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Monday John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 12, 2012 – 5:59 pm

It’s an abbreviated week for the Buffalo Bills but we start with our regular Monday Night routine on The John Murphy Show.

At 7pm tonight, we’ll get through the Bills news of the day, including the injury update after the game in New England.  We’ll also have our Monday Game Rewind, with the radio play by play highlights of the Bills and the Patriots.

Chris Brown, Lead Journalist for Buffalo Bills.com joins us a couple of times tonight live from Buffalo Wild Wings on McKinley Parkway in Hamburg.  We’ll pick Chris’ brain about the loss in Foxboro, and the upcoming game against the Dolphins.

At 7:20pm, RB C.J. Spiller joins us in studio.  He had an outstanding game against the Patriots, and he figures to get much more week this Thursday against the Dolphins, with Fred Jackson suffering from a concussion.

Joe Buscaglia, our sideline reporter on the Bills Radio Network joins us at 8pm.  And then we turn it over for the national radio broadcast of Monday Night Football, the Chiefs and the Steelers, at 815pm

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


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Kelso on Texans running attack

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 2, 2012 – 7:45 pm

He’s had a long look at the Houston Texans video.  And former Bills safety Mark Kelso knows what the Bills are up against, when they go up against Houston’s top flight running attack Sunday.

Kelso is the color analyst on the Bills radio network.  And during his regular Friday night appearance on The John Murphy Show, he was effusive in his praise of the simplicity and effectiveness of the Texans running game, featuring Arian Foster.

“Brutal efficiency personified—running the ball down people’s throats over and over again, without any answer,” Kelso said to describe Houston’s run game.  He says he came across that description when someone was linking the Texans running attack to the one run by the old Denver Broncos, when Houston’s Head Coach Gary Kubiak played and coached in the Mile High City.

“That’s what they do offensively. It’s efficient,” Kelso told John Murphy.  “Their offensive line is big, even in today’s NFL.  All their offensive linemen are big, with the exception of the center Myers.”

“What they do, is they run a stretch play or a slash play, and the running back Arian Foster is going to take the ball and run wide until he sees an opening, and then he’s going to plant his foot and accelerate.”

The Texans have the sixth ranked rushing attack in the NFL going into this week. And Foster’s 659 yards on the ground puts him fifth in the league in rushing, with nine touchdowns on the ground.


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Friday’s John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 2, 2012 – 6:19 pm

A jam packed lineup tonight on The John Murphy show.

We start at 7pm with a recap of the news of the day, then Bills GM Buddy Nix joins us to talk about quarterbacks.  He’s repeating his long-held assertion that the team needs to draft and develop a young quarterback.

At 7:20pm, we’re back with Mark Kelso, the former Bills Safety who’s now the color man on the Bills Radio Network.  “Coach” Kelso has completed his film study for the week, and he’s ready to break down Sunday’s matchup between the Bills and the Houston Texans.

Longtime Houston sportswriter John McClain is our guest at 8pm.  He’s covered pro football in Houston for more than 30-years, and he’ll give us the update on the Texans as the Bills get ready to head to Houston tomorrow.

And at 8:20pm, it’s our regular fantasy football preview with Sal Capaccio of WGR Radio.

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


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Nix on quarterbacks-John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 2, 2012 – 2:45 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix joins us on The John Murphy Show tonight at 7pm.  And during his appearance, which was taped this afternoon, he spent some time talking about drafting quarterbacks.

The Bills GM insists his approach has not changed–he’s always in the market for a franchise quarterback when draft time rolls around.

“I’ve said this every year,” Nix told us.   “Any time you mention quarterback it gets your attention.  But again, it’s the same approach we’ve always taken.  We’d like to have a young guy to develop to sit there behind Fitz or compete with Fitz, as far as that goes.   We want to make sure we get the right one,   but, again, every year we’ve tried to do that.”

Nix has spent the last couple of weeks on the road scouting during the Bills break for the bye.  And he says even though he’s looking at the quarterbacks, he will not reach to draft one.

“A bad thing is not drafting one, but a worse thing is drafting the wrong one,” he said, “because then you double the time it takes.  It takes you about three years to find out the guy can’t play, you get that staff fired, and then you try to get one that can play, and then it takes you another three.  So it takes you six, seven years, it sets you back.”

