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Marrone answers criticism for Manuel

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2013 – 4:22 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone mentioned it in his Wednesday press conference knowing there’s been some criticism outside the organization for the recent performance of rookie QB EJ Manuel. He affirmed that Manuel is the starter going forward and that after his first five starts he was among the best rookie QBs in his first five starts since 2000.

“People have to understand that having lost those four weeks has hurt him. He was really coming on and to put things in perspective, everyone knows he’s our starting quarterback, there’s no problem there,” said Marrone. “But when you look at quarterbacks with five starts and you go back to 2000 with all the young quarterbacks he has the third best rating out of all those quarterbacks. So we’ve got to keep him coming along.”

Here is the statistical chart that Marrone referenced.

Passing
Rk Player Age Year Lg Tm G W L T Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A
1 Cam Newton 22 2011 NFL CAR 5 1 4 0 113 194 58.25% 1610 7 6 84.3 8.30 7.63
2 Geno Smith 22 2013 NFL NYJ 5 3 2 0 94 156 60.26% 1289 7 8 80.3 8.26 6.85
3 EJ  Manuel 23 2013 NFL BUF 5 2 3 0 85 150 56.67% 985 5 3 79.4 6.57 6.33
4 Andy Dalton 23 2011 NFL CIN 5 3 2 0 93 157 59.24% 1047 6 5 78.7 6.67 6.00
5 Chris Weinke 29 2001 NFL CAR 5 1 4 0 108 179 60.34% 1130 5 6 74.0 6.31 5.36
6 Andrew Luck 23 2012 NFL CLT 5 2 3 0 118 221 53.39% 1488 7 7 72.0 6.73 5.94
7 Ryan Tannehill 24 2012 NFL MIA 5 2 3 0 97 169 57.40% 1269 2 6 70.4 7.51 6.15
8 Sam Bradford 22 2010 NFL RAM 5 2 3 0 115 203 56.65% 1159 6 8 66.5 5.71 4.53
9 Brandon Weeden 28 2012 NFL CLE 5 0 5 0 112 202 55.45% 1288 5 9 64.5 6.38 4.87
10 Carson Palmer 24 2004 NFL CIN 5 1 4 0 104 190 54.74% 1023 4 8 59.6 5.38 3.91

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