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Pettine: A privilege to coach Ray Lewis

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2013 – 12:35 pm

Ray Lewis

Super Bowl XLVII between the 49ers and the Ravens will be the last game in Ray Lewis’ lengthy NFL career. Three of Buffalo’s coaches spent time on the Baltimore staff during Lewis’ playing career. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine coached him for four seasons as one of the team’s two linebacker coaches. Knowing he coached one of the greats leaves him feeling privileged.

“To me when I look back at some point over my coaching career, the fact that I can say I was part of coaching Ray Lewis will be one of my highlights,” he said.

Pettine, who coached Lewis, and Bills defensive line coach Anthony Weaver who lined up with him as his teammate for four seasons in Baltimore reflected on Lewis’ career with Buffalobills.com. Their comments are part of a story on the home page of Buffalobills.com today.


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Tasker’s Super Bowl prediction: OT

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 1, 2013 – 10:00 pm

Former Bills great Steve Tasker will have a sideline view of Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday. And he thinks he may be putting in some overtime.

Tasker appeared as a guest on The John Murphy Show Friday night. He’s been in New Orleans all week getting ready for his role as a sideline reporter on the CBS TV broadcast of the Super Bowl.

Tasker told host John Murphy the Baltimore Ravens matchup with the Forty Niners is going to be close.

“I can’t pick a winner in this, even if I wanted to,” Tasker said. “But I think this Super Bowl looks more like an overtime game than any other Super Bowl game I’ve ever been around.”

“The unstoppable force meets the immovable object in this game. I think it’s going to be an overtime game, and I couldn’t tell you who’s going to win it.”

Tasker did say the Forty Niners solid defense is going to be tested by Ravens QB Joe Flacco and his ability to throw the long ball.

“Joe Flacco is throwing the football better than any quarterback has in the National Football League for the last five years. This guy is making throws that most teams won’t even ask their quarterback to think about. And not only are the Ravens asking Joe Flacco to make those throws, they’re calling the plays specifically so Joe Flacco can. This guy makes throws nobody else can. He’s the most accurate deep-ball passer I’ve ever seen. And he’s got as strong an arm as anybody who’s ever played this game.”

The entire interview with Steve Tasker is available at buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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Tasker on the Super Bowl experience

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 1, 2013 – 8:30 pm

Steve Tasker played in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills. And he’ll be on the field again Sunday, as a CBS sideline reporter for Super Bowl XLVII. It’s the third time Tasker has been tapped to be one of the sideline reporters for the big game.

And with his playing and broadcasting career tied into the Super Bowl, the former Bills special teams ace has a unique perspective on the game. He told The John Murphy Show Friday night that what he likes most about the Super Bowl, is the potential it has to define an NFL players’ career.

“I remember how important it really was to me and the players I played with,” Tasker told host John Murphy. “For the players in that locker room, who are trying to weave their way through the murky waters of Super Bowl week, it really means more than you can say.”

“Their whole life will sometimes center around this game. And they understand that, I think most of them do. They understand how important and how difficult it is to get here. And they live and die with every snap of this game, even before it starts.”

Tasker and the Bills last played in the Super Bowl 19-years ago. But he said on the radio show his memories of the game and the significance it played in his life remain vivid.

“That’s the one thing I remember,” Tasker said. “I was so fully invested in my team and getting us the win, I don’t think I’ve ever been invested in anything like that, before or since. Nothing ever seemed that important to me as that. No event ever seemed as important as that event. It’s neat to see grown men play a game that they think is so important to so many. I really enjoy that part of it, how important it is to these guys.”

The full interview with CBS sideline reporter Steve Tasker is available at buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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