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Fan Friday 1-17

Posted by Chris Brown on January 17, 2014 – 1:26 pm

Don’t forget to check in on our Senior Bowl coverage all next week on Buffalobills.com. Here’s the latest edition of your questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Hello Chris,

Well, another year like all years.  Just wait fans, we have something started here!!!  Marrone’s first mistake will be not letting Hackett go.  As I have said previously, loyalty is Marrone’s achilles heel.  He won’t know how to “can” Hackett so we are stuck with him.  What really stinks is that another year has slipped away and this team still has multiple problems to address.  Where do we even start with the next draft?  Please don’t draft another Alabama player!  We let players like Levitre sign elsewhere and then we say we need to address our weakness at offensive line.  Does this make any sense?  It is just one wasted draft choice after another on positions we could have fixed with players already selected.  When is this team going to address an age old problem at the tight end position?  Successful teams have tight ends who stretch the field.  When are the Bills joining the 21st century?  Sad leadership to say the least. I won’t even get started on the QB position.

Jim (Skaneateles)
CB: Jim, I respect the frustration. You fans have waited a while for a winner, but regarding your question on losing Levitre in free agency, keeping a player at a non-priority position at what would’ve been an exorbitant price ($8M plus a season) was unrealistic. Tennessee chose to spend big money on their offensive line and where did it get them?

They ranked 22nd in offense, 14th in rushing and 21st in passing. They were 19th in scoring. As coach Marrone said recently guard is position where you can develop a player into a competent to strong contributor. Offensive tackle and center are where you need the bona fide stars.

As for the tight end position, I think the new staff with GM Doug Whaley is looking to address the need for more athleticism at that spot. Tony Moeaki and Chris Gragg were the first steps in that direction. We’ll see where it goes this offseason.

Concerning your criticism of Hackett I think it’s misguided. Hackett had to curtail the variety and tempo of his offense to accommodate not one, but three “green” quarterbacks over the course of the year who were all spending their first year in his offensive system. Circumstances compromised his talent for calling plays. I’m confident the offense will expand and diversify considerably next season.

 

2 – Chris,

As always, thanks again for being a great source of Buffalo Bills information. We appreciate your feedback.

Can you explain the recent signings of 7 players to reserve/future contracts? The team moved quickly to sign these 7 right after the end of the regular season. What is this type of contract?

Bob Hammond

CB: Those contracts are typically reserved for players who were on a team’s practice squad during the regular season. If the team would like to keep those players on the roster through the offseason they must be signed to a reserve/future contract. If memory serves they have a week from when their season ends to sign their practice squad players otherwise they’re free to be signed away by other clubs.

Essentially players that the club believes can still be developed into something more are signed to these kinds of contracts, which are modest in nature.

 

3 – Chris,

With the release of WRs coach Ike Hilliard, would the Bills seriously consider bringing in Andre Reed to take over as WR coach ?  I think Reed would be a great choice. Andre had great work ethic in Buffalo and was as tough as they come running routes over the middle.

Randy C
Coach

CB: While I do not debate the qualities you described of Andre Reed’s game, it’s hard to say it’s a move that will be made. His coaching resume is very, very short though he is coaching in the NFLPA bowl on Saturday. I get the sense that coach Marrone wants someone with a more lengthy coaching background.

 

4 – Hi Chris,

I was looking at wide receiver free agents for this year, and I see that Eric Decker from the Broncos is a free agent after the playoffs. Would the Buffalo Bills pursue Decker and possibly make an offer?

Tony, Ormond Beach, Fl
CB: Yes, Decker is scheduled to become a free agent. I don’t think there’s any question that the Bills have already demonstrated a concerted effort to add size at the receiver position with the reserve/future signings of Ramses Barden (6’6”) and Chris Summers (6’4 ½”). But they need a proven answer with size at receiver. Decker is certainly a proven player, but I think they want the big receiver on their offense to also be a bona fide number one target. I don’t know that Decker can be that.

I feel that a lot of his production is a byproduct of the fact that opponents scheme to limit DeMaryius Thomas and Wes Welker and Decker becomes the beneficiary. Without a similar supporting cast, I’m not sure what you could count on with Decker in terms of production.

