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Marrone on the 2 sides to tempo

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2013 – 12:01 pm

It’s been pretty evident that the Bills offense will be operating at a very high tempo through most of their games come this fall. Head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett believe that a fast pace is an advantage for an offense. But Marrone has pointed out that there are two sides to a team’s tempo.

Participating in an hour long Fan Forum with Bills season ticketholders this week, Marrone explained that an offense can’t blindly go 100 miles per hour all the time, without recognition of time and score.

“I think with tempo what you’re trying to get done is statistically the amount of possessions you have per game equal the amount of points you score, so the tempo you run is not a gadget,” Marrone said. “The aim is to get more possessions, knowing more possessions will get you more scores. We will use that as much as possible.

“The thing I want to make sure everyone understands is we do have the ability to huddle and the ability to slow the game down if we wanted to. If we’re ahead on the scoreboard and we’re in a four-minute situation and you want to slow the game down, we have the ability to do that. We practice both right now and that will continue in terms of tempo. I like playing fast. I think you have a great advantage with that.”

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