Inside The Bills

Marrone: Lions help was critical

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2014 – 1:03 am

He thanked them more than once over the weekend for opening their doors. After their most dominating victory of the season Bills head coach Doug Marrone knows there’s no way it would have even been possible were it not for the assistance and generosity of the Detroit Lions.

The Ford family and team president Tom Lewand extended every courtesy they could right down to stenciling the Bills logo on the middle of the field, despite the fact that they have a game in their building in three days time on Thanksgiving.

“I said it all week long. I don’t think we could’ve been as prepared as a football team if it wasn’t for the Detroit Lions helping us out with their facilities and the extra people,” said Marrone. “I don’t think we would’ve been as prepared were it not for how they opened their arms to us to help us.”

The Lions allowed the Bills to use their indoor practice facility, their meetings rooms, film rooms, training rooms for treatments and weight room. They even helped build a makeshift locker room in the hallway adjacent to the indoor practice field.

But at the end of a week that felt like four, Marrone was glad he could tell his players something they were all waiting to hear.

“I told the players the best thing and I’ve been dying to say it,” said Marrone. “I just want to go home. I just want to go home. It’s been a long week.”

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