Sunday, October 27, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills
By Mike Rodak
NEW ORLEANS -- Observed in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 35-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints:
Goodwin has elbow injury: One late-game injury that flew under the radar: Rookie wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was carted off in the fourth quarter with what the team said is an elbow injury. Doctors spoke after the game with Goodwin, who dressed himself with just his right arm. Goodwin was the last player to leave the locker room after the game, and his status going forward remains unclear. Goodwin had three catches for 56 yards in the loss.
Marrone to review challenge procedure: Bills head coach Doug Marrone challenged two ball spots in the second half and lost both. He falls to 0-for-3 on the season for his challenges. Prior to Sunday, the Bills were just one of six teams not to have won a challenge. Marrone said after the game that he needs to change how he decides to challenge a play. "I have to do a better job of changing the process of our challenges," he said. "We haven't been successful in that. If we keep it the same, how do I expect that to change? We'll look into that. ... It's my fault. Period. I am the head coach."
Robey downplays officiating: In addition to Marrone's two challenges, there were a fair share of close calls made against each team Sunday. The home crowd, for example, let the officials hear it after two roughing-the-passer calls against the Saints late in the third quarter, helping lead to a Bills touchdown. But Bills rookie cornerback Nickell Robey said he didn't have any qualms with other penalties that fell against Buffalo. "The refs let us play today," Robey said. "I wouldn't put anything on the refs. They let us play aggressive, they let us play hard. No knock on them today. We just have to come out and finish."