Posts Tagged ‘Doug Marrone’

Defense Rules the Day, Offense Keeps Soul-Searching in Buffalo Bills Win over New York Jets in Week 8

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills' offensive coaching staff have a problem of predictability to address during the bye week. (Photo: Robert Deutsch — USA Today Sports)

Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coaching staff have a problem of predictability to address during the bye week. (Photo: Robert Deutsch — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

The Buffalo Bills didn’t need a second-half comeback in a dominant 43-23 Week 8 win over the host New York Jets. The Bills led the game from cover to cover, forcing the Jets’ two-headed quarterback attack into six ugly turnovers, while Sammy Watkins did Sammy Watkins things, and improved to 5-3 heading into a perfectly timed bye week.

Buffalo now has a two-week preparation period for a game at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, which could make or break their playoff chances when the race comes down to tiebreakers in December. On paper, the Bills will take the big win over the Jets on Sunday, but it will take a better team effort in the second half of the season to keep their current pace of 10 wins.

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Monday Reaction: Kyle Orton Gives Buffalo Bills Offense a Pulse, Defense Dominates in Win in Detroit

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Kyle Orton brought a new degree of command to the Bills offfense Sunday. (Photo: Raj Mehta — USA Today Sports)

Kyle Orton brought a new degree of command to the Bills offfense Sunday. (Photo: Raj Mehta — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

The Buffalo Bills won a roller-coaster game Sunday, with a 14-point comeback over the Detroit Lions that was the team’s first double-digit comeback win since beating the New England Patriots in Week 3 of the 2011 season. The effort to win that game started last Monday, when the Bills announced a quarterback change.

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Buffalo Bills Giving Up on EJ Manuel, Will Start Kyle Orton; Right Time or Too Soon?

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Kyle Orton received the call of duty on Monday to start for the Bills at quarterback in Week 5. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

Kyle Orton received the call of duty on Monday to start for the Bills at quarterback in Week 5. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The EJ Manuel era of the Buffalo Bills didn’t even make it to 16 full games. Just four games into his second season after starting 10 games as a rookie quarterback, 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel has been benched in favor of veteran Kyle Orton, Bills coach Doug Marrone announced Monday.

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Monday Reaction: Coaching Let Down Buffalo Bills as Much as EJ Manuel in Loss to Houston Texans

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Doug Marrone and the Bills coaching staff need to reconsider their offensive strategy after Sunday's loss to the Texans. (Photo: Troy Taormina — USA Today Sports)

Doug Marrone and the Bills coaching staff need to reconsider their offensive strategy after Sunday’s loss to the Texans. (Photo: Troy Taormina — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

Sunday afternoon was the first time in a long while I have not been able to watch a Buffalo Bills game live. Sitting at an outdoor wedding reception for a friend, phone on lap and scrolling for occasional game updates isn’t the most ideal way to keep track, but nonetheless gets the job done in the short term.

I began to make the three-ish hour trip back to my home in the Boston area right after Manuel’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams, with the hope that the Bills would find a way to pull out a seemingly sloppy contest in Houston. A short 30 minutes later, stuck on I-84 in Connecticut, the bad news trickled out of the local ESPN Radio syndicate that a late EJ Manuel interception sealed a six-point win for the Texans.

Losses against teams the Bills should be able to beat are always tough to take and the two-hour stewing over the remainder of the car ride was full of angry thoughts regarding the status of the offense.

When I flipped on NFL Game Rewind on Monday morning, my expectation was to have my reactions to ESPN Gamecast be affirmed by bad throws and missed plays. My Twitter feed was full of EJ Manuel-related angst—mine included—and typical bad-loss hot takes only generated by fans of a beleaguered franchise. My expectation was to see an absolute mess of a game, but the mistakes weren’t aren’t as unfixable as the angry sports fanatic in me wanted to believe.

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The Buffalo Bills Release Alan Branch

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
A contract extension signed Monday ensured Alan Branch's first season on the Buffalo Bills defensive line will not be his last. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch was released by the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have released defensive tackle Alan Branch.

Branch was arrested Saturday morning and charged with a DWI after police saw him vomiting out of the driver side door of his car. He failed a sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14. Branch was inactive from yesterday’s game against the Buccaneers and wasn’t on the sidelines during the game.

Branch had signed a three-year extension on December 23rd to remain with the Bills. He was a strong fit in Mike Pettine’s defense, but didn’t fit as well into Jim Schwartz’s defense.

This season, Branch didn’t endear himself to his new defensive coaches. Branch did not report to voluntary OTAs. At the time, Doug Marrone said he had not heard from Branch or Manny Lawson, another veteran who did not report.

I haven’t talked to them. It’s voluntary. We all know that,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I tend to not worry about the things that I can’t control, and obviously I can’t control that.

When Branch reported to training camp, he was placed on the non-football illness list after failing his conditioning test. With Branch off the field, players such as Corbin Bryant, Stefan Charles and Landon Cohen gained valuable reps. In the preseason, all three performed well and Branch was pushed further and further down the depth chart.

In the team’s third preseason game against the Steelers, Branch didn’t enter the game until late in the second half. Speculation began that Branch was at risk of being released. His DWI was most certainly the final nail in the coffin.

 





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