It what can only be called a most unprofessional move, former Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone reportedly sent a mass email to his players announcing that he was exercising an opt-out in his contract and leaving the club.
“Any time you get a text message saying that it’s happening, you feel like you got punched in the stomach,” RB Fred Jackson said during his weekly appearance on WGR 550 in Buffalo. “I mean, stuff could have been handled different. We don’t … we all weren’t in the room and understand what went down.”
“It’s the unfortunate part of the business,” Jackson continued. “Everybody makes decisions that best suits them. For us, we’re not going to dwell on what he decided to do.”
The search now begins for a new coach to lead the team into the future. The Bills finished with a 9-7 record, good enough for 2nd in the AFC North.
Running Back Fred Jackson admits he is “old” but that did not stop the 33-year old from averaging 7 carries for 61 yards which translates to an 8.7 yards per carry…pretty heady stuff until you get to his counterpart, Anthony Dixon who carried the ball five times for 60 yards or a 12.0 yards per carry in a 23-20 Overtime win.
Before the game, quarterback E.J. Manuel asked for the floor.
“He told (offensive coordinator Nathaniel) Hackett, ‘Hold on, I got something to say,'” wide receiver Robert Woods said of Manuel, per ESPN.com’s Mike Rodak. “And he stood up in front of the whole offense. Had everyone’s ears about five minutes. Shut the whole meeting down pretty much. There was nothing else that needed to be said after he spoke.”
His teammates went out and did the rest, taking a very good Bears team into overtime and eventually defeating them. WR Robert Woods averaged 19.5 yards a catch on four receptions for 78 yards. All in all, it was a good victory and start for the team.
“It’s so difficult to win on the road in this league, especially on opening day I think it’s even tougher,” Head Coach Doug Marrone said. “I’m proud of them. It was different, I’m not going to lie to you. It was different in that locker room before the game.”
The Bills open the season at home this weekend against the Miami Dolphins, who are coming off an upset victory over the New England Patriots. Plenty of great seats and cheap tickets are still available. Be sure to get yours now and cheer on your Buffalo Bills!
The Miami Dolphins were hoping to end their losing streak at two games but the Buffalo Bills had intentions of their own and in a battle of wills, the Bills walked away Miami Gardens with a 23-21 victory.
Guided by RB Fred Jackson who had 36 yards and a TD on 11 carries to go along with four receptions for 49 yards, the Bills held the Dolphins scoreless in the first and fourth quarters. This game was especially sweet for Jackson, who broke his leg here in November of 2011.
“Oh yeah, I was motivated. That was something that ran through my mind yesterday. And I wanted to be out there.”
The team expect Jackson to be suited up and ready when the Saints come calling this weekend.
“He’s got a lot of heart. He’s one of those guys who’s a natural leader,” guard Kraig Urbik said. “When we need a little pick up or need a little extra, he’s always the guy to provide it. He’s one of those guys that we always rally behind.”
Great seats and tickets are still available for the Bills/Saints match up.