Before the Buffalo Bills’ players scattered Tuesday for their bye, they listened to some words designed to encourage them to be ready to perform at their best when they return for the second half of the season.
The speaker was Clint Bruce, a former Navy SEAL who had brief preseason stints as a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints and who addresses various teams as part of the NFL Professional Development Program.
The topic was the importance of “reloading” rather than resting or relaxing.
“That’s more of the mindset, being able to reload and get ready and be prepared,” coach Doug Marrone said. “Because if” as a player “I go back home and I take too much time and I just sit around and relax and not do anything, I won’t be where I need to be as a leader when I come back here.
“We’re professionals. We need to make sure that we’re reloading, getting ready to come back and being prepared. We have a tough task in front of us. We have to be energized. We have to be ready to go.”
The bye, Marrone said, can take on the feel of “Thanksgiving to a lot of people. You sit around on Thanksgiving, the next day you don’t feel as motivated or” ready to do a high “percentage of your job. That’s if you choose to sit around all day. But we can’t afford to do that.”
Marrone said that he and the rest of the Bills’ coaching staff would be at the team’s facility at noon on Sunday. He said they wouldn’t be there to watch NFL games on television for enjoyment, but instead would be studying video of the Bills’ next opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, who they face Nov. 9 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Will the coach take any time to relax during the off week?
“I mean, I have to,” Marrone said. “There’s no doubt about it.”
As expected, the Bills allowed the NFL trading deadline to expire Tuesday without making any moves.
The Bills placed rookie reserve safety Kenny Ladler on their injured-reserve list Tuesday. The team reported that he suffered an arm injury in Sunday’s win over the New York Jets.