The NFL offseason has officially begun and the Bills made some noise over the weekend with the signing of offensive guard Richie Incognito. We began the show asking the listeners their thoughts on the offensive line addition and shared Monday’s statement released by team owner Terry Pegula.
Jeff Darlington from the NFL Network joined the show to give his opinion on the Incognito signing. Darlington spoke with the veteran guard over the weekend after it was announced he would be joining the Bills. Darlington has a relationship with Incognito after he wrote a lengthy feature article on him back in August of 2013 before his suspension, “The NFL’s Dirtiest Player Comes Clean.” He talked about how the offensive lineman has turned things around and is “ready to roll” now a part of the Buffalo Bills.
“He will surprise a lot of people up there with how likeable he is. When he is up in Buffalo and you get to know him you will see what a perfect match he and Rex Ryan are for one another. I don’t think it should be understated that Rex Ryan sees a guy that is looking for vindication himself. I’d be willing to say that Rex Ryan views this as a statement signing, despite the fact it’s going to take some criticism. I think that Rex Ryan looks at this saying, we’re going to bring in this guy that wants to reclaim his reputation. I want to prove that I’m a great head coach. This guy wants to prove that he’s a decent person. We can do this together and we can toughen up this team in the process.”
Kelly Gregg, former Ravens defensive tackle and now sports talk show host on The Franchise called in at the bottom of the first hour. Gregg played his senior year at Oklahoma and then 9-years in Baltimore under Bills head coach Rex Ryan. He talked about how Ryan’s personality relates to his players and how he has always been a “straight shooter.”
“He treats everyone the same. I remember we played in Buffalo in 2006 and Marshawn Lynch went over 100-yards and I’ll never forget, he (Rex Ryan) had me, Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and called us out in front of everybody in the meeting. Some defensive coordinators will say, oh Ray Lewis, a Hall of Famer. If Rex wasn’t getting his money’s worth he was going to call you out in front of your peers.”
Gregg added that he is now “the biggest Bills fan because of my man Rex.”
Finally, we caught up with Chargers running back and University at Buffalo grad Branden Oliver. Oliver finished his rookie season with San Diego as an undrafted free agent getting ample playing time when he filled in for the injured Ryan Matthews. He recapped his rookie campaign and talked about his return to Buffalo and playing against his former UB teammate Khalil Mack.
To hear the entire Branden Oliver interview and the rest of Monday’s John Murphy Show, visit buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow or check it out above.
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