For the second straight year the Bills will have three defensive linemen going to the Pro Bowl, this year in Glendale, Arizona where the game will be played. And for the second straight year Jerry Hughes, who is a half sack away from back-to-back double digit sack seasons is the odd man out. It prompted head coach Doug Marrone to give Hughes a call after the Pro Bowl rosters were announced Tuesday.
“Obviously it’s well deserved,” said Marrone of his three defensive linemen who earned an AFC Pro Bowl nod. “People all along have thought a lot of our defensive line and we’ve got four very good players. Anytime you have multiple players at one position I think that’s a testament to just how good those guys because it doesn’t happen that often. When you get three that’s a lot.
“But one of the things I did last night when everything came out, I congratulated the players who made it, but I also called Jerry Hughes. Jerry has had an outstanding year, he really has. I think one of the things about this game is it is a team game. Guys make (the Pro Bowl), but there are a lot of other people involved that don’t get the credit in that way, but they can share in knowing they were a part of it even though individually they didn’t get there.”
Hughes was touched by his head coach’s gesture in calling him.
“It was huge,” Hughes said. “Just to turn my phone over and see it was coach Marrone and offering love and support. That’s what you want your head coach to do. It was a great gesture.”
Hughes said he has not yet spoken to his Pro Bowl teammates, but intends to head out to Arizona Pro Bowl week to spend some time with his line mates.
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