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“Leader of the Charge” wishes he could play vs. Miami

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 19, 2013 – 7:30 pm

When the Bills take the field Sunday to play Miami, former Bills safety Leonard Smith will be bringing them onto the field. Smith is the “Leader of the Charge” for this week’s game, waving a Bills flag on top of the tunnel entrance to the field when the team is introduced.

After spending four years on the Bills roster, Smith knows how fired up Bills fans get for the Miami rivalry. In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, Smith was asked what he’ll be thinking when he’s waving the flag Sunday afternoon as the players hit the field.

“Can I get on the field and play? I get excited about it,” Smith told host John Murphy “The fans there were great to me during my playing days. I love playing to a high level for the fans”

“It’s going to be a little exciting knowing that I’m only waving the flag to get the guys fired up, I won’t be able to participate and run out on the field and do a little something myself,” he said. “Whatever I can do to give those guys motivation to play their hearts out, and play as a team, and take it to the Dolphins—hey-if my part is waving the flag, I’ll make that happen.”

Smith and his Bills teammates from 1988-91 had plenty of success against the Dolphins in the regular season and the postseason. And he believes the Bills get an edge when the Dolphins have to come to Orchard Park.

“We played those guys tough all the time, but it’s a different story when you come up to Buffalo and the weather is in your corner,” he said.

The entire interview with former Bills safety Leonard Smith is available here


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Dolphins asst. lived through Bills-Miami rivalry

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 18, 2013 – 2:30 pm

Former Bills first round draft pick Jeff Burris had his share of matchups with Miami, when he played cornerback with the Bills from 1994-1997.

Now, he gets to renew that rivalry, when he comes to Orchard Park this Sunday as a Dolphins Assistant Coach. Burris is in his first year with Miami as a Defensive Assistant, handling quality control with a focus on the defensive backfield. He appeared on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, and talked about the glory days of the Bills-Dolphins rivalry.

“When you think about the rivalry between the two teams,” Burris said, “you think about classic games, Marino versus Kelly, those were games you want to sit down and watch. We definitely want to get it back to that realm. I know Coach Marrone has done a great job in building his football team. And Coach Philbin has done a fantastic job with our team. We’re trying to get back on top of the AFC East, as is Buffalo, and hoping it happens sooner rather than later.”

Burris told host John Murphy the Buffalo-Miami rivalry lingers on, even in his family.

“Even family members, they talk about the games with the Dolphins, He said. “My daughter, who is 16 years old, was born in Buffalo, and it’s kinda funny. When she and I talk, she says I’ll root for you every week except when the Dolphins play the Bills. I said thanks. She better be just kidding.”

The entire interview with Dolphins Defensive Assistant Jeff Burris is available here


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Former Bills 1st rounder now Dolphins asst.

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 18, 2013 – 12:56 pm

He spent four years in a Bills uniform, and ten years overall playing defensive back in the NFL.

Now, Jeff Burris is on the sidelines with the Miami Dolphins, as a Defensive Assistant. Burris was Buffalo’s 1st round draft pick in 1994 out of Notre Dame. He left the Bills in 1998 and went on to play with the Colts and Bengals.

And after spending time on the Bills radio broadcast team and coaching high school football, Burris is back in the NFL as the Dolphins defensive assistant. He spends most of his time in quality control and working with Miami’s defensive backs.

“I was a little intimidated my first couple of weeks,” Burris sais this week, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “You go from coaching high school, and I was on the collegiate level last year (UMass). And then all of a sudden, you ‘re coaching guys that you’ve been at the position before. I love it. The preparation, the time, the effort you put into it, when you see the guys go out and perform well, it makes every second worth it.”

Burris says his ten years experience playing DB in the league gives him credibility when the Dolphins defensive backs have questions.

“It’s fun,” he said. “I get the guys, they come over and ask questions. The guys use it. We have veteran leadership on this team, like Reshard Jones and Dmitri Patterson. But it’s good. You understand the flow of the game, they’re coming over and making sure they’re doing things right.”

The entire interview with Jeff Burris is available here


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