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Marrone Believes in Manuel

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone maintains his faith in EJ Manuel despite the rookie quarterback's latest dud.

That doesn't mean Marrone, on Monday, was anywhere close to being satisfied with Manuel's performance a day after a 27-6 loss at Tampa Bay.

Marrone was blunt, saying Manuel didn't play well in going 18 of 33 for 184 yards while throwing four interceptions to double his season total.

He chalked it up to rookie growing pains, adding he would have considered pulling Manuel if the quarterback was the sole reason for Buffalo's struggles. Marrone then stressed there was plenty of blame to go around.

The Bills (4-9), who play at Jacksonville (4-9) on Sunday, are on the brink of extending the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 seasons.

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