 

5 – Chris

When I see the names of Jason Peters and Karlos Dansby on the list for 2013, I think what if they were playing for the Bills now…… Two big problems solved…….Dansby is a run stopper as MLB, and Peters as T is one of the best.  Why don’t we as fans make the Bills FO accountable for their errors of poor decisions re. personnel choices……….And throw in there, their choice of ST coach……..Last season the FO thought Dansby as washed up… Hello, over the hill………..The Bills FO is on the clock in order to get their act together for 2014……………………

Tim in TN, Bills Fan
CB: While I understand your frustration in seeing talent flourish elsewhere instead of on Buffalo’s roster, your Bills history is a bit cloudy. The team wanted to keep Jason Peters and were willing to renegotiate his contract, which had two years left on it, but after he held out and then threatened to hold out again the next season it was clear that keeping Peters in Buffalo was going to be monumentally difficult.

So he was traded to Philadelphia for a first, fourth and sixth-round pick. When you have a player that doesn’t want to play for your team it’s hard to even make them happy with more money.

As for Karlos Dansby the Bills brought him in on a free agent visit so to indicate the front office thought he was washed up is just wrong. He chose to look elsewhere to sign essentially using Buffalo to drive up the market price for his services.

Both have been accomplished players, but if they don’t want to be here you’re not going to win with them on your roster.


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Andre coaching WRs at NFLPA bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2014 – 8:38 am

Andre Reed has been in the news of late because for the eighth time he is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This week he’s also busy doing some coaching in a college all-star game.

Reed is coaching inside receivers at the NFLPA bowl practices this week in California and will be on the sidelines during Saturday’s all-star game of college prospects. Among the players Reed will be coaching is UB WR Alex Neutz.

There are also two other Bills ties to the coaches who will be working this week at the NFLPA bowl. Another former Bills player, LB Keith Goganious is going to be coaching defensive tackles on the same staff with Reed under head coach Dennis Green for the ‘American team.’

On the staff under Dick Vermeil that’s coaching the ‘National team’ is former Bills receivers coach Charlie Joiner, who coached on Buffalo’s staff under Marv Levy and Wade Phillips.


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Vote for Andre for Hall of Fame

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2014 – 11:20 am

Bills fans have the opportunity to let their voice be heard and win something for themselves in the process.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will provide NFL faithful with the unique opportunity to vote exclusively for the Class of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees for induction by simply logging on to vote for the 15 finalists they feel are most deserving for enshrinement.
During the voting period (ending Feb. 1, 2014), fans will be able to hear and read about the 15 modern-day finalists via digital content.  Fans will also be given the chance to enter a sweepstakes for a trip to Enshrinement Weekend among other prizes.
So vote early and often for Bills Wall of Famer and now eight time Pro Football HOF finalist Andre Reed right here 

 


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HOF Selectors not all about the numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2014 – 1:24 pm

With Bills all-time leading receiver and Wall of Famer Andre Reed once again a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist, fans wonder if this will be the year he’s given the thumbs up for enshrinement. At the same time fans worry that his career numbers, which were very impressive when he retired, have been minimized by the proliferation of the passing game with more modern candidates like this year’s first ballot finalist Marvin Harrison.

Last year Cris Carter leapfrogged Reed to gain induction, even though Reed had made the final cut from 15 to 10 three of the previous four years and Carter had not. Buffalo presenter and Buffalo News Bills beat reporter Mark Gaughan in an appearance on the John Murphy Show this week indicated it was largely due to the fact that Cris Carter had 135 career touchdowns to Reed’s 87.

At the same time Gaughan assures that the Hall of Fame Selectors are not guided solely by career numbers.

“That is a point that I can assure I make at length, and that is an issue that the selectors have embraced that it’s about more than numbers,” Gaughan said. “When Michael Irvin got in his total numbers are much lower than Andre’s and Tim Brown and all those guys. But what did Michael Irvin mean to his team and the Super Bowl and what did he do for his team in the biggest games on the biggest stages? All those arguments can be made on Andre’s behalf as well.

“The Cowboys wanted to give the ball to Emmitt Smith much like the Bills wanted to give the ball to Thurman Thomas. That’s another point that I make. The Bills had a balanced offense. Even though they were the K-Gun they were not an aerial circus like Peyton Manning’s Colts or the Rams. In Andre’s six most prime years the Bills averaged 479 pass attempts per year. Four-hundred seventy-nine pass attempts would’ve been 29th in the league this year.”

When asked for the strongest argument that he makes in presenting Reed, which he will again do for an eighth time this year, Gaughan said he highlights Reed’s team first approach.

