But in a terse session with reporters on Wednesday, Marrone did not seem to subscribe to that logic.
In taking a second look at Manuel's numbers before the benching, they aren't that bad. Manuel hit on 58 percent of his passes and had a positive (five to three) TD-to-INT ratio.
Orton has been better but in taking a look at his past numbers, he was once a young man in his early 20s completing 58 percent of his passes with a similar ratio of touchdowns to interceptions. He got a chance to get better and Manuel deserves that, too.
Unless Marrone plans to be in Buffalo next season and start Orton on opening day, it might be time to give your first round pick from 2013 another look.