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Louis Murphy Q&A

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at 3:18 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    i hope crabtree is the next rashaun woods

  • VT Raider

    It’s more because of where the Giants got Nicks as opposed to where we got Bey.

    On Sulak…..I watched the clips that yahoo provided (that’s about all the energy I’m going to put into research for this group) I liked what I saw as far as tackling. Looks like he actually wraps people up.

    As oppposed to MM who just hits with his shoulder. I can’t wait for him to do that and watch the receiver bounce off and keep running.

  • M Lonetree

    909,

    thanks. just thought that the entire proceedings needed a different way of viewing. Any draft is at best a 50 percenter and My God did the Raiders pick every single person that no on here had ever thought of after Senhor Darrius.

  • edward teach

    Our offensive line gave up seven sacks in the last six games of 2008. Our opponents were each of our division rivals, the Patriots, Tampa Bay and Houston (Mario Williams). We rushed for an average of 133 yards per game in those six contests.

    Marley posted great info on Khalif Barnes, who will most likely start, along with Mario Henderson. Anyone that doesn’t see that as an upgrade over Cornell Green (who was a backup in Denver before starting here) is maybe just stubborn. Pears was a starter for Denver until his appendectomy, and will be a quality backup because he’s played both left and right tackle as a starter in the league, and with one of the better ZBS teams around I might add. Samson Satele made the NFL’s All-Rookie team two years ago, and was traded to the Raiders mainly because they are now two years into a new regime and didn’t consider him a fit for their new scheme. He replaces Jake Grove, who was either injured or on the bench behind Jeremy Newberry. Grove and Carlisle are returning, solid starters.

    It amazes me that people still think our O-line stinks. Seven sacks in the last six games equals 19 for the year. That is 6th in the league for fewest sacks. 133 yards per game rushing is 8th in the league.

    I know as well as anyone that stats don’t tell the whole story, but production is production and you can’t argue with those numbers.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    we are either going to cut pics from last years draft or this years…. thats just how we waste!!

    have fun winning again N.E and Philly…

  • Kush

    Teach these people Edward.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    M

    “I would love to see that kid’s Wonderlic score. If its above Vince Young’s…”

    23, that’s what Matt Shaughnessy scored on the wonderlic at the combine….the kid was probably just nervous.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    WASTED DRAFT!!

    we could have traded our #7 pic for all the players we took in the draft… think about it.

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    # HayesDaze37 Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    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…

    ———————————

    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.
    ___________________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________

    I dont say i have the most important job in the world, i said that to the fool that thought Matt S sounded smart and that Matt S would earn more bux than me (which he most likely will), and that i had studied at some night school.. I said I had a more important job than any on the raider roster have! and I said that I certainly not even sounded that stupid when i was 12!!

    and if you just watched Barnes last 2 seasons at JAX, which I have, you can see Barnes is not mentally sound, when you say your town is a hick-town, when you call a Police-officer, a member of KKK.. then you not mentally sound… Cornell green is not a better player but obviously better mentally…

    I have played the game, and I have coached very little, you brought this up several times, so I assume you have, and if so, obviously more than me, but still you are the one who looks stupid when you say Kelly, Sands and Gerrard are great…

    what really bothers me, is when guys here eat anything raw, as long as its from Alameda…. had Barnes signed with KC, SD or DEN you absolutely would have cr4pped all over him… so I dont give anything for rosecollored views!

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    FUKKING BULLSHTT!!!

  • alisgod

    Als saggy lower jaw Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    FUKK ME!! another wasted year of my LIFE!!
    ________________________
    Based on your whining, didnt realize you had a life to begin with?

  • SharkCatcher

    Im going with this guys mock draft from now on…HE ONLY GOT 4 WRONG! ————————-Posted by ESPN.com’s Mike Sando

    Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic correctly forecast 29 of 32 players as first-round choices, a very strong showing for a mock draft.

    I broke out mocks from Somers and three other beat reporters covering NFC West teams earlier Saturday. Forecasting trades is difficult. I measure first-round mock drafts by counting how many of the listed players actually became first-round choices. Somers missed only on Eben Britton, Darius Butler and Rey Maualuga.

    Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout missed four. So did Pat Kirwan of NFL.com. Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News missed five, as did Mel Kiper. Our mid-week divisional bloggers’ mock also missed five.

