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Bills liking life under Doug Marrone

Doug Marrone, Tarvaris Jackson AP

The Bills had their first minicamp under new head coach Doug Marrone this week and the holdovers from the Chan Gailey era liked the changes that the new coaching staff have implemented.

Marrone told his players not to walk from one drill to another during workouts this week and jumped into drills to snap the ball to quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was spotted giving hip bumps to players after successful plays, something that wasn’t going on under the previous regime. Running back Fred Jackson said he loved the way practices were being conducted, noting that coaches wanted players to be excited in particular.

“There’s a huge difference,” Jackson said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “You don’t want to take anything away from that coaching staff last year, but these coaches want us to be excited. You sometimes get coaches who don’t want that. They want you to act like you’ve been there before. This coaching staff is about loving to play this game and want our guys to have fun. We only get to play this game for so long in our lives. You should enjoy it.”

Defensive end Mario Williams also enjoyed the different methods Marrone and company brought to the field with them, saying that the Bills needed the kind of changes that the new staff have brought with them. Enthusiasm doesn’t guarantee anything — there are signs on the practice field reminding players not to confuse effort with results — but it certainly doesn’t hurt for a team that looked like they needed a jolt of energy as they lost seven of their final 10 games in 2012.

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13 Responses to “Bills liking life under Doug Marrone”
  1. seaeagle707 says: Apr 19, 2013 2:56 PM

    If you enjoy your job you’ll do better at it. I won’t knock Chan, but the lackluster performance of the Bills and Cowboys in recent years has to be saying something about his work ethic.

  2. green41563 says: Apr 19, 2013 2:56 PM

    It’s easy to like a guy before he’s coached you.

  3. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Apr 19, 2013 2:56 PM

    Sounds like the coaches want the Bills to be the “Dominican Republic” (ala WBC) of professional football.

    All a Hoopin’ and a hollerin’ over every break out of the huddle…

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 19, 2013 3:05 PM

    They will continue being excited right up until they’ve played about 25 minutes of the first game of the season when the Pats are up by 21-24 points

  5. nard100 says: Apr 19, 2013 3:34 PM

    The Bills are always excited with “new”. Until it wears off and they remember they’re the Bills again. Yawn. Remember when Mario Williams was the last piece of the puzzle last year? Exactly.

  6. buddysguys says: Apr 19, 2013 3:54 PM

    @nard100

    i feel you are the only one who said he was the last piece to the puzzle…so go EAD

  7. EJ says: Apr 19, 2013 4:23 PM

    nard100 says: Apr 19, 2013 3:34 PM

    The Bills are always excited with “new”. Until it wears off and they remember they’re the Bills again. Yawn. Remember when Mario Williams was the last piece of the puzzle last year? Exactly.

    Who ever said Mario Williams was the last piece to the puzzle? If someone did, I don’t remember it. Nobody in their right mind would say something as stupid as that, especially anyone who actually follows the team.

    Pieces missing last season: A Quarterback, a Receiver to compliment Stevie Johnson, a second TE, Solid Right Tackle, The second DE position across Mario Williams, two Linebackers and one Corner opposite Gilmore.
    Pieces missing this season: A Quarterback, a Receiver to compliment Stevie Johnson, a second TE, Solid Right Tackle, Guard, The second DE position opposite Mario Williams, two Linebackers, one Corner opposite Gilmore and a SS.
    Only one of these was filled through Free Agency Manny Lawson and we only have 6 draft picks this season. So no, the pieces were never all there, and they won’t be again this season. Maybe 2014? Go Bills!!!!

  8. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Apr 19, 2013 7:04 PM

    Wow, maybe they’ll be able to beat out the Jets for third place in the division.

  9. realfootballfan says: Apr 19, 2013 9:06 PM

    Call me crazy, but I think this guy along with Gus Bradley are going to do good jobs.

  10. longsufferingbillsfan says: Apr 19, 2013 11:07 PM

    Undrafted free agents, EJ. Guys like Fred Jackson.

  11. billsboy88 says: Apr 20, 2013 12:05 AM

    Mario was never expected to be the last piece of the puzzle, he was just expected to provide a pass rush presence that was sorely missed in the previous season.

    I hope Marrone continues to inspire these guys to play and enjoy playing. It seemed like no one cared during the Gailey era.

  12. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Apr 20, 2013 1:55 AM

    Get the Buffalo hate out now. Especially you pats fans, the bills may suck, but the patriots have slowly gotten worse over the last 6 years. The only promise in the AFC East this season is the jets finishing last place.

  13. dabillsrule says: Apr 20, 2013 3:06 PM

    2013 AFC East:
    Bills 13-3
    Fish 9-7
    Pats 3-13*
    Jets 0-17**
    * Brady is put on IR after his first snap of the season, when Marcell Darius crushes him.
    ** although losing 17 games in a 16 game season is mathematically impossible, if anyone can do it it’s the Jets.

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