ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.-Bills head coach Doug Marrone made it perfectly clear Monday afternoon that he is responsible for the performance of the Buffalo Bills.
Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh the Bills were dominated by the Steelers in every phase of the game. A Pittsburgh team that hardly resembles recent powerhouse teams handed the Bills a 23-10 setback.
Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel returned to the Bills lineup and turned in what most people would call his worst performance of the season. Marrone said it was up to him as the head coach to get EJ back on track and the team turned around.
"It has to be me. That's the one thing about leadership. I could easily come out here and go with the same lines. We didn't make the plays, this is what we were on third downs, this is where we, I could come out here and talk to you about all the coach stuff and you can have all the statistics you want. You can write a lot of things about those statistics. Really at the end of the day when you win, when you get over the hump, it is about leadership. I'm telling you right now, I promise you as I stand here; I've been through this before. I know we don't like it, I know that feeling. It's very easy for myself; I can easily go home after a game like that and find ways to take myself to a different place. Meaning that it's not going to hurt as much, but I don't do that. I make it hurt in my stomach, I sue that as motivation to get myself to go. I realize that through times like this, no matter how you look at history and what you see, it always goes back to the leadership. Now we can talk about plays and we can talk about schemes all you want. That's not what this is about. This about making sure we're accountable and being a leader. That's the one thing I can promise you. I will be able to take the coaches, take this team, and take this organization to where we want to go. Is it going to be as fast as people want? No. Will it ever be as fast as people want? Probably not. But is that our goal? Absolutely. Absolutely. To think, and I want to make sure we're clear, do I have feel like I have time to turn this thing around? Hell no. Hell no. I know I have to turn this thing around now, today in what we do. So let's make sure we're all on the same page here. I understand this, it's my responsibility. You know what? This is what I love. I love it. I want to be in this position. I love this part of what we do. What we choose to do because a the same time it would be so easy for me to stand up here and say, 'Well third down, red zone, this and that,' it would be so easy for me not to be in this profession, to sit on the outside and say, 'They should be doing this and they should be doing that.' That's what separates me from the normal person. That's what separates me from the fans. That's what separates me from people in my job because I understand my responsibility. I would much rather be in the position I am in to lead this team, than to be on the sideline. I'd rather be in this position as a head coach than to be the assistant coach. I'd much rather be in this position I'm in now than to be the player. I'm excited about what I have to get done and I'm ready to do it. I've been trying to do it the whole time, but I have to do a better job of it."