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Mocks going all QB for Bills now

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2013 – 1:06 pm

Most NFL draft prognosticators are locking in a quarterback for the Bills with the eighth overall pick in the draft now that Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team have parted ways. The mock drafters at OptimumScouting are no different.

In their latest mock, they’ve got the Bills taking Matt Barkley eighth overall. Interestingly they’ve got Geno Smith going second overall to Jacksonville. Here’s what they wrote about the pick for Buffalo.

8. Buffalo Bills – Matt Barkley, QB, USC 
Now that Ryan Fitzpatrick is gone, it’d be a shock if the Bills didn’t take a quarterback here. It’s tough to peg which one they’ll target at #8. Doug Marrone has raved about Barkley in the past, so he gets the slight edge over Marrone’s former QB Ryan Nassib.

What’s perhaps even more interesting is how OptimumScouting sees the second-round quarterbacks coming off the board. He has Philadelphia taking Florida State’s E.J. Manuel with the 35th pick, Arizona taking Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson with the 38th pick and the Jets one pick later (39th) taking Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib.


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Nassib to reportedly dine with Jets tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2013 – 5:19 pm

Ryan Nassib only did throwing drills at the Syracuse pro day today, but by most accounts did very well. Here’s one report from NFLDraftInsider Tony Pauline, who also is reporting that a Bills division rival will be dining with Nassib tonight.

According to Pauline, New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will be dining with Nassib this evening.


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Nix at SU pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2013 – 5:09 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix has talked openly about how much he’s seen of the quarterbacks in the draft pool in person. Nix continued in that effort Thursday as he made the drive down the Thruway to watch QB Ryan Nassib at Syracuse pro day.

That according to Syracuse.com’s Brent Axe. He also reported that Nix is reportedly trying to set up a private workout for Nassib with the Bills in early April. Nassib only threw at Syracuse pro day today, choosing to stand on his Combine numbers.


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Syracuse pro day today

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2013 – 10:45 am

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Syracuse will conduct their pro day today for their draft prospects. Obviously QB Ryan Nassib will be the headliner, but there are a few other draft worthy prospects working out in the Salt City today.

Nassib along with OT Justin Pugh, WR Alec Lemon and S Shamarko Thomas are all expected to participate to some degree along with the other graduating players for the Orange.

Nassib will likely be looking to improve on his 40 time at the Combine, which was a pedestrian 5.06, the second slowest among QBs that ran in Indy. He’s also likely to want to improve his broad jump, which in Indy was 8’9″. He didn’t bench at the Combine (most QBs do not) and probably won’t today.

For Pugh he may also want to improve on some numbers he put up at the Combine. He did not bench at the Combine so barring an injury he’s expected to bench at today’s pro day.

Lemon needs to improve on his Combine numbers today after a 40 time of 4.59 and just seven reps on the bench.

The only Combine participant from Syracuse that’s likely to stick with most of his numbers is S Shamarko Thomas, who had a great workout in Indy. He ran a 4.42 40 time, which was the fastest among the safety group. He had the best vertical among the safeties at 40.5 inches, the most reps on the bench by far with an impressive 28 and had the second-longest broad jump at 11’2″.


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NFL clubs see Nassib to Bills in round 2

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2013 – 2:43 pm

The pre-draft speculation is approaching full throttle and not surprisingly there’s another report regarding the Bills and Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver many of those on the inside of NFL clubs believe they need to leapfrog Buffalo’s pick in round 2 at 41st overall if they covet Nassib. Here’s the quote Silver acquired from an unnamed AFC front office executive.

“If I’m a team that needs a quarterback and wants the Syracuse kid,” one AFC front-office executive said, “I know I’ve gotta get ahead of Buffalo in the second round.”

Silver also speculates that Nassib could become a late riser as the draft draws closer and gives him an outside shot to be a late first-round pick, something NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock posed as a possibility prior to the NFL Combine.

Silver also speculated that current Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will be asked to restructure his contract or he could be released outright.


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QB observations from Sunday’s combine

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 24, 2013 – 4:30 pm

It’s pretty clear that West Virgnia’s Geno Smith was the top arm on the field Sunday at the quarterback workouts in Indianapolis. But what about the rest of the QB prospects at the NFL combine?

