BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford
In one of his first acts as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone emblazoned the words “Don’t confuse effort with results” on banners in the Buffalo Bills practice facility field house (per Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News). Many in the media took it as a sign that positive winds of change were about to blow through Buffalo.
In his regular season coaching debut with the Bills on Sunday, Marrone’s team seemed to give a good effort, but the all-important result Marrone emphasized ended in a heartbreaking 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots.
While there are some positives to take from Sunday’s effort, I find myself still quite disappointed with some of the in-game decisions and the consistent lack of discipline demonstrated by the Bills. In my season-opening edition of “First Downs and Flags,” I highlight the positives and negatives of Buffalo’s week one loss versus the Patriots.