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Doug Marrone: Private workouts take teams below the surface

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has been traveling the country with the team's executives scouting the top quarterbacks in this month's NFL Draft.

What is the benefit of the workouts?

"I think there’s something that's under the water," Marron said. "In other words, what motivates that person? OK? What are the strategic tactics of that person of how he works and how he does things? Those are things you have to find out.

"My thing is I always want to know the motivation, what they're seeing, why they're doing it, what's important to them. With the quarterback position, that's why this extra time and doing our due diligence, we're finding a lot more about what's underneath the water than what's on there. I think at the end of the day, what weighs, if you were gonna weigh all the things that they do, I think you’re weighing what they do on the field more.

"In the private workouts you get to look at what you're not sure about that you saw on tape. Make sense? In other words, was that right? Let's see why. So you get a private workout and you can do those things. … You want to see things that you might not see enough of on tape. You got a private workout you can see it. That's one thing that's a big advantage. When you're one on one with them, you can find out what motivates them, what their work ethic is. You want to hear it from them rather than hearing it from somebody else."

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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

Mark Gaughan

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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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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