Inside The Bills

Counting on veteran leadership

Posted by Chris Brown on August 22, 2013 – 11:15 am

There were some initial concerns on the outside about Buffalo’s offense knowing there was an influx of so much youth. Buffalo’s top three draft choices could all play prominent roles in Nathaniel Hackett’s scheme this season, but according to head coach Doug Marrone they haven’t had to sit and wait for those rookies to catch up. Of course knowing they haven’t come close to seeing everything the game at this level can dish out, Marrone is hoping he can count on the veteran leadership in his locker room.

Marrone sounds eager to see how the young players will handle setbacks knowing they crop up in every NFL season for every NFL club, but senior leadership will be critical.

“I think what will happen is when they hit any real adversity,” said Marrone. “How is that locker room going to be? I think it’s easier to control the locker room here in training camp. When I say control it I’m walking through and the players are together and they’re much closer, and if we can establish that closeness when we go back, obviously that helps and then all of a sudden when you get adversity the senior leadership has to kick in. We as coaches can’t be around them the whole time.”


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