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Savage: UB’s Mack won’t play in Senior Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2014 – 2:17 pm

University at Buffalo pass rusher Khalil Mack is not going to be a participant in next weekend’s Senior Bowl. That according to the Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Savage confirmed that he Mack will not be practicing or playing in the game down in Mobile next week.

“We don’t (expect to see him next week),” Savage told Murphy. “I already spoke to his representation. He’s one of those players who is considered to be at least in the top half of the first round. He feels he’s done enough on tape and through his college career and he doesn’t want to take the chance of possibly getting injured or miss a week of getting ready for the Combine. He’s going to bypass on the game.

“I think it’s more of an agent decision because Khalil is very competitive. We certainly were hopeful that he would accept the invite and come down participate in the week. It goes beyond your draft status. It’s a great week to meet a lot of people in the NFL.”

Mack was the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, but coming from a non-power conference there are some that feel Mack could still have something to gain by participating in the week of practices and the game. 

“I definitely agree with you on that in terms of getting them on the same stage in the same drills,” said Savage. “There’s no question that small school players can really help themselves. And Eric Fisher is probably the best example last year. He came into our week probably rated somewhere from 10-20 in the first round and based off his work in Mobile and the Combine he moved all the way up to number one. There were a number of small school players that saw that jump too Robert Alford from Southeastern Louisiana and he ended up going in the second round to the Falcons.”

Of course there are others who believe his draft stock won’t be impacted at all.

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Former GM-Players on the move tonight

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 25, 2013 – 5:30 pm

Phil Savage has been in the draft rooms of the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Cleveland Browns. And the current Executive Director of the Senior Bowl has had a good look at the top prospects in tonight’s NFL draft.

Savage thinks there are a couple of under-the-radar type prospects who can spur teams to make a big move up the draft board in tonight’s first round. The former GM of the Browns made the comments Wednesday night in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.

“I think there are a number of players to keep an eye on,” Savage said. “Tyler Eifert, the tight end from Notre Dame, has quietly gone through this process. He’s a clean prospect. I think teams in the bottom of the first round, early second round, might be willing to make a move for him.”

“If there’s a run on these tackles in the top five, which we anticipate there will be,” Savage continued, “then D.J. Fluker from Alabama and Menelik Watson of Florida State become more coveted. I can see both of those players coming off the board maybe in the top 15, both of them.”

Last year, there were 19-trades in the first round of the draft. Savage does not necessarily think there will be that many trades this year, but he does look for some early movement in round one, as teams try to insert themselves into the top five picks.

“I do think this year we are likely to see a move into the top five,” Savage told host John Murphy. “I think we will see a move into the top ten, if one of the offensive tackles makes it to number six. But where the craziness could begin is around pick 12-or-13.”

“The Jets have the 13th pick which will be their second choice. I think from that point all the way through the end of the evening we’re going to have a ton of movement. Because I think teams are willing to do whatever it takes to go get that one particular player that they feel like they must have coming out of the first round.”

The entire interview with Phil Savage is available here.

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Bills QB decision-“Million Dollar Question”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 25, 2013 – 4:32 pm

It may be one of the most intriguing questions of tonight’s first round of the draft–What do the Bills have planned to fill their quarterback need?

Former Cleveland Browns GM Phil Savage says it’s a key question tonight.

“That’s going to be one of the million dollar questions of the night,” Savage said Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show. “Because there’s a lot of talk that Buffalo is fearful that if they pass on Ryan Nassib at number eight, they won’t have a chance to get back into the first round and get him before somebody else takes him, namely the New York Jets.”

Savage is the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl and besides the Browns, he also held key player personnel roles with the Eagles and Ravens. He says if the Bills choose Nassib, or another quarterback with the eighth overall pick, they should brace themselves for some second-guessing about reaching for a quarterback.

“Is the organization going to be able to withstand the criticism they will take if they end of picking Ryan Nassib in the top ten?” Savage said to host John Murphy.

“It will be one of the most talked about picks in the entire draft. Time will tell whether it’s successful or not. But, he would be going to a familiar system. And there should be organizational stability there—the Bills have tended to keep their scouting staff intact even when they’ve changed coaches over the years. That may point the arrow up for Ryan Nassib.”

The entire interview with Phil Savage is available here.

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Monday’s John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 28, 2013 – 5:00 pm

We’re back in Orchard Park, after a week’s worth of shows from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The John Murphy Show is back on the air from One Bills Drive starting tonight at 7pm.

But we’ll take a look back at the Senior Bowl, when the Executive Director of the Game, Phil Savage, joins us on the air at 8pm. Savage is the former GM of the Cleveland Browns, and he was the Baltimore Ravens Director of Player Personnel for several years. So he not only put together the setup for the Senior Bowl last week, he also has a scout’s eye for the risers and fallers from last week’s workouts in front of NFL coaches and talent evaluators. We’ll get his take on the six Senior Bowl QBs and how they fared last week.

Also tonight, Clark Judge of CBS will join us on the air from New Orleans, the site of Super Bowl XLVII. The Niners and Ravens have arrived in the Big Easy, and Clark Judge has some advice for both teams on how to handle the media crush this week.

We’ve got plenty of time for phone calls from Bills fans, and we’ll share our impressions on the Senior Bowl workouts and some early thoughts on the Super Bowl.

The John Murphy Show airs tonight from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550GR Sports .

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Browns GM responds to quitting accusations

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2008 – 6:19 pm

Cleveland GM Phil Savage addressed the quitting accusations by Jamal Lewis and Josh Cribbs stemming from last Thursday night’s game against the Broncos on WTAM radio in Cleveland.

He also tried to claim that Lewis and Cribbs made those comments as a way to fire up the team. I don’t think I’m buying that one.

Either way one of two teams will be coming into Buffalo Monday night, either a Cleveland team that’s ready to go in the tank as soon as the score is not in their favor or a team that’s ready to take out their frustrations on the opponent.

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