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Pack’s ‘O’ make you defend entire field

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 11:10 am

When looking at how incredibly precise, efficient and explosive Green Bay’s offense has been this season one wonders how even on the broken plays they’re still able to gain big chunks of yardage. A lot of it points back to Aaron Rodgers, but as head coach Doug Marrone sees it the Packers don’t allow defenses to cheat or shade to one side of the field or the other.

“It’s speaks for itself how good they are offensively,” Marrone said. “If you just had a quarterback and a running back, you wouldn’t be at the numbers that they are. If you just had a quarterback and one wide receiver, you wouldn’t be at the numbers they are. Their offensive line, you look across the board and those guys are five tough sons of a guns that get after it. They deserve a lot of the credit for the success that they’ve had.

“You have to defend the whole field. When you have to do that from a defensive standpoint, no matter who you’re playing against, it becomes difficult. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to get the defense to defend the whole field because, when you get defense to do that, you can make bigger plays.

Marrone said the Packers force defenses to cover the whole field with their route patterns and their formations.

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Fired up Packers ‘D’ expected by Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2014 – 2:59 pm

While Bills fans see a Packers defense that surrendered 37 points to the Falcons last week and perhaps an opportunity for the Buffalo offense to get back on track, head coach Doug Marrone sees something different.

Marrone believes Green Bay’s defense will come out motivated to redeem themselves after allowing Atlanta to climb back into the game this past Monday night.

“I think what that convinces me of is they’ll come in here and their defense will be ready to go right off the bat,” said Marrone in his weekly appearance on Coffee with the Coach presented by Tim Horton’s. “There has been a lot of focus on that. Julio Jones and Matt Ryan are two of the better players at their positions in the league and they were able to take advantage of some man-to-man opportunities and really played well. Defensively they had a big lead at the time, but they haven’t played that poorly all year in the secondary. It’s actually been the strength of their defense. What it does is it gives you some optimism where we might be able to run the ball and throw the ball just as well. We’ve been challenged all year offensively so our job is to make sure we’re efficient.”

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Fan Friday 12-12

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2014 – 1:25 pm

Time for another edition of Fan Friday. On to your questions now from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hi Chris,

What are the illuminated numbers for when the Bills are on Defense? We sit on the visitors side of the Bills Stadium and often wonder if it signals to the defense.

Tony Pariso
CB: The fluorescent number cards held up by a Bills sideline assistant when the Bills defense is on the field is a cue card. The number on it identifies the personnel grouping of the opposing offense on that particular play. For example, a card that has an 11 on it means 11-personnel, which is one back, one tight end and three receivers. If it’s a 22 that means two backs and two tight ends. The number in the tens column identifies the number of backs in the grouping. The number in the ones column identifies the number of tight ends in the grouping.

Knowing you’ve got five lineman and a quarterback, you can do the math to figure out how many receivers you need to get to 11 total players based on the number of backs and tight ends.

It’s just a simple identifier tool for the defense so everyone is on the same page and can focus on the defensive play call and any pre-snap checks.


2 – Chris:
In the week that the Bills had to play the Jets in Detroit it was stated by Coach Marrone that it was a tough week because he prefers a set routine in preparing the team and he feels the players like a set routine. The way the team performed and had energy against the NY Jets after all the upheaval with the weather, do you think coaches should re-think the need to have a set routine?  Do you think by following the same routine a team could get stale and cause players to lack energy and concentration.  I feel it may be best to change practice routines and schedules during the season which may keep players sharp and fresh.


CB: I think the coaching staff makes an effort to tweak certain aspects of the practice week to keep players on their toes, but largely football players and coaches are creatures of habit. I don’t know that it’s fair to take one isolated performance in a neutral site situation with a lot of upheaval to the normal schedule and let that convince you that the schedule should be altered every week.


3 – Hi Chris,

Is it possible that the Bills will give a free agent a chance at being the franchise QB? I am actually targeting Kirk Cousins from the Redskins. He has one year left on his contract, but I really don’t see him as a fit for the Buffalo Bills. Obviously, EJ Manuel will be given another chance, but Cousins is a bomber, and I think it would be exciting to watch Cousins with our current wide receivers. I would most definitely keep Kyle Orton as insurance, he has more than proven himself.

