The Buffalo Bills dropped another road game on Sunday when they got bulldozed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it starting to cause some tension behind the scenes in Buffalo. First year head coach Doug Marrone is in no danger of losing his job, but he’s starting to take precautions to make sure that he doesn’t have to field those questions next season due to the play of his starting quarterback.
After Sunday’s loss to the Bucs, Marrone said that he’s going to reevaluate what the team is doing with quarterback E.J. Manuel and plans on maybe dialing things back.
“I think we’ve been giving him more and more. Now it’s a point of where you have to re-evaluate that. He’s been going fast with his progression and now we just have to look at it and get him started again,” Marrone said. “It’s not starting over — don’t get me wrong — [but] we’ve got to look to see what we can do and probably cut down what we’re doing.”
This doesn’t mean that Manuel is in danger of losing the starting job, but Marrone stops short of admitting that he’s piling things on Manuel too early in the process. At times this season, the rookie has looked great but when he’s not playing at home he has been just awful. The 18-for-33 and 184 yard day that Manuel had against a suspect Buccaneers secondary seems to have been the final straw in Marrone’s mind when it comes to dialing back the offense for his quarterback.