Inside The Bills

Marrone will spend weekend on red zone

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2014 – 5:43 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was quick to acknowledge there’s a lot that he, his coaches and his players have to fix in a short amount of time to get their season back on track. Afforded a weekend of time to dive into it, Marrone himself has one particular area of focus.

“I’m specifically going to utilize it by going back into the red zone. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m going to go back there and I’m going to take a good look at it,” Marrone said. “It’s my responsibility to answer those questions. I’m responsible for that. There’s no doubt about it. Yes, Nathaniel is the offensive coordinator and Jim [Schwartz] is the defensive coordinator. Defensively, we didn’t tackle well. We couldn’t get them into many third downs. There are things that we did in special teams we had an opportunity to pin them back there and we punt it and put it on the two, that when I say a team loss is a team loss.

“But I’m responsible for all of that. For me, the critical area right now for us is obviously the red zone. I’m going to take the majority of my time, outside of managing the team and doing the things I’m supposed to do, I’m going to spend any type of extra time I have in that phase.”

When asked what he thinks is missing from their play in the red zone on offense, which currently ranks last in the NFL, Marrone said on the surface the problem appears to be pretty evident.

“Execution and making plays really,” he said. “I think that some of the things we have to do, we have to look at it more. We’ve been struggling there. We’ve been trying different things. They haven’t been working. I think we’ve just got to keep going and figure out what is it going to be from a concept standpoint and a running game standpoint in terms of what works for us and we’ve got to get better at it.”


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