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Da’Rick Rogers gets an earful from Doug Marrone

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When the Bills signed Da’Rick Rogers as an undrafted free agent, they made it clear to the former Tennessee and Tennessee Tech receiver that he wouldn’t be around long if he got into the same kind of trouble that got him dismissed from the Volunteers after his sophomore season.

Rogers has thus far avoided any of the failed drug tests that helped him slide out of the draft altogether despite being All-SEC in that sophomore year, but he still got a talking-to from coach Doug Marrone during Friday’s practice. Rogers made a 15-yard catch against cornerback Ron Brooks and then earned Marrone’s ire for standing over the defender in a way that could lead to a penalty in a game. Marrone said “that’s not playing like a Buffalo Bill” after the practice and said he told Rogers the same on the field.

“I told him, ‘Is this going to be something we’re going to have to be concerned about with handling any type of success from you?’ That’s what I told him,” Marrone said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “I looked at him in his eye, and he understood that. And it’s good to end on a good note cuz now you’re excited to see what he can do when we come back to the mandatory minicamps.”

This isn’t the kind of thing that’s likely to get Rogers cut, but it also isn’t the kind of thing you’d like to see from a player who doesn’t need to give the Bills any reason to think twice about keeping him on their 53-man roster in September.

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30 Responses to “Da’Rick Rogers gets an earful from Doug Marrone”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2013 3:05 PM

    Marrone sounds like a complete idiot already. That didn’t take long.

  2. bobby2478 says: May 31, 2013 3:06 PM

    Sounds like good coaching and the coach giving a young player some much needed guidance. Hopefully he heeds the coach’s advice and continues to get better.

  3. cardiovascularendurance says: May 31, 2013 3:08 PM

    I can’t believe an actual reporter wrote ‘cuz.’ That’s pitiful.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2013 3:09 PM

    “That’s not playing like a Buffalo Bill”.

    Dropping the pass, then tripping over the guy on the ground, twisting his knee in the process. Going on IR for the balance of the season to get fat and run afoul of the law. That’s playing like a Buffalo Bill.

  5. staylor112889 says: May 31, 2013 3:12 PM

    Gotta teach them while they are still young. It appears the old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” has mostly proven true in the NFL.

  6. thestiffxone says: May 31, 2013 3:16 PM

    His name is really Da’Rick?

  7. nomoresteelersfansplease says: May 31, 2013 3:20 PM

    I must say, I love how Marrone speaks to the team. He keeps emphasizing the fact that these guys should be PROUD to be a Buffalo Bill, and he is quickly showing why they hired him. This dude isn’t gonna take any BS. As for Rogers, if he makes the 53-man squad, I hope he keeps his head straight. The Stevie-Woods-Rogers WR set sounds pretty sexy to me.

  8. rpiotr01 says: May 31, 2013 3:21 PM

    Good he’s staying on top of it. Refs will have very little tolerance for showboating rookies going on with any of this nonsense.

  9. ttommytom says: May 31, 2013 3:27 PM

    I’d venture to guess he did not say ‘cuz’.

  10. buddysguys says: May 31, 2013 3:31 PM

    Sounds like an idiot?

    Anyone with the name Gabbert and Great in their username is the idiot.

    FACT.

  11. sbmcintosh36 says: May 31, 2013 3:32 PM

    “I looked him in the eye”
    I don’t think the off field stuff was the problem clearly the ONE eye thing was the real issue.

  12. nolahxc says: May 31, 2013 3:33 PM

    “And it’s good to end on a good note cuz now you’re excited to see what he can do when we come back to the mandatory minicamps.”

    Really? Cuz?

  13. ryann252013 says: May 31, 2013 3:35 PM

    I’m not a bills fan, im actually a NY JETS fan but my whole family’s a buffalo fan (Odd man out, right?)

    But this guy sounds serious and he sounds inspiring as a head coach something the Bills have lacked over the past couple of years. Hopefully this guy can produce some wins and I’m looking forward to many good Bills vs Jets games in the near future :)

  14. tombradyswig says: May 31, 2013 3:42 PM

    ryann252013 says:
    I’m looking forward to many good Bills vs Jets games in the near future

    how many years do you plan on waiting for that?!!?!? over under at 14!! I’ll take OVER!!

  15. fearthehoody says: May 31, 2013 3:53 PM

    Well I thought playing like a Bill was just getting embarrassed every Sunday

  16. westampa says: May 31, 2013 3:53 PM

    Everyone should add a Da’ to the begining of their name!

