Bills Reporters Set Off Marrone

Bills reporters set off Bills head coach Doug Marrone on Tuesday over questions about Mario Williams
Bills reporters set off Bills head coach Doug Marrone on Tuesday over questions about Mario Williams

Bills reporters set off Marrone, and to be honest with you, I saw this one coming after Marrone’s comments following practice on Monday.

I, really guys, just so you know me, because I know we don’t know each other a lot. I just basically ask the doctor when is he coming back or do we have him for practice. And really that’s all I do,” Marrone said via a transcript released by the team.

Whether that’s a mistake on my part, that is up for discussion with everyone else. That’s just the way I do it. I’m not a doctor so I’m never going to sit here and try to explain something to you guys that I have no clue about. The only thing I can tell you is, when the doctor tells me how long he’s out, I will tell you. I just know it’s that part of your body that is injured or something goes wrong. I hope that you can appreciate that. I’m sorry that I am that way if it offends anyone and I can’t give you more information. But that’s the way I’ve dealt with injuries my whole life as a coach and a player.”

In other words Marrone focus is the players on the field and doesn’t go out seeking doctors. Marrone lets the doctors do their job and come to him when they are done.

On Tuesday there was still no word on Williams yet. So, following practice Marrone was asked if he heard anything which he replied with that he wasn’t in contact with anyone. Right there I knew that should have been the end of the conversation and Bills reporters would set him off if they kept asking about it.

Of course they tried, and the set off Marrone who gave the reporter an earful, which wasn’t in the transcript released by the team, according to ProFootballTalk.

“I’m going to say this. I want to say something, and then I’ll let you say your piece so we’re all on the same page,” Marrone said. “I’m a straight shooter. You could ask anyone that’s ever known me from when I was a kid. I’m shooting you straight, OK? I understand you have a job to do. I have an appreciation for it. . . .I get frustrated, honestly, when it gets to a point where I feel like I’ve tried to explain myself and how I handle the injuries, and I’ve answered the questions, and you keep coming at me, all right?

The thing is, reporters intentionally set off head coaches and players. The reason is that they let things slip out when they get aggravated. The problem here is that they tried on Monday and came up empty.

So, its head scratching why reporters would try it again the next day, but there is another point that was made by ProFootballtalk on the incident. That is, Marrone is already getting rattled early in training camp in a market that doesn’t get a lot of pressure from the media.

So, watch out football fans as Bills reporters setting of Marrone is only the first in what should be a long line of outbursts.

(op-ed)

Written by:  Paul Kasprzak

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