    Let me know if you see any mocks with fewer than three players projected as first-round choices who were not drafted in the round.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    they were nialists..

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Al’s Saggy

    So this draft was worse than the Gallery and Grove fiasco? How about the Huff draft with Shell. Oh another would be Turners last draft when we gave up our 7th overall for Moss or last years when we gave up our second round pick for MeAngelo. We need perspective here…. At least these guys have good attitudes and Mitchell and Norris could be bonafide sleeper picks. These have all been since Seabass…. Frankly this may be one of our better drafts considering some of the things we did.

  • GRaider

    Of course we hope that Henderson and Barnes will turn into pro bowl OTs.

    Monroe was simply a better bet. It was just a few days ago that Cable himself said it would be nice to have one of “Cadillac” LTs in this draft. Monroe is the best pass blocker of the group, and he had the best athleticism to work in a zone blocking system.

    Notwithstanding Gallery, OL is the typically the most consistent position for predicting the future success of first rounders, while WRs typically take years to develop.

    Lets hope we beat the market, and that our OTs and WRs have pro bowl-worth seasons.

  • Crow

    The Giants were picking at the bottom of every round and had a simply amazing draft. Al really needs to kill himself or admit that he’s a failure and bring in a real football guy to handle personnel. This is beyond ridiculous.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    214 great, pat old Al on the back cause this was only our 4th worst draft ever..

  • M Lonetree

    In my way of looking the Raiders just did a redux on

    Jerry Porter (without the attitude)
    Derrick Gibson
    Anttaj Hawthorne
    James Jett
    Rob Fredrickson
    Tyler Bayton
    John Madsden

    I hope to hell I am completely wrong.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    just think about post # 208

  • HayesDaze37

    LMN also said the new DE’s injuries were worse than they actually were — just to support his argument against drafting him. Real credible debate.

    ——————

    SharkCatcher Says:

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

    ————————

    SC — Yes to #1, but only if he’s also Yes to #2. That will be tough to do with Zach really just now coming into his own.

    If DHB beats-out Javon Walker, and he might, then he and Zach could each have 50-ish catches this year. Spreading the ball around will be JaMarcus’s greatest ally — not just that deep bomb we want to see connect so badly.

    50-ish for DHB and Zach means others are getting the ball, too — the offense will be clicking.

    Ahh, to dream…

  • SharkCatcher

    MAYBE WE CAN GET A non drafted free agent to shore up the d line

  • Crow

    SharkCatcher Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Im going with this guys mock draft from now on…HE ONLY GOT 4 WRONG! ————————-Posted by ESPN.com’s Mike Sando

    Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic correctly forecast 29 of 32 players as first-round choices, a very strong showing for a mock draft.

    ——————————————————–

    Math: It’s hard.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    WASTE! thats why we pic in the top ten… 6 yrs strait.

  • M Lonetree

    Marley Esq.,

    wow. a 23! that is borderline intelligent! or, it defines the horrendous disabilities afforded by higher education in the present.

  • Kush

    It’s amazing to me how people take a person’s words and twist and misrepresent them. Just watched the actual press conference of Cable commenting on the Mike Mitchell pick on raiders.com.

    Cable DID NOT say that Mitchell is going to be as good as or is the next coming of Ronnie Lott and Jack Tatum.
    He said that Mitchell has the SAME MENTALITY as Lott as Tatum. That is TRUE.

    If you read Mitchell’s Q&A you see that Mitchell said those exact words out of HIS OWN MOUTH, that he studies those two legendary safeties and approaches the game with the same mentality that those two players did as he was taught to do by his father.

    Yet Cable’s quote was stated by many people with a slant to ridicule Cable by implying that he said that a virtually unknown prospect like Mitchell was going to be the next coming of Tatum and Lott. Disgusting.

  • SharkCatcher

    that guy duke was there for us…wonder why we didnt take him

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    you guys can polish this turd if you want but its still a peice of SHTT!!!

  • SharkCatcher

    ” if jerry rice was there, we would have still have taken jessie hester” al davis is an idiot

  • 1960AutumnWind

    The teach #204 – Good post…

    Why spend big money on Monroe when we just finally developed our own talent on the Left side that fits our system and then have two solid prospects Pear and Barnes to compete on the right side. We also have McQuinstan. Lets give these guys a chance to develop.