Here are some observations based on watching from the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium:

-Ryan Nassib of Syracuse looked okay during the session, nothing spectacular. His smooth footwork was on display during some five-step drop passing routes. He did have back to back overthrows on a couple of deep balls. And Nasib had the sleeves of his UnderArmour workout shirt cut off at the shoulder, perhaps an attempt to impress observers with his upper body.

-Tyler Wilson of Arkansas looked better on deep passes than on the short ones, which is strange. His footwork is always solid. He came up way short on an out pattern pass, which is noteworthy. Wilson was not overly impressive.

-North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon was tough to watch. Not only is he tall and somewhat ungainly, he’s got a long windup in his throwing motion that is tough to ignore. One former NFL GM mentioned this week that Glennon needs a lot of work, and does not belong in the top tier of QBs in this year’s mix.

-E.J. Manuel looked much the same as he did during Senior Bowl practices last month–inaccurate and inconsistent. The FSU QB played well in the Senior Bowl game, and his athleticism and stature are tough to ignore, but he does not appear to be an elite QB prospect.

-The best of the rest was probably Arizona’s Matt Scott. He’s an imposing athletic specimen and he came up with some impressive throws during the Sunday workout. As a one-year starter, he’s got to be regarded as a project at the position.


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Nix: Don’t try to connect dots on Nassib

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2013 – 7:07 pm

With Ryan Nassib’s college head coach and offensive coordinator now holding those same positions with the Buffalo Bills, it’s been a natural assumption that the Bills will be highly interested in selecting the Syracuse quarterback in the draft this spring. Bills GM Buddy Nix warns not to try and connect the dots.

“We’ve all got good feelings about Ryan,” said Nix about his personnel and scouting staff. “But don’t read into the fact that Doug (Marrone) coached him so that’s who we’ll pick.”

Nix has admitted to seeing several of Nassib’s games in person at Syracuse over the past two years. He’s also admitted to picking Marrone’s brain about his former college quarterback.

“He’s been very good,” said Nix. “He has never tried to push. He answers what you ask him about him because he knows and obviously I ask him, too. Because I’ll ask anybody that I think can help us. He’s been good about it.”


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Other ‘Cuse prospects asked about Nassib

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2013 – 12:52 pm

There are a total of four Syracuse prospects here at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week, and while NFL clubs certainly want to get a better handle on all four of them, the three that aren’t Ryan Nassib are being asked a lot of questions about their college QB.

Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh is just one example. Though he’s considered a day two draft choice himself he is fielding questions about Nassib when he meets with teams.

“Yeah, they definitely want to know about some of the guys coming out this year, Ryan obviously being one of the top guys,” said Pugh. “So I’ve definitely had to answer a lot of questions. But it’s easy to answer about Ryan. He’s a hard-working guy who just kind of puts his nose to the grindstone and goes. So it’s easy to just tell them exactly what he is.”

Nassib, who played under Bills head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, has been working with a pair of NFL stalwarts in preparation for the Combine and the draft.


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Marrone sat back in Nassib interview

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2013 – 9:18 pm

At the Senior Bowl the Bills sat Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib down for an interview. Head coach Doug Marrone was there, but he didn’t ask a single question during the session. Here’s why.

“I actually took myself out because if I asked him a question I knew how he’d answer,” said Marrone. “You can say that about a lot of the coaches that have come from college and into this league. They’re asked about their players. It’d be hard for me to ask him a question without laughing.”

It’s obvious that Marrone is proud of his Syracuse players that are at the NFL Combine, but at the same time he knows his job is to move the Bills forward and let the players he coached make a name for themselves in the league on their own.


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Mayock on QBs that fit West Coast

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2013 – 11:25 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was asked what quarterbacks in this year’s draft pool fit the West Coast system the best. Knowing Buffalo offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s offense is rooted in a lot of West Coast principles, it’s an answer I thought would be worth passing along.

“I think Matt Barkley makes a lot of sense,” said Mayock. “He’s a guy as a junior at USC looked so much different than he did this year. I think to be fair to him you have to go back and watch junior tape. 

