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Posted: Wednesday, 20 November 2013 12:52PM

Marrone preaches staying smart to young Bills team during bye

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- Each and every year, players throughout the NFL will go through their one weekend off and a number of the athletes will journey to their hometowns for the first time since July. It's a double-edged sword for teams and players throughout the NFL, though.

On the positive side, players get to rest, relax and recharge for the remaining games of the season. Alternatively, it could also be a negative if there could be potential poor influences waiting at home upon their arrival.

To start the season, the Buffalo Bills had the third-youngest 53-man roster in the NFL according to USA Today, with an average age of 25.3. Because head coach Doug Marrone has such a fresh-faced team, many haven't seen all the negatives that can come with a weekend away from football.

Marrone made it a point to speak with his team about those challenges.

"Absolutely. And we addressed that today in the team meeting," he said. "We gave them some examples of what's gone on with some things on the bye week. We talked about how important it is for our focus. We talked about now we're going back out, leaving an atmosphere of quite a bit of structure from during the season, and going back out there, keeping the structure and being careful. 

"Let's be honest, when players leave, no matter what team -- especially young ones -- they're back into their families, a lot of things can come upon them. Meaning responsibilities and problems. So I told them, I said, 'Be very careful and specific of what you do.' Make sure you rest and all of the things, but, we don't want you leaving and coming back with more problems. Honestly, that's what I told them."

With Wednesday wrapping up in the morning, the players have Thursday through Sunday off. They get back to work on Monday for their Week 13 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

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