Doug Marrone reportedly upset over Kyle Orton signing

Doug Marrone BillsBuffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone got into a verbal altercation with members of the team’s front office during a practice this week, and now we know why.

According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Marrone was upset over the team’s signing of Kyle Orton. Florio specifically says that the timing and money involved with the signing, which came after starting quarterback E.J. Manuel struggled in the preseason, was an issue for the coach.

Orton was signed to a two-year, $11 million deal. Paying a quarterback that kind of money is a sign that he will probably start games for you at some point in the season. Marrone reportedly believes that the signing can negatively affect the confidence of the second-year quarterback from Florida State.

Though Marrone initially denied getting into an argument at practice, team president Russ Brandon said he, Marrone and GM Doug Whaley were involved in the incident. However, in comments to The Buffalo News, Brandon termed it a “discussion” rather than an “altercation.”

“Whaley and Coach were involved in the discussion,” Brandon said via The Buffalo News.

“This is the best working relationship I have seen, to be honest, between a coach and a GM. They’re great competitors and communicators.”

Does it really matter, anyway? All of these dudes will be out of jobs before long once the team is sold. You can bank on that. And any team that has to consider having Orton start games is in big, big trouble.

Doug Marrone blows up on Bills for practice fights

Doug Marrone BillsBuffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone went off on his players on Thursday following a series of fights and shoving matches during practice. After Wednesday’s practice had ended with a spirited fight, Marrone was in no mood to tolerate unnecessary scuffles.

When things got heated on Thursday, Marrone lined his players up like high schoolers and made them run sprints. When defensive end Jerry Hughes talked back to Marrone, the head coach started slinging profanity that appeared to be directed toward the fifth year veteran.

“Why can’t you handle it as players?” Marrone yelled while motioning toward the locker room, according to ESPN.com. “Do you want to play on this team?”

Marrone, who spent some time chatting with Hughes after practice, said his rant was not directed at one player in particular.

“That’s directed at anyone who doesn’t want to be part of the team,” he explained. “I told Jerry that I love the way he practices and I love the way he plays special teams and how he goes about it. And we’ve got to get some other guys who are starters to do that.”

Fights are very common for NFL teams during training camp, but the Bills seem to have had quite a few this offseason. On Wednesday, rookie defensive end Bryan Johnson ripped off offensive lineman Eric Wood’s helmet and several veterans jumped in to defend Wood. The center ended up with a cut on his nose.

“Figure it out. We’re responsible for the integrity of the game,” Marrone said. “There is no use for fighting in the game of football. Period. End of discussion.”

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was suspended earlier this month for slamming a rookie down during practice, so, again, this stuff is not exclusive to the Bills. That said, we usually don’t coaches handle the disciplinary action in front of the media. Marrone had obviously seen enough.

Doug Marrone had cancerous mole removed

Doug Marrone BillsNot long after a deleted story on the Buffalo Bills’ website had everyone concerned that Doug Marrone had cancer, the coach shared a statement explaining his medical situation.

According to WKBW sports director Jeff Russo, Marrone had a cancerous mole found on his skin during a recent visit to the doctor.

“The recent extraction procedure will have no effect on my ability to coach the team moving forward,” Marrone said in a statement, according to Russo.

Marrone just needs to have his skin checked every three months.

[Earlier: Does Doug Marrone have cancer? Bills website deletes story]

I’m sure this comes as a huge relief to everyone who was rightfully concerned about Marrone’s health. The images of Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano battling leukemia during the 2012 NFL season is fresh on many of our minds, and the last thing we wanted to see was another coach dealing with something similar.

Does Doug Marrone have cancer? Bills website deletes story

Doug Marrone cancer story

Does Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone have cancer? That’s what many are left wondering after the Bills’ website posted a story making the announcement before deleting it.

The Bills’ website posted the headline and what appeared to be the shell for an upcoming story announcing that Marrone has cancer.

“Head Coach Doug Marrone announced today that he was diagnosed with BLANK TYPE OF CANCER and that it is highly treatable,” said the first line of the story.

“Head Coach Doug Marrone shared the news today that he’s been diagnosed with BLANK cancer. He says it’s ‘not aggrive’ and highly treatable,” the story also read.

You could tell the story wasn’t ready to be published yet because they also included this line:


The story appeared on the stream on the Bills’ website:

It also made the app:

The Buffalo News says the story was on the site for 9 hours before being pulled by the Bills with no explanation.

So there’s no mistake about it, this is how it looked on the site:

Unless this is some sort of hoax, it looks like a story was mistakenly published by the site. We hope Marrone is fine and will hope for the best for him.

UPDATE – WKBW sports director Jeff Russo reports that Marrone had a cancerous mole found on his skin that was removed.

Via Deadspin

Doug Marrone so frustrated after Buffalo Bills’ loss that he won’t pet his dog

Doug-MarroneThe Buffalo Bills blew a great opportunity for a signature win on Sunday when they were outplayed by the Kansas City Chiefs down the stretch after taking a 10-3 lead into halftime. The Chiefs improved to a perfect 9-0, and Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone seemed crushed by the loss.

How crushed? For starters, I hope Marrone’s dog didn’t expect a nice rub down when his or her master returned home on Sunday.

“I’m pissed. I’m going to use that type of energy,” Marrone told reporters, via BuffaloBills.com. “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.”

With the Jets, Patriots and Dolphins all having won, the Bills badly needed a victory to remain in the AFC East hunt. Instead, they find themselves dead last in the division with a record of 3-6. A playoff appearance is likely out of the question, though Marrone is not planning to throw in the towel.

“We’re not out of the playoffs,” he added. “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.”

The fact that Buffalo has even won three games is impressive when you consider the horrendous quarterback situation (especially when injuries like this happen) they have dealt with all season. Realistically, Marrone and company will be looking to build toward the future when rookie EJ Manuel returns sometime in the next few weeks. This isn’t a playoff team, and the head coach knows it.

Bills coach Doug Marrone didn’t know backup quarterback Aaron Corp’s name

Doug-MarroneBuffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone is still getting acclimated with his new team. The Bills have yet to begin any organized offseason workouts, so Marrone probably hasn’t had a chance to speak with all of his players in person. In fact, he may not even know all of their names.

Marrone was recently discussing his team’s quarterback situation with SI.com’s Don Banks when the subject of depth came up. The Bills currently have Tarvaris Jackson penciled in as their starting quarterback with former Richmond quarterback Aaron Corp listed as the backup by default. According to Banks, Marrone referred to Corp as “Andy Corp.”

Give the man a break. It could have easily been a slip of the tongue. Or, as Around the League pointed out, it’s possible Marrone is simply unfamiliar with Corp like the rest of us. Corp was a highly-touted prospect out of high school but lost out to Matt Barkley for the starting position at USC. He was signed as an undrafted free agent last season but lasted just a few weeks on Buffalo’s roster.

“I always think to myself, ‘What do people mean when they say franchise (quarterback)?'” Marrone said. “You know? What’s the definition of that? We’re going to have somebody back there playing that position for us. I don’t know what category to put them in.”

It sounds obvious that Marrone isn’t thrilled with the current quarterback situation, and why should he be? It was clear the team had moved on from Ryan Fitzpatrick when those hackers recorded Buffalo GM Buddy Nix’s phone conversation, but is Jackson an upgrade? I think we all know the answer to that.