Discussion in 'The National Football League' started by Playoffs, Jan 6, 2013.
Really? Syracuse plays football?
Uh wtf? You have Lovie Smith who is a highly-respected coach that has fielded good defenses and has gotten production out of cast-offs and mid-round picks but no...you rather go with a mediocre college coach.
just wanted to add on to the continuing frugality of the Bills.
That is the first thing that I thought too. Didn't want to pay for a 'real' NFL coach.
Narrows down Chip Kelley's options, so he's more likely to go to Cleveland!
Apparently it's either Philly or he goes back to Oregon. Cleveland is out of the question from what I've read.
Congratulations Mario Williams.
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More than a few "insiders" think this was a good hire.
More breaking news..Bills hired a local Albany High School coach to be their D Coordinator. He was 6-6 at St. Pius X this year......... .
If you are going to spend all that money on your D, you might as well get someone to coach them. This guy sounds like a Gailey clone to me.
I didn't know that he was the Saints offensive coordinator before last season. Knowing that, I don't think it's a terrible hire after all. I just assumed they cheaped out on some no-name random college coach. But he does have NFL coaching credentials.
If I'm looking at San Francisco, Seattle, or Indianapolis & know that I'm going to have a lot of young players on my roster soon...
yeah, I'm going to get a college coach. Someone who knows how to relate to these young'ns & can get them to produce quick.
I don't know about the mediocre college part.... probably would have gone with that guy in college station who seems to have a hot hand.
Well, everyone can think what they want about it (I actually think it's a pretty good hire), but for the record, he left the Saints after the '08 season (wasn't there during the Super Bowl season). This past year was his fourth as Syracuse HC.
This is a better hire than most realize. Those 'name' coaches include two fired coaches that blew much better rosters, especially Lovie Smith. Kelly is already staying put and I doubt Buffalo was ever in the running there. Whisenhunt sure did wonders with QB after Warner and the team badly regressed.
Marrone has NFL pedigree working with organizations (NO) that turned things around and made a terrible college program bowl-bound the last two years.
Sometimes the best hires are the least obvious. Mike Tomlin immediately comes to mind.
Whoops. Not sure why I thought he was only at Syracuse for one year. Either way, it does seem like a solid hire after all. The Saints didn't make the playoffs in 07 or 08 but I don't think that's his fault. Their defense was terrible those seasons, IIRC.
Doug Marrone quits Bills
O'Brien's best friend. Had to be some tampering by Jets, imo, for him to just walk.
This could impact Texans front office potential hires.
He did exactly as a player would do, exercised his option to his benefit. Buffalo is shaky at QB with Orton retiring, EJ Manuel not progressing, they have no 1st rd pick this year, new ownership could make things uneasy and Buffalo is a small market. Jets are shaky at QB but have stable ownership and the draw of the Big Apple market...No tampering if Casserly reached out to him before he was "officially" consulting for the Jets. Casserly link http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/p...g-dots-between-casserly-marrone-and-maccagnan
Now that is a good agent getting him an option out + $4 m.
Supposedly Marrone insisted on the 3-day opt out if team gets new owners. Really smart move.
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