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Louis Murphy Q&A

A transcript of a conference call with Florida wide receiver Louis Murphy, a fourth-round draft pick, No. 124 overall:

Q: Surprised the Raiders picked you after they took Heyward-Bey in Round 1?

Murphy: Yeah, they took a receiver pretty high so I thought that Oakland was probably off the list and I looked toward other teams. I never thought I’d be going to Oakland.

Q: What did you think when you got the call?

Murphy: I don’t know who called me. I just picked up the phone and they said their name. I can’t remember because they were going so fast but they said it was the Oakland Raiders, ‘We’re about to pick you in a minute or so, do you want to be part of the Oakland Raiders organization?’ I said of course. Of course, yep.

Q: Cable said Heyward-Bey had an advantage because he wasn’t in a spread offense. You’re in a spread offense, so is that a disadvantage?

Murphy: I don’t think it’s going to be very difficult because actually our offense with some of the plays and routes that we run a lot of the coaches were surprised with my football knowledge about a pro offense. A lot of the stuff that we do is pro, it’s mainly the spread, but we run a lot of pro stuff and a lot of deep balls you’ll see me catching and a lot of the go routes and the posts and the post corners. A lot of it is modeled after the pro offense, certain routes or certain plays. We’re not a pro offense or a spread offense. I don’t think it will be a real big learning curve.

Q: Did you visit the Raiders in Alameda?

Murphy: Yes. Actually I met with the Raiders, met with the receivers coach. I had a good meeting. Me and the receivers coach hit it off. We talked and he really wanted to coach me and I didn’t think would get a chance to work with him.

Q: Coming from a championship team that almost never lost how will you adjust to playing for the Raiders?

Murphy: I’m just going to come in and help where I can, whatever coach needs me to do. They got a hard-working player that’s going to come out and give his best. Coming from a national championship team I think that Oakland drafted some players they really feel are championship players and have experienced that. I know all the veterans’ goals are to win and that’s what I’m coming in to help them win games.

Q: What do you know about JaMarcus Russell?

Murphy: Oh man. The only thing I know about JaMarcus Russell is that when we played them in the Swamp my sophomore year, I saw him throw the ball and not even thinking about it said, ‘I wouldn’t mind playing with JaMarcus Russell.’ I never though about it past that day but that was my only touchdown of that year when we played against LSU. I was like if I ever make it to the NFL, the way he throws the ball that was crazy. Watching him get drafted high and watching him in the NFL, I won’t mind being on the receiving end catching those deep balls from him.

Q: Are you OK with being out of the limelight, with Heyward-Bey the No. 1 pick?

Murphy: Oh, man it’s my whole life. That’s my life story and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m cool with that. That’s just the type of person I am. And the more the Oakland fans will get to know me, I’m real laid back man and I go hard on the field. And man, I’m proud, I’m happy for Heyward-Bey. I’m just ready to play ball. There’s not going to be any animosity. I played with Percy and Tebow and we were best friends. I’m not a selfish guy at all. Whenever coach throws me the ball I’m going to try make it a big play.

Q: Did it help or hurt be on the same team with Percy Harvin?

Murphy: Oh yeah, it helped me. Yeah, it helped me win championships. I mean, what do you mean? In what way?

Q: As far as recognition. If not for Harvin, could you have been picked earlier?

Murphy: Oh man. I probably would have been. I still honestly thought I was going to go in the second round and the cards fell the way they fell. From the teams I really felt, I was hearing a lot of late first, early second. But the draft is the draft.

Q: Was last night tough waiting for a call?

Murphy: last night, it was pretty rough. I really thought I was going to go first day. But I was set on whatever God had for me is for me. And I know God wants me in Oakland. So that’s what it is. So I can’t complain.

Q: Did you play QB in high school?

Murphy: I played some quarterback, freshman, sophomore year. and junior, senior year I played a little bit, rotated a little bit at quarterback. But nah, mostly I played receiver junior and senior year and I played receiver all four years at florida. Quarterback a little bit, but not too much.

Q: you went to the same high school as Cornell Green. Do you know him?

