We stepped outside of our normal studio home and brought in visitors from Con-way Freight who took in tonight’s show as a live audience. Those in attendance asked questions and were able to meet and great Bills rookie linebacker Preston Brown. We also touched on the news of the day from One Bills Drive, including what the players had to say after practice as we went Around the Locker Room.
Brown took a time out from signing autographs to sit down with us and discuss his rookie season and the various roles he has played on the Bills linebacking unit. He also weighed in on why he was tabbed as the signal caller for the defense and why the coaches have confidence in the rookie linebacker to handle the job.
“That’s something I had to learn how to do. At Louisville, we all knew the calls and we got them from the sideline. Getting here, you actually have to know how to relay the call and know verbiage, so it’s been something I’ve had to work on with actually saying it in the huddle. It’s got easier and it’s just effortless now.”
Brown then previewed Sunday’s game at the Jets including what he knows about quarterback Geno Smith, who he played against in college and what he sees from the two running backs on their roster, Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson.
Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas rejoined the show to share his thoughts on the Bills next opponent and what he has seen from watching practice this week. He touched on the two running backs filling in this week, Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown and what he thinks of their running styles. Thomas added that Sunday’s game will be physical on both sides of the ball but was upset when he heard that the Jets were favored on Sunday.
“To be 4-3 going up against a 1-6 team, that just really, really upset the players and I know the players don’t really look at the point spread or anything like that but you’re 4-3 and they are 1-6. That should really upset a lot of players that they are not favored going into this ball game. I expect the Bills to go out and play a physical football game and leave there 5-3.”
Finally, continuing our Bills-Jets game preview, we were joined by NFL and Jets Columnist for the New York Daily News, Manish Mehta. He has an opposite look at this game from what Thurman Thomas sees. He believes this is a must win for the Jets and has them coming out with the win on Sunday.
“The law of averages has to come into play here. They’ve lost six games. They were really only embarrassed in San Diego a few weeks ago but the rest of those games have been pretty competitive. They’ve played well at home. I don’t have a concrete reason other than a gut feeling that it will be ugly and I think it will be a tight game but ultimately I think they will snap their six game losing streak.”
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