The Buffalo Bills are one of the handful of NFL teams that have been bringing in coaching candidates left and right. They looked at former head coaches such as Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenhunt, as well as Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. However, ultimately, neither ended up as their guy.
On Sunday morning, the Bills and now former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone agreed to terms to become the team’s new head coach. Marrone has some NFL experience, as he was the New Orleans Saints’ offensive coordinator from 2006-08. During that span, the Saints ranked as the number one total offensive team twice. He also was the offensive line coach for the New York Jets from 2002-05.
During his four years at Syracuse, Marrone finished with a record of 25-25. Not great, right? Well, not so fast. That Syracuse football organization certainly wasn’t anywhere near as good as it’s at basketball. Marrone really re-shaped the program and lead them to a Pinstripe Bowl this year. The Orange will certainly miss him.
However, the Bills don’t care.
They got their guy, who will immediately impact the offensive side of the football. He helped the Saints offense become the juggernaut that they are today. The Bills have the talent to be explosive, but Marrone must address some of this year’s issues. First, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick just hasn’t gotten the job done. He has been very inconsistent. Secondly, for the some odd reason last year, Chan Gailey never seemed to fully utilize budding superstar running back C.J. Spiller. With Marrone at the helm, that will surely change, and it should. Spiller averaged 6.0 yards per carry last season and rushed for almost 1,200 yards. He continues to prove that he is a legitimate every down back in this league.
Marrone is a good fit for the Bills. He is fully aware of how to utilize talented running backs, as he did with Reggie Bush back in New Orleans. One thing is for sure, this offense will be much different than it was in 2012.