Murphy: No, I didn’t even know Cornell Green went to our school until yesterday when the newspaper came out and did an article on me and showed everybody from my high school that played in the NFL and Cornell Green was on there. And I still haven’t met him. I probably have, I just don’t know.

Q: Did playing in the spread help you run shorter routes?

Murphy: Yeah man. Like third and short, sometimes the deep pattern’s not the best situation. Sometimes you’ve got to take the shorter route. And it worked on my agility and quickness in and out of breaks. Being able to stop going in one direction and go in another direction really helped my overall game. and I’ve been working with Cris Carter. I’m going to get up with Jerry Rice. Man, I’m just trying to learn from the best. And you’ll get my best out there. Being in the spread offense helped me but I’ve also learned a lot of pro stuff these last couple months.

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  • jhill

    You’re right SnB, we did agree that base DE and DT were two positions I would have like to see addressed.

    And I still think they are an issue.

    I already said I’m with you on the 3 situational pass rushers. But I really think that speaks volumes to what the coaches think about all our DEs except maybe Scott and Gunhiem. And they were all drafted where they were supposed to be drafted. Have no problem with them at all.

    You know 3rd down defense was my biggest issue though before DT. And you know I like Scott and Gunhiem at Base DE, along with moving Kelly around.

    Warren played damn good up until he tore his chest muscle I believe it was, and he still played through it.

    I just think there are bigger fish to fry than Warren and Kelly, but I did like younger talent to come in behind those two, not replace them.

    But we do pretty much agree on what needs to happen before we are completely back on track as a team. I just think we took some strides there this weekend.

  • Kush

    I agree with post number 97. Henderson on the left and Barnes on the right. Gallery is good, Satele is good and Carlisle well experienced in the zone blocking scheme.

    Not the best O-line in the league, but definitely NOT THE WORST BY FAR. It’s actually a B-/C+ Offensive line in my opinion, with dangerous, athletic, speedy weapons in a HEALTHY Mcfadden, Bush, Miller, Higgins, Heyward Bey, Murphy, Chaz.

    I’m eager to see it in action

  • jhill

    Barnes is horrible in the pass-game he is just like Harris, good run-game guy but opens a “negative” freeway on the pass…

    the only way I see us succeed, is to pull out barnes on pass-plays

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    Pull Barnes out on pass plays? LOL, Too funny.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # HayesDaze37 Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    LMN said:
    Woaw Al you did it again, totally wasted this years draft! at least under Kiffin we got solid guys, now we are back to the pre2007 situation… a lot of hoping, no sure payoff…

    then,

    LMN said:
    I agree, its the only reason why im this positive =)LOL or not totally negative…

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    Huh? LMN, you’re showing another face again…how many stances on the same subject can you take?

    At least you do it using the same alias!
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    some think im negative, i think im a bit positive, and if you read where those post was from its from the Matt S pick, its a total waste, and im positive about us picking hardworking guys…

    and I never liked Als gamble, we cant afford to gamble, we bet the house the garage and now live in the shyt-house, and we still betting…

    i have come to terms with the DHB pick, still dont like it, as i didnt like the Russel or McFadden pick, i now has to live with it.. I still think he wasted this draft away, but I can live with DHB, and in fact i like the Mike M pick, but I truly hate the Matt S pick…. Slade and Murphy sound like good team-players, I still would have liked us to upgrade our team and not picking the same-same…

    or is that so hard to understand?

  • DarthPirate

    The Lions got Zach Follett? Damn.

  • jhill

    Look LMN,

    Harris’ BIGGEST problem was his inability to hold his water. His penalties killed us, and always had him second guessing himself.

    Remember the 2 false starts in a row followed by a sack? His head was just jacked all the way up. When he wasn’t jumping offsides, he wasn’t that bad.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # jhill Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Barnes is horrible in the pass-game he is just like Harris, good run-game guy but opens a “negative” freeway on the pass…

    the only way I see us succeed, is to pull out barnes on pass-plays

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    Pull Barnes out on pass plays? LOL, Too funny.

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    oh how pathetic of you to not include the last sentence… he it is just to make the record straight..

    —”the only way I see us succeed, is to pull out barnes on pass-plays… but that would make it pretty easy to read…”—

  • jhill

    Damn LMN, Relax!

