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Marrone called Nassib on day 2 of draft

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2013 – 9:00 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said it pained him to see his college quarterback still on the board after Day 2 of the NFL draft, so he decided to call Ryan Nassib and have a conversation with the signal caller for whom he still holds a lot of respect.

Marrone appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio said he made the call last Friday.

“On day 2 of the draft I called Ryan and said, ‘I’m sorry things worked out the way they did and I think you’re a great player and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.’ And I kind of went down the list and he responded to that,” said Marrone. “I was really pulling for him and Shamarko (Thomas) and obviously Justin Pugh who was taken in the first round.

“Those guys play their butts off and they play their hearts out for you and they’re why you’re successful to a certain degree and you have a great appreciation for them, but at the end of the day you have a different job and different responsibility. So I’m in the draft room and I’m doing my job there and in the back of my mind I’m thinking it’s taking a long time, somebody has got to take him soon because he’s a heck of a quarterback.”

Nassib eventually was taken by the New York Giants in round four, which made Marrone happy. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is a good friend of Marrone’s in the coaching field and also is a Syracuse alum.

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Marrone glad Nassib’s with Coughlin

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2013 – 12:57 am

At the end of day two of the NFL draft, Bills head coach Doug Marrone was pained that his former college QB Ryan Nassib had yet to be drafted through three rounds of picks. At the end of the draft Marrone was happy to see that Nassib not only came off the board in round four, but was selected by a head coach that he’s very close with.

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is a close friend and colleague of Marrone’s and both are alums of Syracuse. Seeing Nassib selected by the Giants in round 4 on Sunday had him feeling a lot better about his former quarterback’s future than he did a day ago.

“I’m not going to lie, I’m very happy. I really am,” said Marrone. “And I’m happier that they’re in the NFC, that Ryan’s in there. I’m extremely happy. I’m not going to lie. It’s struggling and you go through it and its human nature. We sit up here and we get in front of you guys. We say things and talk and you listen to things, but anyone that gets up here and says I don’t listen to that or I don’t have any feelings, in my opinion they’re not telling the truth.”

Nassib was the 110th overall picks of the Giants, who also took his Syracuse teammate OT Justin Pugh in the first round with the 19th overall pick and the fifth quarterback off the board.

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Merit to taking another QB

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2013 – 11:05 am

The Bills have their quarterback of the future in EJ Manuel, who was selected on day one with the 16th overall pick. But with just three quarterbacks off the board through the first two days the quarterbacks left on the board suddenly present good value. The Bills still have some positional needs, but come the fifth or sixth round might it make sense to stock away a second QB prospect?

Here are some of the more notable quarterbacks still on the board as we get set for Day 3 of the NFL Draft, including some that made pre-draft visits to Buffalo or had private workouts with the Bills.

Matt Barkley – USC (visited, private workout)
Ryan Nassib – Syracuse (private workout)
Tyler Bray – Tennessee (visited, private workout)
Matt Scott – Arizona (visited)
Tyler Wilson – Arkansas (visited)
Landry Jones – Oklahoma (visited, private workout)
Jeff Tuel – Washington St. (visited)
Zac Dysert – Miami (OH)

I’d expect the Bills to address some pressing positional needs like CB, TE or S first before considering another signal caller. Other NFL teams have parlayed extra young quarterbacks on their roster into future draft choices, most notably the Philadelphia Eagles.


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Marrone: Surprised Nassib still on board

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2013 – 10:51 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone clearly had a special relationship with his Syracuse players. When asked near the end of day 2 of the NFL draft if he was surprised that his college QB Ryan Nassib was still on the board as round three came to a close.

Marrone was visibly disappointed that Nassib had yet to be taken by an NFL club after the first three rounds.

“I’m extremely surprised,” said Marrone. “I think the world of Ryan. He has a strong work ethic. He’s a tough kid with a very good arm and I think he’ll be a great addition to whatever team selects him. He has the skill set to be successful. I wish him the best of luck. I think he’ll be successful in this league and I really believe a team will select him soon.”

Marrone went so far as to admit that Nassib’s fate as well as that of Syracuse S Shamarko Thomas pained him.

“You look at it and you’re coming from a team with players that you recruited,” said Marrone. “There are still some players that are on the board. You love those kids and you love what they’ve done for you. There are great qualities. Prior to taking this job I’ve talked to multiple teams in the league about those players. I’ve had nothing but great things to say about all of them.

