D-Days for Marrone

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Bills head coach Doug Marrone is on the hot seat this year

Bills head coach Doug Marrone is on the hot seat this year

Last Sunday the Buffalo Bills suffered a huge loss at the hands of the New England Patriots which made their record 3-3 and on the outside looking in at the NFL Playoffs. That means the next two weeks are D-Days for Marrone.

The two wild card teams right now are the Denver Broncos with a 4-1 record and the Baltimore Ravens with a 4-2 record. Marrone has to lead his team to victory the next two weeks for one reason. The Bills bye week is week nine which is midway through the season.

Changes are typically made during the bye week, so if the Bills don’t have 5-3 record going into their bye week you can expect some.

The reason is that Bills President Russ Brandon and General Manager Doug Whaley have both stated that they feel that the current roster is capable of making the playoffs.  That statement can be argued to be true as the defense is currently 11th overall in the NFL and the team last year was second in the NFL in rushing.

So, what is the problem?

That is simple which is the offensive line. Marrone for some reason hates guard Kraig Urbik who was last year’s starting right guard. Instead they moved Eric Pears from right tackle to right guard and made Sentrel Henderson the starting right tackle which hasn’t worked out very well.

The evidence is the fact that the Bills last year average 144.2 yards rushing a game. This year they are averaging 101.0 yards per a game.

Don’t think the front office hasn’t noticed this. There were reports that Marrone and front office personnel got into a heated exchange over player use. Now, just this week Bills wide receiver Mike Williams’ agent asked to seek a trade for his player due to the way they are using him.

So, Marrone definitely knows that if he doesn’t win the next two weeks he will be fired on Monday October 20th.

Bills in a Bind

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Many Buffalo Bills fans are wondering what the team will do with Marcell Dareus since he was arrested for a second time this offseason. The fact of the matter is the only real option that the team has is helping Dareus like head coach Doug Marrone said last week.

What people are forgetting is that both arrests were outside of the work place. So, if he is going to be suspended for what he did it will have to come from National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell under the Personal Conduct Policy. So, what are the team’s options?

The only options the team has with Dareus is trade him, cut him, bench him or try to help him.

The reality is that none of them make any sense except for the last. Trading him will get you only a late round draft pick, cutting him gets you nothing in return and benching him after going to the Pro Bowl last year is ridiculous.

The fact of the matter is that a player can only get suspended by a team for something that happens while at the team’s facilities.  He’s then is an employee of the team and they are responsible for his actions while there. Only then can he be suspended by the team.

A good example of this is what happened last season when Dareus was benched twice last season by Marrone. The first was for a quarter and then a half the following week for being late to team meetings.

In that instance he is an employee of the Bills as one of his job functions is to attend meeting that is part of preparing for Sunday’s game.

In the end, all we can do is hope that Dareus gets that the decisions he makes can cost him or someone he loves life.