We’ve hit the middle of the week. Wednesday is the day the team turns their attention to the next opponent. With the Packers coming into town, there was plenty of talk in the locker room on defending Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense, which was featured in tonight’s version of Around the Locker Room. We then hit the news of the day which included Fred Jackson being awarded the team’s 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Also, reaction from the NFL’s new personal conduct policy.
Our first guest at the bottom of the hour was defensive back Nickell Robey. Robey talked about his role in this year’s defense, adding that he has improved immensely when it comes to his coverage skills noting that they are now “second-to-none.” He also gave his opinion on why this year’s defense has been so successful, alluding to the accountability that each player has on that side of the ball. We then switched gears to this week’s home finale at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who Robey called “the best quarterback in the NFL.”
“We expect a lot when we’re home. We know the communication for their offense is going to be tough because our crowd is magnificent. Our fans are second-to-none so if we can disturb their communication on that side and get them looking at different things and get them thinking one thing but we’re also doing something else underneath and if we can get them thinking that, the edge of the game will definitely shift.”
At the top of the first hour, we were joined by Tyler Dunne, the Packers beat reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Dunne talked about Sunday’s matchup from Green Bay’s point of view, dealing with both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. We began by getting his thoughts on Aaron Rodgers’ play this season and why the QB has been so successful running the Packers offense.
“It’s just the fact that he’s not going to put the ball in harm’s way. That’s really unprecedented for him. What makes him different from the Tom Brady’s and the Peyton Manning’s is that ability to extend the play, use his legs, and do something outside of the pocket. There was a play against New England where Bill Belichick was scratching his head after the game because they (Patriots) had everybody covered. They had Nelson covered. They had Cobb covered. It was a second and eighteen, the screen pass was covered, and then Rodgers takes off on the run and gains seventeen yards. Even if you do everything perfectly defensively, he can still find that one weakness that you have defensively.
Dunne did mention that Packers quarterbacks coach and former Bills QB Alex Van Pelt is one of the reasons Rodgers is having such an effective 2014 season.
Finally, Andy Major, the Bills VP of Operations and Guest Experience rejoined us to talk about prepping the stadium for the fans this Sunday. Major took listener calls to answer their questions and concerns specifically when it comes to entry into the stadium and parking. He also talked about the “Responsibility Bowl” and the push to encourage from fans to sign up to be a designated driver.
To hear the entire John Murphy Show from Wednesday, click here.
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