“I think that Andre was what a Hall of Famer should be all about,” Gaughan said. “He has the numbers, but he wasn’t just about the numbers. He was a team player. He produced in the biggest moments for his team. He was a quintessential tough receiver who did the dirty work. He was about impact, not just about the numbers. How much he meant to the Bills offense and what he did in the biggest games at the most important times. And his playoff numbers in three of the first four Super Bowls, the Bills probably don’t get there without great games from Andre. So he epitomizes what a larger than life Hall of Famer should be all about.”


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Breaking HOF WR logjam not easy

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2014 – 9:23 am

Bills WR Andre Reed is a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist for the eighth straight year, after he was named to the list of 15 Thursday night. The presenter for Buffalo candidates is Hall of Fame Selector and Buffalo News Bills beat reporter Mark Gaughan. He appeared on the John Murphy Show this week and explained that while Reed is a solid candidate breaking the wide receiver logjam is easier said than done.

Gaughan said the main reason Cris Carter leapfrogged Reed last year, even though Reed had made the first cut from 15 to 10 three of the previous four years, was in large part because Carter had 135 touchdowns to Reed’s 87. Now that Carter is in Murphy asked Gaughan if that clears the way for Reed this year.

“I hope so although it’s not simple,” said Gaughan. “Tim Brown is still there, but he has never made the final 10. Andre has made the final 10 for four of the last five years. Marvin Harrison is up this year so how does that impact the dynamics of the vote? That’s a good question.”

Still, Gaughan believes Reed is just as solid as about any other candidate on the final 15 list this year.

“He is a very strong candidate,” said Gaughan. “He’s viewed as a strong candidate or he wouldn’t keep making it. Not only has he made it eight times to the final 15, but he’s made the final 10 four of the last five years . I’m sure everybody knows this, but the way it works is the final 15 are whittled down to 10 and then five and then you vote up or down on those five.”

As for any so called “slam dunk” finalists that are most likely to gain enshrinement, Gaughan isn’t certain there are shoe-ins, but has a favorite for such a designation.

“It’s tough to predict,” he said. “Of the four first time eligible guys, Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones and Derrick Brooks, I think Walter Jones is probably the closest thing to a slam dunk. Nobody is a slam dunk like Joe Montana or Bruce Smith or Dan Marino. But Walter Jones is probably one of six or seven best tackles of all time. He’s an all-1st team all-decade player.”


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Reed as expected a HOF finalist again

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2014 – 10:34 pm

Bills Wall of Famer and all-time leading receiver Andre Reed has once again been named a Hall of Fame finalist. This time for the class of 2014.

This is the eighth time that Reed is a finalist being considered for induction.

Once again Reed will be competing against other prominent receivers who have also made the final 15.

Tim Brown and first ballot candidate Marvin Harrison are part of the list of finalists. Both have superior career numbers to that of Reed. How that will that be interpreted by the committee remains to be seen.


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Rice believes Reed deserving of HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2014 – 1:37 pm

The Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists for the 2014 class will be announced tonight on NFL Network at 9 pm, and Andre Reed is widely expected to be named a finalist for the eighth straight year. But what kind of support might Reed get in the room of the Hall of Fame Committee voters? Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice, a player peer to Reed, said the Bills Wall of Famer deserves to be enshrined.

In an interview on NFL Network Rice felt Reed did enough in his career to be inducted.

“I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Rice of Reed. “Will he get in this year, I think it’s going to be really close. But I think with Andre Reed what he was able to do with Jim Kelly and the numbers he was able to put up and he was a playmaker on that football team, so I think he deserves to be in.”

When asked to assess Reed’s chances knowing there are other receivers expected to be among the finalists again this year, Rice said he doesn’t expect it to be easy.

“I don’t know how the committee is going to pick these guys,” said Rice. “I think he’s put up outstanding numbers. The people he played with also put up outstanding numbers, but now he’s been out for seven years and he’s been waiting and you’ve also got Tim Brown and Marvin Harrison so it might be difficult for him to get in.”


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Andre defends his work ethic

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2013 – 3:20 pm

Bills Wall of Famer and once again semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Andre Reed, had to take to Twitter to defend himself when national NFL reporter Michael Silver accused Reed of quitting in the 1995 AFC playoff game against Pittsburgh.