“So I think Barkley fits. I think Ryan Nassib fits. I think Landry Jones and Tyler Wilson both can fit. So of those, that group of guys of the top seven, eight quarterbacks, I think those are the guys that did it most efficiently.”

Seeing Nassib mentioned is no surprise knowing he ran a version of the West Coast under Hackett at Syracuse.


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QB Nassib growing on McShay

Posted by Chris Brown on February 17, 2013 – 5:46 am

Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib did not get a lot of pub during the college football season last fall, but as more and more drafniks review his game tape, more of them have grown to like his game. The latest is ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay.

McShay began watching more of Nassib’s tape this weekend.

On tape 5 of SYR QB Nassib right now.Man, he’s growing on me. Doesn’t drive it very well but does everything else at a pretty high level.

Not, surprisingly, the one drawback McShay sees in Nassib’s game is his deep ball, something that others have knocked Nassib for as well. Hopefully for his sake he can prove otherwise during the quarterback throwing drills at the NFL Combine this week. Reports are that Nassib will participate in everything in Indianapolis. We’ll have full coverage of Nassib and all the other quarterbacks at the NFL Combine this week on Buffalobills.com. Our coverage from Indy begins on Thursday.


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QBs invited to NFL Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2013 – 10:23 am

Here’s the rundown of the 16 quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL draft pool that have been invited to the NFL Combine.

Among the invitees at the quarterback position, only one is a junior eligible. Bray, Cameron and Vandenburg have been chosen to be the “throwing quarterbacks” who will participate during the receiver gauntlet drills among others. Bray’s inclusion is a bit surprising, knowing those duties are reserved for lower round prospects.

Matt Barkley – USC
Tyler Bray – Tennessee (jr.)
Colby Cameron – Louisiana Tech
Zac Dysert – Miami – OH
Mike Glennon – N.C. State
Marqueis Gray – Minnesota
Landry Jones – Oklahoma
Collin Klein – Kansas St.
E.J. Manuel – Florida St.
Ryan Nassib – Syracuse
Sean Renfree – Duke
Matt Scott – Arizona
Geno Smith – West Virginia
Brad Sorensen – Southern Utah
James Vandenburg – Iowa
Tyler Wilson – Arkansas


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“Nassib is elite prospect”-NFL Draft expert

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 6, 2013 – 8:30 pm

He may not be at the top of every draft board, but Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib is the number one ranked prospect on at least one of them.

Russ Lande, Director of Scouting for the National Football Post, has Nassib ranked as his top prospect this year. Lande came out with his Top 200 Draft Prospects this week.

“Within one half of the first game I graded him, it was clear to me that he was an elite prospect,” Lande said Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show.

“As I finished grading out five games,” he said, “I think when you look at him you see a kid that’s very athletic. He’s got a live arm. He has the best mechanics of any of the quarterbacks in this draft in terms of his footwork. He has a quick release, it’s quick and compact; the ball comes out with a burst. Very accurate thrower, he can make all the NFL throws.”

Lande is a former scout for the Rams and the Browns. He’s been watching the draft closely for years, and he says he’s only picked up one significant flaw when it comes to Ryan Nassib.

” I think the only issue that I had with him, in terms of repeated error, is that he needs a lot of work on his deep ball accuracy. He tends to hang the ball up there. It forces the receiver to stop and it allows the defender to close on the ball. Other than that, there was no error that I saw over and over.”

The entire interview with Russ Lande will be available on The John Murphy Show podcast at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow.


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Nassib best prospect in the draft?

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 6, 2013 – 5:27 pm

There’s going to be no shortage of opinions in the next three months on the prospects in this year’s NFL Draft. But one draft expert surprised many this week, with the man at the top of his list.

Former NFL Scout Russ Lande has Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib at the top of his list of 200 prospects. And tonight on The John Murphy Show, Lande will talk about why he’s got Nassib as the best prospect.

Lande is Director of Scouting for the Nationial Football Post. He’s worked in the league as a scout for the Rams and the Browns.

