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Doug Marrone: "This one hurts"

Posted Nov 3, 2013

The Bills head coach talks about the 23-13 loss to the Chiefs.

BUFFALO BILLS HEAD COACH DOUG MARRONE

Opening Statement:

Obviously it hurts. It hurts me, it hurts the guys in that room, I hurt for them, I hurt for our fans. It’s tough. It’s a tough one. I thought that there were a lot of good things that happened on that field today. Defensively, they did a heck of a job. We knew coming in that this team scored a lot of points off turnovers. They had 17 off of turnovers. Even offensively there was some good things that happened and at the end of the day, it’s so close from being a good football team in this league. You saw it, they’re an 8-0 football team, 9-0 now and we’re 3-6. When it’s time to make the plays you have to make the plays and we didn’t do that. It hurts because we’ve got great fans, great people, guys play hard. They work their asses off during the week. Excuse me; they work their butts off during the week. We work hard as coaches and you get on that field and this one hurts.

This one hurts. I’m not going to stand here and say we should’ve won the game because obviously we didn’t, but it hurt and I think the swing, everyone knows the point in the game was that drive coming out of half. We went right down the field, C.J. (Spiller) did a nice job, made a great run and we get down there and we don’t punch it in on goal line. We get a penalty on the pass play first and then we don’t punch it in with a goal line formation. We go to the next formation; in the field it was a play that was working for us well during the game. It’s part of it if there is an all out pressure we do pull it and have the ability to throw it. They were in all out, in cover zero and the guy comes off of Stevie Johnson, just comes off of him and doesn’t cover him. Was standing right there when we’re throwing the ball in the slot. Even they knew exactly what we were doing or it was just unbelievable. I haven’t seen a lot of that; I’ve seen it a couple times down the field. We wound up throwing a pick and not only did we throw a pick, we threw a pick six, so the guy takes it all the way back. Then we have a fumble. We hit (T.J. Graham) and (T.J.) drops the ball and they take it and they wind up scoring. Not even giving the defense a chance to get out there and play.

Q: In retrospect do you question that play call at all?

A: Situationally do you question the play call? No. Do you question the execution of it? Yes. Should we go in there and try to keep it and run and work on it. It’s a play that in the field you pull it and throw it, a lot of times down the goal line we don’t pull it and throw it so we’ve got to do a better job coaching it.

Q: Is it hard for you to fathom that you can outgain them, win time of possession, etc. and end up losing by 10?

A: Yeah. Turnovers. It always comes down to that first.

Q: You seem particularly frustrated?

A: I’m definitely frustrated. I am. Guys work hard all week, they bust their butt and the fans come and then they do a great job and we have a chance to really get a good score and a good lead in this game and we do a great job to get down there. We earn ourselves a drive to get down there and we can’t finish it.

Q: Can you evaluate Jeff Tuel’s performance today?

A: Yeah, I thought he had a couple drops; some guys dropped some balls on him. Obviously he wasn’t rattled when he went out there. He threw the poor pass that was the interception. He went out there and did the best he could, so we appreciate that.

Q: Can you comment on the running game today?

A: Yeah, they did a nice job. We had about 240 something yards rushing on a good defense. A defense that has been playing extremely well. It’s just the same thing. There were a lot of good things out there, I'm not going to stand up here and lie. There were a lot of good things.  When you need to do it and you need to get it done, we just can’t seem to do that consistently and that hurts.

Q: How do you get over that hump?

A: I’m pissed. I’m going to use that type of energy. I’m going to go home, not talk to anybody, just shut it down. I’m going to be by myself, I’m not going to pet my dog and I’m going to get fired up. I’m going to come to work tomorrow, I’m going to watch this film, I’m going to be a pro, I’m going to be a man. I’m just going to look at it and what can we do better. How do we coach things better situationally? What can I do first? What can the coaches do second? Then we’re going to go to work and get ready to go. We’re not out of the playoffs. We’re a good football team that is not making the plays that we have to make. We play extremely hard, we fight through adversity, but we’re just not making the plays at the times that we need to make it. And that’s everybody.

Q: Do the players know that?

A: Yeah, I just told them that.

Q: There seemed to be a lot of concern with Robert Woods. Do you have any update with him?

A: Yeah, I do. They thought it might have been a bone, they took an x-ray, the x-ray was negative. He really couldn’t put all his weight back on it so they didn’t put him back out there. That’s exactly what they told me.

Q: Is it a knee, an ankle?

A: He couldn’t put weight on it, which is usually a bone when that doesn’t happen. I don’t know which bone. They told me they took an x-ray; the x-ray was negative, that there wasn’t anything there, but yet he couldn’t put any weight back on it to come back on the field. That’s what they told me.

Q: Marquise Goodwin?

A: Goodwin is a hamstring.

Q: Did Ron Brooks go for x-rays?

A: They didn’t tell me.

Q: Is there a part of you that is saying I would love to take a shot at them with my starting quarterback?

A: Here’s how I feel. I’d love to see our team with everybody healthy going out there and playing. Maybe that is unrealistic, but I would love to see our football team together, practicing together, playing together and maybe that’s an unrealistic approach in this league, but I would really love to see the football together and how good we can be.

Q: Did Jeff Tuel meet your expectations?

A: Yes. I don’t know, I have high expectations. If I put a guy out there, it’s my responsibility to put a guy out there that can win. Did Jeff play well enough for us to win? At times. At times he didn’t. I think you could say that about a lot of people.

Q: Was Thad (Lewis) close at all?

A: No.

Q: Did you see anything this week that made you realize that C.J. Spiller would have his burst back?

A: I thought he played well. Obviously when you look at his numbers, he was 9.7 yards per carry, had 12 carries for 116 yards, a long of 61. He has that ability, can make that big play. That’s the one thing about it when he’s back there. He’s dangerous against a team that’s a high-pressure team, a team that put eight or nine guys up on the line. We felt, I knew that when he said he can go and during the week he did look good, I was excited because I thought he could pop a couple out there and he did.

Q: Were you cautious with him at the beginning of the game?

A: I just think we were rotating them in per play. What they like to do and what they don’t like to do. I think Coach (Wheatley) was just rotating them in, building them back in there.

Q: How did you think Stephon Gilmore did? Is he back to 100 percent healthy?

A: You’d have to ask him that. I think he’s playing, doing the best he can. He’s going out there against a guy, you’ve got to remember that’s Dwayne Bowe out there and he’s covering him man to man in a lot of situations. He did a good job; at the end of the day when you look at it they had three points. So how could you say anyone on defense didn’t do a great job out there?

Q: The play to Marquise Goodwin looked like one of those where you can’t overthrow him?

A: Yeah and we were short on a couple of them during the game. You can’t overthrow him.  I’m excited; he’s an exciting player. He really, he probably doesn’t even know how good he can be really. We’re going to work extremely hard with him and all our other young receivers. Stevie has done a nice job; we’ve got a good bunch, a good group of guys there. We have to work hard. They have a chance to, hopefully Robert is okay and he’s able to come back. We’ve got some good young receivers.

Q: What went in to your thinking on the challenge?

A: I thought it was a catch all the way. I really did. I saw him bounce; I saw it in his hand. I struggle sometimes, I’d love for someone to tell me what the definition of a catch is. He bounced once and he had it. Second time he bounced, he didn’t. I was told that the first time he bounced that he lost the ball.