Inside The Bills

Silva never spoke to Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on August 7, 2013 – 2:15 pm

The departure from Bills training camp by Mana Silva was so abrupt that the reserve safety never even spoke to head coach Doug Marrone before leaving the St. John Fisher campus.

That according to coach Marrone, who never got the reasons why Silva chose to quit the team.

“He’s on the exempt/left camp list,” said Marrone. “I found out really when I was on the field Monday night. I had to go speak to the Monday Quarterback Club and I had to speak to the veterans. I found out when I was in transition there. He did not contact me or speak to me about his decision in terms of why or what. I’m concentrating on the guys that are here.”

For most coaches when a player doesn’t have the desire to compete anymore allowing the player to return is not going to happen. What surprised Marrone more than anything was Silva not even trying to make contact with him.

“If it’s a personal thing I would like to expect the player to come to me and say, ‘I have this going on I would like to be excused,’” said Marrone.

As Marrone sees it, unless there’s an extreme circumstance he’d not welcome the player back.

“I don’t know his situation, but 99 percent of the time I’d be like, ‘No, let’s clear that up and move on and go,’” said Marrone. “But if it’s a case of I don’t know if I want to be on a team or compete, in my experience I think it’s been very hard to try to talk somebody into playing.”

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