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Bills Coach Frustrated With To Fights


Doug MarroneHead coach of the Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone, has had enough of his players fighting. After a large skirmish towards the end of Wednesday’s practice, a series of small tussles littered the beginning the beginning Thursday’s practice.

Marrone had enough, he whistled the players apart, lined them up, and unleashed at his players for fighting, trying to get the point across that fighting doesn’t help anything.

At one point while Marrone was chewing out his players, defensive end Jerry Hughes appeared to talk back to his coach. Marrone, was not in the mood, and after berating Hughes, questioning his desire to remain a part of the team, the team ran sprints across the field in an apparent disciplinary action.

As the players ran, Marrone considered his verbal assault, watching Hughes the whole time. When players complained of the running, Marrones response was simple:

“Why can’t you handle it as players?” Marrone yelled. He then motioned toward the locker room and said: “Do you want to play on this team?”

Afterwards, Marrone said his comments were directed at the team as a whole, not simply focused on Hughes.

“That’s directed at anyone who doesn’t want to be part of the team,” Marrone said. “I told Jerry that I love the way he practices and I love the way he plays special teams and how he goes about it. And we’ve got to get some other guys who are starters to do that.”

Thursday’s practice was the Bills final practice at the Bills training camp facility. The team has 2 more walkthroughs to do before the team heads to Orchard Park on Saturday for their preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Marrone believes, firmly, that there isn’t a place in the game for fighting. That the act of fighting shows disrepect toward other players, coaches, and the game itself.

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