“He just told us he wanted us to have a locker room talk amongst ourselves and see what we were feeling and kind of clear the air. He allowed everybody a chance to speak,” said co-captain
Jackson, Williams and Wood are the elected team captains. All three of them spoke to address the collective feeling of frustration that permeated the Bills’ locker room after an embarrassing 27-6 loss.
“Guys have every right to be frustrated after a game like that,” Jackson said. “We kind of talked amongst ourselves and decided what we need to do to get things turned around.”
The other players sounded on board with the subject matter of the postgame commentary.
“Just accountability,” said
“We just talked about how we need to improve,” said
After the players were done discussing the problems that keep cropping up in games and how to address some of those shortcomings, Marrone followed up with his own comments.
“He wanted to see what we had to say and he just kind of wrapped it up,” said Jackson.
The move by Marrone to have the players address their own problems was almost certainly a move to create more accountability on the part of the players with one another.
“First time since I’ve been here that the coach gave us the floor,” said Jackson. “It gives us an opportunity to talk among ourselves, and see what it is we feel like. He didn’t want to come in here and give some kind of speech. He wanted us to clear the air from a players’ point of view.”
Jackson understands that fans are at their wits end with a team that appears headed for another disappointing finish. He just hopes they understand the players want to succeed more than anything.
“I’m sure they’re upset but so are we,” he said. “This isn’t just about them, this is about us, too. We don’t want to be a part of this situation. This isn’t how we want to be remembered for our 2013 season. We’re going to keep working. I’m sure fans are going to start throwing in the towel and saying we’re the same-old, same-old Bills and they have every right to do that. That’s fine.
“That’s what they have the right to do, but we’re going to keep working. This thing is far from over for us. We’ve still got a lot to play for this season and we’re going to continue to do that.”