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What Bills focus is during interview process

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2014 – 2:49 pm

Over the next few days here at the NFL Combine the Bills and 31 other teams will be interviewing prospects for 15 minutes at a time in the evenings to get a better feel of the player and what kind of person he is. However, with a lot of prospects practicing their answers ahead of time it’s become more and more difficult to get a gauge on just what makes a player tick. Buffalo has a bit different approach to the whole thing.

They rely on their area scouts to handle the background information on players and to find out more about what makes a player tick, their work ethic, their passion for the game, etc. What GM Doug Whaley, his personnel staff and head coach Doug Marrone focus on is a player’s football IQ.

In an one-on-one interview with Buffalobills.com, Marrone explained the approach they take during their 15 minutes each with prospects.

“For us we more try to gear it towards football,” Marrone said. “We’ll go in and do a lot of prep work. The prep work for us is going back and cutting out tapes of them playing and then putting those tapes on and having them explain things to us. That takes out all the prep work and everything they have to do. They can’t go back to a whole season and remember everything. We do it that way and we concentrate on the football thing and let the scouts that do the background. We let them handle that.”

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