Inside The Bills

Marrone asks for best from starting O-line

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2014 – 5:17 pm

The run game production in 2014 has been in stark contrast to the second-ranked run game they had in 2013, and head coach Doug Marrone, who has spent his fair share of practice time with the linemen in practices this season, met with the five starters and issued a challenge to them.

Marrone outlined what he discussed with his five starting linemen Tuesday.

“I think it’s been inconsistent and I went and I talked to the five linemen that have been playing,” said Marrone. “I went in there and said we are what we put on tape. We did not play well (last Sunday) and during the year we’ve been inconsistent. That’s what I told those guys in my experience being around that group for a long period of time in that position.

“It’s one of the few positions where you’re judged as poorly as the worst player plays. In other words, four guys plays great and one guy doesn’t play well your overall performance is going to be judged on that. There are other things that get into it running backs, tight ends, receivers on the perimeter blocking, but make no mistake about it that group has been inconsistent. I told them that’s on tape and we can’t deny that. But there have been times where each of them have played well during the course of the year and our challenge, and we’re in this thing together, is that come Sunday we’re going to need the best performance of the year out of all five of you. And if you do that we’ll have an opportunity to win the game. That’s what I told those five guys today and I met with those five guys collectively.”

The Bills are coming off a game in which they had just 13 rushing yards on 13 carries.

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