“Shamarko Thomas is still out there. It is difficult because you care about those players. You have feelings for those players. Those players helped me get me where I am right now and we’ve been through a lot. Human nature you take a job and you do what you have to do. You do what’s best for the organization that you’re at. At the same time the human side, the feelings that you have. It’s hard, but you’re making decisions for what’s best for your organization. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that it does hurt. That’s the human side of it.”

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Some QB metrics that favor Manuel, Nassib

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2013 – 5:08 pm

As different metrics begin to take on more significance in NFL front offices here are a couple of statistics on the quarterback prospects in this year’s draft that speak favorably of Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib and Florida State’s E.J. Manuel.’s Alex Marvez interviewed John Pollard, who heads the Sports Solution Group that provides data for STATS LLC. Pollard said two key criteria NFL teams use for scouting quarterbacks are “breadth and depth.” As Marvez explains it how varied and deep were the throws attempted during a quarterback’s college career.

For this metric, Manuel and Nassib earn higher marks than three other top prospects in West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Southern Cal’s Matt Barkley and North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon.

Manuel and Nassib according to Pollard have accuracy and “diversity of throws” last season that favorably compare to the final college seasons of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson.“They move the ball all around the field,” Pollard said.

Both Manuel and Nassib were also among the best in the quarterback class in completion percentage on deep throws. Manuel completed 47.1 percent on 85 throws. Nassib had a 43.6 completion percentage on 94 attempts.

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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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McShay’s final mock has QB to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2013 – 11:14 am

ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay has released his eighth, yes eighth mock draft, here on draft day and he’s got the Bills taking a quarterback.

McShay has Buffalo taking Ryan Nassib with the eighth pick.  He only has one quarterback coming off the board prior to Buffalo’s pick at eight with Cleveland taking Geno Smith with the sixth pick.

If that proves to be the case it’s likely that moving down becomes an option that’s a bit less risky if they want to wait on landing a quarterback.

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Final thoughts on QBs from Bills Asst. GM

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 24, 2013 – 9:30 pm

The Buffalo Bills are the focus of a lot of attention as the NFL Draft approaches Thursday night. And most of it centers on the Bills apparent interest in drafting a quarterback with one of their early picks.

Assistant GM Doug Whaley talked about the quarterbacks Wednesday night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. And he had complimentary things to say about some of the top candidates.

On Ryan Nassib:

“He’s a guy, we would say, you plug and play. Because of the familiarity he has with the system, but efficient. Strong arm, competitive.”

On E.J. Manuel:

“Powerful. He’s a guy that’s got the size. He’s got the ability to run as well. He’s more of a power thrower because he’s such a big man and he’s so powerful.”

On other potential first round QBs:
“You’ve got Matt Barkley. There are people that are going to look at him. He’s been on the big stage for a while, he’s been productive. One of the things he does is, he gets the ball to the playmakers. And then Landry Jones. He’s set a lot of records in the Big 12, and that’s not a shabby conference. He’s got size, he’s got the ability to throw the ball downfield. And one of the rare qualities he has, he’s not a great athlete, but he can be Fred Astaire in the pocket. He can be a Brady, where he can move around in the pocket and buy time.”

The entire interview with Doug Whaley is available at\johnmurphyshow

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Remembering draft room hierarchy

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2013 – 2:00 pm

Though Mr. Wilson ultimately has the final call, Buffalo’s founder and owner has left GM Buddy Nix in charge of the team’s personnel decisions, which includes those in the Bills draft room. And it’s pretty clear how the draft room hierarchy works. While opinions are sought and consensus is the goal Nix is the triggerman.

When asked how much the preferences or wants of coaches factor in to player selection decisions during the draft, Nix was pretty straightforward in explaining how things work.

“They may know exactly how to do it, but what they do is how we do it,” said Nix of the coaches. “We don’t ask them about procedure with the draft. We know how we want to do that and we know it works. With Mike (Pettine) and the (defensive) staff that was with the Jets, those guys have been in the draft room so they kind of know what to expect. Our way is a bit different in that everybody gets to voice their opinion. It’s not who gets to talk the loudest and the longest. It’s give your opinion, you’ve done your job. We’ll decide where he goes.”

Knowing Nix and his scouting staff determine the grading of prospects on the board is important. It likely means that no matter how much the Bills offensive staff may like Ryan Nassib as a quarterback prospect it’s the grade given to him by the scouting department that will ultimately determine when and where he’ll be a consideration in the draft.