    I wasn’t trying to make a point. I just really thought that comment was funny.

    I litterally L’d-OL.

  • YoungAmerican

    Barnes had similar penalty problems to Harris in Jacksonville last year. That’s why they didn’t want him back.

  • jhill

    Where did Crow go?

    That clip wasn’t that long!

  • jhill

    I don’t care what any of you say, Barnes is an upgrade over CORNELL GREEN!

  • Crow

    Crow’s reading other forums, laughing at Raider fans trying to spin this draft into something positive. It’s pretty damn funny.

    Did I miss something?

  • YoungAmerican

    Jhill says:

    I don’t care what any of you say, Barnes is an upgrade over CORNELL GREEN!

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    Well, yeah. Doesn’t mean he’s the answer for either side of our offensive line.

  • Tomycar

    wow USC had 10 defensive players drafted… 13 players overall

  • Crow

    # Oak-Tone Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I am predicting..Sands and Kelley will be better….Warren the same..

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    I’m predicting the sky will turn green tomorrow, with black clouds and a purple sun. I figure both predictions are just about equal in terms of likelihood.

  • jhill

    You’re not a Raider fan Crow?

  • doriangray

    RAIDERS RAIDERS . ARENT WE ALL HAPPY 2DAY ?

  • HayesDaze37

    LMN — Watching you and the multi-personalities in here justify being negative at every turn has been more enjoyable than listening to the talking heads on TV spew their opinions. Well, almost enjoyable…

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    both harris and Barnes had 7.5 sacks last season, harris in 11 starts, barnes in 16…

    as i said, they are the same, penalties is also a trademark of Barnes’…

    —” Barnes has looked solid at times, he’s also been beaten for costly sacks, flagged for silly penalties and benched for poor play. Even on Jacksonville’s biggest play of the season — David Garrard’s 32-yard run on fourth down at Pittsburgh in the playoffs — Barnes could have been called for holding James Harrison (the NFL acknowledged the missed call at the league meetings in March).”—

  • Crow

    # Oak-Tone Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Ron…who cares??…draft picks don’t always stick..Al got who he wanted..believe me..I will take Al’s knowledge over Mel Kiper’s, Todd Mcshay, and most of the other “experts” whose dicisions don’t f273ing matter.

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    Have you followed Al’s drafting over the years? I’d pay a drunken hobo to make Oakland’s picks before I’d ask Al to do it for free.

    Worst Owner/GM/Personnel guy in ALL…OF…SPORTS. Barr none.

  • Tomycar

    i remember Frank Middleton wasnt wanted back in Tampa either but became a pretty darn good guard for us (think it was tampa) until he tore his guads up doing squats..

    Lincoln Kennedy was another failure from his former team.. he was a damn good RT for us too. players fit systems.. hopefully they will fit within ours.. but i honestly dotn think that its going to be that hard to upgrade over Green.. hell even McQ played better at RT then Green

  • Crow

    # jhill Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    You’re not a Raider fan Crow?

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    Yes, but no.

  • YoungAmerican

    I cannot freaking believe we went through the entire draft without taking a single offensive tackle.

    I’m equally puzzled that we took two hybrid DE/OLBs when we run a 4-3.

    Oh well. Two weeks until camp, right? Can’t wait.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # HayesDaze37 Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    LMN — Watching you and the multi-personalities in here justify being negative at every turn has been more enjoyable than listening to the talking heads on TV spew their opinions. Well, almost enjoyable…
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    so its not okay to accept the card we have been dealt? I accept DHB, I find it silly but I accept it, just as i find it silly that we picked Russell and McFaddn, but I have accepted it…

    I stand by that the 3rd round pick is a totally waste, and I still think Al picked TWO WRs to get rid of all Kiffinese on the roster, maybe not at once, but certainly over a year or two..

    I still find it silly to pick a OLB, no matter how nice he seems, when we have so glaring needs…

    is that so hard to understand?