Your thoughts,
Tony, Ormond Beach, Fl

CB: I think the quarterback position could be a very fluid situation this offseason. You have EJ Manuel under contract and I still believe you have to work with him and develop him further. Giving up on him after just 14 starts seems foolhardy. Ryan Tannehill didn’t look like much in his first two seasons, but now in year three he’s demonstrated bona fide progress and has grown into the role for Miami. The Dolphins stuck with him and he’s rewarding them for that despite a change in offensive system this year.

Whether the Bills choose to stick with Orton as the veteran or bring in another is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to offseason decisions that must be made.


4 – Chris,

Can you give fans an update on the RT position. How has Henderson been doing? Fans are probably upset at Cyrus’ development since he got beat out by a 7th round pick. What is the future for Cyrus. I really don’t see him playing guard in the future. The Bills thought he had first round talent. I know Henderson may have been a steal. With no first round pick next year, it looks bad their 2nd round pick can’t be active on game day.

CB: Henderson has had his share of ups and downs this season. He has had some steady games and some unsteady games, but that inconsistency is to be expected with a rookie who is starting at this level for the first time. His athleticism and physical gifts are unquestioned and his work ethic has been pretty solid all year.

Cyrus Kouandjio is much younger in football than Henderson. Henderson played four years of college ball and all through high school. Kouandjio played two years of high school ball and declared early for the draft. Kouandjio is also just 21-years old.

He’s still growing into his body frame. Kouandjio needs to get stronger and needs reps. I think the team has to be patient with him and let him grow and learn for a couple of years. In time he could very well justify being a second-round pick, and the Bills knew when they picked that they’d have to wait on him a bit.

Kouandjio will never have the athleticism or feet that Henderson does. That’s God-given. Had Henderson not had all the off the field red flags, he’d have likely been a first-round pick for what it’s worth. I believe Kouandjio will be a contributor in time, but that’s what it’s going to take before he maximizes his potential. Time.


5 – Hi Chris,

Now that TV networks hire former referee’s for insight during the broadcast, would the Bills be able to hire a former ref to be on the staff and be on the sideline to assist the Head coach with challenge calls for example?

Thanks Travis

CB: That’s a pretty clever idea. Knowing how there seems to be an expert for every part of the football operation, why not a former official on your staff? I’ll have to check to see if there are rules against doing that. The only thing that I could see preventing that is a coach being concerned that it would indicate that he doesn’t know the challenge system well enough.

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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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Broncos had field position edge

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2014 – 12:50 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone thought going in that field position would be huge in their game with Denver and he was right.

The problem was Denver had the advantage for virtually the entire game. Both teams had 11 possessions in the game. For the Bills only two of their 11 possessions began outside their own 20-yard line. Those two possessions that began beyond their own 20 came off interceptions by Corey Graham and Stephon Gilmore. Both Graham and Gilmore actually returned the interceptions into Denver territory, but they were called back on penalty.

“Yeah it was frustrating,” said Graham. “Obviously you want to get points whenever you can. I was trying my best to get (to the end zone). It was unfortunate that we weren’t able to score points or that I wasn’t able to score points on that. But you’ve just got to keep playing.”

The two penalties on Buffalo’s interceptions wiped out 76 return yards and a drive start that could’ve been at the Denver 20 wound up at the Bills’ 40, and a drive start that could’ve been at the Denver 38 instead started at the Bills 26.

Meanwhile for Denver their two worst drive starts were their own 20 and own 25. They also had a pair of drive starts in Buffalo territory (not counting the third at the end of the game when Manning kneeled out the clock).

At the end of the game the average drive start for the Bills was their own 19. For the Broncos it was their own 42.

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Players say Marrone shouldn’t take heat

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2014 – 12:48 am

After Sunday’s loss to Denver that included 11 penalties for 98 yards for the Bills, head coach Doug Marrone took responsibility for the team not playing more disciplined against Denver. When his players heard about that they said there’s just one place the blame should go and that’s on them.

