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Merriman: Bills are a Playoff Team – JMS 6/9

Posted by johnmurphyshow on June 9, 2014 – 9:48 pm


Mark Kelso filling in for John Murphy on tonight’s show. Bills Linebacker Brandon Spikes said after practice on Monday that the Bills defense was “ready to shock the world.” We asked the listeners what would count as shocking the world? Would it be winning the division over the Patriots, the playoffs, or a Super Bowl? Former sportscaster and now play-by-play voice for the UB Bulls, Paul Peck was in studio during the first half-hour to discuss that topic and more.


We listened in as Bills Insider Chris Brown sat down with Bills Safety Da’Norris Searcy. Searcy has been working in and out with different teammates through the first two weeks of OTAs with a carousel that includes Aaron Williams, Duke Williams, and Jonathan Meeks. A rotation that was similar to last offseason when the Bills were without Jairus Byrd.

Da'Norris Searcy

“It was the same thing we did last OTAs when we mixed in guys. I was able to work with both Duke and Meeks last offseason and also during training camp. It’s not too much of a big deal. We’re still out there learning the scheme together. As long as we communicate to be on the same page it doesn’t matter who you’re back there with.”


Searcy likes the competition they have at the open safety spot knowing they are fighting for a job but trying to make each other better as well. Searcy also said he’d welcome his hybrid linebacker/safety roll he played in last season.


At the top of the hour, we were joined by former Bills linebacker and now NFL Network Analyst Shawne Merriman. Off the field, Merriman has had a chance to take a different look around the NFL and his former team here in Buffalo. He likes what they did in the offseason, including the veteran additions to the linebacking group.


“It’s obviously going to change the dimension of your defense and of your team because Brandon Spikes is coming from a situation that he’s accustomed to winning. Whenever you get a guy from winning organizations and they come over to organizations who have not won at much in the past, they know immediately that something is not right in the locker room, something is not right in the preparation, just all around. They know something’s not right so they bring that winning attitude and culture to the locker room and say listen guys, this is the way you’re supposed to do it because I’ve been there.”


He also thinks the Bills will be a playoff team in 2014 with a record of at least 9-7. He weighs that prediction heavily on the play of EJ Manuel and if he’s healthy.


You can hear Mark Kelso’s version of The John Murphy Show in its entirety by clicking below.


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