Doug Marrone: "You can't make mistakes like that against a good football team"

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Bills head coach Doug Marrone talked to the media after the team's 35-17 loss to the Saints about missed opportunities and things they, including himself, need to correct.


“Obviously, a good job by New Orleans. We came out and we turned the ball over. We can‟t have that happen. I thought that early on our defense did a nice job. They (the Saints) missed a field goal. Then we wound up turning it over again and that equated to seven points. We fought our way back in there. It was 14-10 (Saints) and then we really didn‟t execute in scoring positions. We had some penalties on our defense that were costly, timely at that time. (We had) an interception in the end zone, but yet there was a penalty for a facemask. On a third down we had a defensive holding penalty that could have gotten us off of the field. They (Saints) would up scoring on that drive. You can‟t make mistakes like that against a good football team and a quarterback like Drew (Brees).”

(on needing to improve as a team) “For us, I have to do a better job of changing the process of our challenges. We haven‟t been successful in that. If we keep it the same, how do I expect that to change? We‟ll look into that. I need to do a better job of that. We have to do a better job all of the way around. At the end of the day, we really lost this game as a team. We are going to have to make those plays and not have those penalties for us to win football games. We have been doing a very good job in the turnover situation (this season, but way too many turnovers today. We are not good enough to miss those opportunities. We‟re really not.”

(on Saints‟ pressure today) “A lot of it was zero pressure. There is always going to be an extra guy just holding up in there and going. We thought coming in here today that we were going to see some pressure, but I think it‟s natural in this league. Any time that you put a young quarterback that doesn‟t have a lot of experience, even the teams that normally play coverage will pressure you. They did a nice job (of getting to the quarterback). The one thing about when they do pressure you, it‟s pretty hard to pick up pre-snap. That‟s where they do a very good job, and they have been doing a really good job of that all year.”

(on the first Kenny Stills touchdown) “It was a good call by them and it got us in a tough call. We put Jerry (Hughes) in a tough situation on that play. We told him that when they came off of the field. Those things happen in this game, but you feel really, really terrible as a coach when that happens because you feel that you put them in a bad situation. That‟s what happened. Jerry was good about it. He said, „No, I‟ve got to do a better job.‟ That‟s what you want to hear. We need to be careful about those situations.”

(on returning to New Orleans) “I tried to make it like business. I really did. I think of all of the places that I have ever been back to, obviously, I have a little bit more feelings here from my past. I found myself a little bit (thinking about my time here). Not during the game, but early on when I first walked in. I tried to block it out and tried to do the best job I can for the team.”

(on the challenges today) “(On the first one) we thought that he was in, so obviously I challenged that. On the last one, I heard that the knee was down…I‟ve got to change the process of how we do that. I think I‟m 0-4 (this year). I‟ve just got to change the way we do that. That‟s me. That‟s what I mean when I say that everyone has to get better. I‟ve got to do a better job of changing whatever I have to do to make sure that when we challenge that I can‟t afford to lose those timeouts. That is my fault. Period. I am the head coach.”

“We have to keep working on what we need to do from three phases from coaches, offense, defense, and special teams. And then we have to work as players. It‟s really that simple, but it‟s hard to do. That‟s what we are working on. And that is what we will do. I told the players, „Does it hurt? Absolutely.‟ We had a great opportunity. We had that opportunity because we did a heck of a job last week, and now we come on the road again and we fell short. We are going to fire our butts off now. We have to get back and we have to go in and play a good Kansas City team. It is a great challenge for us. We are going to have to go in and beat them and then create another opportunity somewhere else in the schedule. I am fired about it. I am fired up to get back and start coaching and get this thing right. I told the players that there are things here and there that we have to do and we just have to get them right. That is a playoff team that we played. That is a good football team that we played. You can‟t make mistakes like we did. You never know when it‟s going to come out. You never know when it‟s going to hurt you. Tonight, they did hurt us pretty good.”

(on the mismatches the Saints offense creates) “Jimmy Graham is very difficult. At times tonight, we put a corner on him. Darren Sproles is a playmaker. We had a DB on him. And when we didn‟t have a DB on him, we had him bracketed. We had him bracketed a couple of times and Drew wound up throwing it down the field and missing a couple of those throws that are usually open for him. They do put the pressure on you that way.

He (Drew Brees) doesn‟t miss that much. All of a sudden, we had Jerry Hughes on (Kenny) Stills with the double move and there we go where we get beat and he finds him (open). That is the one thing about him. He is a veteran guy. He is one of the top guys in the league. Everyone knows my relationship with him. He always finds those guys.”