Silver made the accusation on Wednesday night’s Hall of Fame show on NFL Network when the list of primary nominees was reduced to 25 semifinalists. Reed is one of them again. He cited an Orlando Sentinel story as the means for his position, despite the fact that in the story, then head coach Marv Levy effectively explains how any thoughts about Reed letting them down quickly evaporated.

After making the comments, Silver endured a barrage of criticism from followers on Twitter and back pedaled considerably on his position.

Andre Reed, who got wind of the criticism, explained his position pretty effectively on his Twitter account.

For those that don’t remember the injury it was awful. Playing against the Jets at then Rich Stadium, Reed was bent awkwardly in half by a defender trying to drag him down to the ground after the catch along the sideline. With the full body weight of the player pulling down on the back of Reed’s jersey, one of Reed’s legs came up off the ground and swung straight up over his head, while his torso was dragged straight down.

The problem was his other leg was still straight as an arrow in a standing position bearing the brunt of the defender’s weight while Reed’s face mask was touching the front of that standing leg’s knee cap. The result was a torn hamstring, with the muscle tearing off the bone.

Most rehabs are about six months for such an injury. Reed, known as a workout warrior in every sense of the phrase, was trying to return in half that time. He had only missed two games in his career prior to that injury. Missing the next 11 was excruciating.

Wanting to play in the AFC Divisional playoff after missing the AFC Wild Card win, Reed tried to give it a go, but clearly wasn’t himself. He had just two catches for 20 yards.

Jim Kelly was injured in the game, though he did return, and Bruce Smith was bed ridden with the flu and did not play against Pittsburgh.

But for anyone that knew Andre Reed the player, there was an intense desire to compete and to be the best. Even though his God-given talents weren’t quite the same as the most physically gifted in the game, he succeeded anyway and has a Hall of Fame worthy resume.

Did Reed have an ego? Absolutely, but so did most of the other guys in Buffalo’s locker room. When things went wrong they got ticked off. None of them handled failure well, which is why they achieved so much in the first place.

For those who have failed to put Reed in his rightful place in Canton you need to remember this. Reed had the unfortunate timing of playing in the same era as the most prolific receiver the game has ever seen in Jerry Rice. Rice’s 49ers won four Super Bowls, Reed’s Bills lost four.

Spending an entire career in the shadow of a player like that is no easy task, especially when you’re putting up some pretty darn good numbers yourself and going to a handful of Pro Bowls. And Reed struggled in handling that at times. He often felt he did not get the national respect he deserved for his exploits on the field, and in certain instances he was right.

To even insinuate that Reed quit on his team however, is an indication that you never knew the player. Yes, just about every player in the NFL has to possess a strong work ethic just to get there, but Reed’s was obsessive. He didn’t just live in the gym, he bought one. Quitting as he said was not in his vocabulary.

That’s how he built a career that lasted 16 years, 15 in Buffalo, and why he had at least 50 catches for every season he played in Buffalo except for his rookie year (48) and in 1995 when he missed 11 games.

He didn’t rack up the receptions, yards and touchdowns that Jerry Rice did, but no one else did either. And Joe Montana was the engine that ran the 49ers offense, so it makes sense that Rice’s stats were gaudy.

In Buffalo the engine of the offense was Thurman Thomas. That made Reed a complementary player, a very important complement, but not the focal point of the offense. Add in the fact that he lined up alongside a Hall of Famer in James Lofton for four seasons and you understand how the ball would get spread around.

Silver, to his credit, admitted his rush to judgment, but Bills fans seeing Silver is from Northern California doesn’t help matters.

It’s hard for them to believe a guy who admits to having an affinity for Joe Montana and has a Twitter avatar of himself with Montana and Steve Young even gives Andre Reed proper respect for his NFL accomplishments, let alone give the 90′s Bills a second thought.

Hopefully those members of the Hall of Fame Board of Selectors will see things differently this February when Reed is hopefully a finalist and presented for possible enshrinement.


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HOF semifinalists announced tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2013 – 4:47 pm

The NFL Network will announce the reduction of the initial Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee list of 125 candidates down to 25 semifinalists tonight. Bills Wall of Famers Andre Reed and Steve Tasker are both expected to make the cut.

Here’s a look at the likely candidates to make it through to the final 25, which include Reed and Tasker, who both made the semifinalist list last year.

The list will be announced on NFL Network this evening (Wednesday) at 10 pm.