    LMN – By the way I like Barnes mental state better than a alledged domestic abuser!!!!!

  • r8rpaver

    WTF mods: this idiot can say he wants AL to die but i cant say i want him to die WTF

  • HayesDaze37

    LMN — Stop putting words in me mouth, you know that’s not fair. Oh, that’s right, a fair argument based on facts would mean you would have to admit a few positive changes in the team. Without backstroking to save face. You can’t do it.

    I never said Kelly, Sands, or any one of our D-line was great. I said Kelly and Sands weren’t the problem last year — the edges were.

    Now stop arguing longer — just to try and save one of your many faces.

  • alisgod

    Kush…that is why I watch everyone of Cable’s press conf rather thatn just read the writers….

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    HayesDaze37 Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    LMN also said the new DE’s injuries were worse than they actually were — just to support his argument against drafting him. Real credible debate.

    _____________________________________________________

    now you starting to be pathetic… I asked Bob marley, if it then was 2 bummed knees, a shoulder and a broken leg…

    all you do, is back-logging, no problem with that, then at least do the properly…

    and btw, I never got an answer, but later i read up on it, and it seems like its “only” a bummed knee, and a broken leg…

    I still dont like the guy, and he really has to prove me wrong, if he do, ill eat my words, but so far, he is a waste, I really really dont like that kid, I have accepted the rest, but Matt S is waste, and hopefully we will dump him so he dont take a roster spot form an more entitled player!

  • r8rpaver

    Thank You

  • Dude

    Al Davis is the ultimate insane idiot, no doubt about it. His idiocy can be blamed on old age. Tom Cable has NO such excuse. Watching this guy spin these bogus picks has made me lose every ounce of respect I had for the guy. He couldnt come off as a bigger buffoon if he tried. The rhetoric he spews is directly out of the Al Davis Rhetoric Handbook. Cable wont be the coach come 2011.

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    # HayesDaze37 Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    LMN — Stop putting words in me mouth, you know that’s not fair. Oh, that’s right, a fair argument based on facts would mean you would have to admit a few positive changes in the team. Without backstroking to save face. You can’t do it.

    I never said Kelly, Sands, or any one of our D-line was great. I said Kelly and Sands weren’t the problem last year — the edges were.

    Now stop arguing longer — just to try and save one of your many faces.
    ______________________________________________________

    okay, fair enough, I remebered wrong, but still that D-line let the guys run right through the middle, our teams biggest problem is stopping the run, and we picked a pass-rusher… woaw!

  • edward teach

    Meyers was the first team All Big-Ten tight end this year. He was drafted primarily to be a blocker, but those that watch the Big Ten regularly seem to think that he was underutilized as a pass-catcher at Iowa and could contribute in that area more if asked to.I like this pick.

    I like the Louis Murphy pick, too. Contrary to what has been said in here, Al didn’t draft two WRs this year to get rid of Kiffin’s draft picks. If he drafted to get rid of “Kiffin’s” picks he would have had to get rid of a whole lot more than just two or three receivers that have never seen the field. Arman Shields may or may not be a factor, and neither Todd Watkins nor Jonathan Holland has contributed a thing since being drafted. We needed a number one receiver, so we drafted DHB. Murphy will most likely be an upgrade over at least two or three guys currently on the roster.

  • SharkCatcher

    dont care what none of you nerds think of the draft..Mike mitchell is a beast!! al davis is going to make you eat your words!

  • NJRaiderfan

    still wish we went
    1st – raji
    2nd – robiski (prob would have been available with bey still in mix)

    the players i really wanted were chung and brace. both went to NE. I HATE NE.

    must live with what we do and have to root and hope for the best. still cant see how we will improve from being ranked on the bottom against the run. maybe there are some Fa still out there we can get on the cheap. i heard that seattle actually cut their mlb after they drafted curry. he is now a FA. maybe worth looking at.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Al’s Saggy

    What did you want out of this draft? You have to have a partner to trade down. There was no partner after the Sanchez trade! We were stuck there and had a choice of two Spread WRs from the big 12 (no defense allowed conference), Monroe who does not fit a ZBS and a DT that looks a lot like Kelly (who we have already paid big money. There were some LBs that would have been reaches and some DEs that were questionable – none of which known as run stoppers. What are you supposed to do????