“That’s my fault. No doubt about it,” said Marrone in his postgame press conference. “I have to do a better job. That’s my fault that falls on me.”

Bills TE Lee Smith disagreed.

“We definitely appreciate that,” said Smith of Marrone taking the blame. “That means he has our backs, but it’s not on him. We’re the ones out there. He’s not the one out there getting penalties, we are. Sure, he might not have mentioned it during the week as much as he wishes and maybe he’s beating himself up about it, but it’s on us as players and we’ve got to get it fixed.”

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Field position could help level the matchup

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2014 – 11:20 am

In the opinion of most outside observers the Broncos have a decided advantage in today’s game with the visiting Bills. Some have even gone so far as to predict an unprecedented result. Where there appears to be a decided advantage on paper is with Buffalo’s special teams.

Denver has invested heavily in their offense and defense, but special teams has fallen a bit by the wayside in terms of the talent they chose to acquire and the production they’ve gotten from that unit.

Buffalo’s punt (7th) and kick coverage (4th) are both ranked in the top 10 this season and have helped to provide some of the best field position in the league to the Bills offense. Knowing Denver’s return units are in the bottom third of the NFL (23rd & 27th), Buffalo’s specialty units should be able to provide a field position edge. And by Doug Marrone’s account it sounds like they’ve got a sizable special teams game plan.

“It’s big. We’ve talked to our players about it,” said Marrone in his weekly ‘Coffee with the Coach’ segment presented by Tim Horton’s on “That’s an area where we need to win that battle. Obviously we have to make some things happen and make some plays in that area. We have a lot of things in in that area and hopefully we’ll be able to take advantage of some of the opportunities that present themselves.”

Of course the Broncos did take a step to address their field position disadvantage on Saturday as they promoted K Brandon McManus to the active roster from the practice squad. He was their full time kicker, but was replaced on field goal attempts by Connor Barth, but Barth is not strong on kickoffs. So McManus will handle those duties.

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Denver’s move away from Manning planned?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2014 – 9:23 am

Since the Broncos lost to the Rams they have flipped the script on their offensive identity. Following the road loss to St. Louis, Denver has relied heavily on the run and gotten plenty of production out of C.J. Anderson, who has posted back-to-back 160-yard rushing days in their last two victories. But why move the offensive identity away from the sure fire first ballot Hall of Fame QB in Peyton Manning now with four games left in the regular season?

Has the change been opponent specific or is there something else at work here?

I asked coach Marrone in our weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s on Marrone obviously has seen the shift in offensive philosophy as well, but why it’s happening is anyone’s guess.

“That’s a great question. You really don’t know. They went into the St. Louis game and they didn’t play well and wound up losing that game,” said Marrone of the Broncos. “C.J. Anderson was inserted due to injuries at running back and he ran the ball very well. I think in this league all of us don’t want to be one-dimensional. So you want to show that you can run and pass and be 50-50.

“You don’t know whether strategically they decided they were not going to throw it as much, we’re going to concentrate on the running game. You don’t know how they’re going to come after us. So it’s kind of a wait and see as to how this game goes, but make no mistake about it every defense starts their planning with stopping the run.”

With Denver showing the ability to win both ways Buffalo’s defensive approach will be no different. After witnessing Manning’s 50 percent completion outing last week, something that has happened only 12 times in his 252-game career, it makes one wonder if there are other reasons for the shift.

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Bills have leadership for December games

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2014 – 4:31 pm

They’ve played in meaningful December games before. Heck they’ve played in meaningful January games before. That’s the main reason why players like Corey Graham, Brandon Spikes and Boobie Dixon were signed by Buffalo in the offseason. With players that haven’t experienced being in true playoff contention on this roster, the Bills added veteran players capable of showing the way. Now they hope in the biggest December game for Buffalo in 10 years that the experience pays dividends.

“That was one of the things we talked about before I signed here,” said Corey Graham on the John Murphy Show this week. “They wanted guys with character and leadership who have played at the highest level. So everything was factored in when I was brought here. So I try to lead by example and help guys. I show the young guys how to study, prepare and hopefully win.”

Head coach Doug Marrone has noticed a change for the better in leadership this season in comparison to year one on his watch.

