Inside The Bills

Facing Barkley, Smith not a huge help

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2013 – 6:58 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone’s Syracuse Orange had to face both Matt Barkley and USC and Geno Smith and West Virginia this past season. How much might it help Marrone in evaluating those two quarterbacks for the Bills having game planned against them?

The Orange faced USC in the New York Classic at the Meadowlands in early September. Barkley only threw for 187 yards, but tossed six touchdowns and one interception in a 42-29 Trojan victory. Marrone’s Orange were victorious in the Pinstripe Bowl at the end of the season when they beat Geno Smith and West Virginia 38-14. Smith was 19-28 for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

That exposure to two of the quarterbacks most frequently ranked as the best in the class however, doesn’t give much of a leg up to Marrone and the Bills.

“I don’t think you could put an evaluation on somebody from a game. I think it’s a body of work and he’s proven he’s a top flight quarterback,” Marrone said of Smith. “I was able to see that going back and looking at all those games. We were just fortunate. We did a good job and we were able to win the game, but make no mistakes about it he’s an outstanding player.”

As for Barkley it’s much the same case.

“I think sometimes things are a little bit exaggerated as far as how I would have better insight to it,” said Marrone. “He was an opponent and I saw some of his games getting ready, but I think everyone else has the same type of evaluation process of what they go through. It’s not like I was able to ask him what he was thinking about how he was going to attack us. I was able to see him do some very good things obviously. Unfortunately they were some very good things against us. He’s a very good player as well as all the other players that are here so I don’t think I have any great insight on all these players we played against or any more insight than anyone else.”

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