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Reed, Lofton make top 10 receiving tandems

Posted by Chris Brown on July 11, 2013 – 11:08 am

NFL.com put together a rundown of the top 10 receiving tandems in NFL history. A Bills Hall of Famer and Bills Wall of Famer made the list.

James Lofton and Andre Reed were ranked 10th on the list. Other modern era pairings like Rice and Owens, Holt and Bruce, Carter and Moss and Rice and Taylor (yes Jerry appeared on the list twice) were ranked ahead of them.

Unfortunately playing in the same era as Rice is often what kept Reed from getting his just due during his career. Apparently that is still the case.


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Moulds not the only former Bills WR coaching

Posted by Chris Brown on June 20, 2013 – 4:15 pm

As we profiled on Buffalobills.com, Eric Moulds will undertake his first foray into NFL coaching as a minority fellowship coach during training camp later this summer with the Arizona Cardinals. But he’s not the only former Bills receiver who will try his hand at coaching in an NFL training camp.

The only receiver ahead of Moulds on the Bills all-time receiving list, Wall of Famer Andre Reed will also be working as a minority fellowship coach with the Kansas City Chiefs under Andy Reid.

“Andy’s been a good friend of mine for a lot of years,” Reed told the Morning Call during an  appearance Wednesday at his hometown Allentown Boys and Girls Club.  “He has always been a great supporter of me and the way I played. I think he’s  going to turn things around in Kansas City and I’m excited to be part of it.  Andy and their receivers coach [David Culley] called me and they’re excited  about having me out there.”

Reed said now at age 49 the time is right with his kids grown to take a stab at the coaching profession.

 


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Andre excited about youth at receiver

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2013 – 11:23 am

Bills Wall of Famer Andre Reed was drafted in 1985 when Buffalo took two wide receivers (Reed and Chris Burkett). It’s partly why Reed took notice when the Bills took a pair of wide receivers in the draft this year in Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. Those additions also have him keenly interested in how the passing game plays out for the Bills this fall.

“It’s interesting that they took a pair of receivers. It might be the first time since I was drafted. I’m real excited about what Doug (Marrone) wants to do there, and the offensive coordinator and what he wants to do,” said Reed. “A big, strong quarterback in EJ (Manuel), really mobile guy and in Buffalo you’ve got to have a strong arm and he has a strong arm. It’ll  be interesting to see. It looks like on paper they want to open it up with that West Coast style offense and get the guys the ball early so they can do something with the ball. It should be an exciting year. I think C.J. Spiller is really exciting. He’s got to be.”

Actually there have been several times that the Bills have taken a pair of receivers in the draft, although the 2013 draft is the first time the Bills have drafted a pair of receivers in the first four rounds since 1989 when Buffalo took Don Beebe (round 3) and John Kolesar (round 4).


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Frank Reich’s Call to Courage awards next Sat

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2013 – 2:30 pm

Former Bills QB Frank Reich’s Athletes in Action will host the 12th Annual Call to Courage Award Breakfast this Saturday (April 6th) at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo with a special look back at the “Greatest Comeback in NFL History.”

The high profile breakfast will be held from 9-11 am and Reich will present the 2013 Call to Courage Award to Indianapolis Colts All Pro Center Jeff Saturday. He was named to six Pro Bowls and named First Team All Pro twice in 2005 and 2007.

A special highlight of the program will be the 20th Anniversary celebration of the “Greatest Comeback in NFL History”. Joining Reich for a look back video highlight panel discussion will be former Buffalo Bills greats Andre Reed, Kenneth Davis and Steve Tasker. Buffalobills.com will cover the event.

The honorary chairman for this year’s breakfast will be Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell.

In addition to the NFL winner of the Call to Courage Award, the High School Call to Courage Award will also be given to an outstanding member of a Western New York high school football team. Buffalo Bills play –by-play man, John Murphy is this year’s MC.

A commemorative Limited Edition 20th Anniversary – Greatest Comeback poster will also be made available, exclusively for those in attendance at the breakfast.

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The Call to Courage Award Breakfast is open to the public. Tickets are $40 each and a table of ten is $350. For ticket information call 716-559-1800 or find them on Facebook at aiabuffalo.


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How long Reed’s HOF candidacy was discussed

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2013 – 10:31 am

Bills Wall of Famer and perennial Hall of Fame finalist Andre Reed was again not selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. For the fourth straight year he made the first cut down to 10 finalists, but did not make it past the second cutdown to five. ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, a Hall of Fame Board Selector outlined how long the discussion lasted on Reed’s candidacy as well as all the other finalists.

