Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone was a guest on WGR 550’s The John Murphy Show this past Thursday night, and with OTAs and mini-camps all wrapped up, topic number one was the quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb, and first round draft pick E.J. Manuel, which, according to Marrone, is a dead heat.
Said Marrone (via BuffaloBills.com)…
“Yeah, I look at it that way,” Marrone told Murphy. “Kevin is a little bit more experienced going into this situation. In this minicamp, obviously we were able to even out the reps. Earlier on, EJ wasn’t getting as much, but had gotten probably more than most people. I think that we had to make some decisions to go in, with going to camp with three quarterbacks now and giving them the majority of the reps. It’ll be interesting for all of us to see.
“When you give players all those reps, it’s a position that everyone’s watching – not just the media, not just the coaches, but the also whole football team,” Marrone continued. “I think at the end of the day, when it separates itself and the decision’s made, everyone’s on board with that – meaning that everyone has seen the separation… It’s more important for me that the team knows, and they agree with, this is the best player not just at the quarterback position, but every position.”
When pressed by Murphy on whether or not he had a timetable in place regarding naming his starting QB, Marrone had this to say…
“I really don’t. Obviously for me as a coach, the earlier it can get done, the better… but again, if you make decisions early and no one can see those decisions with the team, you wind up hurting your football team. I’m hoping the decision and the timeline really relies on the players that are in competition. They have to separate themselves – and when you give people enough reps, they will separate. At what point? I don’t know.”
Providing things work out with E.J. Manuel the way the Bills organization has planned, this should be the one and only year that coach Marrone has to worry about who his starting quarterback will be when the season starts.
[H/T to Buffalo Rumblings]