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Geno remembers Bills pre-draft sitdown

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2013 – 9:09 am

Back in the pre-draft process the Bills were doing their due diligence in evaluating and spending time with quarterback prospects in the 2013 draft class. EJ Manuel was a player Buffalo put through a private workout, but so was Geno Smith in the weeks leading up to the draft. Geno Smith remembers the workout and the meeting well.

“It was good,” said Smith of his meeting with Bills head coach Doug Marrone. “From my time with him you could tell he’s a hard-nosed coach. He grew up in New York City in the Bronx and you can tell he’s one of those guys who is a good coach. I have a few friends who played for him at Syracuse and they all loved him. I think he’s a good coach and I look forward the matchup this weekend.”

“I’ll tell you what having competed against him in college and then having the ability to work him out and spend some time with him, I had a great appreciation for him then with what was asked of him and what he did and what
he had to do,” said Marrone. “When I look at him now I see a player that’s developing. I said before that we made a decision to go with EJ. We thought that was best for our organization. But I thought that there were quarterbacks out there that will
win in this league. Geno Smith is developing and he’s doing a nice job there he really is when you see what they’re asking him to do.”

Facing Smith in the Big East when he was coaching at Syracuse, Marrone had a 3-0 record against the Jets QB.


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