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Not much Manuel in M&T Bank draft challenge

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2013 – 12:18 pm

Bills fans have had the opportunity to choose who they believe the Bills will take with the eighth overall pick in the M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge. There’s still time for you to pick with a deadline of 5 p.m. tomorrow, but not many to this point agree with the pick I made in my mock draft.

I selected Florida State QB E.J. Manuel for the Bills at eight, with the backup selection being LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo. Here’s a look at the Draft Day Challenge results in terms of the percentage of contestants that picked Manuel or Mingo.

3% – E.J. Manuel
3% – Barkevious Mingo

Not surprisingly, Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib is one of the more popular choices of Bills fans in the M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge at 21%. As I said in my mock draft, I don’t think you can rule him out.

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Fan Friday 4-19

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2013 – 2:05 pm

Alright Bills fans this is the last Fan Friday before the NFL draft. The “hay is in the barn” as the scouts say, just got to wait and see how the board falls next week. Be sure to check out my 8th annual mock draft next Wednesday. It’ll be entertaining. Here now are your latest questions from and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – dcap22803 Apr 17, 11:27am

@ChrisBrownBills Would #bills be willing to trade down with #falcons and take Nassib at 30

CB: It’s my contention that the Bills would be very interested in trading down. As I covered in my story this week, after asking GM Buddy Nix about trading down, there could be some players for the eighth overall pick if prospects like Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson or West Virginia WR Tavon Austin are both still on the board.

I don’t get the sense that they like the value there at eight for positions they’d like to address early (QB, WR) so I believe if they can move back to an area where they like the value better (late teens or 20’s) and add a draft choice they would do it.

2 – JackJablonski Apr 16, 1:04pm

@ChrisBrownBills Williams to Safety. Does this open up the possibility of CB at pick 8? Dee Milliner, if he falls, or Xavier Rhodes??

CB: I think with Aaron Williams moving to safety it raises the level of importance for addressing cornerback in the draft. Outside of Stephon Gilmore the Bills lack size at corner, so a tough, physical corner is needed out there. If Milliner falls to eight I wouldn’t rule out him being a consideration. At the same time I believe moving back and adding another draft choice could trump it.

But with Williams moving to safety I believe it has made adding a cornerback a necessity at some point in this draft.

3 – Chris,
With our needs at SS, ILB, OLB, WR and QB most likely to be addressed thru the draft, I find it really strange that there has been very little noise about bringing in some quality free agent guards for visits.  It seems like a glaring hole (let’s not forget Rinehart is gone as well).  Have you heard anything on Mr. Nix’s plans for this position?  I would like to see our RBs continue to run hard and whoever are QB may end up being it would be nice for him to be in one piece after a few games.

Go Bills!

CB: I’ll give you Mr. Nix’s exact thoughts about the team’s status at the guard spot. Here is a direct quote from the draft luncheon when he was asked if losing Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart in free agency had altered their approach in the draft at all?

“Not at all,” said Nix. “Not at all, now having said that I know people have said we’re taking one of those top two guards. Our roster in house is better than I think we get credit for especially offensive line. We’re pretty deep there. We’ve got six guards and we think a couple of them can play. Now having said all that before you write that we’re not going to take a guard at number eight, it’s hard to pass up two players like the old boy at Alabama (Chance Warmack) and the kid at North Carolina (Jonathan Cooper). Both of those are great players so you have to give that a lot of thought when they come up.”

When asked as a follow up if he had enough confidence in the six guards on the roster to the point where if they did not draft a guard would he be fine, he said he would be.

To be clear the players they believe offer them ability at guard are starter Kraig Urbik and Colin Brown and Sam Young. Brown and Young rotated in with the starting unit at left guard. If there are no other additions at the position those two are likely to battle it out for the starting role.

Zebrie Sanders, who Doug Marrone views as a tackle first and guard second, could potentially be a part of that competition down the road when he’s healthy.

4 –  Chris,
So I’ve been hearing that Tyler Bray has some of the best upside in the QB class I was wondering what you thought of him and if you think he’s worthy of our second pick. Also if you think that going after Patterson in the first round, Bray in the 2nd or 3rd to have some instantaneous chemistry on offense would be a good idea. Or do you see a prospect at QB worth it at eight and maybe go after the other Tennessee kid, Hunter in the second? I’d live to get some feedback on these thoughts.

