Inside The Bills

Stroud on T.O. acquisition

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2009 – 1:28 pm

For those that missed it over the weekend, Bills DT Marcus Stroud appeared on NFL Radio over the weekend with hosts Andrew Bogusch and Jim Miller, and commented on the team’s acquisition of Terrell Owens, how it plays out with Trent Edwards on offense, head coach Dick Jauron and how much it impacts their standing in the AFC East. Here are some of his comments with the questions as well.

SIRIUS host Andrew Bogusch: “What do you think about your new wide receiver?” Marcus

Stroud: “Man, I think it’s going to be good for us. He’s definitely a proven guy that can come out there and make some things happen. Despite all the baggage hopefully we can make it into a good relationship there.”

 

SIRIUS host Jim Miller: “On a lot of levels this makes a lot of sense but everybody is going to question, can you bring in an overpowering personality and can they coexist, the Buffalo Bills and Terrell Owens? What are your thoughts on that as your team moves forward?”

Stroud: “Well, I think we can coexist. One thing about it is one thing that may work in his favor is we don’t have all the high publicity type people up there in the locker room every day and the microscope is not going to be as big as it was in like a Dallas and Philly and San Fran, all those other places that he came from. So hopefully that will work on our favor.”

 

Bogusch: “Specifically what do you know about Trent Edwards? Because Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, Tony Romo have not been T.O.’s best friends. How does Trent Edwards hold up with whatever T.O. brings to the table in Buffalo?”

Stroud: “I think Trent Edwards is going to be good. One thing about it [is] those guys were already established when T.O. came there and those guys had already been there for awhile. This is going to be Trent’s third or fourth year. He’s still relatively a young guy and T.O. could definitely help mold him into a good quarterback and that’s what we’re waiting on. When you have a guy like T.O. and you’ve got a guy like Lee Evans, Roscoe Parrish, those guys, we, on paper we look like we have a chance.”

 

Bogusch: “This [T.O. deal] certainly makes you guys better but, as you said, you might be in the toughest division in all of football so even a better Buffalo Bills team, I still don’t know where you guys stack up against Miami, the Jets and the Patriots right now.”

Stroud: “Well, I think we stack up pretty good. Last year we didn’t win a game against any of those guys but all the games we lost were right there. So maybe he’s the guy to push us over the edge. One thing I think this Buffalo team, we lacked is a lot of guys that are used to winning. You know, those guys have been on 7-9 teams and Buffalo hasn’t had a winning season in awhile. So you bring in a guy with that type of talent who knows how to win maybe that will rub off on some of the other guys and we can put it together.”

Miller: “Dick’s not one to fall for a sales job. He brought him on for a reason. Your thoughts on Dick Jauron and this calculated move?”

Stroud: “Definitely. Coach Jauron is one of the smartest individuals, not just in football but one of the smartest individuals, period, that I’ve ever had the chance to have a conversation with. So he definitely weighed the pros and cons of this and Coach Jauron knows we’ve got to get in there and we’ve got to find a way to win and he’s trying to put the pieces there so we can have the opportunity to win. So this wasn’t just a blind thing with him going in and just saying, ‘Hey, this is T.O. We’ve got to sign this guy.’ He definitely sat back and did his homework and I think the whole Buffalo staff did a pretty good job of doing that and I really think this is going to work out in our favor.”

 

Bogusch: “T.O. or not, were you looking at 2009 as your last shot to win in Buffalo with Dick Jauron as your head coach?”

Stroud: “To be truthful, with all of the stuff we went through last year, definitely. We’ve got to go out there and we’ve got to put on a good showing and we’ve got to have a winning season this year to keep a coach like Coach Jauron around. And I think a lot of the guys realize that and they definitely know getting a coach like Coach Jauron, it’s not very often you’re going to find a guy like that in this league. And anytime you have a guy that is going to sit down and treat you like a man and never throw you under the bus, that’s a great thing to play for. And we want to try to keep him up there as long as possible.”


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