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Buffalo Bills News - September 30, 2014

Marker Bills Move On From Manuel [12:01 PM]
Bills Daily reports: So I’m at a loss to explain why there is so much joy in Bills Nation today. Manuel may not be under center on Sunday but his failure, and the failure of the organization, should be a point of great hand-wringing. In the end I think Buffalo may salvage a 6 or 7 win season, but the cost for such mediocrity will be exorbitant - a first round pick in Manuel, 2 first round picks in Watkins, $5 million a year for 2 years of Orton. I’m not cheering this move, I’m crying – after so many years of football hardship it’s hard to believe there are any tears left. Is it too early to start worrying about backup quarterback?

Marker Football is king; no surprise Orton gets call [11:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In short, for all the justified criticism of Manuel, there was plenty of blame to go around for Buffalo’s offense. Now it’s Orton’s team, but he inherits the same line ... and offensive coordinator.'

Marker Marrone turns to Orton as Bills’ QB [11:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move is a shocking departure from the team’s “all-in” approach with Manuel, their 2013 first-round draft pick who has a career record of 6-8 as a starter.''

Marker Jackson stands behind coach’s decision [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a decision that was made, and one that we just have to go out there and make it the right decision,” Jackson said before appearing on Monday’s episode of “The Fred Jackson Show” on WBBZ-TV. “Everybody’s got to continue to work. We’ve got to make everything as smooth a transition for Kyle as we can.”'

Marker Benching proves EJ can’t cut it [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s a wonder that Doug Marrone’s nose didn’t grow after Sunday’s loss in Houston when he said he hadn’t considered using Orton in that game. It’s clear that using Orton has been on the table for some time. It was a consideration when they brought him in at the end of camp and paid him a $5 million salary.'

Marker Bills’ record looks better than they do [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This 2-2 feels pretty dire, though, and Doug Marrone confirmed as much Monday when he announced that EJ Manuel is heading to the bench in favor of Kyle Orton. We’re only at the quarter pole of the NFL season, but the Bills are already facing a tough road if they hope to end their postseason drought. Upon Further Review, Sunday’s loss certainly didn’t help in that seemingly neverending quest.'

Marker Marrone needed to make QB move now [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You have to wonder what took Marrone so long, because the tape has been showing exactly what Marrone saw on Monday pretty much from the moment Manuel showed up in 2013 as the first-round pick charged with becoming the Bills quarterback of the future.'

Marker Doug Marrone sticks his neck out on decision to start Kyle Orton over EJ Manuel [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Marrone is the one who has had to figure out a way to win games in spite of his quarterback play. Marrone is the one who has to stand in front of reporters almost every day and answer questions about how inadequate Manuel is playing, and he's the one who ultimately would have been out of a job had he stuck with Manuel too long.'

Marker Can Kyle Orton take the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs in 2014? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Absolutely," Marrone said. "I believe that we have a playoff-caliber team. I think that we have to play better than we did the last two weeks, though."'

Marker Mario Williams has odd homecoming, and 7 things we learned in Buffalo Bills' loss to Houston Texans [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams was in and out of the locker room before reporters could talk to him. He didn't have a chance to say what the return meant or didn't mean to him. Maybe it took until then for Williams to feel the frustration of the loss. Maybe he was in a hurry to say hello to old friends, or maybe the game really didn't mean anything extra to the star defensive end, who finished the game with three quarterback hurries and had a sack called back by a penalty.'

Marker Kyle Orton will replace EJ Manuel as Buffalo Bills starting quarterback, Doug Marrone announces [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Asked after Sunday's game if he was tempted to insert Orton into the game against the Texans, Marrone said, "No, not at all.”'

Marker Four reasons why Buffalo Bills benching E.J. Manuel for Kyle Orton is a bad move [1:51 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'The Bills are giving up on Manuel four games into his second season and after his 14th NFL start. He hasn't even played a full season yet as Bills quarterback, yet the coaching staff believes it's time to give Kyle Orton a chance.'

Marker The EJ Manuel era is on hold in Buffalo [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“When you go to bed at night you have to make sure that you’re making the best decisions to help our football team win,” said Marrone, deviating from his plan to stick with Manuel through the inevitable sophomore blues. After another bumptious outing against Houston, it was evident the Bills would face another season without the playoffs if it didn’t make a change.'

Marker Bills couldn't wait for EJ Manuel to develop [1:49 AM]
USA Today reports: 'All that's certain now is Orton will be under center against the Lions, Manuel will be on the sideline and Marrone better hope the gambit pays off, or the chances will go up quickly that he pays with his job.'

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.'

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