The Buffalo Bills have hired Syracuse Orange football head coach Doug Marrone. The Bills interviewed former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and defensive coordinator Ray Horton, former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith as well.
This is a semi-splashy hire, however it does raise a lot of questions, such as who his coordinators and position coaches will be? Here’s hoping for the best going forward for the team. Also it’ll make people wonder does he draft a quarterback early to replace the beleaguered incumbent Ryan Fitzpatrick. Taking his quarterback Ryan Nassib maybe in round 2 could be come a viable option now.
According to ESPN analyst Herm Edwards who hired him with the Jets as an offensive line coach, “He’s a great leader, and a good offensive mind.” The NFL Network’s Brian Billick said this about Marrone: “He brings that pedigree that’s kind of popular now, a substantial pro background with that mix of college.” So that’s two former head coaches sounding off with approval for the hiring the Bills did today.
If Marrone can get a very good and young defensive coordinator, this could be a nice culture change in Buffalo as they apparently have the talent to compete, and are getting away from the good ol’ boy system as they are going with a youth movement with all the big guys under 50 eventually when general manager Buddy Nix retires.