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Marrone: “Training camp-mode is not over”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 21, 2013 – 8:30 pm

The 2013 Bills Training Camp is over at St. John Fisher College. But first year Head Coach Doug Marrone wants his team to continue in training camp mode for the next few weeks.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night from camp, Marrone said he’s telling Bills players to keep their training camp focus going, even as the operation moves back to Orchard Park.

“Everyone’s going to say, ‘Training camp is over, you’re breaking training camp,’” Marrone said.
“The one thing I want the players to understand is that even though we’re leaving St. John Fisher, and that part of it has been absolutely amazing, but even though we’re going back to Buffalo, we still have to keep that training camp mentality.”

Marrone says relationships are forged and chemistry is built in training camp, especially when an NFL team goes off-site, like the Bills have for the last 3 1/2 weeks in Pittsford.

“I’ve always enjoyed it,” he told host John Murphy. “I’ve done it as a player, as a coach. You get away, it’s a different type of mentality, not only for those players and the coaches. But also for their families.”

“My family doesn’t really call me or bother me, because they know, ‘He’s in camp right now.’ As a player, I think people understand the time restraints. And I think that helps you concentrate on what your job is.”

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MMA workouts key for Stevie Johnson in camp

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2013 – 9:36 pm

The Bills catch a break Thursday with a day off at training camp. And they’ve earned it, with four practices in just over two and a half days, the last two in full pads.

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson says the training camp practices have been tough and physical. But in an appearance on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, Stevie said his grueling offseason workouts in Los Angeles are paying dividends now.

Stevie said the workouts based on MMA principles (Mixed Martial Arts) were particularly helpful in getting him ready for camp.

“The MMA training that I did in LA with Jay Glazer,” he said, “the tempo and the pounding that you take with the medicine ball, and then you’re punching the bags, and then you go to the jump ropes, and you’re continually working and running around. It’s the same kind of mental preparation here, to do those activities.” traveled to Los Angeles to document Johnson’s offseason workout.


Stevie Johnson also said that despite the fact that he injured his back during the workout back in March, he was not hurt while performing any special exercises or routines for the camera, as had been reported.

” It could have happened any day,” he said. “It just so happened that it occurred when we were filming. I thought nothing of it. I felt it, but I thought nothing of it. And then little did we know, it ended up being a slight fracture. I wasn’t going harder that day than I did any other day. They got the full regimen of what I was doing.”

The entire radio interview with Stevie Johnson is available here:


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Stevie’s “Handle business-have fun” philosophy

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2013 – 8:30 pm

It’s a pretty simple approach. Bills WR Stevie Johnson‘s approach to his NFL career can be summed up in four words that have become his unofficial mantra.

“Handle business-have fun.”

Stevie refers to it as “HB-HF” and the training camp crowds in Pittsford can often be heard shouting it out to the Bills veteran wideout during practice.

Johnson appeared on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, and he elaborated what his “Handle business-Have fun” approach is all about. He’s happy fans are embracing his approach.

“That’s a good thing. I’m happy the word has pretty much spread throughout the locker room,” Johnson said. “I’m just trying to instill it with my receiving corps, handle biz and have fun. These coaches we have, they actually had a meeting about have more fun, have more fun on the field. In the game, make sure you take care of business first, then have fun.”

Host John Murphy asked Stevie if it’s possible, in the high stakes, high pressure world of the NFL, to take care of business and still have fun.

“You can. It’s about winning games,” he answered.

“At this point, in my career with the Buffalo Bills, everybody knows that I have fun, I enjoy playing these games, I love it. But now it has to transition over, so that we have to win. We have to win more. We have to win more than six. It’s playoff time now. That’s when you will really see the fun in me and the guys around me.”

The entire radio interview with Stevie Johnson is available here

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NFL Net analyst says Bills camp more physical than Jets

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 31, 2013 – 4:45 pm

NFL Network analyst Heath Evans was one of several national NFL reporters who made a visit to Bills camp in Pittsford this week. And the former fullback for the Dolphins, Patriots, and Saints says after visiting the Bills and Jets camp on back to back days, there’s no question which camp features more physical play.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Evans said he was in the Jets camp watching practice Monday, and then watched the Bills work out Tuesday morning.

“The physical tempo was totally different here, you guys get the edge there,” Evans said on the radio show. “The physical prowess of the team was totally different.”

“I didn’t hear any pads popping at all at the Jets camp,” Evans told host John Murphy. “Here at Bills camp, I heard Coach Marrone yelling, ‘Stay off the ground, stay off the ground,’ because guys are getting too physical for the first day of pads. You’d much rather have your team too physical as opposed to too soft.”

The entire radio interview with NFL Network Analyst Heath Evans is available here

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