When the Buffalo Bills hired head coach Doug Marrone (pictured in the middle) it was a culture change in so many ways, first the Bills didn’t hire a retreaded coach and Marrone isn’t even 50 years old yet. The Bills have seemingly always done that, even hall of fame coach Marv Levy was a retreaded coach. Another thing the Bills did was promote team CEO Russ Brandon (pictured to the right of Marrone) to team president as well and will handle the day-to-day operations with owner Ralph C. Wilson’s blessing. Also the franchise took a gamble with Marrone being from the college ranks since most coaches haven’t had much success at least on the first time around going from college to the pros.
Marrone also brings a style that fans or the media won’t like much as he emulates New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in the sense of will not fully address the media and will keep as much info he can in the team as he can. He represented this earlier this year when on the second day of free agency, the Bills signed linebacker Manny Lawson to a four year, $12 million contract, and no one knew that he was in Buffalo the first night of the free agency period.
This can be a huge asset for a team in the long run so opposing teams will have harder times game planning and the potential for a draft day surprise no matter if it’s a surprise player at the allotted to them or a trade either up or down. It will be interesting to see what happens in late April and with this team in the next few years.