Inside The Bills

Marrone on EJ’s spotty starts

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2013 – 9:51 am

It’s happened more than once this season. EJ Manuel needs a few series to get into the flow of the game to get going and find a rhythm. Head coach Doug Marrone and his offensive staff have worked to find ways to get Manuel rolling sooner in games.

“I think you can see it in spots at times. But there’s no doubt that he got off to… I wouldn’t say slow, and he knows it, we talked to him, he got off to a very poor start,” said Marrone of last Sunday’s game. “But the one thing about the kid, which you’ve seen over the course of him playing is he can fight his way through that and learn. Now are there some things that caught us the second time around where we would’ve liked not to make the same mistake, absolutely. But again he’s a young kid, he’s in here working hard already watching the film getting ready to go. That’s what you want from your quarterback and keep getting better and keep playing through that.

After missing on his first five throws of the game last Sunday, Manuel completed 17 of his last 20 passes in the game (85%).

“I think you do try to get the quarterback going so you try to get things that he’s successful with to get him off to a good start,” said Marrone. “When you see something like that happening during the game there’s really only two ways to go. You can rely on a running game, which eventually will get stopped or you start him getting a good feel and doing things he feels comfortable with and get him into a rhythm.”


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