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Installation under way at offseason program

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 4, 2013 – 9:45 pm

The Buffalo Bills are back at One Bills Drive this week, the first week of Voluntary Offseason Conditioning. And along with weight room work and conditioning drills, the Bills are getting some work done in the classroom as well.

They have to, with a brand new coaching staff and new systems to learn on offense and defense. Head Coach Doug Marrone says the extra two weeks he gets with the players, as a result of being a new head coach, will be put to good use.

“We have so much more work to do-schematically,” Marrone said, in an appearance Thursday night on The John Murphy Show. . “Not our players as far as getting in shape, but more so offensive systems, defensive systems and special teams. It’s the first time they’ve ever heard this terminology, some of it may carry over, some of it may not. It’s only two weeks, so it’s really not that long a period of time.”

Marrone says a major part of the current five week offseason program occurs in the classroom, where the Bills hold full team meetings before breaking out into position group meetings.

“We start with a team meeting,” he says. “It’s one of the few times you bring the whole team together, because it’s one of the few times I get to see everybody. Then it splits up into units, offense, defense and special teams and then it splits up into smaller groups after that.”

And new new Bills Head Coach says part of the time in those meetings is devoted to the installation of the new systems in all three phases of the game. He hopes to use this five week period, along with OTAs and training camp, to reinforce the new concepts and plays he wants the players to learn.

“If you can get three installations in a year, and it’s the same installation, the retention is very good for the players,” he says. “So we’ll get it in now in these next couple of weeks and we’ll do it again in OTAs, and then obviously we’ll do it again in training camp.”

The entire interview with Doug Marrone is available at Buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow


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