Inside The Bills

Friday’s John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 30, 2012 – 5:58 pm

It’s preview night on The John Murphy Show.   Friday night is the night we get set up for the Sunday Bills matchup, this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

We start at 7pm with the news of the day, with updated injury reports from both the Bills and the Jags.

At 7:20pm, former Bills Safety Mark Kelso joins us in studio to break down the matchup.  Mark is the color analyst on the Bills Radio Network, and he’s spent the last week watching Bills and Jaguars video.  He’s always got keen insight into the strength and weaknesses of each team.

At 8pm, former NFL executive Charlie Casserly joins us on the line.  He spent decades in the NFL as General Manager of the Redskins and the Texans.  Now, he’s an analyst for the NFL Network.  We’ll talk to Casserly about Bills-Redskins history, his connection to Hall of Famer George Allen, and Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Coach Chan Gailey.

And at 820pm, Sal Capaccio will be by to preview the weekend of fantasy football.

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the 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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Fred Jackson on his vision and balance

Posted by johnmurphyshow on October 30, 2012 – 8:00 pm

Just when you think you know the whole story of Bills running back Fred Jackson, along comes a couple of interesting notes on his background.

Jackson appeared on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, and he shed some light on his ability to spot holes quickly with the ball in his hands, and his ability to stay on his feet after being hit.

On his vision, Jackson says his two seasons in the United Indoor Football League helped him develop the vision a top running back needs.

“Vision has something to do with playing in the indoor league,” he said on the radio show.  “You had to find small creases in that game as a running back.  Everybody’s right there on a fifty yard field, it’s so small. I think that helped fine tune my vision.”

The color man on the Bills Radio Network, Mark Kelso, constantly praises Fred Jackson for his ability to get yards after the initial hit, citing his “contact balance.”  And Jackson says that balance is the result of childhood horseplay with his identical twin brother, Patrick.

“That just comes from me and my brother picking on each other growing up,” he said.  “We were able to fine tune that.  Every now and then, we would try to sneak up on each other and knock each other down.  I would be walking  through the kitchen, and he would jump off a couch and try and tackle me.  I think that has something to do with it.”

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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Friday’s John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 21, 2012 – 5:41 pm

Final tuneups before the Bills game in Cleveland this Sunday, and we’ll get you ready for the game with tonight’s edition of The John Murphy Show.

At 7:20pm, our color analyst on the Bills Radio Network, Mark Kelso, joins us in studio to preview the matchup.  Mark spends much of the week looking at game tape of both teams,  and he’s ready to start spilling out his brilliance on our airwaves.

We’ll try to hook up again with former Bills special teamer Steve Tasker tonight at 8pm.  He broadcast the Browns-Bengals game last Sunday and he’s got some thoughts on Cleveland’s strengths and weaknesses.

We get our weekly fantasy football fix with Sal Capaccio at 815pm.

And at 8:20, Browns play by play man Jim Donovan joins us live from Cleveland.

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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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on June 19, 2012 – 5:52 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players and execs on the radio Wednesday.

Mark Kelso – The Howard Simon Show; WGR 550 @ 9:00 AM

Buddy Nix – Sirius NFL Radio; Pat Kirwan @ 4:30 pm


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Kelso would take Super Bowl trade

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2012 – 8:27 pm

The four straight AFC titles by the Buffalo Bills in the early 90’s will probably never be repeated again. Former Bills safety Mark Kelso, who was on those teams, said he would not trade those four consecutive AFC titles for a single Super Bowl win. He would swap them for a bit more than that however. 

Appearing on the Schopp and the Bulldog show on WGR Sportsradio 550 late Friday afternoon, Kelso was asked for his thoughts and memories on that unprecendented run to four straight Super Bowls. He was also asked if he would trade that four-year ride for a single Super Bowl win.

“Certainly you want ot think about all those good times,” said Kelso. “The fact that you went there four times in row doesn’t diminish the success that you had, but I would’ve traded all four of those for a couple of Super Bowl victories I’ll tell you that. I wouldn’t trade them for one victory and ride off into the sunset and not be a very good team, but if you said we could trade four for two victories I would have to consider that.”

