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So we talked to John Clayton. Ralph Wilson had a hand in decisions Chan Gailey was the bills coach it was 2012. And we're talking about the upcoming. Big game with the jets all right the stretching a little bit on the last one now. But a lot of things are different we have John Clayton with -- -- again to start 2013 through the Super Bowl were excited about that John hello and happy new year. Happy new -- what do you make about. What do you make of all the changes around here. Well -- I think it's great just knowing that there's some stability I think that's wonderful woman just knowing that. All the sudden it's he's not going to be up and moving someplace I think that's good and I think it's great to see that there is a partnership is trying to work together and then ultimately. TB the long term idea of a new stadium I think that's wonderful not a matter of trying to make sure that they get a good team to play in that stadium so. Some good and right now unfortunately some bad. You have a favorite. For the bills in their coaching search who would your money beyond. My money would be on either Ken Whisenhunt or Lovie Smith I think that the -- Why not go with it is somebody that's already established as opposed to giving a new coach can't stay at -- would learn on the job and it's not a knock him Mike McCoy here. Jay gruden or some of the guys like that. But in my way of thinking. You know -- got a proven track record of winning. Still if you go on the opposite side Ken Whisenhunt has done a good job of winning you know he's been able -- to a super ball both -- been to a Super Bowl so. Go with established as opposed to somebody who's not done it successfully before. Column hope reduction -- beat by woods tournament record because it's it's under 500. And -- public. When you look at it don't matter the quarterback and now. You know what he had a good quarterback in Kurt Warner that he was able to win. Like every other coach in football if your quarterbacks aren't good and you know he made a bad mistake and went for Kevin -- and it didn't work out. And he paid the price by losing his job but still sometimes you look at need to look at the physical way that he's been able to. Don't do a good job of coaching -- get a stability L last year he was able to be at -- Nate when they really didn't have a critical football team's overall. I think you Leo you give them the benefit of the doubt because he was. He had been successful just about every stop when you run out of quarterbacks to just kind of -- to that he has I think everybody knows them a couple of different times. College can you tell us if anything about Mike McCoy is he's sort and in the bills are said to be ready to talk to him this weekend. And done he's somebody all this that I I haven't dumb you know I paid a lot of attention to. Well -- I think it's a -- one thing you know they made enough play calls to get Tim Tebow to the playoffs and -- -- -- -- to -- go to the field right now I think he's that good I mean he's. They'll learn a lot coming through the change is that port and a conservative offense that. John Fox wouldn't allow him to do a lot when he was in Carolina. -- he goes to Denver all of a sudden here's Tim Tebow and so you you look to see what he did last year now you know when he would -- play pretend Tebow. He had no idea how -- gonna be executed the but somehow he cold enough good plays that people won seven games went to the playoffs. Was able to what a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and then gets it you know Peyton Manning in -- able to add things to Peyton -- game that -- -- And so he's just a good coach if you could pick Tim Tebow to the playoffs and believe me he didn't seem to have that happen with New York in the limited time to do without there. I think you deserve the chance and so because of the fact that he's up to date as far as running some of the new offenses that are coming into the -- from college. That's -- good thing he can no that you know he's got a great chance -- Peyton Manning go to the Super Bowl committee. That's a good -- John played with -- us John you said before speaking of Whisenhunt. Obviously so much of a -- success ties to who the quarterback is if -- if you were the bills in this search or any team wouldn't that be. Priority one in trying to analyze these guys and just appraise them. How how would you get us a quarterback who would it be what are you looking for. And I might think you pick the guy gives you the best answer to that. No question absolutely that's a 100% and that's why I think you can see that the trend now is to get more offensive coaches because. They at least seven April what's going on as opposed -- I guess I'm not a big Rex Ryan and I like him I think it's a good coach. But also took -- X and pick Rex Ryan to make the take on the quarterback. It's not gonna be successful some guys on offense the quarterback position is the most important. So I would have been my way of thinking would be dealt -- you can't necessarily say that the one pick is going to work out because it's not that easy. This year is not an -- year depict the quarterback because. The college -- does not really providing -- top -- talent. Even though some guys may go in the top ten and so because of that you may have to -- to get somebody. But that doesn't work out you have to be in the position to say okay if this doesn't work out we tried this guy. You've got to try to turn that I mean look at Seattle Pete Carroll came in first year he decides OK let's stay with -- back. Then what is Vivendi decides to go with. You know Charlie Whitehurst and that didn't work out then the next thing you know he signed Matt Flynn and then he goes with Russell Wilson and now. Russell