Wrapping up another week here at One Bills Drive. The players were off for the weekend as they finished their offseason workouts on Thursday. We caught up with a few players before they departed and got their opinions on their new teammates and the new system being put in place. We also brought in the new Bills beat reporter for WGR Sports Radio, Sal Capaccio who came on to talk about his new gig and the experience he will bring to the job.
First up, Bills second year guard Cyril Richardson joined us in-studio. Richardson was thrown into the starting lineup last season when Chris Williams went down with an injury. He recapped his first year in the league and how that experience helped him hone in on what he needs to work on this upcoming season. Richardson was adamant about wanting to play a role along the offensive line 2015 and it starts now putting in the work.
“I would love to be a contributor in this offense and I’m going to put the work in to get there. Right now, it’s just putting in the hard, gritty work that’s needed and that’s really listening to the coaches and figuring out how we want to run this offense.”
Richardson candidly described his experience ten years ago when he was living in New Orleans and how Hurricane Katrina uprooted his family, destroying their home, and eventually forcing them out of the area. He talked about how he took the positives out of the situation which guided him to where he is today.
With Friday’s announcement that the 2015 NFL schedule will be released sometime next week, we reached out to UB professor Dr. Mark Karwan who is part of a group of researchers trying figure out a mathematical equation that might interest the NFL to help create more fairness in their scheduling. This comes after the public complaint from the Buffalo Bills during the 2013 season that saw the team facing more teams coming off a BYE week or with more rest than normal. It won’t be a factor this year but the hope is to be part of their equation in the near future. Dr. Karwan went on to discuss the findings from the study.
“From the 2002 to the 2014 seasons, looking at the data, you had teams like the Bengals and the Steelers with fourteen or fifteen games against rested opponents over those thirteen seasons and the Falcons and Bills with twenty eight and twenty nine games. So, it did not even out over a long period of time, which one might hope would be the case. In fact, the Bills had a terrible run over a few years in a row that help build from twenty to twenty nine in just about two to three years.”
The NFL Draft now just two weeks away. The Draft experts continue to share their opinions on this year’s class. We listened in to ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay to get his thoughts on the Marcus Mariota trade rumors, the possible run on offensive linemen late in the first round, and why RB David Cobb could be a value pick come the middle rounds.
To hear that and the complete John Murphy Show from Friday, click here.
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