A fast start to the week for the Bills here at One Bills Drive. The story of the day revolved around the team’s defensive line as they re-signed Jerry Hughes before he was able to hit the free agent market. Hughes joined us in-studio to talk about his return and why he chose to stay here in Buffalo.
“Being with this organization and being with this team and seeing all that we’ve accomplished and you know that there’s much more that we can do. Being with the guys and working with them the past two years, I didn’t want to lose that. I feel like we have something great building here. We all have such great comradery. Everyone knows each other well. We know how to work. We all want to win. When you have all those elements together and you have hungry people who want to win games and you know we’re doing whatever it takes for us to win, you know it’s going to end up good.”
The team’s general manager, Doug Whaley swung by to talk about the looming free agency period, the strategy behind acquiring those free agents, and of course the process and importance of signing Jerry Hughes. Whaley said “it was the best situation for him (Hughes) to continue with his success and production.” Whaley went on to discuss investing the money they have up front on the defensive line.
“That’s how we’re going to have to play until we find our franchise quarterback. We’re going to have to play really good defense, we’re going to run the ball, and ask the quarterback to protect the ball and try to get it in the hands of the playmakers.”
At the top of the first hour, NFL Films Executive Producer Greg Cosell joined the show to discuss Tuesday’s free agency kick-off and some of the reported deals from around the league. He talked about the needs of the Bills this offseason and also shared his praise for quarterback Matt Cassel, who the team agreed to terms with last week.
“Matt Cassel is a very solid NFL quarterback that if he can work off a run game, the foundation in which they’re clearly trying to do in Buffalo, he can be an efficient quarterback. We all know what he is and no one is suggesting he is Tom Brady but I think he’s very good off play action and I think if the run game can be the foundation and formationally with personnel packages, they can develop all that then I think Matt Cassel can be an efficient quarterback for you.”
Finally, Matt Birk, the NFL’s Director of Development came on the show to discuss the possible changes to the NFL Scouting Combine, specifically when it comes to the drills for each position group. He also gave us some insight on late March’s first-ever Veteran Combine, a chance for second or third year players to showcase their skills in hopes of clinging on to a team.
To hear all of that and more from Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.
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