Thursday, August 21, 2014
Marrone stops practice after scuffle
By Mike Rodak
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- At some point, enough was enough.
Following an intense fight near the end of Wednesday's practice, a few small scuffles broke out early in the Buffalo Bills' morning practice Thursday. Coach Doug Marrone quickly put an end to it.
Marrone lined players up on one sideline and ripped into them for fighting. At one point, defensive end Jerry Hughes talked back to Marrone, leading to more shouting from Marrone in Hughes' direction, questioning him about whether he wanted to stay on the team.
Players then ran sprints across the field in an apparent act of discipline.
After practice, Marrone said the fire was directed at all players, not just Hughes.
"No, that was directed to anyone that doesn't want to be a part of the team," Marrone said.
Marrone spent time with the defensive line group immediately after practice ended. He said that any discipline would be handled in-house.
"I'm going to say it again, and I'm not going to answer another question on it: We're responsible for the integrity of the game," Marrone said, with an increasingly stern tone, following practice. "Can you figure it out? Figure it out. We're responsible for the integrity of the game.
"There is no use for fighting in the game of football. Period. End of discussion. Move on."