There have been the names of many college football coaches thrown out as replacements in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills decided that one of those coaches was a perfect fit for their team as the team has hired Syracuse Orange coach Doug Marrone to take over. At least Marrone won’t have to leave the state to take this new job but Marrone does have one thing he needs to do right away in his new position.
Marrone should install C.J. Spiller as the team’s starting running back right away and allow Fred Jackson to either walk or be a backup. Buffalo seemed to be a better offense with Spiller at the tailback position this season. Hopefully Marrone saw this being at Syracuse and will make it a point to have Spiller out there even more. Marrone has been an offensive coordinator in the NFL before and will bring a different mentality to Buffalo. The Bills need more offense to be sure and Marrone should be able to install an offense that does that.
This is a very different hiring for sure but one that should bring excitement to the Buffalo fan base, who has had to struggle for the last several years with bad teams. It’s not like Buffalo doesn’t have good pieces with Spiller, Mario Williams and Stevie Johnson so maybe a new voice is all that the Bills need to be more successful in 2013. This could also be a defining moment in the history of the Bills as well with support dwindling and the team playing a game in Toronto each season. If Marrone can be successful, the team may never consider moving.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.