  17. andrewsteindione says: May 31, 2013 4:07 PM

    His name is really Da’Rick?

    Yes, it is. Oh, I get it, every person should have a name like Mike or Joe or John or Steve or Adam or Matt. That’s what makes this world awesome and interesting. Vanilla.

  18. mattsydney47 says: May 31, 2013 4:08 PM

    westampa says:
    May 31, 2013 3:53 PM
    Everyone should add a Da’ to the begining of their name!

    _____________________________

    Nice idea Da’westampa

  19. deathonwings410 says: May 31, 2013 4:18 PM

    Act like you’ve been there before.

  20. gmen0820 says: May 31, 2013 4:20 PM

    That mofo said “cuz”?

  21. fumblenuts says: May 31, 2013 4:44 PM

    westampa says: May 31, 2013 3:53 PM

    Everyone should add a Da’ to the begining of their name!
    ________________________________________________

    Da’Fumblenuts understands you good buddy 10-4!

  22. bigblackbuddha024 says: May 31, 2013 5:07 PM

    Rogers is a very talented WR who could have gone in the high in the draft if it wasn’t for maturity issues. He has a good chance to make this Bills team who’s passing attack looks already looks dangerous with S.Johnson and now R.Woods, plus the speedster Goodwin. But showing a lack of respect for your own teammates regardless if the player is your oppenent isn’t good sportsmanship. Should be a real interesting season for Buffalo especially if E.J starts or not (and the “cuz” slang is more on the writer than Marrone)

  23. giantssb42champs says: May 31, 2013 6:05 PM

    I’m changing my name to Wil’Liam. No? Ok.

  24. garyhd01 says: May 31, 2013 7:55 PM

    I applaud the coach on this one while rogers may have made a good catch you get up hustle back to the huddle get ready to make another great play impress em that way and the penalty for taunting erases the 15 yards and it wouldn’t be from the end of the play but probably where the play originated thereby creating a 30 yd penalty if im wrong at best the 15 yarder wipes out the gain

  25. cjspiller12 says: May 31, 2013 10:30 PM

    buddysguys says: May 31, 2013 3:31 PM

    Sounds like an idiot?

    Anyone with the name Gabbert and Great in their username is the idiot.

    FACT.
    ______________________________________
    Best post of the night, because if that guy is knocking the Bills, and he is a Jags/Gabbert fan he doesn’t have squat to talk about. The Jags stink every year.

  26. lifetimebillsfan says: Jun 1, 2013 12:17 AM

    Rogers isn’t the first–nor will he be the last–rookie WR to taunt a CB after making a good catch. Kudos to Coach Marrone for setting him straight right away. If he’s going to keep Rogers on the “straight and narrow” so that he can make it in the NFL, that’s the way to do it: nip any potential problem in the bud immediately.

    Too bad that so many other football coaches haven’t adopted the approach of Paul Brown, who famously pulled Jim Brown over after he spiked the ball after scoring a TD in preseason practice (no OTAs in those days) and told him, “Next time, act like you’ve been there before.” Arguably the best player ever to play in the NFL, Jim Brown never spiked the ball again–in practice or in a game.
    ____________________

    “I’m changing my name to Wil’Liam. No? Ok.”
    ——————————

    You could just change your name to Will’ iam…. Oh, wait, there’s a famous singer who did just that! Uh, too late…. Too bad.

  27. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jun 1, 2013 9:29 AM

    deathonwings410 says:
    May 31, 2013 4:18 PM
    Act like you’ve been there before.
    ————————– <3 Coach Levy

  28. jpaq68 says: Jun 1, 2013 3:32 PM

    Marrone said “that’s not playing like a Buffalo Bill”

    Yeah, he actually caught a pass.

  29. jpaq68 says: Jun 1, 2013 3:36 PM

    cjspiller12 says “The Jags stink every year”.

    And the Bills don’t? At least the Jags have seen a playoff game in this century that wasn’t on television.

  30. EJ says: Jun 4, 2013 1:12 PM

    thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2013 3:09 PM

    “That’s not playing like a Buffalo Bill”.

    Dropping the pass, then tripping over the guy on the ground, twisting his knee in the process. Going on IR for the balance of the season to get fat and run afoul of the law. That’s playing like a Buffalo Bill.

    Really? Did you think that up on your own or did you get that from a writer in Jaguar country?

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