Pittsford, NY (WGR 550) -- The Bills were back to work early Wednesday morning with a full practice. Watching the sideline I could see many players attention starting to wonder and defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson had to actually whistle and yell to get two players on the field that weren’t paying attention. Doug Marrone feels everything is fine despite the long camp and he said it hasn’t been hard at all to keep the players interest.
A full scale brawl got going on the goal line between Eric Wood and Bryan Johnson. Most of the players got involved, but Doug Marrone wasn’t impressed, “I don’t think there’s any place in this game for any kind of scuffles. We put some new plays in and we fumbled the snap at the one yard line, so that’s what happens when those things occur.”
One of the things the Bills want to do is improve against the run, especially the big plays. So far in preseason, the first team has done that. Marrone said, “With the linebacking concern with the injury to Kiko and not having been with Spikes before, Spikes has done a nice job of leadership and I think Nigel has stepped up his game and then Keith Rivers is a guy that’s been in this league so you know what you’ll get. Marrone added, “The thing I’ve been the most impressed and why we’ve done such a good job, we’re tackling better now at this time of year than we did last year and we need to continue that during the season.”
The Bills are finally home Saturday to play the Bucs. It’s the second last preseason game and Marrone said he may treat these final two games differently,, “It think it’s difficult to say that this is who we really are when you’re not game planning the heck out of it. There is some game planning involved, don’t get me wrong, so my point is, we’re not out of the water from I’m looking closely at this last preseason game as maybe playing, how much, I don’t know, but I am looking at that game as playing players. So for me, I’m looking for where we are progressing, the continuity of the line playing together. I think we may put them in for that last game, I mean I have made a decision on that yet so we’re still up in the air on the last preseason game, where I agree, it’s been kind of warmup, not dress them and go ahead and play, but I think this year, we may change that a little bit. I’m leaning towards that right now.”
The Bills have one more practice at St. John Fisher, Thursday at 2:10. It is open to the public.