  • Tomycar

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:35 pm
    both harris and Barnes had 7.5 sacks last season, harris in 11 starts, barnes in 16…

    as i said, they are the same, penalties is also a trademark of Barnes’…

    —” Barnes has looked solid at times, he’s also been beaten for costly sacks, flagged for silly penalties and benched for poor play. Even on Jacksonville’s biggest play of the season — David Garrard’s 32-yard run on fourth down at Pittsburgh in the playoffs — Barnes could have been called for holding James Harrison (the NFL acknowledged the missed call at the league meetings in March).”—

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    with that being said.. he is still an upgrade over Green

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Jhill…

    im not saying Cornell Green is good, im NOT saying that Harris was good, IM SAYING THAT BARNES IS JUST AS BAD!!

  • Tomycar

    YoungAmerican Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    I cannot freaking believe we went through the entire draft without taking a single offensive tackle.

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    im glad we didnt take an OT we didnt need one.. i am very surprised we didnt take a DT tho.. our #1 overall need

  • Crow

    McQuistan is an upgrade over Green. That’s not saying much.

  • Tomycar

    Barnes is a tremendous upgrade over Harris and Green.. he will do fine on the right side.. if he was our LT id be worried..

  • jhill

    7.5 sacks over 11 games does not equal 7.5 sacks over 16 games. Cmon!

    And all of Barnes sacks were given up to pro bowlers, and that last sack you mentioned would have been to the league MVP for crying out loud.

    But your entitled to your opinion. I have no problem with that.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    tomycar..

    he is an upgrade in the run-game, but not in the pass game, and his mental state is worse than green…

    you will learn to hate him, my guess is 4 games..

    one of my colleagues is a JAX fan, i b1tched and moaned about the guy, and laughed his azz of when we signed him, he said coffees on me the next month, just out of pity..

  • Tomycar

    Crow Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:42 pm
    McQuistan is an upgrade over Green. That’s not saying much.

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    your right its not.. Green is really just that bad.. he is a back up at best

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    “7.5 sacks over 11 games does not equal 7.5 sacks over 16 games. Cmon!”

    never said so, if i felt that way, i had kept the number of starts to myself…

  • jhill

    you will learn to hate him, my guess is 4 games..

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    LOL!

    You’re in rare form today LMN!

    Again, too funny!

  • Tomycar

    La Milicia… like i said before.. i dont have a prob with him being on the right side.. if he was our LT id be worried.. i really do think that my dead grandmother (yes the same one who can run for 160 on our run d) would be an upgrade over Green LOL

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Repost on Khalif Barnes:

    During his first 3 seasons as the starting LT, Jax won an average of 10 games, their offense ranked in the top 10 in scoring every year and made the playoffs twice.

    Unlike Kwame Harris, Barnes has had success in this level and he’s been a key starter for a playoff team.

    Let’s look at Barnes last year (his worst season):

    He lined up across a Pro Bowl player for 9 out of 16 games and gave up 7.5 sacks, including:

    2 vs Mario Williams (Pro Bowler)
    1 vs Dwight Freeney (Pro Bowler)
    1 vs James Harrison (Pro Bowler)
    1 vs Kyle Vandenbosch (Pro Bowler)

    Barnes also held these guys without a sack:

    Dwight Freeney (Pro Bowler)
    Mario Williams (Pro Bowler)
    Jared Allen (Pro Bowler)
    Terrell Suggs (Pro Bowler)
    Aaron Schobel (Pro Bowler)

    Obviusly, Barnes played division rivals Freeney and Mario twice.

    What about the running game?…

    “The Jaguars averaged 6.04 yards per carry running off left tackle in 2008, the second best mark in the league.”

    Bottom line:

    Barnes is just 26, has plenty of talent and if he can keep his head in the game and stay out of trouble, he can definitely turn into a steal.

    Why did Jax let him go then?.

    That decision was made a long time ago when Barnes worw out his welcome by calling Jacksonville a hick town and saying he could not wait to get out.

    They kept him last year even after those comments because he was on the last year of his rookie deal, he made 500,000 dollars and they were winning with him.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Jhill…

    try look into the penalties, then, you still find barnes good, he may be an upgrade, still doesnt save russells azz, he will get the walter treatment

  • jhill

    You are saying that he is a bad pass protector, becasue he gave up 7.5 sacks in 16 games?

