Under the guidance of undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel -- the team's third starter of the year by way of injury -- the Bills played admirably, outgaining the Chiefs in total yardage by a count of 470-210.
But Tuel's lack of experience, in part, put the Bills in a tough spot. With the ball on the Chiefs' 1-yard line, the Bills looked poised to take a 14-point lead in the second half. Instead, Tuel was intercepted by Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith, who ran it back 100 yards for the game-tying touchdown.
"I'm pissed," Marrone said afterward. "I'm going to go home…I'm not going to talk to anybody…I'm just going to shut it down…I'm going to be by myself…I'm not going to pet my dog.
"I'm going to get fired up...I'm going to come to work tomorrow and I'm going to watch this film…I'm going to be a pro…I'm going to be a man."
The Bills and one-win Minnesota Vikings are two of the only three NFL teams to start three quarterbacks this season. It's hard to blame Marrone for wondering what his team could look like when fully staffed.
"Here's how I feel," Marrone said. "I'd love to see our team with everybody healthy going out there and playing, and maybe that's unrealistic. But I would love to see our football team together -- practicing together, playing together. Maybe that's an unrealistic approach in this league, but I would really love to see this football team together, and how good we can be."
Veteran Kevin Kolb, a projected starter, was knocked out with a season-ending concussion in the preseason. First-round pick EJ Manuel has suffered a pair of knee injuries -- once in the preseason and again in Week 5. And most recently, former practice-squad-quarterback-turned-starter Thaddeus Lewis injured his ribs during a Week 8 loss to the New Orleans Saints, which forced him to miss Sunday's meeting with the Chiefs.
Manuel has been limited at practice, but appeared to be dropping back with ease Sunday during pregame warm-ups. The Bills announced Monday that he's been cleared to play, but his status is still in question for the Week 10 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Moving forward, if Lewis is still unable to go in Manuel's absence, the Bills will either give Tuel another chance or could turn to veteran Matt Flynn, who joined the team three weeks ago."It's tough with the situation we had because you never really know what the coaches are going to say," said Tuel, asked when he found out about his first NFL start. "I kind of had a feeling that I was going to go, just as far as talking to Thad, and seeing how he's doing physically and stuff."
Charles Roberts covers the NFL's Buffalo Bills and the University at Buffalo's football program. His work has appeared in several local and national publications. Follow him on Twitter: @cHartleyRoberts.
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