Marrone: Must keep Manuel, team healthy

INDIANAPOLIS, IN- With one year under his NFL head coaching belt, Doug Marrone has a better understanding of his team.

The Buffalo Bills head coach had his fair share of adversity in year one and most of it was injury related - EJ Manuel, C.J. Spiller, Stevie Johnson, the list goes on and on.

The 2014 Bills offseason was highlighted by the departure of defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and the arrival of new DC Jim Schwartz.

Marrone addressed a handful of these topics on day one of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. However, team health plagued the 2013 season.

A year ago, the Buffalo Bills were in the middle of grading quarterback prospects, hoping to find the next franchise QB.

As we now know, the Bills selected EJ Manuel in the first round. But, Manuel's rookie year was low-lighted by three separate knee injuries suffered between August and December.

C.J. Spiller (ankle) and Stevie Johnson (back) were among those who also missed time with nagging injuries.

When Buffalo's playmakers were not on the field, the offense had even more trouble moving the ball.

Health has to be one of the priorities heading into the 2014 season.


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