He posted his Top 200 NFL Draft Prospects this week on the National Football Post. And he fives SU’s Nassib his highest grade, 8.60. The next highest graded QB is Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson at 33, followed by USC’s Matt Barkley (37th), NC State’s Mike Glennon (43rd) and West Virginia’s Geno Smith (44th).

We’ll ask Lande about his ranking at 8pm tonight, and have him explain how he arrived at Nassib as the number one prospect.

Also tonight, at 720pm, we’ll be joined by new Bills Defensive Backs Coach Donnie Henderson in studio. And at 820pm, we’ll dive into football analytics with Khaled Elsayeed of Pro Football Focus. He claims the sack stat is overrated, “the most abused stat out there.”

As always, we’ll have time for phone calls from listeners.

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


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Nassib ranked top prospect by Lande

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2013 – 10:04 am

Featured today on Buffalobills.com is Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, part of this year’s quarterback draft pool. Nassib has been widely ranked as one of the top five signal callers in this year’s draft class, but NFL draft analyst Russ Lande took Nassib’s stock and put it at the top of his rankings list.

Lande, a former NFL scout for the Rams and Browns, listed Nassib not only as his top QB prospect, but his top prospect overall. Lande simply lists his top 200 prospects in this year’s draft class, without any reasons why certain prospects garnered so much respect from him.

Nassib has not even been ranked as the top QB prospect by all the other draft prognosticators, let alone the top prospect overall, though some do believe that he has the chance to move up boards late in the pre-draft process with a good showing at the NFL Combine and in pro day workouts.

In terms of some of the other quarterback prospects and where they ranked on Lande’s list, he had Tyler Wilson 33rd overall, Matt Barkley 37th, Mike Glennon 43rd and Geno Smith 44th.


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Brandon on Nassib

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2013 – 2:38 pm

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon in an appearance on SiriusXM radio at the Super Bowl was asked about Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib and whether he’s on Buffalo’s radar. Here was his response.

“Ryan Nassib and about 300 other guys are on the radar,” said Brandon. “The connection is there and you understand why. We had the opportunity our scouts to be at the East-West, Senior Bowl and Texas vs. Nation, we’re in the throes of it right now. The scouts have done all their work throughout the course of the collegiate season. The next layer is obviously the Combine and the evaluations on that front.

“There are plenty of good young quarterbacks out there and Buddy (Nix) and his staff will do an excellent job of evaluating that position and all positions. One thing about Buddy is he goes for the best player available and doesn’t reach. He’s stayed true to that in everything he’s done. We got a lot of criticism when we drafted C.J. Spiller three years ago. Buddy will handle that and we’re very confident in the work that he will do.”


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Fan Friday 1-25

Posted by Chris Brown on January 25, 2013 – 12:10 pm

Alright Bills fans, Senior Bowl and Pro Bowl weekend coming up. Naturally a lot of your questions are drifting toward the NFL draft. Here is the latest edition of your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Hello Chris,

I watched your interview with Buddy Nix and after seeing the hiring Coach Marrone do you think the Bills will draft a QB in the 1st Round or is a free agent a consideration? Also do you think the Bills would draft a player with off field issues like Tyronne Mathieu (Honey Badger) from LSU if available in later rounds to play as a Nickel corner? Thank you for keeping us fans informed during the Offseason!!         
Thomas Neaverth

CB: I think a first round quarterback is certainly a possibility, especially in light of what Buddy Nix said late last season. He felt that they’re at a point where they may have to draft a QB a round earlier than where they have him graded. A free agent pickup is also a possibility because Nix has said they are likely to add one in the draft and possibly also in free agency.

I’d be surprised if they draft a player with a questionable background like Mathieu. Immensely talented, but I just don’t see it happening, and he won’t be available in later rounds. He’ll probably be a second round pick.

 

2 - Griz78 9:24am via Twitter for Android

@ChrisBrownBills who are the offensive quality control coaches?

CB: Buffalo has two quality control coaches on the defensive side right now. It’s my understanding they intend to hire two more on the offensive side of the ball. On defense Brian Fleury and Jason Rebrovich are the defensive quality control coaches. Fleury is a former college quarterback at Towson and most recently served as secondary coach and special teams coordinator at his alma mater.

