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Marrone: Jackson tweaked groin vs. Chiefs

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2014 – 5:30 pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson was limited in practice this week and was listed as questionable for tonight’s game. In his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s on Buffalobills.com, head coach Doug Marrone revealed that Jackson aggravated his groin injury in last Sunday’s game against Kansas City.

“He tweaked that groin again during the course of the game,” said Marrone of Jackson. “I think it’s very admirable for Fred. We know what type of player he is and how tough he is to be out there, but that’s what happened during the course of that game. I think it’s very difficult… it’s one of those things during the course of the week this week to make those types of decisions.”

That explains why Jackson was on the field for just 27 snaps last Sunday. So in a short week with less time for Jackson to recover the rushing load will likely fall largely to Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown tonight against the Dolphins.

Dixon had just two carries for three yards in the first meeting with Miami. As a team the Bills rushed for 113 yards on 33 carries for a 3.42 yards per carry average.


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Marrone pleased with players on short week

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2014 – 12:24 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was a bit concerned about how his players would rally physically on a short week coming off a hard fought game against the Chiefs last Sunday. But heading into their final day of practice this week before their Thursday night game with Miami, Buffalo’s sideline boss is pleased with what the players have given him on the practice field.

In his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment, presented by Tim Horton’s, Marrone was encouraged by the tempo at which the players performed in Tuesday’s practice.

“I think one of the things we caught a break on was with the weather on Tuesday,” said Marrone. “It was outstanding so we were able to get outside and we practiced a lot faster than I thought we’d be able to and that’s good because now we can back off a bit here on Wednesday and slow it down. We’ve got to make sure that they’re rested up because we’re now at a point where we’re within 48 hours in the game.”

Marrone’s Coffee with the Coach segment will appear in its entirety on Buffalobills.com Thursday morning.


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Variety key to protections vs. Chiefs pass rush

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2014 – 10:15 am

They stand third in the league with 27 sacks and their top pass rusher leads the league with 12. Justin Houston and his fellow defensive teammates can wreak havoc on an opponent’s passing game, especially if they can force third and longs. Bills head coach Doug Marrone knows that their protection plans are key in keeping the Chiefs pass rush at bay.

In his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s, head coach Doug Marrone said the most important part of their protection plan will be variety.

“With the edge players and also with the pressure that they bring what happens is you have to make a decision as to whether you want to keep seven players in to protect,” Marrone said. “If they don’t pressure then we’re not going to be as fast getting into the coverage and displacing the underneath coverage. If you don’t leave anyone in and don’t protect the edges, now you’ve put yourself in jeopardy of getting beat.

“The next thing is do you set it up a certain way to slow them down where they’re wondering if this guy is going to crack block or who is blocking. You do some things like that and you also have some guys hit them on the way out. Some people call that a chip.

“I think there are a couple of different ways to do it. You can’t lock yourself into one. You have to keep mixing it up on them. To be successful you have to let those two ends know you have a plan for them and you’re not just going to let them take over the game.”


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Chiefs offense a model of efficiency

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2014 – 9:11 am

The Chiefs offense isn’t going to wow anyone with game breaking plays, but they will methodically march down the field en route to putting points on the board. Kansas City head coach Andy Reid has his offense executing at an extremely high level this season.

The Chiefs are ranked second in third down conversions (52%), first in third and long conversions (45.5%), third in average number of plays per drive (8.91) and second in number of drives that chew up five minutes of game clock or more (17). In addition they are fourth in fewest fumbles lost with three, first in fewest penalties called against them (39) and fourth in red zone touchdown efficiency (70.4%).

In short Kansas City is not a team that’s going to beat themselves, which puts an onus on the Bills to play error free football on Sunday.

“This team is extremely efficient,” said head coach Doug Marrone in his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment on Buffalobills.com. “They’re not going to beat themselves. We’re going to have to play well in all three phases to beat this team. When you see their offense, defense and special teams playing that way it’s going to take all three phases of our team to beat them. That’s our challenge. We’ll have a good sense of where we are.”


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Do similar offensive approaches mean much?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2014 – 10:23 am

With a pair of head coaches for Sunday’s game between the Bills and Texans, whose offensive philosophies mirror each other in many ways, one might wonder if Doug Marrone and Bill O’Brien are filling in their defensive coordinators on how to prepare for the Houston and Buffalo offense.

Buffalobills.com asked coach Marrone that very question in our weekly ‘Coffee with the Coach’ segment presented by Tim Horton’s. As Marrone sees it the similarities won’t have either defense any more prepared than usual.

“No, I think obviously you see it on film,” said Marrone. “I think our philosophies are similar, but around the league a lot of those philosophies exist. We’re trying to establish the run first, picking the matchups and deciding what we want to do. You do that week to week. We’re excited about it and it’ll be a great challenge. We know that they have a very good staff and they have good players and we feel the same way about our team. It’ll be a good game for us.”


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Tim Hortons surprises fans in camper lot

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 13, 2014 – 1:13 pm

On the eve of the home opener fans in the very full camper lot were surprised by a special treat from Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop.  The fans were given Tim Hortons coffee and Timbits as they prepared for Sunday’s game.

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Special thanks to the Tim Hortons on the corner of Abbott and Southwestern for providing the coffee and Timbits!


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Tim Hortons truck serves workers at RWS

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 18, 2014 – 4:00 pm

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Tim Hortons, the official coffee of the Buffalo Bills, brought their truck to Ralph Wilson Stadium Wednesday.  Construction workers and Bills staff were treated to free frozen hot chocolate and coffee.  Keep an eye out for the Tim Hortons coffee truck around town this summer!


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