Bills’ coach blows up on players at final camp practice

  • Associated Press August 21, 2014
Bills head coach Doug Marrone ended practice Thursday by making his team run sprints. - Associated Press

Bills coach Doug Marrone blew up at his players on Thursday, sending a message that he’s fed up with too many fights and post-whistle shoving matches during practice.

Marrone cleared the field during the middle of a team drill and ordered players to run sprints after several of them exchanged shoves. That included receiver Marquise Goodwin pushing down rookie cornerback Sam Miller from behind.

Marrone then directed his anger at starting defensive end Jerry Hughes on the sideline.

Looking directly at Hughes, Marrone used several profanities in telling the player to stop complaining.

“Why can’t you handle it as players?” Marrone yelled. He then motioned toward the locker room and said: “Do you want to play on this team?”

Once again looking at Hughes, Marrone said: “If you’ve got a problem with me, you need to come and tell me.”

Marrone spent a few minutes meeting with Hughes following practice.

Walking off the field, Hughes referred questions about what happened to Marrone, and added: “the head coach took care of it.”

Afterward, Marrone said his comments were directed at the team and not Hughes.

“That’s directed at anyone who doesn’t want to be part of the team,” Marrone said. “I told Jerry that I love the way he practices and I love the way he plays special teams and how he goes about it. And we’ve got to get some other guys who are starters to do that.”

Marrone’s blowup occurred on the final day of practice at the Bills’ training camp facility in suburban Rochester.

Irsay trial postponed: Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s trial on two misdemeanor charges stemming from a March traffic stop has been postponed for two months.

Irsay’s trial had been scheduled for next week, but Hamilton County court records show it’s been rescheduled for Oct. 30.

Irsay was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel after he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Officers said he had trouble reciting the alphabet and failed other field sobriety tests.

A police report said various prescription drugs were found in his vehicle, along with more than $29,000 in cash.

Irsay was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, when asked if the delay affects the timing on any potential discipline the league would hand out, said: “We do not believe it is constructive to discuss the timing of potential discipline.”

Cowboys linebacker’s career in jeopardy: The Dallas Cowboys said Thursday that linebacker DeVonte Holloman has a career-ending neck injury related to a spinal problem that kept him out almost half of his rookie season a year ago.

Coach Jason Garrett said Holloman was advised not to play again after doctor evaluations this week.

After missing the first two days of practice this week, the 23-year-old Holloman was on the field Thursday in his No. 57 jersey but didn’t appear in the locker room when it was open to reporters after Garrett’s announcement.

Garrett wouldn’t discuss details of the injury other than saying Holloman has been dealing with a neck issue “the last couple of weeks.” Holloman came out of last weekend’s preseason game against Baltimore midway through the fourth quarter because of the injury.


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