Our last show before we hit the weekend and Sunday’s game against the Jets. We began the show with the news of the day which included Friday’s announcement that Sammy Watkins has been honored as the NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Vikings last Sunday.
We then asked the listeners to share their predictions for the game and what they want to see out of the Bills. As with every Friday, we checked in with Bills Insider Chris Brown, who sat down with head coach Doug Marrone for another edition of Coffee With the Coach. We also heard from running back Boobie Dixon, who is set to make his first start with the Bills this Sunday. He discussed his preparations and what he has learned from C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
At the bottom of the first hour, Bills cornerback and NFL leader in interceptions Leodis McKelvin joined us in-studio. He talked about his two picks against the Vikings and why turnovers are an important stat to a defensive back and why there’s an emphasis on that during practice.
“They always say DBs can’t catch and you know we always have to work on our hands. You have to make sure you’re prepared because turnovers are a very important point of emphasis for our defense to get turnovers and interceptions is another part of that.”
McKelvin also shared his mentality on returning punts and why he will get the bulk of the load on both punt and kick returns now that teammate C.J. Spiller won’t be playing. He then gave his thoughts on going up against Jets wide receivers Percy Harvin and Eric Decker.
At the top of the hour, our weekly visit from radio color analyst Mark Kelso, who once again gave an in-depth preview of Bills-Jets game. He shared his thoughts from both teams on both sides of the ball. With the two new running backs filling in this week, Kelso discussed the offensive matchup against the defensive front of the Jets.
“They will rush three and they did this a lot against Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. There’s no fooling you who they are going to rush. Now, sometimes they will play a quarter coverage so they will go four-under and four-deep and sometimes they will go five-under and three-deep but with those three guys they are getting pressure. That’s amazing to me and you talk about difference makers. (Muhammad) Wilkerson and (Sheldon) Richardson, those guys bring it and if you’re not ready for those guys they will hurt you.”
Kelso had plenty more to say as he dug deep into the game plan for both teams and mentioned how the Bills are going to have to play a “mistake free” game against, despite a 1-6 record, a “high quality” Jets team.
Finally, we were joined by former NFL official and now officiating consultant for CBS, Mike Carey. Carey discussed the recent emphasis on defensive holding and added that it will eventually help make the game better and that the officials this season are trying to be as consistent as possible, despite the recent criticism. He gave details of his role on the CBS Network, being an aid to help viewers decipher a good call from a bad call and what should or should not be called on the field.
To hear all of that and more from Friday’s John Murphy Show, listen below.
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