Wednesday is the day the team turns its attention to the Miami Dolphins. Plenty of locker room sound including another edition of Around the Locker Room. We touched on Tuesday’s ownership news and the upcoming game against the Dolphins which led to tonight’s show topic. We asked the listeners, when was the last time there was this much hype heading into the home opener?
Our first guest was Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham. Bradham will be returning to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension. He talked about watching the Bears game alone on TV and how hard it was for him to do so. Bradham also talked about his excitement in returning to the field for the home opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium, especially with the recent news surrounding the team with the future ownership change.
“We’re all excited. We know it’s great for the community. We know it’s going to be exciting for the fans. They are already ecstatic on game day here. I know they’re even more excited now and then we’re 1-0 right now and this is a division game so there’s just so much for them and I know it’s going to be crazy loud. It’s definitely going to be appreciated for our defense come third down.”
Bradham also talked about the run game and stopping Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno. He weighed in on his Florida State teammate, EJ Manuel and how he’s progressing with the offense and his coaches.
At the top of the hour we were joined by author Joseph Valerio, who recently released his new book Second to None which chronicles the Bills Super Bowl years during 1991-1994. He conducted interviews with all the top players during that time including Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, and Thurman Thomas and even head coach Marv Levy and Bill Polian. He talked about why he chose to write about that era of Buffalo Bills football.
“The fact that they went to four straight Super Bowls. I consider that a remarkable feat and an accomplishment of resilience, determination, and perseverance. You always hear coaches say it’s so hard to get to the Super Bowl. It’s really hard to get to the Super Bowl but then you get there and you lose your first Super Bowl in the most heartbreaking way but you have the resolve to come back year after year after year and chase that dream. I really thought that was remarkable.”
Finally, Former NFL scout and National Football Post contributor Greg Gabriel made his return to the show to discuss his Introduction to Scouting Class. The class provides those interested in getting into football scouting a 5-week online tutorial to help improve one’s knowledge of the game and the fundamentals of scouting. The course goes over each position and what to look for in a certain player. Gabriel went on to talk about the difficulty of the job but said it certainly can fit someone with a real passion for the game.
“I think it’s the NFL. It’s part of the big game and the enterprise that the NFL is today. Everybody thinks they know about football and players and that it’s easy to scout but it really isn’t because let’s say you’re taking an offensive lineman, you’re starting off with his stance and going forward from there. What’s he look like in his stance, his first step coming out, his reaction to the snap, his steps to the block, his explosion through hips. You’re looking at a number of different things on each individual play and you have a checklist if he’s doing it right or if he’s doing it wrong…when you do that for every position there’s a lot to know and a lot to understand.”
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