February 22, 2013 - 12:22 PM
By Tim Graham
-- Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone has spent the past seven weeks
evaluating his players, but he's still not ready to share much information
about what his team will look like in 2013.
Marrone, meeting with reporters today at the NFL scouting
combine in Lucas Oil Stadium, still is reluctant to divulge any details of
significance because he said, "I really believe in face-to-face and being able to reach out or smell the breath or touch somebody" before he reaches any conclusions.
"It's not that I'm trying to put anyone off,"
Marrone said. "Watching the tape's just a part of the process. If I was
going to talk about evaluation of a player, I would do it right in front of him
"I'm not going to be able to do that when the players
report. What I'm going to have to do is be able to build a foundation of our
three systems of offense, defense and special teams and start working with
those players on the field. And then, even when they're on the field, you're in
shorts and T-shirts and football's a contact game.
"It's not as easy as watching the tape and saying,
'Let's go.' You want to watch them play football in the [systems] you do."
Marrone has drawn up the team's offseason workout schedule and
personally released it to reporters.
- • Voluntary offseason conditioning: April 2-5; April 8-11; April
22-25; April 29-May 2; May 6-9.
- • Voluntary veteran minicamp: April 16-18
- • Voluntary workouts (organized team activities): May 13-15; May
20-21; May 23; May 28-31.
- • Mandatory minicamp: June 11-13.
The collective-bargaining agreement allows the Bills to hold extra voluntary workouts for veteran players because they
have a new head coach.
"You get a couple of extra days to go out there and run
around a little bit," Marrone said. "I think it helps. We're about 80
percent done offensively and defensively on our cut-ups, on our playbooks and
all the things that we need to make sure that we're prepared for when our
players come in.
"Yes, it's a little bit better that we're able to be on
the field a little bit, but also we have a foundation to teach schematically in
all three phases."