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Even without a C, teammates say E.J. Manuel a “great leader”

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We noted earlier this week that the Bills elected six captains, none of whom were quarterback E.J. Manuel.

That forced Bills coach Doug Marrone to tap-dance a bit, explaining that Manuel will still be expected to lead, just without the signifier of such leadership sewn onto his jersey.

“If you look at it, it’s mostly veteran guys that have been around,” Marrone said of his six captains, two of them new to the Bills this offseason. “I think that [quarterback] position has leadership qualities in it just by the position itself.”

Likewise, running back Fred Jackson (who was one of the captains) said he’s been impressed with Manuel’s work.

“He’s a great leader. He breaks down the offense and things like that all the time. Gives us knowledge,” Jackson said. “It’s just one of those things, when we have a lot of veteran leadership on the team. In time, he’ll definitely be named a captain at some point.”

Of course, playing better would help. If Manuel had led the Bills to a few more wins like last year’s comeback against the Panthers, his standing wouldn’t be in doubt.
But his inability to assert himself as a quality quarterback has created the question, and necessitated the Bills plunking down a pile of money for veteran backup Kyle Orton.
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27 Responses to “Even without a C, teammates say E.J. Manuel a “great leader””
  1. canetic says: Sep 3, 2014 6:51 AM

    If you have six captains, you don’t have any.

  2. vesh31 says: Sep 3, 2014 7:07 AM

    Prove it to me on the field that you deserve that “C”. You show all the attributes of being a hard working QB now show it on Sundays.

  3. broncostevenp says: Sep 3, 2014 7:21 AM

    Nothing says the players on the team have given EJ a vote of “no confidence” like not being elected captain.

    Nothing says the Bills Brass has given the vote of “no confidence” more than signing Kyle Orton last week and paying him $5 million.

    Buffalo, we have a problem.

  4. ctiggs says: Sep 3, 2014 7:34 AM

    Manuel blows. #nobodyhasitbetter

  5. exboomer says: Sep 3, 2014 7:39 AM

    Manuel doesn’t deserve to wear the “C” at this time. His performance on the field has been terrible except for a few bright spots and he hasn’t demonstrated the kind of leadership that someone who wears the “C” should.

  6. joetoronto says: Sep 3, 2014 7:57 AM

    You have to use some perspective, he’s a “great leader” for the Buffalo Bills.

  7. elmaxoh says: Sep 3, 2014 8:19 AM

    The guy can’t even complete a pass …

  8. bostonfrogs says: Sep 3, 2014 8:27 AM

    When a player the caliber of Kyle Orton poses as a legitimate threat to take your job, I’m thinking that popularity contests are the least of your worries.

  9. billsfan1 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:31 AM

    So was Jim Kelly…. the difference was that Kelly could actually play and was pretty good. This guy is another in a long line of dismal failures at QB. Sadly, Orton gives them the best chance to win and could be able to get the ball to Woods, Goodwin, Williams, and Watkins…. We actually have a decent wr set but it means nothing if the guy cant get them the ball

  10. flipzm says: Sep 3, 2014 8:37 AM

    Manuel didn’t even play a full season last year and when he did play he averaged a seventy something QB rating. He’s no Luck or Wilson.

  11. keepyerstickontheice says: Sep 3, 2014 8:45 AM

    They brought in Orton because of EJ’s inability to stay healthy, and Tuel’s inability to not throw pick-sixes. The rest is click-bait speculation.

  12. billswillnevermove says: Sep 3, 2014 8:56 AM

    It doesn’t mean anything…………Troy Polamalu has never been captain either……….until this year……..who would of thought that?

  13. notthetroll says: Sep 3, 2014 9:02 AM

    he’s a leader just not a ‘captain’ level leader.

  14. toybkshr says: Sep 3, 2014 9:03 AM

    What else would you expect them to say?

  15. corkspop says: Sep 3, 2014 9:08 AM

    Good. He should earn the “C” just as he should earn the respect of his teammates and earn the starting job.

  16. george1859 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:19 AM

    Either this guy can “ball”, or he can’t.
    We are about to find out.
    The “C” is the last thing Marrone should be thinking about.

  17. beyond2k says: Sep 3, 2014 9:49 AM

    It’s because the “C” means Captain and not Crap.

  18. jpaq68 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:53 AM

    Sounds like someone got their feelings hurt.

  19. jermainewiggins says: Sep 3, 2014 9:58 AM

    Leader? he’s good at leading his offense back to the sideline after a 3and out or a pick.

  20. Florio_Jr. says: Sep 3, 2014 10:02 AM

    Pretty sure the Bucs said the same thing on Freeman last year..

  21. jlicata says: Sep 3, 2014 10:24 AM

    Cam Newton didn’t have a “C” at this point in his career. The patch doesn’t mean anything. He’s young and has enough on his shoulders – mainly proving he can be the guy rather than worrying about if he’s captain.

  22. Mr.Wonderful22 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:19 PM

    EJ is weak minded n doesn’t show attributes of a leader. When he stinks up the field then goes out for his press conferences he blames his teammates n refuses to take responsibility for his own actions n says he played well even though it’s obvious he didn’t. There’s something wrong with his insecurity. Even the press sees it.

  23. colv says: Sep 3, 2014 1:44 PM

    Six captains, might as well have 53 captains. Three tops, offense, defense and special teams captains-3. Chain of command is essential for leadership to work.

  24. realfootballfan says: Sep 3, 2014 2:44 PM

    He’s a great leader. He just can’t play.

  25. swagger52 says: Sep 3, 2014 3:31 PM

    He knows nothing about defenses. He knows nothing about logistics. He knows nothing about weapons.

    Other than that, EJ Manuel is a great leader.

    Signed, Norman Schwarkopf

  26. swagger52 says: Sep 3, 2014 3:32 PM

    NFL players aren’t stupid, they can see who is going to get cut.

  27. swagger52 says: Sep 3, 2014 3:33 PM

    If C stands for CUT, then EJ would get that C.

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