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Doug Marrone loves St. John Fisher, wants camp to last longer

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills boss Russ Brandon proclaimed this morning everything about how the club operates will be reviewed to maximize winning.

His comments on WGR pertained to playing regular-season games in Toronto, but Brandon also mentioned the Bills will re-evaluate their training-camp partnership with St. John Fisher College.

Bills coach Doug Marrone also would like the front office to reconsider St. John Fisher. He wants to stay longer.

"I'm a very firm believer, and I said this during the interview process, of going away for training camp," Marrone said. "I love it."

Marrone has experienced taking camp on the road twice in his NFL career, the summer Hurricane Katrina chased the New Orleans Saints to Jackson, Miss., and again this year in Pittsford.

"I did think we got everything we wanted out of that experience," Marrone said. "I liked staying there. If anything, I'd like to stay there longer, to be honest with you. ... I like staying away as long as possible."

The Bills opened camp July 28 and left the St. John Fisher campus Aug. 21, three days before the third preseason game.

Marrone didn't have much to say about Brandon's comments on Toronto.

"My job is to win football games, whether it's at home, in Toronto, on the road, whatever we have to do," Marrone said. "That's my focus. My focus goes outside of that ... what I believe in my core, then I'm not doing my job.

"I've got to get this team ready. We have to play better. We're not consistent."


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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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