Doug Marrone - Wednesday, November 21, 2018

(On if removing Malik Jackson from the starting lineup was a bye week adjustment) "What it was is we were trying to produce more pass rush. That is one of the things we talked about. On these normal downs, people were double teaming us and wearing us down, so we figured if they are going to keep running the football and do that, let's put two bigger guys in there and get Malik more snaps, more production in the passing game, try to increase the passing game. If you look at the snaps his snaps went down about seven. He had 33 snaps and he has been averaging about 42 a game when you look at it. Hopefully, depending on how the game goes, it could be more."

(On if it was a football decision rather than disciplinary) "Yes."

(On if he watched the Monday Night Football game) "No, I didn't. I heard about it."

(On his comfort level with the philosophy of the organization of running the ball and playing stout defense) "I am confident. I can only speak for myself though. I think what you are seeing now is a big push of what everyone likes. Everyone likes going out there and scoring and doing a bunch of things. At the end of the day you have to do the best you can to win. Trying to win has always been my philosophy. It serves a good purpose. It is something I believe in. It is kind of hard to switch. That doesn't mean because you have that philosophy that you cannot score points. That is the one thing we are not doing now and now the philosophy looks not good if you aren't scoring points. If you are running the football and your play action pass, you have explosive plays, you play good defense, you are holding the ball more, you are not creating penalties and you are playing sound football. It is pretty good. I think it is more consistent."

(On A.J. Cann's status) "I think, yes. I think we will have him back. I don't know for sure. I think it will be questionable. We are going to rest him. He played a lot. Anti-inflammatories and see how he feels. I think he will. I have been giving him a lot of crap."

(On Coach Coughlin saying the injuries this year were an abomination) "I can't go there. I didn't hear it, and I can't speak for Coach Coughlin."

(On if the season derailed because of numerous injuries) "It is always tough. I am the head coach, so I am not going to go there. My job is to win games. Injuries are part of it as drastic as it may be. I am not going to be that guy. I have to do a better job, like I have said before. I am going to take responsibility for what I have to do and at the end of the day I can live with that. Not only are you a head coach, and I say this all the time, because it is obviously a tough time for my family, but I also want to be a great example for my family. You are put in a leadership role. You have to take responsibility. It is very easy to look at it and point fingers or say things and make excuses. The best part of being a head coach is the job is so clearly defined. More than any other job in an organization. It is defined by winning games. When you are not, you are not doing your job. When you do, you have done a good job. Don't sit there too long and gloat. You have to get on to the next one because you have to keep playing. A lot of times in situations like this, I am encouraged to be a good leader, find the answers and find the solutions. A lot of times for me personally, because I want to make sure I am a good example for my children, so when they get into tough times they know how to handle it. I think you guys understand that you can't be like that with your team or else everything would come down. When you look at the inspiration, for me, that is what it is."

(On getting Ronnie Harrison more involved) "You make mistakes in that part of it. It is like a left tackle or a corner. Everyone is going to see it. Those guys work hard and train hard. If we feel someone can go in there and do a better job whether it be Ronnie, J-Dub [Jarrod Wilson] or Cody [Davis] with all the safeties we have then we would do that."

(On if it is difficult to run play-action plays without trusting your offensive line) "You are hoping the play action helps the protection. You are hoping that you get a little more time when you are playing the run and converting the pass. You have to do a good job of that. You are hoping that when you run the ball well in your play-action game you are going to get some big chunks out of it. If you are not running the ball then obviously your play-action game is going to be a little more difficult."

(On if expects to get booed in Buffalo) "Like I said, I am more focused on our team and doing a good job there. My memories are all good memories. These dark places that people talk about. When I say dark places, I am not talking about Buffalo. I am talking for anyone when people say whatever, say a paper you that you worked for and now you don't work for them anymore and you go back there. As you grow older and you get smarter and more wisdom, I look at that experience as being a good experience for me. People there were great, the fans, the organization, both owners, Mr. Wilson to Terry and Kim Pegula. For me, I go up there and someone pays to go into a stadium and wants to boo. That is fine. That doesn't bother me. Right now, that is what is happening at any stadium I go to. Because we are not winning."

(On games in Buffalo in November) "It is a difficult place to play. I know that. The fans are great. They are loud. That Bills Mafia is crazy. They are awesome. It has always been tough. I worked for the Jets for many years and we would always have to go up there. Then I worked in Buffalo. It looks like the weather is going to be pretty good for this time of the year. If it is not, then we will have to adjust and go. We have played in cold weather games. The irony of it is I think the coldest game we played was the Titans game in Tennessee last year. That was damn cold now. I am used to the cold. I am insulated very well this year."

(On if he uses the Wild Card race as motivation) "When you have lost this many games in a row, we are just focused on trying to win one game. This game right now. You can't focus on anything else. We have to do whatever we have to do to go win a game. That is what it comes down to."

(On if when he looks at the landscape of the NFL, the team seems like they aren't that far away from the second wild card spot) "I don't know. I haven't looked at that. My focus of motivation is just being a competitor and trying to win – not the motivation of, 'There is still this, there is still that.' Like I always say, as long as they keep score, I don't care if it's the preseason or not, you play the game to win. I think that's the way we were all brought up and that is what we need to continue to do outside of all the stuff that I say about being a pro and everything. I always think about. I take it from a very small step, from when you are young. Now for me, I might be playing stick ball in the back of the school yard. There are two guys versus two guys. You have a pitcher and one outfielder. That's how I grew up. You get a piece of tape, make the strike zone. Put a piece of tape down, that's where the pitch is from. You have all this – 'This is a single, this is a double.' Right? We have all done it. I played that just as hard as I've ever played any game that I got paid to do. That's the mentality I think of people that are competitors."

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