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Doug Marrone delivers new messages in field house

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone speaks to reporters on the first day of voluntary offseason workouts at Ralph Wilson Fieldhouse on Monday. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has done some re-decorating in the field house, sending the players some messages about the history of the franchise. The team now has four banners hanging at one end of the field house regognizing each of the four Super Bowl appearances. There are two big banners at the other end recognizing the two AFL championships. There also are a couple 20-foot-tall banners of the Vince Lombardi Trophy hanging behind the goal posts.

And there are some banners with the message: "Don't confuse effort with results."

That's a message reminicent of one of Bill Parcells' favorite lines: There are no medals for trying.

Marrone on his new banners:

"Obviously we've made some changes. Obviously, there was messaging around prior that we've just taken down. We're willing to build that messaging as we work together with the players. One thing about messaging and one thing about coaching is that everyone from an individual standpoint has to come from within. Just because someone tells you to do something doesn't necessarily mean you're going to do it with the passion and the energy you need to be successful. So working with the players, build the trust in them, build the organization together, build a team together is what I'm talking about. Once I get to know the players more and they get to know me better, then I think messaging and the behavior changes. I'm excited. I told them that today. I said I hope you're just as excited as I am."


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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