Nix says his interest in quarterbacks in the draft is not a reflection at all on the way the franchise feels about current quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

“I don’t think it changes anything.  I said something to him about it jokingly, this morning; he didn’t know what I was talking about.  That doesn’t change anything around.”

You can hear the entire interview with Buddy Nix tonight at 7pm on The John Murphy Show, on the flagship station of the Bills,  WGR Sports Radio 550.


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Wannstedt: Blitzing is not the answer

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 1, 2012 – 7:45 pm

They’ve spent the last week and a half looking for answers in the Buffalo Bills meeting rooms, in the film rooms, and on the practice field.

The Bills are determined to fix what’s wrong with the 31st ranked defense in the NFL, and determined to get it right before Sunday’s game in  Houston.

Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt was a guest on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, and he talked about the Bills defensive struggle through the first seven games.   Wannstedt says his biggest hurdle is to get his players to be more consistent.

“The biggest thing we gotta do is we gotta be consistent at what we do,” Wannstedt said on the radio show.  “Whether it be third downs, or stopping the run   or rushing the passer—we have no consistency right now.  It’s one game up, one down.”

Some have wondered whether the Bills should be blitzing more to generate more pressure on opponent passers.  But Wannstedt says that’s not  always a great idea.

“Everybody talks about blitzing more. Well, you can blitz more.  In our thinking, you’ve got two rookie corners and every time you blitz, you’re leaving those corners alone. “

“You can blitz the bad ones, you cover the good ones—that’s the way it is on defense,” Wannstedt continued.  “

” At the end of the day, our bread and butter is our front four, and we’re gonna live and die with those guys.  And when they’re clicking and they’re cranking and they’re making plays, it makes up for a lot of problems, coverage wise, run-wise, everything.”

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


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John Murphy Show at New Era Cap

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 27, 2012 – 5:33 pm

We take the show on the road tonight.  The John Murphy Show will be live at the flagship store for the New Era Cap Company tonight starting at 7pm.

We’ll be joined by the Bills Marcell Dareus live at New Era.  He’s ready to talk about the Bills matchup with the Patriots this weekend, and about his work with the cap company on their new football cap.

Former Bills punter Greg Cater is our guest during the seven oclock hour as well.  He punted for the Bills for four years in the 1980s, and is now a free-lance punting coach.  Cater has been working with the new Bills punter, Shawn Powell, for several years now, and we’ll get his thoughts on the Bills newest acquisition.

Fans are invited to stop by the New Era Flagship Store at 160 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo tonight from 7pm-830pm to watch the radio show.

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


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Fan Friday 7-6

Posted by Chris Brown on July 6, 2012 – 11:15 am

Hope everybody had a good 4th of July celebration. My favorite holiday of the year and there’s still a whole weekend to go! On to your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 - Chris,

Thanks for your great coverage of the Bills this offseason.

First, is Fitzpatrick considering wearing a rib protector this season like those made by Evoshield? I heard RG III on an interview with Jim Rome recently and he is a spokesperson for the molded, rib-protecting equipment. Has Fitz worn something like this before or will last season’s injury make the team and trainers look into something like this? 

Second, how many D-linemen do you see the Bills carrying into the season? We easily have 4 DEs in Super Mario, Anderson, Lights Out and Kelsay. And we have Dareus and Kyle Williams etched in as DT starters. Those are the only players that seem like a lock. Is it possible that they keep 8 or even 9 D-linemen on the roster through the season? I’d hate to lose either a veteran talent like Spencer Johnson or some younger talent with upside like Troup or Carrington. 

Go Bills,
Nate in Rochester
CB: If I’m not mistaken I believe Fitz does wear a measure of rib protection around the back and sides of his rib cage. When London Fletcher hit him last year it was with the crown of his helmet right into Fitzpatrick’s sternum. A rib protector isn’t helping up that high.

The defensive lineman count is going to be one of the more interesting decisions the coaching staff makes when it’s time to whittle down the roster. Going to a 4-3 defensive front the defensive staff can keep a couple of more defensive linemen, but I can’t see the number going higher than 10. Personally I think nine is the more likely number.

Under Chan Gailey with a 3-4 defense the Bills kept just seven defensive linemen each of the past two seasons. I could see that number increasing by two this fall, which will leave some capable talent off the roster this season.

 

2 – Hey, Chris.

