BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Leaders of the Buffalo Bills organization sat down to review the 2014 season, but they declined to talk about the future.
Questions ranged across the organization but focused mostly on the quarterback situation. Following Kyle Orton’s Monday retirement announcement, the organization is left only with E.J. Manuel at the helm.
Head Coach Doug Marrone said he advised Orton to think more on the decision, saying it is a big decision to make seemingly overnight.
“I advised him to take more time, but Kyle said he was ready,” Marrone said.
That led to questions about Manuel’s abilities and if he is ready to lead the team.
Marrone said Manuel’s abilities have grown while following Orton’s lead, but he towed a line he frequently follows when talking about future personnel decisions.
“We’ll know more when the time comes,” he said, looking towards the off-season.
Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley defended the decision to draft Manuel, calling it a “Buffalo Bills decision.”
“I wouldn’t say it’s a failure. His career is just getting started,” Whaley said of the draft pick.
Although both Marrone and Whaley were tight lipped on where the ship will be steered, they did say they’re looking to keep two players in Buffalo — C.J. Spiller and Jerry Hughes. Hughes and Spiller are part of a group of six players who are approaching free agency in 2015. That group includes starters such as Brandon Spikes, Chris Hogan, Da’Norris Searcy, Erik Pears and an injured Jarius Wynn.