So we now have Marcel Dareus who seems to be having a trend instead of just one occurrence. The Bills this off season have looked less like the Bills of the recent years and more like the successful teams in the league. They set a price for players and stayed put instead of going hard and breaking the bank for a player. They were aggressive in the draft and targeted the players they thought would provide an immediate impact.
So now we have a problem child of the Bills. Marcel is a player that has the tools and given glimpses of how good he can be when his head is right. He has the potential to be a top five DT in the league and has a D coach in Jim Schwartz that is one of the best at making his DTs the best in the league. But Marcel is also in trouble. He has had bad luck and made bad decisions in his career.
The Ravens are no stranger to this situation. They dealt with Ray Lewis and Jamal Lewis legal issues which were much worse than Marcel. The approach when dealing with a vital player on a team they took was to give as much support to the player as they could muster. They welcomed back those players with open arms.
The Patriots are another team that is no stranger to problem children. Randy Moss was cut, Corey Dillon was brought in and had a black and white approach do this and don't do this. With the Patriots they go with the black and white and are never afraid of moving on from a player as long as the player is not Tom Brady. But the sample size of New England is of course tainted because they do have one of the best QBs in NFL history. It is very possible if they had a so-so QB their approach would be very different.
The Cowboys with Dez Bryant took a very different approach. They had a helper to guide hi. In other words they didn't trust Dez Bryant and decided the best way of dealing with him until he matures is to have a person with him making sure the right decisions were done. It is a very hands on approach but it has kept Dez out of trouble.
The Cowboys with Jimmie Johnson had an approach similar to the old saying of different strokes for different strokes. Dareus may need a different approach and the trick is not to alienate other players by doing it.
We will now see how good or bad of a Coach Marrone can be, but this is where great leaders show there worth.