From the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Taking the show on the road for the next three days. The day began with Bills head coach Rex Ryan who spoke to those in attendance. Later, the offensive linemen and tight ends came to speak to the media contingent. We heard from tight end Maxx Williams from Minnesota and Duke offensive guard Laken Tomlinson.
Coach Ryan was able to sit down with us at the bottom of the first hour. He talked about the new additions to his coaching staff with high praise for assistant coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn. He shared his thoughts on recent free agent visit Josh McCown, EJ Manuel with the new offensive system, and the signing of guard Richie Incognito. Ryan went on to discuss the team’s path for the offseason, starting with the draft to free agency, doing so as a collaborative effort from the top down.
“The great thing about Doug Whaley and I is that we see things very similar. We’re pretty much on the same page. Obviously I’ll prepare and watch all the players as well and have my two cents but all the decisions will be a Bills decision and I will say this, there are three things you can count on with all decisions made by this organization and I truly believe this. It’s based on three things, it’s the team, the team, and the team. When you base decisions on that, what’s the best interest for the team, you generally make the right decisions.”
WHAM-TV Sports Director Mike Catalana gave us a local perspective on what he took from Rex Ryan today and the team’s approach to solving the quarterback position. He also talked about some of the Bills needs this offseason and his thoughts on what they should focus on in this year’s draft, specifically the tight end position and the offensive line.
Former Bills General Manager and now Hall of Famer Bill Polian sat down with us to discuss his time in Buffalo, how close he came to returning to work for the Bills organization, and his thoughts on his upcoming Hall of Fame induction. Polian talked about the nerve-wrecking wait to hear his name called.
“We were told we might hear by 4:30 and 4:30 came and went and then 5 O’clock came and went, then 5:30 came and went. My wife said, well this isn’t looking very promising. I said well you can’t lose something you never had anyway. Then there came a knock at the door. Everything is relative because Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis have been waiting a long, long time so I’m very fortunate that we only had to wait an hour or so.”
Finally, Western New York native and Chargers GM Tom Telesco joined us to round out the show. Telesco finished up his second season in charge in San Diego and talked about his team falling just short of the playoffs. He weighed in on the addition of undrafted University at Buffalo grad Branden Oliver and his role filling in for the injured running backs last season. Telesco then went on to talk about his homecoming, returning back to his hometown and grabbing a win over the Bills back in September and what it means to have his mentor, Bill Polian join the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
To hear all of that and more of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here. The show will continue coverage Thursday and Friday as we will be broadcasting live from 12pm-3pm on-site at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
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