Sunday, January 6, 2013

Buffalo Bills hire Syracuse's Marrone

The Buffalo Bills have filled their head coaching vacancy by hiring Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone. Many are probably saying "who?" regarding this recent hire by the Bills, but if you look deeper than his win- loss record, Bills fans will realize that this hire was more about giving the Bills offense a jolt.

Before compiling a 25-25 record over four years at Syracuse, Marrone was an offensive line coach for the New York Jets from 2002-2005 and was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006-2008. When he took over Syracuse the program had been run into the ground and Marrone made it competitive and winning two bowl games.

Now the Bills have a major problem scoring points and offense is Marrone's background. He led the Saints' offensive renaissance during his three years in New Orleans. It helps if you have Drew Brees leading the charge, but nonetheless he was the coordinator so that counts for something.

NFL analyst Brian Billick called it a "great hire", adding that Marrone "brings substantial pro experience with a  mix of college."

I will not lampoon this hire considering I'm a Lions fan, but Marrone does have a superior weapon on offense in the underused C.J. Spiller. Marrone may not get the Bills back to their glory days of the early 90's, but the fans should give him a chance before saying the guy can't coach.

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