When I first saw the news that the Buffalo Bills hired Doug Marrone as their head coach I wasn't thrilled. I had him ranked at the bottom of all the prospective coaches that were being interviewed on Saturday. However, the hiring is growing on me a little bit.
The fact that Marrone was linked to Philadelphia, San Diego and Cleveland's openings shows that the Bills weren't alone in wanting him, like they were for Chan Gailey. Marrone wanted to be in Buffalo over other teams. I also wasn't aware of how highly-regarded he is among other NFL coaches, having come off of the Sean Payton coaching tree.
The team could've waited a day to make the decision, but it's good they didn't. Cleveland waited on Chip Kelly and now they have to restart their search.
Marrone is coming off a 25-25 record at Syracuse in four seasons with two Pinstripe Bowl wins. The record doesn't tell the full story, as he brought the program back to relevancy – something he'll need to do in Buffalo. Marrone, 48, served as the offensive coordinator for New Orleans from 2006 to 2008, where the Saints led the league in total yards per game. He coached the New York Jets' offensive line from 2002 to 2005, where Curtis Martin ran for a league-best 1,697 yards in 2004.
I listened to the press conference Monday and a few things stuck out to me.
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