Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills went into Heinz Field with hopes for their second road game win of the year and a chance to get back into playoff consideration if they came away victorious. They left with their tail between their legs and perhaps their worst showing of the season thus far.
On Monday, head coach Doug Marrone wasn't out to make any excuses for how his team has played. He put the blame on himself and said he has to do a better job of being a leader.
Because of the length of his answers and in the effort to not ruin part of the coach's context, here is Marrone's most fiery response on Monday:
"And I'm telling you right now. I promise you as I stand here. I've been through this before. I know we don't like it. I know that feeling. It's very easy for myself, I can easily go home after a game like that and find ways to take myself to a different place. Meaning that it's not going to hurt as much, but I don't do that. I make it hurt in my stomach. I use that as motivation to get myself to go.
"And I realize that through times like this, no matter how you look at history and what you see, it always goes back to the leadership. And we can talk about plays and we can talk about schemes all you want. That's not what this is about. This is about making sure that we're accountable and being a leader, and that's the one thing I can promise you that I will be able to take the coaches, take this team and take this organization to where we want to go.
"Is it going to be as fast as people want? Will it ever be as fast as anyone wants? Probably not. But is that our goal? Absolutely. Absolutely. Do I feel like I have time to turn this thing around? Hell no! Hell no. 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, and I understand this: it's my responsibility. And you know what? This is what I love. I love it. I want to be in this position. I love this part of what we do… what we choose to do.
"Because at the same time it would be so easy for me to stand up here and say, 'Well, third down, red zone,' this and that. It'd be so easy for me not to be in this profession, to sit on the outside and say, 'they should be doing this and they should be doing that.' But that's what separates me from the normal person, that's what separates me from the fans. That's what separates me from people in my job because I understand my responsibility.
"I would much rather be in the position that I am in to lead this team than to be on the sideline. I'd rather be in this position as the head coach than to be the assistant coach. I'd much rather be in this position that I'm in than be the player. So I'm excited about what I have to get done, and I'm ready to do it. And I've been trying to do it the whole time. But I have to do a better job of it."