Wilson hit on that they've got -- salt. That seemed coaches right now are going to be defined by their quarterback if you don't have a good one in May not get an and one year that you gotta get him some time or you're not going to be the coach. Do you have an opinion on Chip Kelly. I'm not a big Chip -- guy coming into the league and not because it's not a good coach he is a good coach and I just down the road isn't such a great job down there. But the problem I have a college coach is coming in because. You know college coach is that limited NFL experiences and the fail and I go back to Nick Saban and Nick Saban had experience in the NFL. He came in and you know the problem in the college coaches have they -- their own teams and college. They -- personnel directors -- everything that they want they're going to get that's just waited in college is not that way and the national football -- look at nick when he goes to Miami. -- the guy that has total control could do anything that he wanted he decide you know what. I want from breaks. We Drew Brees and the you know -- all the sudden that doctors. Got to the owner instead -- you can't have Drew Brees -- shoulders too bad. And the next thing you know he didn't even seventh inning getting out of here in two years so I just think that -- even the control coaches can't take control. And that you can't it control you get disappointed he gets frustrating he gets ugly. But you know you mentioned talking about McCoy that he can run some of the college type offenses I feel like that stop these water. Kelly's doing maybe maybe even on fuel while I'm still -- it's that in more. The you skeptical that that kind of system can work in the NFL. No I'm committed to working right now and you CP times a year because they're running noble running in the Oregon offense in delinquent. And they started doing it -- what that Bill Belichick has been doing for years is running a good portion of the Mike -- Texas Tech offense. Which is what you could see you look Wes Welker runs out of the slot. And then what they did this year they run a lot of the organs. Offense too quickly the running game. But the fast pace in trying to get 8090 plays of the game so it doesn't work. The problem is people figure these things out and if you don't have adaptable NFL opportunistic on the counter it. Then the next thing you know you tend to lose games and lose. Your ability to BA coach and I just don't know if the depth there because if you can't force that. In the you can use some things but if you force it too much you have to go back on basic gonna -- with Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick. Still they can go to multiple things I feel like the typical one trick -- to come in here with the organ offense. Then that may be a failure. John -- with us we'll talk about the playoffs and a bit in May be the combat team twenty years ago today hopefully we'll get a chance as -- won't question him the least about that. One more element to the coaching debate here is just how the bills look. Two certain candidate verses how they did three years ago when they ended up with Chan Gailey. And it seems the consensus here John is that they have a better looking team. Then they did then even though the record isn't better at all would you say. I don't agree with that because. On the other Stevie Johnson and it seems like the second and third options are a little better not great but still a little bit better. I think you can see that they've devoted a little bit more resource is to -- interior of the offensive line. No they haven't really done enough I think on the outside of the offensive line. I think deal with the additions of Manila Mario Williams that he -- they obviously -- a disappointing year but he still what talent. That they in the least get the right defense of coaches in there stay with a 43 I think they can build something here so I think it's a better team. You know that started three years ago when -- -- took over. It was just a matter of getting over the top and unfortunately for -- could get -- over the top. And Spiller you'd even mention either who seemed like you know -- opt out. -- called the label is it to have a running back as your best player. If you're running back is Adrian Peterson. It's vital because the injury and went in the playoffs. Have problem won't get a playoff win. But it's better to have a quarterback -- running -- unfortunately have a short lifespan I -- 56 years and all the sudden they start to decline. We're quarterback of good looking keep you -- the knicks for ten to fifteen years so it's okay to have a good running back in Jermaine Dye. But if your quarterback's not -- guy. It's still struggle to get the 500 and about. Now what are your thoughts on Ralph Wilson's -- ceding control of the franchise which is what was announced here on New Year's Day to Russ Brandon. I just hope that he's healthy I think that's the big thing I think that. It was inevitable that something like that had to happen just to make sure just in you know NBC and several instances because a lot of these owners. Are now -- -- is starting to get home and have to make sure that. Things are run right and -- those different things and so if I mean I think the good thing is. You can see where -- intent was and -- intent was to make sure that this team stays in buffalo. Stated in this area and so that's good. And values -- get the control that you think is going to make this franchise fine and so. They'll -- is that a good loyal soldier for this team for about two years so I think that's good -- now be everybody knows who answered to about the matter just give the team better. John the road this weekend. I am ending it and two where Washington DC to Tennessee Washington and Seattle that battle