Jason Murphy: I think the Chargers are a great team with some top talent. [Philip] Rivers is a great leader and so many of their players can multitask. They should have been up for the Super Bowl last year and I think there have been some distractions for them this year. Injuries have definitely been a present factor for them in every game this season.
JC: Do you stay in touch with any current Chargers players?
JM: Yes, I keep in pretty good touch with Marcus McNeill. I actually saw him in August at an event in Atlanta, Ga. I would say I keep in touch with most of the guys from my class (the class of 2006).
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JM: When I was at San Diego, I really felt part of a great team, a solid team. They would play as a team and the veterans would help out quite a bit. The coaches were player's coaches and really hands-on. I learned some great technique and developed a stable foundation. When I got to the Seahawks, I was a rookie, so there was more pressure to do everything right and to already have the technique down.
Now with the Titans, I feel like I am in such a positive atmosphere. The coaches here really break things down and teach. Their main goal is that you understand everything being said and taught. Instead of just molding each player into a specific form, the coaches really cater to each player's individual talents and help bring out those skills.
JC: What is the main thing you need to focus on?
JM: I know I need more experience in live-game situations. I just try my best to learn from the guys ahead of me. I know there are so many technique things I need to learn. In pro football, there are always new skills to gain and new things to learn every day. I'm still learning and I know I will continue learning until the day I stop playing.
JC: How do you feel with Kerry Collins stepping in for Vince Young?
JM: They are both great leaders. Young got hurt so he was pushed out of the starting slot. Collins stepped in and did a great job. I guess the coaches are thinking, "If it's not broken, don't fix it." Collins is doing a great job and there is a new team out on the field now. [Collins] is handling the starting role and producing well, so the coaches don't see a need to make any changes.
Murphy started a foundation called "Holding the Line," which focuses on community sports in socio-economically depressed areas of Maryland, where he grew up. As part of the foundation, Murphy organized a football camp this past summer and gathered a group of his teammates to coach. The camp was held in the same neighborhood where he used to play recreational sports.