Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone stopped practice on Thursday to yell at his players for constant fighting and post-whistle jawing and shoving during practice.
Marrone lined his players up on the sideline Thursday and ripped them which led to defensive end Jerry Hughes talking back at Marrone which led to Marrone asking if Hughes wanted to stay on the team. Marrone then made his team runs sprints as an act of discipline.
The Bills have had numerous incidents during practice when training camp began July 20 according to ESPN.com. The most intense fight came at practice on Wednesday as rookie defensive end Bryan Johnson ripped off the helmet of center Eric Wood and then punched him several times.
Marrone was the head coach for Syracuse before joining the Bills in 2013 and says that fighting has no place in football and that it’s disrespectful to the game.
“Figure it out. We’re responsible for the integrity of the game,” Marrone said according to ESPN.com. “There is no use for fighting in the game of football. Period. End of discussion.”
The Buffalo Bills haven’t had a winning season since 2004 and haven’t been to the playoffs since 1999. Buffalo went to the Super Bowl four times in four season 1990-1993 and lost all four.
Buffalo hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aug. 23 in their final preseason matchup. The Bills are 1-2 so far.