“We’ve brought in some players who have helped quite a bit. There’s been much better leadership from within the team,” Marrone told “So there are a lot of things that are going on from a positive standpoint that we need to continue to build on to make sure none of this adversity, whatever it may be, affects (our success).”

“It’s going to be a great challenge,” said Dixon. “These are the type of games you live for. You got the big dogs, the AFC Champions, going into their house, the crowd is going to be against you. There’s just so much motivation that goes into it. It’s one of those moments where you just sit back and say, ‘Ok, it’s here.  And then when its time on Sunday you go out there and let it go, lay out for your teammates, play hard until the end and see what happens.”

“It’s different. There is a little more on the line,” said Graham. “Games are a little bit more important especially for a team that prides itself on defense. It gets colder and teams can’t throw as much and so it favors the defensive teams and you look forward to those games. I’ve played in a lot of those games and it gets bigger and bigger as time goes on.”

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Bills top 3 WRs limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2014 – 3:32 pm






Bills head coach Doug Marrone isn’t concerned about whether they’ll be available on Sunday, but it’s clear that each of Buffalo’s top three receivers are at less than 100 percent.

Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Chris Hogan were all limited in practice Thursday as the team prepares for a big road date at Denver. Fellow WR Mike Williams also sustained a calf injury in practice Thursday and was limited too.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Jarius Wynn DE Knee DNP
Chris Gragg TE Knee DNP
Dan Carpenter K Right Groin LP
Bacarri Rambo S Hamstring LP
Sammy Watkins WR Hip LP
Marcell Dareus DT Hip LP
Chris Hogan WR Hamstring LP
Robert Woods WR Ankle LP
Mike Williams WR Calf LP

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Bills LBs exceeding expectations

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2014 – 12:06 pm

There were some promising new additions and a hold over who hadn’t shown much in his first two NFL seasons, but without Kiko Alonso, what the Bills were going to get from their linebacking corps in a new defensive system offered a bit of the unknown. The hope was just that the run defense would be better and someone would be able to fill the pass coverage role of Alonso on third downs. Through three quarters of the season Buffalo’s linebackers have exceeded expectations.

Preston Brown has been a highly productive rookie, Brandon Spikes has helped the run defense and Nigel Bradham has put together a breakout season.

“I really like our linebackers,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “Each one of them brings a lot to the table. Nigel Bradham is having an outstanding year. Preston is almost the equivalent to what we had with Kiko last year. A three down player that can do a lot. Brandon Spikes has brought leadership and toughness to our group. I’m happy with how we’re playing at that position.”

Marrone admitted this week that he wasn’t certain at the beginning of the season whether his linebacking corps would come together as well as it has in light of the new faces and scheme.

“I thought it would be a challenge,” he said. “I don’t think it’s like before when we were talking about Jairus Byrd. When you lose somebody like Kiko and the year he had you wonder where do we go and who do we have to replace him? And then all of a sudden Preston Brown really pops. Two years in a row we’ve popped the draft with two linebackers that are three down linebackers that are two outstanding football players. Along with Nigel Bradham really doing a 180 and turning around and playing lights out in comparison to what he did in the past.”

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Searcy earning his keep

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2014 – 4:11 pm

Now standing in second on the team in interceptions, it hasn’t just been his plays on the ball that have made Da’Norris Searcy a valuable part of Buffalo’s defense. His two picks Sunday however, were welcomed by his head coach.

“He’s really done a very good job for us in the two years I’ve been here,” said Doug Marrone. “Last year, his role was more down in the box and I thought he did an outstanding job on that and special teams last year. So it doesn’t surprise me if you watch him practice and you’ve been around him, he studies film and he works hard.”

Searcy (3 INTs) only trails Leodis McKelvin (4 INTs) for the team lead in interceptions and McKelvin is done for the year with a fractured ankle.

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Spiller health update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2014 – 3:28 pm

Bills RB C.J. Spiller, who was placed on I-R – designated to return after suffering a shoulder injury in the win over Minnesota, has been making good progress in his efforts to return before the end of the regular season. Head coach Doug Marrone provided an update.

