part on defense in 2015.

When asked about how much he will handle the play calling, Ryan gave strong indication that he’ll be sending most of the plays in on the defensive side of the ball.

“I do plan on calling the majority of the defense, but I think, I’ve never done it 100 percent, whether it’s Dennis Thurman, Mike Pettine, I’ve relied on a lot of guys and I’ll continue to do so, but there is maybe a little more challenge when you are a play caller,” he said. “It’s probably easier to observe other things if you’re not focused on calling the next series. But I can tell you I’m much more comfortable calling a defense and recognizing that there are some challenges that go with it as well.”


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Spiller update

Posted by Chris Brown on February 18, 2015 – 3:58 pm


The Bills have stated all along they’d like to return C.J. Spiller to their roster knowing he’s eligible to become a free agent next month. Head coach Rex Ryan reiterated those wishes at the NFL Combine Wednesday.

“We certainly would like to have him back and remain a Buffalo Bill,” said Ryan. “He’s a talented guy and I would think he would want to do that being in this kind of system, seeing the success that other backs have had in this kind of system. But we’ll see how it works out also recognizing that the NFL sometimes you’re not always able to keep the guys you really want.”

When asked if running back is a priority positional need this offseason Ryan said the level of priority would be impacted by how things play out with Spiller.

“If C.J. Spiller is on board then that need becomes a lot less,” said Ryan.


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Rex on McCown

Posted by Chris Brown on February 18, 2015 – 12:15 pm


Bills head coach Rex Ryan is heading to the podium here at the NFL Combine in Indy shortly, but he already spoke with Buffalobills.com and addressed where things sit with free agent QB Josh McCown, who visited with the Bills on Monday.

“I think the big thing obviously we have an interest in Josh. He’s a veteran quarterback. He has been with several teams. We know his history obviously, but this gave us an opportunity to really sit down and visit with Josh and how he thought we would fit him and vice versa. You’re able to get medical stuff on him, information and all kinds of things. When it’s appropriate we’ll proceed however we’re going to proceed in finding a quarterback, but obviously we feel good about him. We think that we’re not the only team that’s interested in him, maybe in different roles.”

McCown is reportedly in Indianapolis to talk and meet with other NFL clubs to assess his full slate of options. The 35-year old was cut by Tampa Bay last week, less than a year after signing a two-year free agent deal with the Bucs.

For the entire one-on-one interview with Rex Ryan stay tuned to Buffalobills.com as we’ll have the interview up later in the day.  Buffalobills.com Combine coverage is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.


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