Inside The Bills

Why Marrone went Orton over EJ

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2014 – 5:21 pm

With Sunday’s game not having any playoff implications for either the Bills or Patriots, a good number of Bills fans were hoping to see EJ Manuel get a start at quarterback in the season finale. Head coach Doug Marrone chose to stick with Kyle Orton and explained why.

“The game means a lot to me. We’re going to play the players that we feel give us the best chance to win,” said Marrone. “That’s just the way that I’m wired and that’s my responsibility to the team. We all have a responsibility to each other and I have to make those decisions each week. So again we’re going to play the players who give us the best chance to win on Sunday.”

Marrone admitted that Orton has not been perfect during his 11 starts for the Bills, but said there are some key areas where Orton helps the team more.

“Kyle has gone in there and it’s been tough,” Marrone said. “There have been times when he’s done an outstanding job and he’s done a good job managing and a good job of being a leader for things that need to be done off the field as well as on the field during practice. Those things are going to help EJ in the long run. Right now we still feel that (Orton) gives us the best chance to win in terms of efficiency, control, things of that nature than EJ or Jeff or any other quarterback that we have.”


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