of the two rookie quarterback. That's the best the best game I I remember the days when we talk to you Roy scored the best game. And I think this time you are. Yeah I liked this one game where I think that don't you've seen that there has been a nice little spike in recent years there's an eight year stretch where. The road team in the playoffs in the wild card round was able to win. If it's something that usually doesn't happen and a lot of that is because you know a great quarterback ends up getting a second place they like Aaron Rodgers Ben Roethlisberger. Eli Manning -- so he get more wild card win but last year. All for the wildcard visiting team's -- And this year I think three of the four visiting teams are going to lose the one team that you look at you think -- can you win the first round point that. Beat the Seattle Seahawks couldn't think they go in with the team it's a little bit better than Washington and a quarterback that can match up pretty well going against RG three. What are your thoughts on the other games -- Kelly there's no later than Minnesota's gonna have the success they had. On the road in Lambeau. Going up as they have the other the third time they've -- about six weeks and you have to figure that at some point. Dom -- gonna figure some -- not to give up some yards to the outside on the run to Adrian Peterson but also to your Christian Ponder on the road. And Billy he's about yield one point three yards per pass attempt off. In getting the ball down field. So now I think here you'll elect me about this last week Adrian Peterson get a 199. Yards and you're like is still scored 34 points I think. Minnesota is going to lose I think it's still going to be cup was -- to that because they're not all they're getting close but they may not be there yet to beat Houston. And then I look at the the Seattle game is being you know Seattle winning on the road and then Baltimore just think -- too much for Indianapolis right now. We'll ask you about the comeback came in a minute Andy Reid to Kansas City is that happening. It's happening yeah they're they're they're trying to get it done it's not done yet decided to look at the language of the contract let's. Everything seems to be in place barring a setback for that they get done tonight or tomorrow. What about Kansas City is so interesting them. It's a matter structure because he was very interested in Arizona and he's stored in house in Diamond Bar, California so anything. In San Diego would probably getting even give them a little bit of a hometown discount because he's a West Coast -- So. Kansas City given the structure as far as being able to be in control the the front office. Make that takes as far as the players take the general manager he wants which means Scott Pioli is going to be out. And so. But a tighter relationship with the owner. So with that. You canceled the flight to Arizona and San Diego and San Diego they knew they were gonna have a GM that's just. But it taken away some authority. Same thing there was going to be there in Arizona so from the financial standpoint they met all the and demands they're not gonna make probably seven and a half a million bucks. Do you think it. We know anything from this will want to draft first overall. Now it's too early to say because you know they yes certainly have the first pick but the first pick in this -- does not necessarily the quarterback because. Still more although it all these -- that are the quarterbacks are more low first round picks and so there's a little dilemma there. So what he has to make a decision you go get a veteran or what do you do. But -- know is so that -- a little bit too early to kind of pick that. Okay twenty years ago today bills Oilers. Review at the game. I will unfortunately not that the game because you know that's one of those memorable games that you just always. Yes like Dick head in the immaculate reception at one of the games he -- wish you were -- and one unfortunately it was not bad. Were you add another playoff game that weekend remember. Yeah I just can't remember what I was because I think everybody was so riveted. To that came attacked ethnic might have been San Diego or something like that would look into -- for a guy from Pittsburgh. Now we're on right now. Well do you have a thought on that team I know we've asked you about it before but it's a special anniversary for for that group. I think that that's. It's so well deserved because again it's like if figure okay. Billed as -- using a drop off when you go to the backup quarterback -- like OK it's ideally come back and they'll just like it was a miracle comeback and just watching it and you know here's Jim Kelly not able to play and the comeback there and -- Warren Moon and it's always remembered in Houston for their loss but I think more so than anything else. In detail how special that builds team was suggest. Kind of showed how deep they were. To me they were just on such a role for so long and like it didn't matter the starting quarterback was out but they were still going to win incredible game. John thanks for your time. You enjoy DC John Clayton going to see the Seahawks and the Redskins. That is the one game I wanna go to this weekend and maybe even try to pull off -- the rare double double the Maryland double -- there us. Baltimore a lot of money. And a lot of patience because traffic Baltimore and away and probably is no picnic that's what would the -- Yes. I don't even really know. Exactly where that is just not it's not for outside of Washington Capitals deploys its oil and dwindled to its on the left. You're right by the way about -- up to it -- on the left. But done to play -- games very close together on the same day I asked on Twitter.

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