Sunday, November 17, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills
By Mike Rodak
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Observed in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 37-14 win over the New York Jets:
Hackett moves to sideline: After spending the first 10 games of the season in the coaches' booth, offensive coordinator Nate Hackett was instead stationed on the sideline for Sunday's game. "We made a decision during the week that we thought it would be better for the quarterback to have Nate down there," coach Doug Marrone said after the game. "With a young quarterback ... just to be down there it's a different sense. Those guys talk to each other all during the week, they talk to each other all during practice, [so] there's a little bit of separation when [Hackett] was [upstairs]." Marrone said Hackett will remain on the sideline for the rest of the season.
Bills brush off Jets' Saturday night plans: Upon arriving in Buffalo on Saturday, the Jets reportedly skipped team meetings to make a trip to Dave & Busters, a restaurant and arcade facility. Head coach Doug Marrone said after the game that he was aware of the report but "did not use it as motivation." Bills safety Jim Leonhard, who played three seasons with the Jets, also said he read the report and that Marrone "mentioned something afterwards" about it. But like with Marrone, it wasn't a hot topic among players in the locker room. "It didn't matter. We needed to win so bad, it didn't matter what they did. We needed to come and bring the energy, and I thought that was the difference in the game," Leonhard said. "It had nothing to do with their activities last night."
Spiller instructed to confront O-line: Rushing 13 times for just 6 yards, running back C.J. Spiller called his performance "terrible." Marrone placed blame on the offensive line, telling reporters that he instructed Spiller to confront the offensive line and "tell them you're pissed." Asked about Marrone's comments, Spiller said letting loose on his offensive line wouldn't be the wisest move. "If I go over there and yell at my guys, y'all are going to blow it up and say [I'm] frustrated," he explained.