More fights have broke out during Buffalo Bills practice much to the fury of head coach Doug Marrone.
An initial brawl began on Wednesday during practice and Marrone was furious with players telling them he did not want to see that happen again, obviously the Bills roster was not listening to their head coach.
Marrone was not pleased when fighting reared its ugly head for a second practice in a row and the coach erupted on his players after their dismal behaviour.
Backchat to the Head Coach
Not only was he angered by the constant brawling between teammates but defensive end Jerry Hughes provoked Marrone further when he yelled something back and his coach began to rant profanity at Hughes before questioning him: "Do you want to play on this team?"
Marrone also told Hughes: "If you’ve got a problem with me, you need to come and tell me.” The two also spoke with one another after practice before Marrone later admitted that Hughes wasn’t the only player he was disappointed with.
He continued: "That’s directed at anyone who doesn’t want to be part of the team, I told Jerry that I love the way he practices and I love the way he plays special teams and how he goes about it. And we’ve got to get some other guys who are starters to do that.”
Fighting a good thing?
If you have been keeping up with the current Hard Knocks series, documenting the behind the scenes footage of an NFL team, this season the Atlanta Falcons, you will notice that fighting in practice can be part and parcel of a competitive football squad.
Some coaches encourage the physical behaviour and can let the occasional brawl slide within a driven unit but the unruly nature of the fights breaking out in Buffalo is too much for coach Marrone.
The 50-year-old said via ESPN: "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, 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.”
There doesn't seem to be a peaceful atmosphere surrounding the Bills camp and things will need to shape up quickly as the regular season of the NFL draws ever nearer.
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