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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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  • Crow

    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.

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    He’ll be thrilled in Oakland, then. I hope he doesn’t like winning.

  • alisgod

    well…the draft is over and finally we get a bunch of high motor guys. Way to build the team Al/Cable. If you dont like it, live with it. Go Raiders.

    Just heard Mitchell on ESPN radio a little while ago. STUD!!!

  • Crow

    # alisgod Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    well…the draft is over and finally we get a bunch of high motor guys. Way to build the team Al/Cable. If you dont like it, live with it. Go Raiders.

    Just heard Mitchell on ESPN radio a little while ago. STUD!!!

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    Radio interview = Stud

    Failure Nation at its finest.

  • GRaider

    Bob M. – Thanks for posting some useful information.

  • doriangray

    WERE WINNING DA SUPER BOWL DIS SEASON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • doriangray

    YA KNOW WUTS REALLY CRAZY ? U MORONS WILL BE POTIN YUR SILLY LIL MOCK DRAFTS NEXT YEAR AND GETTIN DISSAPOINTED WHEN AL DRAFTS FUKKIN TIM TEBOW NEXT YEAR IN DA 1ST ROUND !!!!! LOL

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    great now all we need is a #1 WR a LT and a DT oh and a saftey… WASTE!!

    FUKKING GREAT AL!!! FUKK!!!!! WHY YOU S.O.B!! WHY!!!

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    complete WASTE!!!

  • doriangray

    JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHY U IDIOTS WONT REALIZE DAT DA GREAT SITH LORD AL DAVIS IS DIFFERNT THAN ANY OTHER O
    WNER

  • HayesDaze37

    I’d like to stop, but you keep throwing out priceless quotes…

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

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    LMN — Please tell us how you know what his, or Green’s, mental state is?

    How do you know…that somebody you never saw play in one system will fail — before you see him play in a different system altogether?

    This is the creative thinking that’s keeping our shipping lanes safe, in the world’s most important job?!

    Take off the blinders, and open your eyes, stubborn dude — there may be some people (some who even played/coached the game!) who might know just a little more about football than you do — and your absolute knowledge on the matter is embarrassing you.

    LMN — I’m starting to picture you as one of the narcissists from The Big Lebowski.

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

    Daze if you didnt drink so much, it may be easier for you to understand…

    yeah he offered me coffee(though i dont drink coffee) for a month because he was relieved barnes wouldnt be a part of JAX, and because he had pity on me/raiders for picking him up…

    he sure has his upside, i.e the rungame, and he IS better than Green, but I really fear him winning the LT-spot… but even as a RT i still fear his lack of mentally strength… I give you four games, then you will hate the guy as well…. oh wait, you love anything about the raiders, especially the losing?!

  • alisgod

    Crow…STFU and leave already ok. You dont know schytt about football. Go wipe Kiper’s a$$ while you at it.

  • M Lonetree

    Well here ya go, a breakdown of them all

    Darrius – Persian Emperor
    Heyward – that which a prisoner says at his parole hearing
    Bey – a Turkish nabob
    Mike – (as he prefers) an audio device
    Mitchell – a mispronunciation of Michelle
    Matt – something to wipe your feet on
    Shaughnessy – last utterance of someone eaten by a remnant creature in a Scottish loch
    Louis – Many a gluttinous French king
    Murphy – a side bet that can be invoked by a golfer who is chipping
    Slade – a pimp in NW Philly
    Norris – an extinct division of the NHL
    Stryker – one who kicks the ball really hard in European futbol and seldom succeeds with his aim.
    Sulak – The other part of the imprisonment system not written of by Solzhenitzyn
    Brandon – a juggler in the time of that putrifacted murderer Henry VIII
    Myers – A scenic town south of Lake Tahoe

    there you have it folks. your draft defined.

  • doriangray

    NET SEASON SOME CORNERBACK WIL RUN A 4.29 AND WELL DRAFT HIM NUMBER 6 OVERALL … AND ERRBODY WILL GET PISSED AGAIN …

  • Kush

    LMN-

    Khalif Barnes IS an upgrade over Kwame Harris if you look at HIS ENTIRE CARRER. His carrer stats and the fact that he played for a playoff team and top rushing football team give him immeasurables FAR ABOVE HARRIS!

    Last year was his worst year and his stats were still above Harris’. Keep in mind, this is all while playing on the LEFT SIDE, when here in Oakland he will most likely be playing on the RIGHT SIDE.

    The logic does not add up to insisting that Barnes is equally as bad as Harris.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    WASTE WASTE WASTE!!!!!

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Penalties…

    Barnes has a total of 6 false starts and 9 holdings in 4 years as a Pro, 60 games played.

  • doriangray

    HEY , I KINOW SLADE, HE HAS DA BEST HOES /

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    tell me how the new james jett will help us win??

  • doriangray

    HMM.. U THINK AL WANTS DA TEAM TO SUKK SO HE CAN MOVE EM AGAIN ?

  • jhill

    Jhill…

    how many penalties did he get?

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    I don’t know.