In the current Bills’ “Lead the Charge” spot, Stevie Johnson says something like, “…when you hear 73,000 fans going ‘Buffalo, Buffalo, let’s go Buffalo’…”.  I have been to Rich/Ralph Wilson stadium more times than I can count, and I don’t recall ever hearing that chant.  (they do chant “Let’s go Buffalo, Let’s go Buffalo” at Sabres games, but that does not apply).  Am I losing my mind, or can you confirm the writers of the spot just exercised some poetic license with the facts (to what end, I do not know)?  Other than “Shout!”, do the fans really have any regular chant? 

Thanks,
Walter

CB: I believe Stevie is referring to the portion of the ‘Shout’ song when the guy sings, ‘Let’s go Buf-a-lo!’ And the crowd responds ‘Let’s go Buf-a-lo!’ They sing that two times in a row every time the ‘Shout’ song plays. It’s right at the end.

I’m afraid you might need a refresher course on the ‘Shout’ song my friend. Please listen and read the lyrics as well.

 

3 - Chris,

All talk has been focused around the D-line, and with good reason, I am loving our D-line also. I would like to hear your thoughts on our secondary. How likely is it that we will see Aaron Williams and Stephon Gilmore as the starting corners, and Ron Brooks in the slot? Again, with good reason, all talk has been about Mario, Kyle and Shawne’s return. Not much is being said about Aaron, Stephon or Ron. I think this could be a great secondary, especially covering NE’s TE’s, if you add in Shepp and Barnett at the Mike and Will LB positions, respectively. This could become a feared group to pass against, and given the BIG boys up front, this could be a hard D to pass against. 

Thanks for your coverage,

Don
Norwalk, CT

CB: The secondary has added some big time talent no question. I think knowing how physical Dave Wannstedt wants his cornerbacks to be there’s a very good chance that Aaron Williams and Stephon Gilmore wind up being the starters on the outside come kickoff weekend.

As for the slot I think it’s much more up in the air. As we profiled on Buffalobills.com as part of our Top 25 questions until training camp series, there are four worthy candidates for the nickel corner job.

In my personal opinion I think Justin Rogers lands the job in the end, but you’re right there’s a good mix of youth and vets and two safeties that work well together in Byrd and Wilson.

 

4 - Hi Chris

A quick question I hope you can answer. If Shawne Merriman displays he is healthy

& 1 of the best defensive players on the team, why not start him @ the outside

Linebacker spot they have reserved for Kirk Morrison?

Keon

CB: I think this is a very valid question, and I’d be interested in asking it of Wannstedt. I believe the reason we haven’t seen Merriman in that role to this point is the coaching staff did not know what they were going to get from the veteran pass rusher. With that kind of uncertainty placing him in a starting role in the spring might be a bit of putting the cart before the horse.

Coaches don’t like to depend on players that aren’t exactly locks health-wise. So I wouldn’t be surprised if the staff decided to just let Merriman rush the passer in the spring workout setting and see what they get. But if Merriman continues on his current path he’ll be able to handle a full time role instead of a part time one.

Then and only then might an expanded role as a strong side linebacker even be considered, but it’s certainly a role he could handle when fully healthy.

 

5 – Chris…

It would seem to me that the best evidence of whether or not the investment in the Bills defense has paid off would be made by Fitz and the Offense…they practiced against the ones every week last year and are watching them amp up this year…I also think if the defense you practice against is significantly better, year over year, then the offense stands to get better as well…just because they need to play at a higher level….you’ve watched the Bill’s for a long while…do you see any of that…do the guy’s on offense talk about how much better the defense is….do you think the offense is playing or trying to play at a higher level just to keep up….or is it just too soon to tell?

thanks for all you do to keep us current….and it’s great that Murph is now really part of your team….

Bernie Dennis
Sudbury, MA

CB: Yes, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the most outspoken about the defense making their life difficult. He’s stated to me more than once that there have been days where they just can’t execute a lot of the same plays they were able to in practice last year because of the additional talent on that side of the ball.

Furthermore, Fitz believes it’s making them better as an offense. So the signs are encouraging, but we’ll know more when they all put on the pads at camp.

And yes we’re glad we’ve been able to add Murph to the fold full time. We’re looking forward to expanding our coverage of the team with Murph on board.


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How windy is it?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2008 – 4:30 pm

Its so windy that Bills play by play man John Murphy while doing a live segment with NFL Network on the field literally had his glasses blown off his head.

One of the lenses from the glasses were blown away. Fortunately Murph has his contact lenses so all will be well concerning the radio call of the game.


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