There has been a lot of news on Marcell Dareus and his two arrests within a month, with the latest one coming only a week ago. Buffalowdown has not shied away from it either and this writer also, believes that Dareus should be relieved of his duties. But with all that said, it is the Bills that will make that decision when the time is necessary.
Marrone, believes in his players and he believes in Marcell. Marrone also wants to make these guys into “better men and better husbands” which I have no problem with. My concern is that, if Marcell was not as talented as he is, and you can’t get drafted 3rd overall on just good looks, would he still be a part of this team at this point. I really don’t know and it is not for me to make that decision.
“I never wanted to be that guy that exploited players just to win,” Marrone said. “[W]hen it is all said and done with and it is over, you have to look in the mirror and say, ‘Hey, I lived my life. Did I do the right thing?’ Like I said, I’ve gotta help these players to be better men, to be better husbands, I just believe in that. And I’ve got to win at the same time and you’re right, that balance is difficult. But it is what I do. I enjoy it.”
I also believe that Marrone can only do so much and that if it gets to a point, ties my have to be cut with Dareus. I understand that the players in the NFL are humans and that they are under a spot light but that also doesn’t excuse them for their actions, one of which that have to be accountable for. Marcell is n different. He needs to make better decisions if he wants to be a part of this team for a long period of time. He will be a free agent next year, and missing too much of this season could jeopardize that if it is due to bad decisions.
“I told him, ‘You are responsible for your actions.’ And that’s the same with everyone,” Marrone said. “Like I said it before, I believe in this kid, I really do. And I really believe it is part of my job description to help these young men. Marcell is 24 years old. These rookies that are coming in are 22. I’ll be blunt about it, and I’m not blaming a lot of things, but it goes back to, when the NCAA went back to the 40-hour rule, we have a Collective Bargaining Agreement, you know, it’s proven, even when I was in college, these athletes have performed a lot better academically when it was during the football season than they did in the offseason. . . .We obviously know he’s an outstanding ballplayer and he’s got a big heart and is a great person. He just has to learn and make better decisions.”
At this point, the Bills will probably wait to determine their course of action based on how Marcell’s off-season and court dates go as well as what the League will have in store for him. At that point, a sound decision can be made on Marcell Dareus and his future with the Buffalo Bills.
Here’s to Better Decisions!