ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is still having difficulty coming to grips with how his team fumbled away a chance at victory.
Marrone on Monday lamented the Bills' continued inability to win close games a day after Buffalo turned over the ball on each of its final two possessions in a 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
First, receiver Stevie Johnson fumbled. Then, it was Scott Chandler's turn in overtime, with the tight end's turnover leading to Matt Bryant's 36-yard field goal. Marrone said at his weekly Monday press conference " I understand when those things are said and I hope you can appreciate from my standpoint and I think I mentioned this yesterday, how it always comes down and that will be the focal point of what happened. Yes, it's critical and I'm not going to sit here and deny that, but at the same sense, whether it be a veteran player or a rookie player or any player, I firmly believe and I've always said this that it is our responsibility who we put on that field. Whoever is not able to come up with that play or make that play or doesn't do what he should do is as disappointing if it's anyone. I don't think you say I'm more disappointed in him because he's a veteran player when it comes down to making those types of plays."
Buffalo (4-8) has lost four of five and is closing in on extending the NFL's longest active postseason drought to 14 seasons. The Bills have four games left, with three of them on the road starting with a trip to Tampa Bay (3-9) on Sunday.