Grossi called his timekeeping unofficial, but it’s interesting to note nonetheless.

1. Bill Parcells, 55 minutes
2. Art Modell, 32:15. 3
3. Cris Carter, 30:30
4. Jerome Bettis, 29:55
5. Dave Robinson, 28:27
6. Eddie DeBartolo Jr., 27:50
7. Aeneas Williams, 22:45
8. Andre Reed, 18:30
9. Warren Sapp, 17:55
10. Jonathan Ogden, 15:40
11. Kevin Greene, 15:30
12. Curley Culp, 13:21
13. Michael Strahan, 13:13
14. Charles Haley, 10:56
15. Larry Allen, 9:02
16. Will Shields, 4:26
17. Tim Brown, 3:45

Perhaps the most encouraging item that comes from these discussion times is the fact that Tim Brown was discussed for less than four minutes. It serves again as indication that Reed is clearly a more debated candidate than the former Raiders receiver, which is a good thing.

Another encouraging sign for Reed is the statistical note brought up by Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His research of Hall of Fame voting history revealed that since 1970, 89 percent of candidates who have been multiple finalists, like Reed, eventually have made it to induction. And since 1970, 83 percent of all finalists have made it in.


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The good & bad news about Reed’s chances

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2013 – 6:48 pm

With Andre Reed not gaining induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite being a finalist for each of the past seven years, there is some good news about the outcome this year, but also bad news about next year.

With Cris Carter being selected for enshrinement, the logjam of Tim Brown, Carter and Reed has finally been broken. Reed had been the only one of the three to advance to the final 10 in the first reduction vote from 15 each of the past three years. But this year Carter was the only one of the three to make the second cut to five and then got the required 80 percent of the vote.

With the logjam broken it would seem that Reed is the odds on favorite among receivers to advance the furthest next year.

The bad news is even though a receiver has been taken out of the mix in Carter, another will be added next year as Marvin Harrison will be a first-year eligible.

Harrison has the second most receptions in NFL history behind only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. The receiver that’s third on the list of all-time receptions… is 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter.


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HOF voting for Reed again comes up short

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2013 – 6:36 pm

Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed has now been a Hall of Fame finalist seven times in his eight years of eligibility for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Unfortunately he has not been chosen for enshrinement by the Board of Selectors again this year. Here is a look at how the voting fell in each of his seven years as a finalist.

In 2007 Reed was eliminated in the first cut from 15 to 10 with both Michael Irvin and Monk advancing. Monk was then eliminated when the group was reduced to six, with Irvin making the cut and eventually being selected for enshrinement.

In 2008 Reed was eliminated in the first cut from 15 to 10 with both Cris Carter and Monk advancing. Carter was then eliminated in the next reduction from 10 to 5, with Monk making the cut and eventually being selected for enshrinement.

In 2009 Reed again did not make the cut from 15 to 10. Veteran committee finalist Bob Hayes was the only receiver selected for induction.

In 2010 Reed advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter and Tim Brown both getting clipped, but Reed was eliminated in the reduction from 10 to 5, with Jerry Rice advancing and being selected for enshrinement.

In 2011 Reed again advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter and Tim Brown both getting clipped again, but Reed was again eliminated in the reduction from 10 to 5, with Shannon Sharpe and Ed Sabol being selected for enshrinement.

In 2012 Reed advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter both making it to the final 10. Tim Brown was eliminated. But in the reduction from 10 to 5 both Reed and Carter were eliminated.

In 2013 Reed advanced past the first cut with he and Cris Carter making it to the final 10. Tim Brown was again eliminated. But in the reduction from 10 to 5 Reed was eliminated, but Carter advanced. Carter was then selected for enshrinement for the 2013 class.


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Tasker on Reed’s HOF chances

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 1, 2013 – 9:30 pm

Steve Tasker has had plenty of consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recent years. But this weekend, he’s focused on his former Buffalo Bills teammate, Andre Reed, and his chances for election.

The electors for the Hall of Fame meet Saturday morning in New Orleans to elect the class of 2013. And Reed is one of 15-modern era finalists for the honor again.