Kelso also stated that had Scott Norwood’s kick been good to win Super Bowl XXV he doubts the team would’ve won four straight AFC titles. He believes not finishing it off was what kept the hunger alive in those teams year after year. To hear the whole segment you can go to the station’s audio vault.


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Player appearance Tues.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2011 – 10:40 am

Bills fans have the opportunity to meet several Bills players and alumni including Jairus Byrd, Chris Kelsay, Andra Davis and Mark Kelso at the 3rd Annual Friends of Children Celebration Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm in the Jim Kelly Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

Tickets for the event are only $20 each and proceeds will go to Gateway-Longview.  Gateway-Longview is a non-profit, child and family service organization that has been providing care, counseling and support to hundreds of at-risk children and families in Western and Central New York since 1890.

For tickets and more information visit www.friendsofchildrencelebration.com.


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Meet Bills players next Tues.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2011 – 9:54 am

Bills fans can have the opportunity to meet several Bills players and alumni including Jairus Byrd, Chris Kelsay, Andra Davis and Mark Kelso at the 3rd Annual Friends of Children Celebration.  The Gateway-Longview event will be held next Tuesday, Nov 15 from 6–8 p.m. in the Jim Kelly Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Tickets for the event are only $20 each and proceeds will go to Gateway-Longview.  Gateway-Longview is a non-profit, child and family service organization that has been providing care, counseling and support to hundreds of at-risk children and families in Western and Central New York since 1890.

For tickets and more information visit www.friendsofchildrencelebration.com.


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Remembering Kent Hull

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2011 – 10:29 pm

Tuesday was a difficult day for the Bills family with the passing of Wall of Famer Kent Hull. Wednesday morning some of his former teammates will be remembering him in their own words on the radio.

Mark Kelso will appear on Morning Bull at 7:45 am and will be followed by Wall of Famer Steve Tasker at 8:10. (listen online)

Steve Tasker will be on at 8:10 am.


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NFL health forum in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2010 – 10:54 am

The NFL Community Huddle is holding a Mind and Body health forum here in Buffalo on Oct. 4th.

The National Football League has teamed up with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute of Medicine to provide a series of town hall style forums to educate, motivate and mobilize communities to address issues such as dementia, depression, financial and relationship stress, drug and alcohol abuse, among others.

The, NFL Community Huddle “Taking a Goal Line Stand for Your Mind & Body” will take place Monday Oct. 4th from 7-9 pm at UB’s north campus at the Center for Tomorrow. It’s at the corner of Maple and Flint Roads in Amherst and is free and open to the public.

Speakers will include: Former U.S. Surgeon General and current Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.; medical journalist and author, Jeanne Blake; former Buffalo Bills linebacker Harry Jacobs; former Buffalo Bills safety, Mark Kelso; wife of Pro Football Hall of Famer and Baltimore Colts tight end, John Mackey, Sylvia Mackey and former NFL quarterback with the Detroit Lions, Eric Hipple.

These NFL Community Huddles are scheduled to be held in every NFL city. Buffalo is the fourth NFL city to host the event.

The goal of the forums is to develop strategies for preventing and reducing the risk of dementia and stigma related to mental disorders. It is also advocating for communities to create a “game plan” for reducing stigma while influencing supportive measures for addressing mental disorders.

All local Buffalo Bills Alumni have been invited to attend and participate in the NFL Community Huddle.


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Goodell to attend Monday QB Club on the 17th

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2008 – 3:15 pm

The Monday Quarterback Club, the business group that backs the Buffalo Bills, will be hosting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell who will be special guest speaker at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Distinguished Service Awards luncheon this Monday (Nov. 17) at the HSBC Arena Harbour Club.

Other special guests include Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. of the Bills and Jerry Butler, former Bills receiver and current Director of Player Programs for the Cleveland Browns. Doors open at 11:15 am, with the luncheon at 11:30 am, and the program beginning at 12:05 pm.

Mark Kelso, former Bills Safety and current color analyst for Bills radio broadcasts, and Gretchen Geitter, Vice President of Community Relations for the Bills, will be the 2008 recipients of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

Members interested in registering for the event or those interested in becoming new members should call 693-3807 or visit the Club web site at www.mondayqbc.com.


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