Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone during the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - A rough day for rookie quarterback EJ Manuel as he was sacked eight times and was off-target all day with his passing. Coach Doug Marrone says that the failure of his team to establish a running game early put extra pressure on the pass game.
"At the end of the day we weren't able to go out and make that play to get us over the hump, and they (The Jets) did. Credit to them, they went out and made plays and ended up winning."
Marrone stopped short of criticizing his young quarterback. "I have really, really high expectations for him, I say it all the time. So, all of us, we're continuing to get better. They're a good defense."
Marrone went on to say that this was a matter of players just not making plays.
When asked if they couldn't come up with answers to the Rex Ryan defense, Marrone replied, "There were answers to it, we said before the game we were going to have to make some big plays. They force you to, and we weren't able to do that."
Injuries also took their toll, particularly on the Bills' secondary.
With Sethpon Gilmore already out, defensive back Leodis McKelvin left the game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. His replacement, Justin Rogers was beaten for two touchdown receptions by Santonio Holmes.
Marrone said again, it was not just Rogers, but a number of players not making the plays they needed to. "When they bring the pressure, we block them up and go one on one. We just didn't make the plays."
Final score, Jets 27 - Bills 20.