In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Friday night, Tasker says he’s obviously rooting for Reed to get into the Hall this year. In New Orleans as part of the CBS Super Bowl broadcast team, Tasker says he talked to Reed earlier this week about being a finalist.

“I have talked to him, we went out a few nights ago on his birthday,” Tasker said on the radio show. “We did talk about it. We’re always hopeful. We all have no doubt that he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.”

“But we also acknowledge that there’s a process that has to be gone through, and that maybe it is his year, maybe it’s not. And we’re not privy to why it would be or why it would not be. So we’re just going to have to wait and see. I encouraged Andre to not let it ruin his weekend, waiting on this to happen. We know it will. Be patient, and when it does happen, it will be all the sweeter, because we were around to enjoy it.”

The entire interview with Steve Tasker is available at buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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Brandon: We’ve got to get Andre in

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2013 – 2:44 pm

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Bills all-time leading receiver and Wall of Famer Andre Reed is once again a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon when given the opportunity on SiriusXM radio to campaign for Reed laid out why Reed should be enshrined.

“He’s one of the best receivers of his generation,” said Brandon. “That’s what I believe should really be the focal point. The Bills were the winningest team in the AFC in the 90′s. A dominant team with a dominant offense and every single individual associated with our organization and in football will tell you what a big of that offense he was.”

In the next breath Brandon also stumped for Steve Tasker, who was a Hall of Fame semifinalist this year.

“We also need to get Steve Tasker into the Hall of Fame,” said Brandon. “He’s the greatest special teamer of all time. Why is he not in? If you game plan for someone every time he’s on the field, that was Steve Tasker. It’s a third of the game and he needs to be in the Hall of Fame with Andre.”

The HOF Board of Selectors will be whittling down the list of 17 finalists to a maximum of seven for induction on Saturday.


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DL coach tonight on The John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 30, 2013 – 5:53 pm

We’re back on the air with The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, after the podcast on Tuesday because of hockey. And we’ve got a good lineup for the radio show.

At 720pm, we’ll be joined in studio by the new Defensive Line Coach for the Buffalo Bills. Anthony Weaver joins the Bills after working with Mike Pettine and the Jets defense last year. He’s a former NFL defensive lineman, and he was a teammate of Mario Williams when the two played in Houston. We’ll ask Coach Weaver about coaching his former teammate and settling in with the Bills.

This Saturday, at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, electors will vote on the 2013 class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Former Bills WR Andre Reed is one of 15-finalists for the eighth year. What are his chances this year?

We’ll talk with Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News on the radio show Wednesday at 8pm. Gaughan will present Reed’s nomination again this year during an eight hour meeeting in New Orleans Saturday.

We’ll have Super Bowl news and we’ll talk about how the 2012 Bills Special Teams ranked last season. As usual, we’ll make room for phone calls from fans.

The John Murphy Show airs Wednesday night from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.


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Reed waits for the call from the Hall

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 11, 2013 – 7:20 pm

He’s been down this road before. Bills WR Andre Reed is a finalist again for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

And Reed says he doesn’t know what to say with the selection meeting just three weeks away.

The Bills all time Wide Receiver was a guest Friday night on The John Murphy Show. And he says he’ll approach the selection meeting this year the same way he has in previous years.

“I’ve talked to you now eight years in a row about this, and you can probably go back eight years and I’ve probably said the same thing,” Reed told host John Murphy.

“Any time you’re even put on the preliminary list and then you make it to the semifinals, and then you make it to the finals, that’s really pretty much a validation of what somebody thinks you have done, and what kind of a player you were. That’s how I look at it.”

When Reed retired from the NFL after the 2000 season, he was third all time in receptions with 951. But with tough competiton in the Hall of Fame balloting from other wideouts, including Tim Brown and Cris Carter, Reed has had a tough time getting over the hump and into Canton.

“It seems like I’ve always had to go the hard road to get something,” Reed said. “There wasn’t too much given to me. I’ve always had to work really extra hard to get recognition. That’s been my whole life.”

Reed says he will be in New Orleans in three weeks during Super Bowl week to make other appearances. But he doesn’t look forward to the hype and speculation about his chances leading up to the Hall of Fame vote on February 2nd.

“At this point, I don’t know how many words I can say—it’s ridiculous right now. I really don’t want to talk about it anymore. When it does happen, then I can talk about it even more. Its hard to talk about it every year and be disappointed every year. We’ll see what happens, and we’ll go from there.”

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.


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