Inside The Bills

Why Marrone isn’t shutting EJ down for season

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2013 – 10:12 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone, in choosing to sit EJ Manuel this week due to a lack of mobility stemming from his knee injury, in the next breath said that he was “110 percent confident” that Manuel would be ready to start in the season finale at New England next week. With this being his third knee injury of the season that comment prompted the question of, ‘Why not just shut him down for the rest of the year?’ Here was Marrone’s response.


“Every snap, every time we can get him in there, that type of experience, the better and better he gets,” said Marrone. “And we’ve seen that with him. We’ve seen, make no mistake about it, last game we saw him get off to a tough start and then really start to play well. We’ve seen him, at times, play extremely well in games.  And that type of experience, that’s what we need.  So, that’s why it’s not ‑‑ I don’t even think of (sitting him for the season).”

For Manuel the only solace he took in not being able to play this weekend was having the opportunity to play in Week 17 against the Patriots.

“That’s it. You can’t play this week, just start preparing for the following week when you can play,” Manuel said. “It’s adversity and that’s all you can really say about it. I have to look it right in the eye and combat it and be ready when I can play next week versus New England and come out there, play well and finish the season strong.”


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