Rebrovich has been a defensive line coach at the college level for most of the past 11 years. He most recently served under Doug Marrone at Syracuse as a defensive assistant. He played his college ball at SUNY Cortland. He also has a background in strength and conditioning. Rebrovich is a native of Clarence, NY.

 

3 - Hi Chris:
Where do you think QB Nassib will fall in the draft, and would it be too risky or too much of a reach to go get him?

Thanks,
Mike from Orlando, FL

CB: I think you’re asking if it would be too much of a reach to take Nassib with the eighth overall pick. The answer to that is if you like a prospect enough and believe he can be a franchise quarterback for you then you take him no matter where you’re at.

Nassib coming into the pre-draft process was widely projected as a second-round prospect. But with this not being a banner year for quarterback prospects I would expect his value to rise as we get closer to late April. So it wouldn’t shock me at all if he’s a first-round draft choice come the spring.

 

4 – Hi Chris, 

I really like the hiring of Marrone, and Pettine was a good hire too (he will surely have a more exciting defense than his predecessor). While I have my concerns with Hackett, I now feel like they have committed to something. My feeling is that once you commit you can’t do anything half-heartedly, and that’s why I think they now need to go after Ryan Nassib at #8 overall in the draft. What is the likelihood of this and what would be the advantages/disadvantages? . . . Is Nassib worth that high of a pick, and do you think it would be a wise choice to have HC/OC/QB all from the same program? . . . If that happens, I wouldn’t think trying to nab WR Alec Lemon in the draft would be out of the question either. What are your thoughts? 

Thanks again,
B. Greenfield

CB: I think there is merit to that line of thinking. It’s hard to know exactly what the Bills prefer with respect to quarterback, but they do have an affinity for Nassib and understandably so. They spent the past three years with him as their QB. Most scouts think his game still needs some polish, but he has all the physical traits you look for. Quarterbacks as I mentioned above tend to rise up draft boards late in the process because of the importance of the position.

The obvious advantage is Nassib would walk in the door knowing the offense better than anyone else on the roster. The transition from a scheme standpoint would be seamless. That could also shorten his learning curve where he could focus more on diagnosing defenses. We saw this to some degree with Ryan Tannehill in Miami last year.

The only disadvantage is the expectations would probably be higher on him knowing he’s in the same offense. So if there are early struggles, provided he starts (and we’re really getting ahead of ourselves here), that could potentially backfire I suppose.

With respect to Alec Lemon he had over 1,000 yards receiving and eight touchdowns last season in the Orange offense. He was a late invite to the Senior Bowl. But the receiver class is deep this year. So I tend to think that happening is less of a likelihood.

Nassib is widely seen as one of the top five to eight QBs in the draft. So the odds for him one would think would be greater.

5 – Chris:
We know that the Bills are drafting No. 8 overall in the first round ahead of the Jets, even though both teams finished with the same 6-10 record. What happens in the second round? Will the order be reversed, with the Jets picking ahead of us?

I raise the question because if the Bills don’t believe that there is a QB that grades out worthy of the No. 8 overall pick, they might be targeting that second round pick, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Jets draft a QB as well. Especially, now that we have their defensive coordinator, I can see where the Jets might want to try to “one-up” the Bills.

What are your thoughts on this Chris? Thanks for your great coverage.

Dan from Cheshire, CT.
CB: The Bills were in a similar situation last season. They were one of three teams that were 6-10. Miami and Carolina were the others. Since Miami and Carolina only managed six wins against a weaker strength of schedule they picked ahead of Buffalo in round one. The order was 8-Miami, 9-Carolina and 10-Buffalo. In round 2, Miami moved to the back of that group to pick 10th, while Carolina and Buffalo moved up to 8th and 9th in that round. That rotation continued in round 3 (Buffalo – 8th, Miami – 9th, Carolina 10th).

This year, it’s again a three team situation at 6-10, with the Bills, Jets and Titans. Buffalo picks 8th in round one, Jets – 9th, Titans – 10th. In round 2 Buffalo will pick 10th, with the Jets moving up to 8th and Titans to 9th.

