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Buffalo Bills News - September 30, 2014

Marker Bills bench struggling EJ Manuel in favor of Kyle Orton [1:48 AM]
USA Today reports: 'It was a precipitous fall for Manuel, whom the Bills drafted 16th overall in 2013 out of Florida State. He threw for 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions with a 77.7 rating in 10 games of an injury-riddled rookie season. The Bills are 6-8 with him at quarterback.'

Marker A look inside the benching of EJ Manuel [1:47 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'But from the inside -- and around the league -- it's believed that the switch had been anticipated well before the season even began.'

Marker Bills bench EJ Manuel; Kyle Orton to start vs. Lions [1:46 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"Kyle Orton is our starting QB right now. We need more overall production from that position," head coach Doug Marrone said, via the team's Twitter account. "We came in today, looked at the tape, and made a decision that gives us the best opportunity to win".

Marker Orton won't win games for Bills, but he won't lose them either [1:45 AM]
TSN reports: 'Orton is a highly experienced player that is similar to Alex Smith. You’re not going to win because of him, but you’re not going to lose because of him either. Against Houston, Manuel had three rookise to work with. Sammy Watkins of course but also Cyrus Kouandjio at guard and Seantrel Henderson at tackle. To start one rookie is a risk, to start three says we are building for the future. Orton will do a good job in Detroit come this Sunday but I still think Manuel is the future.'

Marker Bills bench quarterback Manuel, to start Orton [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Manuel got off to an encouraging start in helping the Bills open with two wins this year. The familiar troubles, however, popped up in Buffalo's past two losses.'

Marker Manuel benched, Orton to start for Bills [1:43 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 2013 first-round draft pick has thrown five touchdown passes and three picks in the first four games. He started 10 games as a rookie last season, passing for 1,972 yards and 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions.'

Marker Bills bench Manuel; Orton to start [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Manuel made a couple nice throws - the bomb to Williams was perfect, and his touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins was a laser at the goal-line where he read the coverage and delivered. However, both of those were first-read throws. Manuel's biggest problems come when that first read isn't there.'

Marker Marrone benches Manuel, Bills to start Orton Sunday [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It's not all EJ's fault, but we need to get better production, obviously, out of that position. We have to make adjustments. We've got to make some changes, because we can't keep going in the direction that we're going," Marrone remarked. "The one thing I've said before, and you guys have heard me, is you need to get better every week. And if we're not, the onus goes on me as the leader to make changes that can help our team win."'

Marker Time to prove it is now for Bills' Marrone [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'General manager Doug Whaley isn’t there with him, neither is Team President and CEO Russ Brandon and the same goes with the entire front office as well. Marrone stands alone after delivering a borderline defiant statement during his press conference to announce that Manuel had been benched for Kyle Orton.'

Marker So, what's next for EJ Manuel? [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Now, he has a tough road ahead of him. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be reported, things are going to come at him and he has to fight through this thing,” Marrone said. “If he fights through it, he’ll be fine. If he doesn’t then he’s not. That’s not any different than a lot of players that this happens to, it just becomes more magnified when it’s the quarterback position.”'

Marker Marrone makes QB switch, Kyle Orton to start Sunday [1:38 AM] reports: 'Marrone said he made the decision just after lunch on Monday after watching Sunday’s game tape twice, and informed General Manager Doug Whaley and his coaching staff after talking to Manuel. He said that the second-year quarterback handled the news like a professional. The head coach was quick to indicate that all of the offensive struggles should not be laid at EJ Manuel’s feet.'

Marker Marrone has faith in EJ Manuel's resolve [1:37 AM] reports: '“I think it’s a great opportunity for him to sit back now. Really look and go back,” He said. “We’ve got a lot on film. See the things that he has to work on and go ahead and work on it. So from that standpoint I think it’s more of the player and how he goes about his business. Or how he goes about correcting those issues and we’ll work with him.”'

Marker 12 fast facts from Sunday’s Bills-Texans game [1:36 AM] reports: 'The Bills defense accounted for three turnovers on Sunday and is now tied for third in the NFL with a 5 turnover margin.'