“We’re hoping to see C.J. to start coming back,” said Marrone. “That designation is coming up.”

Under the rules of I-R designated to return Spiller can begin practicing again with the team Dec. 3rd if he’s fit to do so. When asked what kind of progress Spiller is making Marrone said the running back is making good progress.

“He’s excited,” said Marrone, who would not confirm whether Spiller would be practicing with the team Wednesday.

Spiller would not be able to return to the active roster and play in a game until Week 16 at Oakland.

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Marrone appealed to players to win for fans

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2014 – 6:14 pm

At halftime the Bills were down only 3-0 thanks in large part to a defensive effort that kept scoring opportunities for the Browns to a minimum. Head coach Doug Marrone appealed to his players to rally for the fans in the second half and the team delivered.

“It was great,” said Da’Norris Searcy, who had a pair of interceptions Sunday. “We knew they were upset they couldn’t be there with us (in Detroit), but we knew they were back at the Ralph cleaning it out for the next home game.  Coach Marrone said, ‘These fans love you. They want to see you win back at the Ralph. Let’s bring a win back to the Ralph.’ We wanted to come out and win for the fans.”

Now at 7-5 the Bills are still in the playoff hunt in the AFC with four games to play.

“It’s great. In the end, we’re still in the hunt, so it was a good win,” said Searcy.

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Marrone on the most necessary improvement

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2014 – 10:50 am

He had pointed to it for a few weeks and coming off a game in which they were as successful as they’ve been all season, head coach Doug Marrone is sticking with it as the most necessary area of improvement if the Bills are to follow through and become a playoff club.

When he was asked this week for the one most important improvement to finish the season off and qualify for the postseason Marrone pointed to red zone execution.

“It’s been our red zone production and the ability to run the ball better than we have, especially in the red zone where we haven’t been efficient,” said Marrone. “I think we saw that against the Jets where we went 3-for-3 in the red zone and really pull away from a team. If you go back and look at the games where we haven’t played well we ended up kicking a lot of field goals and not really being able to score. I think at the end of the day when you have those opportunities, and we’ve had many, we’ve got to make sure that we score. That’s the one area that if we improve upon and keep going the way we’re going in the red zone then I think we’ll be in very good shape.”

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Mario has raised the bar

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2014 – 11:03 am

It’s not all about his sacks, but the plays made by Mario Williams the last three weeks have been big in every way, shape or form.

Williams has 6.5 sacks in his last three games and leads the team with a dozen this season. Head coach Doug Marrone was taken aback with his dominance on the field Monday night in Detroit.

“Really even if you go back to the game before (the Jets game) he played really well even though we didn’t win the game,” said Marrone. “I’m trying to make sure I know what it is so whatever it is I can use it all the time. If we can keep him going the way he is right now in these last two games, he’s been dominant. He’ll be tested this week. (Browns RT Mitchell) Schwartz will be out there on him. We’ve got to win that matchup. That’ll be a big matchup.

“I’m sure they’ll try to run the ball at Mario so he’s got to be ready for that. But there’s no doubt about it when he plays like that people are going to start saying, ‘What are we going to do?’ We’ve got a lot of good guys playing around him too. You’ve got Jerry (Hughes) playing at a high level. You’ve got our inside guys playing at a high level. For him to come out like that and the more attention they put on him it could open things up for everybody else or vice versa.”

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Carpenter expected to be fine for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2014 – 10:27 am

He’s been a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a groin injury, but come Sunday head coach Doug Marrone is confident that K Dan Carpenter will be ready to go.

A groin injury can be a difficult one for a kicker, but Marrone feels good about the availability of Carpenter in what is a very big game against Cleveland Sunday.

“Yeah, absolutely,” said Marrone when asked if Carpenter will be okay to play Sunday. “We’re just listing (his injury) in case there is a setback so we have it documented.”

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Bills tip hat to fans that trekked to Detroit

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2014 – 1:06 am

The players weren’t sure what kind of atmosphere they’d be walking into at Ford Field Monday night with their game against the Jets moved in the wake of the record snowfall back in Buffalo. But as always Bills fans delivered giving the players an added dose of motivation thanks to their unyielding support.

