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Tasker: “Manning is most significant QB of our era”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 3, 2014 – 7:00 pm

In the wreckage of Denver’s blowout loss in Super Bowl XLVIII, former Bills Special Teams Ace Steve Tasker says QB Peyton Manning’s legacy will not be damaged that much.

In an appearance Monday night on The John Murphy Show, Tasker said going into the game, he thought Manning had a chance to burnish his legacy with a strong performance in the game. But even with his poor performance, Tasker believes Manning’s legacy remains intact. In fact, the Bills Wall of Famer says Peyton Manning is the most significant quarterback of our time.

“He is the absolute most significant quarterback to have played the game in our lifetime and perhaps in the history of the game,” Tasker said on the radio show.

“He changed the paradigm by which quarterbacks are evaluated. He changed the expectations of every quarterback across the league from his point forward, on what is expected of them (quarterbacks) in terms of preparation, and what is expected of them to be able to do on the field, on the fly. It’s all because of Peyton Manning and his ability and his preparedness on the field, that other quarterbacks are expected to be able to change plays, call their own plays, work the no huddle, work the snap count, work personnel combinations, dictate matchups—all of that is expected of a top flight quarterback now. And it was not before Peyton Manning came into the league.”

The entire radio interview with Steve Tasker is available here


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Monday night-John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 10, 2012 – 4:12 pm

The spotlight is on RB C.J. Spiller now, with the Bills without Fred Jackson for at least the next three weeks.  And C.J. is our leadoff guest tonight on The John Murphy Show.

We’ll start off with a recap of the Bills loss in the Meadowlands, and Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com will join us live from Buffalo Wild Wings.

At 7:20pm, C.J. Spiller joins us in studio to talk about replacing Fred in the lineup the next few games.

We’ll get our usual Monday night view from the sidelines at 8pm, with Joe Buscaglia, our sideline reporter on the Bills play by play broadcasts.

At 820pm, we’ll talk about Peyton Manning’s amazing performance against the Steelers Sunday night.  Alan Roach, the sideline reporter on the Broncos radio network joins us live to recap Denver’s big win over Pittsburgh.

We’ll have phone lines open for your questions at comments at 7;45 and 8:45pm.

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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Manning won’t play in AFC East

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2012 – 9:03 am

A day after landing prized free agent Mario Williams, the Bills got more good news as Peyton Manning will not be playing in the AFC East in 2012.

NFL.com is reporting that Manning has informed the Miami Dolphins that they’re out of the running for his services. That leaves Denver and Tennessee as the two options remaining. If Manning chooses the Titans the Bills would still face the perennial Pro Bowl quarterback in Buffalo. The Bills are scheduled to host Tennessee in the 2012 regular season.


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Jets to kick tires on Manning?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2012 – 11:54 am

The speculation in the world of the New York media is only getting to intensify as the Colts’ big decision on March 8th draws closer, but the latest report, courtesy of the New York Post, is that the Jets will look as improving their quarterback situation with Peyton Manning a likely target should he be released by Indianapolis.

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum apparently would not rule out acquiring Peyton Manning saying that the club would look “very carefully” at the quarterback position. Tannenbaum said he anticipates that Mark Sanchez will be their starting QB in 2012, but certainly left the door open with this comment on ESPN Radio.

“We don’t need to bring in another guy to make Mark Sanchez great. Mark Sanchez wants to be great because that’s who he is,” Tannenbaum said on ESPN Radio. “With that said, we’re looking at that position very carefully and I wouldn’t be surprised if at the end of the day, by September, that position group as a whole looks a little bit different than it did at the end of the 2011 season.”

Tannenbaum also said,  “When we have opportunities to improve our team that’s what we’re going to do. My philosophy is you’ve got to be aggressive, you have to know what’s going on out there, and you have to look for opportunities.”

Just a few years ago Tannenbaum was the one who pulled off the acquisition of Brett Favre from the Packers, so there’s a track record of New York pursuing top flight veteran quarterbacks before.


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Peyton on Dolphins wish list

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2012 – 2:48 pm

According to the Miami Herald the Miami Dolphins have Peyton Manning on their free agent wish list. Of course Manning would have to become a free agent first.

Many are speculating that Manning could be released outright thereby making him a free agent with a $28M roster bonus due on March 8th. If that proves to be the case sources are telling the Herald that Manning would be aggressively pursued by the Dolphins.


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Jets won’t rule out Peyton

Posted by Chris Brown on January 19, 2012 – 3:46 pm

Jets owner Woody Johnson held a 30-minute press conference with the New York media and was pressed on whether the club would consider acquiring a veteran QB like Peyton Manning if he became available.

According to the Associated Press, Johnson said Mark Sanchez “is our guy,” but also added that “there’s no such thing as 100 percent in football.”

The Jets have a recent albeit short history of seeking out veteran quarterbacks after they fervently pursued Brett Favre back in 2008. Simply put the thought of being in the same division as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning is not very appealing.


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QBs make SB XLIV historic TV

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2010 – 3:56 pm

The Super Bowl is typically one of the most viewed television programs each year. To know that this year’s version is most watched ever is historic enough in itself, but to be the most watched TV program ever is because of one factor.

The two QBs involved in the game were among the best in the game. Sure there was the sentimental favorite in New Orleans, but Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are two of the five best QBs in football and that was the draw.

Why do you think the NFL keeps instituting more and more rules to protect the QBs? If they’re on the field performing more people will watch, and that’s what happened Sunday.


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