Thanks, Will

CB: There’s no debating that Bray can throw the heck out of the ball. He is the only junior eligible in this QB class and is a bit unpolished. I’m a bit concerned about his capability of coming in and being a leader for your football team. He has the physical skills, but there are maturity issues that NFL clubs have been busy investigating.

I respect your thought of instantaneous chemistry, but it would be anything but instantaneous. Patterson is very green and might not be a big time contributor until his third NFL season. Likewise Bray is also not NFL ready right now. So while those two might have chemistry, I’m not sure you’d see it right away on an NFL field against NFL competition.

I do subscribe to your latter suggestion. In fact that’s what I believe will happen in this draft. I believe Buffalo goes quarterback in the first and receiver in the second. Now they may trade back in round one before taking the QB, but I believe there’s a good chance they do that and Hunter is a viable value in round two.

I’m also a fan of E.J. Manuel despite the naysayers.

5 – Chris,

With the Bills being deficient last year at WR (and getting rid of what little depth that they have by releasing Nelson and Jones) on top of not signing ANY free agent WRs this offseason, doesn’t it seem like there’s a VERY good chance they draft Cordarrelle Patterson with their 8th pick? I’m not even saying I want that, but what choice do they have? That position is looking thinner and thinner this offseason. This is assuming they can’t get their franchise QB in the first round…

PS- Go Bills

CB: I think your point is well taken. The Bills need to add an instant contributor at receiver. I believe this will happen in round two. There’s good value between rounds two and four where you can get a player that can help you sooner rather than later. The value at WR is not good in round one until the very end.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Bills took two receivers in the draft despite the fact that they have just six picks.

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Report: Nassib to visit Cards

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2013 – 1:06 pm

They pick in front of the Bills in every round of the NFL draft, and there are some reports that they’re still strongly considering taking a QB despite the additions of veteran QBs Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. That theory has been somewhat bolstered by the reported visit Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib will be making a visit out to the desert.

According to ProFootballTalk, Nassib will be making a pre-draft visit to Arizona Monday and Tuesday.

Nassib has already had a private workout with the Bills during the pre-draft process.

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Round 2 could present high drama for QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2013 – 4:34 pm

A handful of NFL clubs are in the market for a long term solution at quarterback. Bills GM Buddy Nix has said as much since last fall concerning Buffalo’s situation at the position. But with a quarterback class that most so called experts believe doesn’t offer much in the way of top 10 talent, many of the teams looking to add a signal caller will wait until round two. Kiper sees that as a potentially risky scenario for those clubs.

“You have to be careful, or you can get lucky,” said Kiper. “Cincinnati waited for Andy Dalton. Everybody thought Cincinnati was going to trade up to get Andy Dalton or would have to trade up to get Andy Dalton. It didn’t work that way. San Diego, Drew Brees fell to them after they made the deal for Michael Vick to go to Atlanta that year and it allowed them to get LaDainian Tomlinson and then they got Drew Brees.”

Nix was a part of San Diego’s scouting staff at the time, and he was rewarded again for being patient in last year’s draft when Buffalo saw OT Cordy Glenn fall to them at 41.

“It has worked being patient and getting some good luck and some good fortune,” said Kiper. “But to get Nassib where (the Bills) are picking in the second round, that’s something you would have to say is debatable. That’s at 41 and he could very easily go before that.”

In round two the pick order goes as follows.

33 Jacksonville
34 San Francisco from Kansas City
35 Philadelphia
36 Detroit
37 Cincinnati from Oakland
38 Arizona
39 New York Jets
40 Tennessee
41 Buffalo

Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Arizona and the Jets are all clubs that could consider quarterback and all four pick in front of the Bills in the second round. Kiper, who assumes the Bills would covet Nassib, believes if the Bills truly want him they may need to move up the board.

“The strength of their conviction on the quarterback will determine a lot of that,” said Kiper of the Bills. “If they feel they have to get Ryan Nassib, then they’ll move out and move up.”

That could prove difficult with just six picks in Buffalo’s arsenal in this draft unless they elect to use future picks.

“That’s determined by their feelings,” said Kiper. “Are they hoping to just be lucky and have good fortune? Or are they going to be aggressive and move up to go get him? That’s one of the interesting scenarios in this draft.”

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Bills work out QB Nassib, others from ‘Cuse

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2013 – 6:38 pm

The Bills are taking their due diligence to the extreme with this year’s draft class. On Sunday they held a private workout with a handful of prospects Buffalo’s coaching staff knows better than any others in the draft pool.

