Doug Marrone: Bills run game must 'impose will' on defenses
updated 4:48 PM , February 20, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills ranked second in rushing last year.
Doug Marrone wasn't satisfied with that.
"We ran the ball well, but I consider running the ball well is when you want to run it you can impose your will and run it," Marrone said today outside Lucas Oil Stadium, where he's attending the NFL scouting combine.
"There were times we've gotten stopped. We'll have to do a better job there."
The Bills averaged 144.2 rushing yards a game behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Only the Philadelphia Eagles gained more.
But the Bills averaged 4.2 yards a carry, tied for 14th.
The Bills ran 25 times in third-and-1 situations and converted 19 of them. They ran eight times on third-and-2 or third-and-3 but moved the chains only three times, averaging 2 yards a carry.
The Bills need help, particularly at left guard and right tackle. They could add a right tackle with the ninth overall draft choice.
Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews is a possibility. Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell, a St. Francis grad, compared Matthews to Luke Joeckel, the second overall pick last year.
While talking about Buffalo's offensive line, Marrone singled out center Eric Wood and left tackle Cordy Glenn.
"Eric's close to getting himself some recognition in that position," Marrone said.
Marrone didn't mention anybody else by name.
"The other guys went out there, scrapped, played extremely hard for us," Marrone said. "We're looking forward to developing them still. There's a lot of room for improvement, even with Eric and Cordy."