The Patriots are known as one of the most efficient and consistent clubs in the league. They don’t make many mistakes and rarely beat themselves, especially at home where they have won 16 straight. Bills head coach Doug Marrone in his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s laid out his approach with the players on how to match the efficiency of the Pats without getting too tight or worried about making a mistake.
Add in the additional issue of putting their dashed playoff goals behind them to play this game and Marrone knows it will be no easy task.
“I think it is a challenge,” he said. “We all have to understand that and how we feel, the level of disappointment and we have to brush that off and get ourselves ready to go and win a football game, which I think is extremely important. It’s a game and we’re competitors by nature and go out there and beat a team that we haven’t beaten that much and two has been a dominant team in the AFC, and get ourselves to go win up there which we haven’t done in a long time.”
As for getting his players mentally prepared to play sound football from start to finish, without being worried about messing up, Marrone said it was addressed.
“We talked to them about that. They’re well aware of that,” he said. “We focus on ourselves and what we have to do to get it done from the standpoint of what’s necessary to win. They’ve done a good job with that for most of the year and we’ll go up there and go play.
“What we need to do is play at our best in all three phases. So if we can go back and challenge ourselves of how we played throughout the year and take our best game that we played as an individual and play with that type of efficiency we’ll give ourselves a chance to win.”
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