The 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.