The Buffalo Bills‘ new head coach Doug Marrone has made it clear from the very beginning of his tenure that every single player on the Bills roster needs to earn their spot. He is a coach that values results over everything else, and holds his players accountable. From the banners that now hang in Buffalo’s locker room that read, “Don’t confuse effort with results,” to his insistence on open competitions at every position, Marrone has remained consistent in his philosophy.
That philosophy is geared towards putting the Bills in the best position to win by ensuring that only the very best players start and making sure that those players earn their role every step of the way. That has certainly been true of the Bills’ quarterback competition. Although selecting a quarterback in the first round of today’s NFL essentially implies that they will be an immediate starter, Marrone has been true to his word. Thus far, veteran journeyman Kevin Kolb is beating out incumbent rookie Erik James “EJ” Manuel for the position.
Marrone’s approach to building a team is effective insofar as it fosters competitiveness and a winning attitude at every level of the organization; something that the Bills have sorely lacked. In a recent sit-down interview with John Murphy of BuffaloBills.com, Marrone was asked about his goals heading into training camp. Marrone’s response should be a breath of fresh air to fans of the struggling franchise.
“For training camp? Putting together a team and learning how to win as a team. What’s the best formula for us to win as a team? To create the competition so that we don’t make any mistakes in personnel decisions and that the best players arrive to the top,” Marrone said. “The players truly make the decisions. The players are in more control than they think. They have a lot more part of the decision making process by how they go out there and play.”
Marrone might still be completely unproven as an NFL head coach, but he has the right attitude when it comes to building a winning team.