DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 02: Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey watches the action during the fouth quarter of the preseason game at Ford Field on September 2, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Bills 28-23. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
With minicamp underway in Buffalo, players are already noticing the big difference between former head coach Chan Gailey and new coach Doug Marrone... and they're liking what they see.
Marrone and staff are looking to make practices more interesting and getting players excited during drills. “There’s a huge difference,” running back Fred Jackson said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “You don’t want to take anything away from that coaching staff last year, but these coaches want us to be excited. You sometimes get coaches who don’t want that. They want you to act like you’ve been there before. This coaching staff is about loving to play this game and want our guys to have fun. We only get to play this game for so long in our lives. You should enjoy it.”
Graham notes that previous coaches Dick Jauron and Chan Gailey preferred to operate in controlled, businesslike settings, but Marrone is bent on changing that atmosphere. It's apparently a welcome scene for a team that hasn't reached the playoffs in 13 straight seasons.
“We came out doing special teams, and I thought the roof was falling in, the way we were yelling,” Mario Williams after Wednesday’s practice. “It was crazy;... but that’s what we need. We need change, and we need to see something different and hear something different and be exposed to different things.”