By Jay Skurski
With the recent injuries to Kevin Kolb and EJ Manuel, there has been talk the Bills erred in releasing veteran Tarvaris Jackson earlier this season.
Coach Doug Marrone, however, has no regrets on how he structured the quarterback competition heading into his first training camp.
"Obviously that wasn’t in the plan of what happens," Marrone said of the injuries to Manuel and Kolb. "We went in with a plan to draft a quarterback, and this goes way back, this was the initial stages of where we were going to go with our numbers, that we were going to draft a quarterback and that we knew that we wanted to go to camp with three with the thought process being more playing time, better reps, more quality reps during that to try to get somebody ready to be the starting quarterback."
Marrone said that plan was on track -- evidenced by Manuel's performance in the preseason.
"Looking now through a Monday morning quarterback position, you look at it and you say, 'well now, hey, two quarterbacks are not participating in practice.' Everyone’s like, 'whoa, what’s going on?' But I look back and I’d still make the same decision because you don’t plan ... if you have to plan on injuries, you find yourself talking yourself out of so many situations and what you may do," he said.
In making the announcement that the team is planning on Jeff Tuel playing against the Patriots, Marrone also talked about Manuel's recovery from his minor knee surgery.
"We're working with EJ to get back as quickly as possible," the coach said. "The good part about it was [Sunday] he worked out on the field. He’s working back there, so he’s actually starting to move around now which is a good sign and then it’s just a matter of how he heals and he repairs and when he comes back he’ll be our quarterback."
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