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Marrone on Orton’s 3rd-and-1 decision

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2014 – 4:40 pm

Facing a 3rd-and-1 at the Denver 25-yard line in the second quarter, Kyle Orton rolled right, and instead of going for the first down marker near the right sideline or throwing it away, the Bills quarterback chose to slide a yard short of the first down marker. Orton said after the game he wished he had thrown the ball away. Head coach Doug Marrone offered his thoughts of the play after watching the game tape.

“I think what Kyle said yesterday it was exactly right—it was a poor decision,” said Marrone. “Meaning, if you throw the ball away and no one’s open, we’re OK with that from that standpoint, because we know he’s not someone who’s going to be able to run and get the first down.

“My conversation with Kyle was, if the decision’s made to go and run for the first down, you need to go get that.  He wasn’t the only player yesterday—we had a couple of times with some of the receivers who had the ability to get the first down, and wound up losing ground and coming up a little short.  It’s something that we’ve got to get better at in consistency and awareness. We all have to do a better job in that.”

Marrone confirmed Monday that Orton will start Sunday against Green Bay stating that he believes Orton gives Buffalo the best chance to win.


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