Bills coach Doug Marrone took over a team without a recent history of success this season and has found that there’s no overnight fix to all that needs repair in Buffalo.
The Bills have lost five of their last six games and they turned in one of their worst performances of the season against the Steelers last Sunday. Some coaches might greet such results with discussions about how the team is working hard and making progress that isn’t showing up on the scoreboard, but Marrone has decided to go a different way.
During his meeting with the media on Monday, Marrone said he wanted to be held accountable for the team’s struggles and that he welcomes the pressure that comes with getting the team on a better track. He also said that the fact that it is his first year does nothing to limit his sense of urgency.
“I want to make sure we’re clear, do I have feel like I have time to turn this thing around? Hell no. Hell no,” Marrone said, via the team’s website. “I know I have to turn this thing around now, today in what we do. So let’s make sure we’re all on the same page here. I understand this, it’s my responsibility. You know what? This is what I love. I love it. I want to be in this position.”
A complete turnaround before the end of the season isn’t going to happen, so the Bills will have to grade things differently. Getting back to a place where it feels like they have a plan moving the team in the right direction, somewhere it looked like the Bills were heading early this season, would be enough to make Marrone look like the right guy for the position.