    To PRO BOWLERS?

  • Tomycar

    id personally like to see McQ as our RT.. i thought he played pretty well there for the 8 games Green broke his finger nail.. but thats just my opinion

  • HayesDaze37

    Listen, some of my near-sighted near-friends…

    Cable signed 3 O-linemen before the draft. Cable’s a O-line coach who knew what he wanted to get. Cable has seen those guys in workouts already, and he knows what he has to work with. I’m thinking Cable knew whether a $50-million rookie was necessary to give him a viable O-line and decided against it. We already know Al’s not afraid to draft O-linemen.

    This draft IS on Cable, no matter who picked the picks — if he needed one of the “Cadillac” O-linemen in the draft, he would’ve begged for one.

    The fact the O-line coach, who is also the HC, has as much faith in his line is admirable, and better be rewarded.

    It’s also a HUGE positive, knowing he KNOWS what his O-line looks like compared to other teams’ O-lines and defensive fronts. I’m putting me faith in the Cable Man!

  • jhill

    i really do think that my dead grandmother (yes the same one who can run for 160 on our run d)

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    She sure is active for a dead woman, LOL!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    bob…

    as i said, Barnes is good in the Run-game, he just isnt worth much in the pass-game… And…

    im not saying Cornell Green is good, im NOT saying that Harris was good, IM SAYING THAT BARNES IS JUST AS BAD!!

  • jhill

    Thank You Marley!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # Tomycar Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    id personally like to see McQ as our RT.. i thought he played pretty well there for the 8 games Green broke his finger nail.. but thats just my opinion
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    you cant be serious, maybe in a power-scheme like NYG, but he surely sux in the quick game, he wont be much more than a backup for the backups…

  • jhill

    He lined up across a Pro Bowl player for 9 out of 16 games and gave up 7.5 sacks, including:

    2 vs Mario Williams (Pro Bowler)
    1 vs Dwight Freeney (Pro Bowler)
    1 vs James Harrison (Pro Bowler)
    1 vs Kyle Vandenbosch (Pro Bowler)

    Barnes also held these guys without a sack:

    Dwight Freeney (Pro Bowler)
    Mario Williams (Pro Bowler)
    Jared Allen (Pro Bowler)
    Terrell Suggs (Pro Bowler)
    Aaron Schobel (Pro Bowler)

    Obviusly, Barnes played division rivals Freeney and Mario twice.

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    What’s that you say about his pass blocking?

  • jhill

    id personally like to see McQ as our RT.. i thought he played pretty well there for the 8 games Green broke his finger nail.. but thats just my opinion

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    Totally agreed with that. Just never understood the decision to go back to Green. Funny thing is McQ would have been our LT today had he not tore up his knee. He was in front of Henderson on the depth chart at LT.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # Tomycar Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    La Milicia… like i said before.. i dont have a prob with him being on the right side.. if he was our LT id be worried.. i really do think that my dead grandmother (yes the same one who can run for 160 on our run d) would be an upgrade over Green LOL
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    well thats the problem, only at this board henderson is written in stone as our LT, when camp comes both has equal opportunity to win/lose the spot, and i DO worry about them both, I wnat Henderson to be the ONE, but I doubt it, and even if Barnes loses and get the RT, I still doubt his mental sides, I see him Harris long lost brother, except Harris at least could handle his business of the field…

  • HayesDaze37

    This may be this blog’s funniest post ever:

    La Milicia Negra Says:

    tomycar..

    he is an upgrade in the run-game, but not in the pass game, and his mental state is worse than green…

    you will learn to hate him, my guess is 4 games..

    one of my colleagues is a JAX fan, i b1tched and moaned about the guy, and laughed his azz of when we signed him, he said coffees on me the next month, just out of pity..

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    What? Hahahahahaha

    One of your work friends is a Jax fan, and he bought your coffee for a month — that’s why Barnes is a bad pick-up?

    LMN — Your posts are getting worse (funnier) and worse by the minute now. I need another beer — this is like being in a comedy show.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Jhill…

    how many penalties did he get? 10ydpenalty is almost worse than a sack…

  • blackdeath29

    jhill ,
    sounds to me like he is a right tackle.