Buffalo held a private workout with Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, G/C Zack Chibane, WR Alec Lemon, WR Marcus Sales and TE David Stevens.

The Bills scouting department has spent a lot of time on the Syracuse campus over the past season and pre-draft period.

Bills GM Buddy Nix was in attendance at the Syracuse pro day last month.

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Reports of more rookie QB visits for Bills

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 3, 2013 – 12:42 pm

As the Bills continue their search for a quarterback, there are more reports of pre-draft visits to One Bills Drive by some of the top prospects in the draft.

Ian Rapoport of reports the Bills will be active the next few days, hosting some of the top quarterback prospects in Orchard Park.  North Carolina State QB Mike Glennon reportedly is at One Bills Drive already:

Earlier, Rapoport reported that the Bills will host Oklahoma QB Landry Jones at One Bills Drive this week.

The Bills announced yesterday at FSU QB E.J. Manuel was visiting the team complex.  The team has also conducted a number of private workouts off-site with some of the top QB prospects.

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Fan Friday 3-29

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2013 – 11:32 am

The NFL draft is less than a month away so keep the questions coming at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills. Here’s the latest edition for you loyal Bills fans.

1 – Chris,

One guy that seemed to stick out to me while watching the combine is Mark Harrison.  Wondering what your thoughts are on him and where he is projected to go round wise.  Thanks for all you do!


CB: Harrison is a great physical talent at 6’3” and 231 pounds. The fact that he runs a 4.37 40 will get him a look from teams, especially after bouncing back from a down junior year. His numbers this past season still weren’t quite as good as his sophomore season when there was a lot more receiving talent around him. Harrison is probably a day 3 pick based on his physical skills alone even though his hands looked more reliable in 2012 than in 2011.


2 – Chris,

It seems the Bills have preached that they’ve made progress over the last few years.   I am having trouble seeing that.  It looks as though the Bills needs are many:
2 WR’s
2 CB’s
S depth
With all of these needs in mind and only 6 draft picks, do see the Bills being competitive in 2013?   

CB: I don’t disagree that there are several holes to still fill. At the same time the quality of the talent on this roster is pretty good (think – D-line, safety, OT). Part of that is due to the people they chose to part ways with (Donald Jones, David Nelson) and older players that either retired or will not be retained for the future. You’re right with six picks Buffalo has to do some plugging in free agency.

I think they’ll do a bit more work in free agency prior to the draft and then post-draft they’ll see where some positional needs still lie and plug in some bargain free agents presumably on one and two-year contracts.

3 – Chris,

With the Bills having only 6 picks in this year’s NFL draft, and players who fit like Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib and Manti Teo most likely being available in the late 1st or early 2nd round, do you think that they might trade back in the 1st round with their #8 pick to gain extra draft picks? That would seem to make sense – if Buddy Nix is willing.


CB: I think trading down is a realistic possibility only if their top graded quarterback is off the board. Bills GM Buddy Nix would like to have more than six picks. Moving down from eight is the only way to do that, but landing a quarterback of the future likely trumps everything.


4 – Hey Chris,

Just wondering, what’s up with Marcel Dareus? I understand that he plays through pain, both physical and emotional (considering his brother’s death), however I just can’t help but think that he has not lived up to expectations as a number three overall pick. Considering the bevy of talent that was available that year, it really baffles me that he isn’t living up to his draft spot or to his draft class. Your thoughts?

Mike in Buffalo

I think last year was a lost year for Dareus. He lost his brother after the first regular season game in a tragic act of violence. His brother was just 19. Even though Dareus lost his dad when he was 6, his grandmother at age 13, his high school coach at age 18, his mom at age 20 and his best friend from high school at 21, this latest loss may have topped them all. All that loss and just 23-years of age, I’m willing to give him a pass for the 2012 season.

I just don’t think his head was in the game and how could it be? Anyone that has to experience all that is probably wondering what he did to deserve all that hardship. Hopefully he can come back and re-focus under a new staff and be the upbeat guy he has always been despite a very difficult hand that’s been dealt to him concerning his family.


5 – Hi Chris  

Do you worry about Dion Jordan being another Aaron Maybin?  Also it’s great the Bills front office is upfront with fans about needing a quarterback but not at the expense of other teams knowing and using that against us.  How do you see Mike Pettine’s defense set up with our personnel?  Can we run a 3 -4?  We have a lot of D lineman.   

