All quiet around One Bills Drive as the players departed after Monday’s locker clean out. Head coach Doug Marrone and GM Doug Whaley recapped the season on Monday and touched on various issues dealing with the offensive struggles, Sammy Watkins, and striving to get better in 2015. We asked the listeners what their favorite moment was from the 2014 season, on the field or off the field? There was plenty of feedback on that topic tonight.
Speaking of lasting memories from the 2014 season, we dialed up Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks, who recently wrote an article on the site that dealt with this past Bills season, which he says was “A Good Year for the Bills.” He discussed the offseason and in season moments the team dealt with from the passing of Ralph Wilson, Jr., to new owners Terry and Kim Pegula assuring the team staying in Western New York, to the snow storm that moved the team out of Ralph Wilson Stadium.
“To me, from start to finish it was a challenging of a year as any NFL team had and then you throw the snow storm on top of that, having to dig out of that and prospered. 9-7, not the playoffs but a pretty solid step forward in Buffalo.”
Our next guest signed a futures contract with the team on Tuesday. Chris Manhertz sat down with us in-studio to discuss the transition from a basketball player at Canisius College to a hopeful career in the NFL as a tight end. With his limited football experience, he’s looking up at other players in the league that made the same jump.
“The opportunity presented itself and I really had to sit down and think about, you know, if this could be done. By all means am I where I want to be yet. It’s just the beginning of the road. I look at guys like Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham who have little to no football experience prior to the NFL and they are out there doing their thing. I look at them as role models and say if they can do it I can do it.”
Manhertz says he continues to work on the field and in the weight room to make it a smooth transition.
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