  • doriangray

    MAN. ON MADDEN10 IM GONNA THROW BOMBS TO HEYWARD BEY ALL DA;

  • doriangray

    OH WELL. WERE GONNA BE GOOD IN 2011 . !! GO RAIDERS . IM FINA GO WATCH A MOVIE

  • VT Raider

    Al would rather be consistent than right.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    Al thinks the NFL is madden 10… hes a dipshtt..

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    Al needs to die already!!

  • EMRaiders

    I already gave my opinions on DHB and MM. I like MM more than DHB. But think that DHB will be more productive than some of us may think. No Jerry Rice or Tim Brown though.
    Watching MM I see a guy that besides the obvious hard hitting, he can read plays and commits to his read, but when wrong, adapts to the play. He seems to have good improvising skills. Like I said, like him more than DHB.
    With Murphy it means that one or maybe 2 WRs will be gone. Which ones? Feel free to comment.

    Now, when it comes to the draft as a whole, I think we didn’t do as bad. A lot of unpopular picks, but sometimes those are the ones that work. I will refrain from calling any of them busts until I see them play. Though I am sure some of them will be. You can’t gamble and go long on every play and catch every ball, but when you do, boy it is sweet. I say after it’s all said and done, this draft will have about a 40 – 50% success rate.

  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    al is drafting taylor mays or eric berry next year

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    just like every year, half the guys we took wont make the team, and half will take up spots they don’t earn cause they’re Als guys..

  • M Lonetree

    And may I add that Mr Matt, you know, our new DE, you know, is the very definition, you know, of a four year education, you know, in Madison, Wisconsin being, you know, about as edifying as, you know, studying the waste, you know, on the paper, you know, that you cast down the toilet, you know, each day. I would love to see that kid’s Wonderlic score. If its above Vince Young’s…

  • http://justwinbaby! 909RaiderLifer

    M Lonetree…..#163

    That was priceless…Thanks for a much needed laugh..

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    just draft the olimpic relay team… FUKKING IDIOTS!!

  • SharkCatcher

    I called it the other day….I said ” we are going to have a ” we want sapp , we want sapp” momement and sure enough…with the 7th pic the raiders select darrius heyward bey,We all got a taste of how it feels to be a new york jets fan

  • Crow

    # alisgod Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Crow…STFU and leave already ok. You dont know schytt about football. Go wipe Kiper’s a$$ while you at it.

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    *golf clap*

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    it so much harder being a raider 4 life..

  • SharkCatcher

    I just want to know….did we draft James Jett JR?

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    yes

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    I’m sure Stryker and Slade are hard-core ballers.

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    This sounds like something you might read on a porn blog.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    watch his routs, he’s just a sprinter..

  • Kush

    Funny, our O-line did just fine against a playoff contending Tampa Bay team last season.

    We add three OT’s via free agency, Mcfadden and Bush are healthy, we still have Miller, Higgins and Schilens, and in addition added two quality prospects at wide receiver. Yet somehow we’re JUST AS BAD AS LAST SEASON.lol

    The Giants add Hakeem Nicks who was rated LOWER than Heyward Bey on all draft charts, and everyone raved about how they made a GREAT pick and addressed their need at wide receiver to replace Plaxico Burress.

    Yet somehow even though the receiver the Raiders got, Heyward-Bey was rated higher than Hakeem Nicks, somehow our pick is gonna be a bust but the Giants addressed their need at WR.

    IT MAKES NO SENSE. The inconsistency, hypocrisy, and double standards during this draft by the so called ‘experts’ was nauseating.

  • jhill

    Too bad we never had a QB that could utilize James Jett’s speed.

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

    Kush…

    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!!

  • radafannv

    would any of you actually be happy if we had picked all of mk jr’s choices, this is what makes the raiders the raiders, for better or worse, we do it differently, black coaches, chick ceos, kickers and punters in the 1st rnd, cant have it both ways, you’re in or out, i’m in, always have been, also heard mitchel today interviewed on fox sports radio on my way to home depot, xm sat, it was a sign, the guys said that what makes him different is his intelligence, and he said it intellegently, i think you all are gonna love this guy,

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    worst draft since we took a kicker in the first round..
    the niners still have our previous kicker.. whos more acurate than ours…

  • jhill

    And we are saying you are wrong, LMN.

    Actaully, the facts are proving you wrong.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    JETT couldn’t catch.. when he was open down field he dropped it.. he wasted a roster spot for 5-6 yrs.. and so will DHB.

  • SharkCatcher

    can dhb catch 50 passes this year …is he our number 1 receiver this year? is Mike mitchell a starter day 1??

  • Kush

    LMN I understand your position. I’m just asking you to show some facts that prove that Barnes performance over the course of his career as ‘JUST AS BAD’ as Kwame Harris.

    Please provide some facts to support your argument over the course of both players’ careers.

  • alisgod

    For those Mitchell supporters, the link below will give you better videos of him during his press conf.

    http://www.raiders.com/Multimedia/MultimediaCenter.aspx?id=62554&categoryId=0

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    we did’nt improve our team at all…