Thanks – Travis

CB: I understand the concern. Seeing him at the NFL Combine, he looks like a swingman for a basketball team. The difference is Jordan has more of a college resume than Maybin, who had one-year of starting experience and came out as a redshirt sophomore. Jordan’s body is more mature, though he is coming of a torn labrum in his shoulder. I also think the one thing Jordan has that Maybin did not was instinct. Maybin was a hard worker, but did not seem to have the football acumen to anticipate and diagnose plays. The word on Jordan is that he does, which is why he’s seen as a top 10 pick.


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Nassib’s arm “strong enough”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 25, 2013 – 9:00 pm

Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib’s name has been linked to the Buffalo Bills for months now, ever since his college coach, Doug Marrone, and offensive coordinator at SU, Nathaniel Hackett, came to the Bills.

A top analyst for NFL Films says Nassib is his number one prospect at quarterback in the NFL draft.

Greg Cosell, a Senior Producer for NFL Films for more than 30-years, and the creator of the popular “NFL Matchup” program, says Nassib grades out the highest of all the quarterback prospects.  And appearing on The John Murphy Show Monday night, Cosell says arm strength is not a problem for Nassib.

“I think he has a live arm, not a power arm, but a live arm.  And there’s a difference,” Cosell said.  ” I’m a big believer in arm strength by the way.  There are certain times you’ve got to make stick throws into tight windows, often in critical situations.   So, I believe in arm strength.  I don’t want my offense to always have to be manipulated, managed and controlled by the coach, in order for the quarterback to  be successful.”

Cosell told host John Murphy that location and accuracy are Nassib’s strongest attributes, but when it comes time to fire a fastball, the Syracuse QB is capable.

“I think there are times you’ve got to drop back and make throws,  I think Nassib can do that.  Does he have an absolute gun?  No.  But I think his arm is strong enough to make the kind of throws that I just spoke about.”

The entire interview with Greg Cosell is available here.

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Nassib described as “a young Drew Brees”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 25, 2013 – 8:25 pm

One month from the NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills decision on a quarterback continues to be the number one issue for the team.

A top analyst from NFL Films says as far as he’s concerned, Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib is the number one quarterback in the draft.

Greg Cosell, a Senior Producer for NFL Films for more than 30-years, says Nassib has what it takes to be the top quarterback taken off the board on April 25th.  And he compares him to Pro Bowl QB Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, at similar points in their development.

“Nassib, the more I watch him, the more I like him,” Cosell said Monday Night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “He’s not a top arm talent, he doesn’t have a gun. But I made a note to myself—I saw elements of a young Drew Brees.  And when I say a young Drew Brees, I mean with San Diego, when he was sort of developing his career.  I think Nassib has some of those same physical traits with his ball location, his anticipation.  And we’ll see where that goes.”

” To me, he’s the top guy in a draft where there are no guaranteed quarterbacks.”

Cosell says based on his film study, Nassib’s arm strength is adequate.  But it’s his ability to put the ball exactly where he wants to, that sets him apart.

“I think you have to be able to throw the ball with great ball location.,” Cosell says.  “I think you have to be able to move around in the pocket-pocket mobility.  I think you have to throw the ball with great anticipation.”

“Accuracy and ball location are consistent positives with Nassib,” Cosell told host John Murphy.  ” He does not miss routine throws.”

The entire interview with Greg Cosell of NFL Films is available here.

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Fan Friday 3-22

Posted by Chris Brown on March 22, 2013 – 12:02 pm

Here’s the latest edition of Fan Friday questions and answers from and @ChrisBrownBills. Just over a month until the draft.

1 – Hi Chris……

Why is it that teams are so afraid to trade a first round pick, or pay the first round tender for a star player?

An example that comes to mind is Victor Cruz. Word is that the Giants are going to place a first round tender on him if any team sign him. Is a player of that caliber not worth a first rounder? There are so many first round picks that don’t pan out, especially in Buffalo, I would think that trading for a proven producer would make sense, especially for a position of need that would be addressed in the draft.

L. Briggs

CB: The Giants front office did say that they actually anticipated there might be an offer sheet from a team or two for Cruz. Obviously teams with lower first-round picks might be more apt to do so than a team with a pick in the top half of round one.

His production is proven, but if you’re a team with a lot of needs at other positions, or you’re a team that doesn’t have a quarterback the caliber of Eli Manning you won’t get the same production out of Cruz thereby decreasing his value.

