Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone told reporters that he is not thinking about getting backup QB E.J. Manuel on the field. Marrone went so far as to say that he is sticking with QB Kyle Orton, even if they team is eliminated from playoff contention.
“No, not for me“, Marrone answered via Mike Rodak of ESPN, when asked if playoff elimination would change his opinion of the quarterback situation.
Marrone’s exchange with reporters went on with the coach stressing that Kyle Orton gives the team the best chance to win, and he will play the quarterback that does so each week.
It bears mentioning that Marrone did not completely rule out a change however, particularly if Buffalo loses this weekend.
Orton was signed to a two-year $11 million deal, and is scheduled to earn a base salary of $5.4 million next season.
Marrone was criticized by some for having a quick trigger with Manuel earlier this season. If Buffalo is eliminated from contention however, it would make sense for the team to give him an opportunity, albeit a brief one.
Manuel and Marrone joined the Bills organization at the same time, and it may end up that their fortunes become tied to an extent.