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November 11, 2013

Bills coach Marrone upset over team's latest dud

ORCHARD PARK — Dejected one week, blunt the next.

Concerned by the Buffalo Bills showing signs of regressing, coach Doug Marrone on Monday said it was on him to get his young team pointed in the right direction. And fast.

Calling the Bills' latest outing unacceptable, Marrone pulled few punches in challenging himself, his staff and players to take responsibility during a wide-ranging and oft-times blunt 23-plus minute session with reporters a day after a 23-10 loss at Pittsburgh.

"I want to make sure we're clear, do I feel like I have time to turn this thing around? Hell no. Hell no," Marrone said. "I know I have to turn this thing around now, today, in what we do. So let's make sure we're all on the same page here, and I understand this: It's my responsibility."

Marrone said he was not in a position to defend the Bills' performance, and held everyone accountable for the team's biggest dud of the season.

"I asked each player and coach and myself, 'Did we do what we needed to so to win that game yesterday?' And obviously, the answer is 'No,'" the first-year coach said. "At the end of the day, my job is to lead this team and this organization to winning. And I have to do a good job of that."

Marrone was assertive in delivering a message at a time when the Bills (3-7) are reeling. Buffalo has lost five of six, and prepares to host the AFC East rival New York Jets (5-4) on Sunday.

The slide has left Buffalo in jeopardy of extending the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 seasons, and has put the team two losses from stretching its string of losing seasons to nine.

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