“I wasn’t (surprised),” said Boobie Dixon of the fan support. “They’ve been great all year. People were telling us on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook that they were going to be there and I believed. Everybody was saying the game might be sold out and we were like, ‘Whoa, they really love us so we’ve got to put on for these people.’ We’ve got to represent and that’s what we went out there to do.”

Head coach Doug Marrone was naturally concerned that the team would lose home field advantage with the game moved 500 miles west to Detroit.

“I’ll tell you what our fans were phenomenal,” said Marrone. “When I first came out there I didn’t know what to expect. I know there was a (Detroit) radio station trying to garner up some support for the Jets with a ‘green out’ or something like that. We had heard about that. You get concerned about whether it’ll be home field and whether we need to use a silent count (on offense). As soon as I came out and looked to the right and saw all those blue jerseys I was like, ‘Holy cow, here we go. We’ve got the crowd.’ That was a little bit of a relief at the beginning of the game.”

“That was big. It was definitely something that we weren’t sure about what was going to happen,” said Mario Williams. “I don’t even know how  the weather is there, whether it’s cleared up or what.  For people to come out of their way with everything going on back home, that means a lot to us and we definitely took it to the field.”

“Crowd-wise it seemed like we had the majority of the fans here,” said Robert Woods. “They were pretty loud cheering for us. We were making plays. Really I just think we kept the crowd in it and I think that helped us as well. It felt like a home game for us. We had to play football regardless of whether it was home or away or neutral site we had to play and win this game.”

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Mario goes into domination mode

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2014 – 1:05 am

He was an undeniable terror on the field. Mario Williams was in full blown domination mode in the first half of Monday night’s game and Breno Giacomini was the victim.

After a penalty against the Bills set the Jets up 1st-and-goal at the Buffalo four-yard line it looked like New York would make it a game. But Mario Williams slipped under the Jets’ right tackle dipping his right shoulder without every breaking stride. And while Michael Vick was rolling out to his left on the play Williams busted tail and caught him from behind to trip him up for a sack and a six-yard loss.

He then corralled Vick on the next play when he tried to step up and scramble up the middle allowing him to gain just a yard on second and goal from the 10. The Jets ultimately settle for a field goal.

Later in the half, Williams split a double team even though the tight end was holding the defensive end and grabbed Vick with one hand and tossed him like a rag doll. By game’s end Williams had three tackles, a pair of sacks to push his team-leading total to 12, and three quarterback hits.

When asked if Mario was playing angry, Marrone said he saw a difference in his defensive end’s play as well.

“I’ll tell you what. I don’t disagree with that,” Marrone said. “He came out and I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I really was, I was like, ‘Holy cow. There he goes.’ Whatever that is that’s what we need to keep getting no doubt about it.”

When asked about their strategy against Vick, Williams said they wanted to keep it simple.

“Just go. That’s about it,” he said. “We didn’t want to sit there and hesitate and think about this and that with him running and stuff likethat.  Just get after it.”

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Marrone: Lions help was critical

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2014 – 1:03 am

He thanked them more than once over the weekend for opening their doors. After their most dominating victory of the season Bills head coach Doug Marrone knows there’s no way it would have even been possible were it not for the assistance and generosity of the Detroit Lions.

The Ford family and team president Tom Lewand extended every courtesy they could right down to stenciling the Bills logo on the middle of the field, despite the fact that they have a game in their building in three days time on Thanksgiving.

“I said it all week long. I don’t think we could’ve been as prepared as a football team if it wasn’t for the Detroit Lions helping us out with their facilities and the extra people,” said Marrone. “I don’t think we would’ve been as prepared were it not for how they opened their arms to us to help us.”

The Lions allowed the Bills to use their indoor practice facility, their meetings rooms, film rooms, training rooms for treatments and weight room. They even helped build a makeshift locker room in the hallway adjacent to the indoor practice field.

But at the end of a week that felt like four, Marrone was glad he could tell his players something they were all waiting to hear.

“I told the players the best thing and I’ve been dying to say it,” said Marrone. “I just want to go home. I just want to go home. It’s been a long week.”

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