Monday, December 9, 2013

Bills to 're-evaluate' approach with rookie Manuel


As Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel gets further and further into his rookie campaign, his coaches are filling his brain with expanded playbook content.

But after Manuel wrapped up the worst game of his young professional career -- a no-score, four-interception stinker at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday -- the Bills are re-thinking their approach.

"We’ve been giving him more and more and now it’s a point where you have to re-evaluate that," Bills coach Doug Marrone said, via "We’ve been going fast with his progression and now we just have to look at it and get him started again."

Marrone insisted that the team won't go back to square one with Manuel but that it needs to scale things back.

"It’s not starting over, don’t get me wrong," he said. "We’ve got to look to see what we can do and probably cut down on what we’re doing."

Manuel entered Sunday's season-killing (again) contest with nine touchdowns and just four interceptions. In a snap, he's now just a pick short of a .500 record in that category.

"The best thing after an interception, you want to come back and get another completion so you can kind of wash the interception out of your mind," Manuel said. "I think that’s just another thing to continue to get better at through my career and don’t let one mistake become two and three and four. You have to move on and continue to get better at it."

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