So your argument is understandable, but personally I think the bigger concern is Arizona, which will pick 7th or 6th in every round. They clearly need a quarterback and are more of a threat. I think Philadelphia (4th) and Cleveland (6th in round one, 7th in round 2) could also be QB picking threats if their new coaches don’t like what they’ve already got on their roster. And those three teams pick ahead of Buffalo in every round.

For more on determining tiebreakers in the draft order you can read the full process here.


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NFP’s Bowen on Senior Bowl QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 25, 2013 – 9:42 am

Former NFL safety and National Football Post correspondent Matt Bowen wrapped up his trip to Mobile with 10 observations from the Senior Bowl. He began with the questions at the quarterback position.

Bowen, who often speaks with NFL scouts during the week he’s at the Senior Bowl got a very interesting variety of opinions on the signal callers that were practicing this week and put it in his top 10.

1. Questions at QB: I asked three pro scouts who had the best week of practice in Mobile and I got three different answers: Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon and E.J. Manuel. My take? I’m going with Nassib. The Syracuse QB will need to develop his overall game, but the skill set was the best I saw on the field. Without Geno Smith and Matt Barkley (both opted out of the Senior Bowl), this group didn’t have one QB that stood above the rest.

What I found most interesting with this comment was no mention of Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, who was getting some positive reviews in Mobile this week.


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Nassib: Bills would be match made in heaven

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2013 – 11:09 pm

Bills play-by-play man John Murphy caught up with Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib at the Senior Bowl for an interview with Buffalobills.com. Prior to extolling the virtues of Bills head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, Nassib was asked for his thoughts about the possibility of joinng his former coaches in Buffalo come late April if it were to happen. Suffice to say Nassib would be good with it.

“That would be a great situation, I love the city of Buffalo,” Nassib said. “I’m  a Central New York guy, that type of weather, and going to Buffalo with all those Syracuse guys there, that would be a match made in heaven.”

Nassib did remind everyone in the next breath that as a draft prospect you don’t get to pick your team, they pick you.

“That would be a great situation for me, but you don’t choose the team you go to, so if I’m fortunate enough to get picked by them, great,” he said. “But if not, I’m going to make the best of the situation with some other team.”   

Nassib, a native Philadelphian, is considered blue collar to the core. It’d be hard to blame him for wanting to come to Buffalo. He’d walk in the door knowing the offense better than any other player in the building, not unlike Ryan Tannehill did for the Dolphins last year after he followed his college head coach Mike Sherman from Texas A&M to Miami.


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Nassib on Hackett: “Buffalo lucky to have him”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 22, 2013 – 3:30 pm

The Bills are looking at all the quarterbacks on the Senior Bowl rosters this week in Mobile. But the one the Buffalo coaching knows best, knows them pretty well, also.

Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib is one of three quarterbacks on the North roster. And his name has been linked strongly to the Bills, ever since his Head Coach at SU, Doug Marrone, was named the Bills Head coach two weeks ago. And when Marrone brought Syracuse Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to Buffalo to handle the same job, the speculatikon instensified.

At the Senior Bowl Tuesday, Nassib had nothing but praise for his former Offensive Coordinator, and said he made him a better player every year at Syracuse.

“He did a great job of developing me,” Nassib told The John Murphy Show. “He’s a great developer of players, and each and every year I was with him I got better. Statistically, internally, I felt myself getting better every day I was with him. Buffalo is really lucky to have him as an O-C.”

Nassib says playing for the Bills would be a great situation for him, given his familiarity with the Buffalo coaching staff, and his comfort level in Upstate New York. And he dispels the notion that at age 33, Nathaniel Hackett may be too inexpeienced to coordinate an NFL offense.

“All I can say is coaching is in his blood,” Nassib told host John Murphy. “That’s what his family does. His dad (Paul Hackett) has coached in college and the NFL for forty years, so he’s been around football his whole life. He may only be 33-years old , but he’s been a ballboy, a tape cutter, the guy in the film room, since he was ten years old. He’s been around the game, he knows a lot of stuff, trust me. The good thing about that, is that he’s got a great consultant with his father.”

We’ll have more with Ryan Nassib tonight at 7pm on The John Murphy Show live from the Senior Bowl. GM Buddy Nix joins us live as well. The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.


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