2 – Hey Chris,

The 3 spots that we expect to see the Bills targeting are LB WR and QB with that being said is there any way that the Bills could try to knock out either 1 or 2 of the needs in the FA period? If they could do that, that would allow them to go with the best player available approach and could wait to get a QB till round 2 or 3. 

Thanks Chris,
Josh, Syracuse NY

CB: They’ve addressed OLB with Manny Lawson as everyone knows, but an ILB is still an option along with WR and QB. Buddy Nix has said he thinks the WR position in the draft is deep, which leads me to believe that a WR won’t be added until the draft. Tight end is another position to be addressed so that too has to be targeted. The pickings have gotten slimmer in free agency. I think there is still good value at LB in free agency so I’d anticipate an ILB to be pursued and possibly a TE prior to the draft.


3 – Chris,

Much like you, I strongly believe that teams need to win games upfront on both side of the ball.   With that in mind I am throwing out this prediction as Nix seems to be somewhat predictable:

He will draft Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson at 8, then trade up and take a QB (Tyler Wilson?)

Just wondering your thoughts….

I prefer taking the meat and potatoes players because you can win with less than stellar QB play that way.    It seems like the Bills over the years are too worried about their skill position players (drafting a lot of 1st round RB’s, reaching for Graham, signing TO, etc)

CB: I would be surprised if they go with Patterson at 8. I think with the depth at wide receiver in this draft and the best value at that position being in rounds 2-4 Nix won’t go with a one-year wonder in round one. He typically prefers players with more of a college resume.

I see the Bills going for a receiver somewhere between rounds 2-4. Quarterback will be round 1 or 2. Trading down from eight I think is a realistic possibility to get better value at QB and there are teams I believe that will want to get up in the top 10 to take one of the top end offensive or defensive linemen there.

Trading back into the bottom of round one I believe is a harder ask because Buffalo wants to hold onto their picks only having six right now not parting with picks to move up.


4 – Chris,

What about some of our lesser talked about free agents like Kyle Moore? What’s the likelihood he gets signed to a longer deal with the Bills in the next couple of weeks? I feel like he’s a younger, raw type of athlete that can refine his game to be a decent contributor to the Defense… or at least a replacement for Kelsay. The Bills already have some veteran proven pass rushers on the defense, but I feel they could use a young guy with some upside… for the right price.   

Nate in Rochester
PS- Go Bills

CB: It’s difficult to say exactly how the front office feels about Moore. I’m not sure he’s a fit for a multiple front defense because he’s primarily a 4-3 end in terms of his fit. He’s not an OLB in a 3-4 and I don’t know that he has the bulk to line up as a five technique in a 3-4.

Bills GM Buddy Nix did speak to the Toronto Sun about Moore and he said the following.

“We have things we have to do, and things we have to plan to do to keep our own guys, which we will have some, that in the summer we’ll try to get done before the season, or early in the season. And we have to keep those things in mind.”

I don’t know what you take from that comment, but it doesn’t sound to me like the draft is the main focus right now along with filling other positional holes. I’d be surprised if something with Moore happened before then.

5 – Chris,
I am hearing at the combine many head coaches say that they reach out to the players college coaches as part of the evaluation process. Is coach Marrone and OC Hackett being interviewed about former Syracuse players? What if Nassib or another SU player is on the Bills radar? As the former college coach, is Marrone obligated to take the call?
Kevin from Cheektowaga

CB: I did a story on that very predicament that coach Marrone found himself in because he was getting peppered with questions about his Syracuse players by the friends he had in the NFL coaching ranks. Here’s the story on that very subject and how coach Marrone chose to handle it.

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QB again Bills pick in newest mock

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2013 – 12:11 pm has several analysts put together mock drafts, several of them in fact leading up to the draft. Analyst Daniel Jeremiah not surprisingly has a quarterback going to Buffalo at eighth overall.
Here’s what he wrote in explanation of the pick.
Pick No. 8
Geno Smith
West Virginia
The Bills dumped Ryan Fitzpatrick and almost certainly will use their top pick on his replacement. If they stay here, I think it will be Geno. If they bail out of the pick, all signs point to Ryan Nassib.
While the assumption remains Nassib if it’s not Smith due primarily to the Syracuse connections with head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, other quarterback options should not be dismissed.
Jeremiah does not have any other quarterback prospect coming off the board in round one.

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