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September 29, 2014

Marker Mistake-prone Bills let winnable game get away [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whether it was receivers dropping passes, a quarterback missing throws, a line being overwhelmed by the game’s best defensive player, a coaching staff not being patient enough with a running game that was showing plenty of promise (how about only one rushing attempt on third down when the distance was often manageable?), miscommunication between the sidelines and the field leading to burned timeouts, questionable play calls in the passing game designed to gain yards in chips rather than chunks, false start and hands-to-the-face penalties … the Bills’ offense did it.'

Marker An emotional Watt imposes his will on Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So Watt approached his quarterback before the game and asked him, “Why don’t you give the speech to the team today?” Fitz was happy to oblige. He gave a roaring pep talk to the Texans in the huddle before kickoff, an emotional scene that was shown to the crowd in NRG Stadium.'

Marker Severity of injuries to Williams, Bradham await MRI results [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bradham was having the biggest game of his life. He also recorded his first career sack, made three tackles and had a pair of quarterback hits with two quarters to play.'

Marker Fitzpatrick rose to challenge from Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills came out throwing and seemed determined to find the bulk of their offensive success through short passes they hoped would turn into long gains. With the game as tight as it was for large portions, they needed to be more persistent with the run.'

Marker Watt, Hopkins set the tone [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Great players make great plays, but Bills QB EJ Manuel should have been more careful with a pass to the flat for Fred Jackson. Watt read it, held up his rush, picked off the pass and raced 80 yards for a TD early in the third quarter. EJ went to the right place with the ball, because Houston blitzed off the other side. But Watt batted down 15 passes in 2012 alone and seven more last year.'

Marker Crennel’s blitz schemes too much for Manuel [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Crennel sent five or more pass rushers at Manuel on 16 pass plays. Manuel went just 4 of 16 for 23 yards on those plays with one touchdown and two interceptions.'

Marker Quarterly Report [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What does Corey Graham have to do to get on the field? The Buffalo native has been the Bills’ best cornerback the first three weeks, but was on the sideline to start Sunday’s game in favor of Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore.'

Marker ‘D’ held its own while passing game stalled [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last week, the secondary looked confused. This week, it was the offense’s turn. The Bills were forced to use all of their first-half timeouts to avoid delay-of-game penalties. The Bills could’ve used a couple when they got the ball back 57 seconds before halftime. Doug Marrone won a challenge in the first half.'

Marker Five things to know about the Detroit Lions [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They’ve been doing just fine without Jim Schwartz.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fall to Houston Texans [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Manuel fell to 6-8 as a starter, and he completed just 21 of 44 passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Even with an 80-yard scoring pass to Mike Williams, his numbers were pedestrian.'

Marker So much for that 2-0 start [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was foolhardy to think it when they were 2-0, and now it shouldn't even be a topic of discussion. There are too many flaws on offense, and the biggest one is the inconsistency of the quarterback. Manuel had another game where you just rub your eyes and wonder why he didn't complete this pass or that pass.'

Marker Report card [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Houston is a very ordinary 3-1 team and the Bills, if they believe they can be a playoff team, just can't lose this game. But as is so often the case, they found a way. Team is now 0-11 under Doug Marrone when it trails by 10 or more points at some time.'

Marker Bills, Manuel quiet their 'defenders' [1:47 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If you’re wondering how Buffalo beat the Bears in Chicago to open the season ... me too.'

Marker J.J. Watt's pick-six key in Buffalo's 23-17 loss [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills had the ball at the Texans' 12-yard line early in the second half, looking to increase their 10-7 lead. But on third-and-3, Watt intercepted a pass and took it 80 yards for a pick-six.'

Marker EJ Manuel rattled on field and in locker room after Buffalo Bills' Week 4 loss to Houston Texans [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"For my confidence, it's a matter of learning, continuing to learn," Manuel said. "Understand that you can't walk around with your tail between your legs. Be a man. It is what it is. We lost a game. We didn't play as well as we wanted to."'

Marker Ryan Fitzpatrick gives passionate pregame speech before Texans beat Buffalo Bills in Week 4 [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It was really important to me," Fitzpatrick said after the game. "Part of it was just because I spent four years of my life there raising my family. Buffalo means a lot to me, not only as a player and my interactions with the fans, but as a family guy and a member of the community and all that."'

Marker EJ Manuel, other Buffalo Bills talk about J.J. Watt's dominant performance [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He wasn't in my head. J.J.'s a great player and we knew coming in that he was going to have his opportunities to make plays and get in the backfield as much as he could, but he wasn't in my head."'

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