There’s a lot of new for the Bills this year.
There’s a new general manager, new coach, new quarterback, two new coordinators and new schemes to learn for a franchise that would like to end the cycle of losing seasons leading to rebuilds like the one they did this offseason that has been in place for almost 15 years. Training camp will be a big part of that effort and coach Doug Marrone has a clear idea of how he’d like his first camp as the man in charge to go.
Marrone said that the team has focused on installation during the spring so that they can focus on the competition for starting and roster spots over the summer.
“For training camp it’s about putting together a team and learning how to win as a team,” said Marrone, via the team’s website. “What’s the best formula for us to win as a team? To create the competition so we don’t make any mistakes in personnel decisions and the best players rise to the top.”
Marrone said the players will “truly” make those decisions for the coaches based on their work at camp and that he sees camp moving in stages, with the third and final stage being preparation for the regular season. If players haven’t risen to the top by that point, Marrone’s formula isn’t going to be perfected by the time that stage ends and the games start counting.