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Doug Marrone says Bills should simplify offense for EJ Manuel

By Tim Graham

TAMPA, Fla. -- At a time when Buffalo Bills fans hoped they'd know more about rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, coach Doug Marrone delivered some sobering news.

Marrone said after Sunday's comprehensive, 27-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it probably was time to simplify the offense for Manuel.

"We've been giving him more and more, and now it's a point where you have to re-evaluate that," Marrone said outside the visitors' locker room in Raymond James Stadium. "We've been going fast with his progression, and now we just have to look at it and get him started again.

"It's not starting over. Don't get me wrong. We've got to look to see what we can do and probably cut down on what we're doing."

Manuel had his worst game as a pro. The first-round draft choice from Florida State was 18 of 33 for 184 yards and no touchdowns with four interceptions. He was sacked seven times.

"A disappointing day in my performance," Manuel said. "It starts with me, especially on offense. I'm the quarterback. I'm the leader. These guys feed off of me, and I was supposed to be facilitating the ball to these guys.

"I didn't do a good job today, plain and simple. Got to get better, plain and simple."


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