Unlike Rex Ryan, Bills head coach Doug Marrone will choose his starting QB

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone during training camp practice at St. John Fisher College in...

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone during training camp practice at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y., July 28, 2013. (JOHN KRYK/QMI Agency)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

Eat your heart out, Rex Ryan. Head coach Doug Marrone will choose who starts at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.

While New York Jets general manager John Idzik over the weekend insisted on having “a pretty big role” in the eventual collaborative “team decision” in choosing his team’s starting signal-caller this season, that’s not the case with the Bills.

In an interview Sunday night, Bills general manager Doug Whaley told QMI Agency that his role and that of his player personnel department stops short of that.

“Oh, that’ll be Coach’s decision,” Whaley said. “(Marrone) will have input obviously from his assistant coaches and myself and our scouting staff, but that’s Coach’s decision.”

As on the Jets with Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, the Bills’ quarterback battle pits much-maligned veteran Kevin Kolb against the much more athletic and stronger-armed but raw rookie E.J. Manuel.

That Bills position battle kicked off Sunday night when the team held its first training camp practice at St. John Fisher College.


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