    In the second we got a sleeper pick and then picked up two lower round picks.

    In the third we took a DE that I would agree was a reach and we had other options. I wish we could have traded back up for Gibert but it was not so….

    In the fourth we took a value pick in Murphy and another sleeper pick with Norris who was awesome his last few games as a Beaver.

    I am not going to dwell on later pics because they tend not to make the team anyways. However I am still not understanding how we did so bad. You can call this polishing a turd if you like but I just don’t see the arguement that this is the worst draft since the Seabass draft.

  • Simon

    Kush, thanks for pointing this out.

    #225 Kush Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    It’s amazing to me how people take a person’s words and twist and misrepresent them. Just watched the actual press conference of Cable commenting on the Mike Mitchell pick on raiders.com.

    Cable DID NOT say that Mitchell is going to be as good as or is the next coming of Ronnie Lott and Jack Tatum.
    He said that Mitchell has the SAME MENTALITY as Lott as Tatum. That is TRUE.

    If you read Mitchell’s Q&A you see that Mitchell said those exact words out of HIS OWN MOUTH, that he studies those two legendary safeties and approaches the game with the same mentality that those two players did as he was taught to do by his father.

    Yet Cable’s quote was stated by many people with a slant to ridicule Cable by implying that he said that a virtually unknown prospect like Mitchell was going to be the next coming of Tatum and Lott. Disgusting.

  • Dude

    If Mike Mitchell is such a beast, why didnt he light it up at Ohio ? Dude couldnt even get on the All MAC 3rd team but hes gonna step into the NFL and be a player? Yeah, ok.

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  • NJRaiderfan

    i believe that al actually gave cable alot of input and actually let cable do most of the picking here. but, i think cables inexperience showed and maybe showed that he cant hang with the big boys. hopefully, he can coach and coach good. he is taking over as offense cord. he is taking alot of responsibility. the team will live or die with him more than russell. if he sucks, then hopefully our next coach will turn things around. i would love for al to just sit back and hire a parcells type gm to run things and turn things around.

  • IndianaRaider

    Cable said it clearly, “If you put DHB in the spread like Crabtree, he could have had 50 or so touchdowns.” when asked about the numbers Crab had on his resume. I didn’t watch a ton of film on DHB, but is Cable right or maybe off his meds?

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

  • HayesDaze37

    OK, LMN, just explain how much of this guy you know about, and what makes him a waste?? That’s a strong word when ratingn a stranger. How many games did he miss to injury? How many games did he miss last season?

    LMN says:
    I still dont like the guy, and he really has to prove me wrong, if he do, ill eat my words, but so far, he is a waste, I really really dont like that kid, I have accepted the rest, but Matt S is waste, and hopefully we will dump him so he dont take a roster spot form an more entitled player!

    —————-

    It’s a very closed (and locked) mind to call someone a waste just because you dislike the pick. Get specific!

    And…what is “an more entitled player?” Someone YOU think deserves it more because YOU like the guy?

    Nihilist, narcissist, cynic, whatever you are today, you’ve embarrassed yourself repeatedly.

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    Im out…

    take care, its bed time around these parts, well it was some hours ago =)

    Night!

  • GRaider

    Teach, I like Murphy and Meyers, too.

    It will be interesting to see what happens with Mitchell. I didn’t see him having to shed any blocks in his video clips. And while dropping the hammer is fun, there’s a reason they teach safeties to break down in the open field. Most NFL playmakers have the talent to juke a defender who comes in on an all-out straight-line sprint as seen in Mithchell’s videos. I assume the plan with Mitchell is to have him close and meet running backs in gaps where there is no place to go. Hopefully, he has strength to go with his size, because it will be harder to hold up against NFL talent than his I-AA video victims.

  • http://justwinbaby! 909RaiderLifer

    Guess we’ll have to wait on Jerry’s discerning eye, at mini camp to see how these diamonds in the rough really look.

    Dinner time, take care everyone.

  • http://atm Raider O

    The Bengals drafted DE Clinton McD in the 7th, I hare those Bungholes!!!!