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Buffalo Bills hire Doug Marrone as HC


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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bills have hired Doug Marrone for their head-coaching vacancy.

Marrone turned Syracuse's football program around and has extensive NFL experience, having coordinated the Saints' offense from 2006-2008 and overseen the Jets' offensive line from 2002-2005. He's also received strong reccomendations from the likes of Bill Parcells, Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton. In Buffalo, he'll be faced with turning around an offense that has been in the Top 20 just once since 2004. The Bills also interviewed Oregon's Chip Kelly on Friday and former Bears coach Lovie Smith on Saturday before ultimately agreeing to a deal with Marrone.

I'm pretty surprised by this. I know he was talked about as a candidate, but figured Whisenhunt or Lovie would nab this job.

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11-23 in the big east gets you an NFL job? Really?

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He sucks.

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The experience he gained under Herm was invaluable

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I dont hate the pick, but to choose him over Lovie Smith is a head scratcher. However, Marrone can build a defense as well. SU shut down some legit teams this year.

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I dont hate the pick, but to choose him over Lovie Smith is a head scratcher. However, Marrone can build a defense as well. SU shut down some legit teams this year.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$

The Bills are getting a cheap coach with name recognition from SU, which is like Central/Western NY's version of Notre Dame.

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I dont hate the pick, but to choose him over Lovie Smith is a head scratcher. However, Marrone can build a defense as well. SU shut down some legit teams this year.

He hired Scott Shafer to be the DC and handed the controls on that side of the ball completely to him. Shafer is being talked about as Marrone's replacement at SU. As a Cuse fan/alum, Im just hoping Marrone isn't able to bring Shafer along with him.

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Is this the sort of high end candidate we're missing out on by not firing Rex?

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Cimini is probably in tears that the jets didnt hire him.

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Is this the sort of high end candidate we're missing out on by not firing Rex?

Just think about the high end candidate that will be available next year after Rex is martyred. Does Temple have a coach?

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Buffalo figured out a way topick a worse candidate than Chan Gailey. Who will replace Marrone when his time comes? Kotite?

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Is this the sort of high end candidate we're missing out on by not firing Rex?

It's the Bills. The Chan Gailey hire was literally the first coach to raise his hand a few years back. You're at the top of your profession but you have to live in Buffalo.

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GET A BRAIN, MARRONES!

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Is this the sort of high end candidate we're missing out on by not firing Rex?

No.

Bruce Arians was the guy I wanted us to go after, him, or Lovie Smith. Otherwise, I'm good with Rex staying put. I didn't want another rookie HC.

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Syracuse to Buffalo is a pretty reasonable commute. Good for him.

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Syracuse to Buffalo is a pretty reasonable commute. Good for him.

Its about 2 hours. He's going to have to move.

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I thought it would be Whisenhunt?

Are people really knocking them for NOT hiring Lovie Smith?

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Its about 2 hours. He's going to have to move.

Not out running the snow.

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He hired Scott Shafer to be the DC and handed the controls on that side of the ball completely to him. Shafer is being talked about as Marrone's replacement at SU. As a Cuse fan/alum, Im just hoping Marrone isn't able to bring Shafer along with him.

Interesting. I wouldnt want to see them lose the DC either then. Thanks

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Interesting. I wouldnt want to see them lose the DC either then. Thanks

Donnie Henderson will be the Bills DC, 100% sure of that

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Its about 2 hours. He's going to have to move.

Nah, he'll rent a little love shack in Buffalo and visit his wife back home on holidays and the off season. Sweet set up.

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I dont hate the pick, but to choose him over Lovie Smith is a head scratcher. However, Marrone can build a defense as well. SU shut down some legit teams this year.

I get it, if the Bills' primary focus on offense. Smith has proven that no matter how much talent was added to the offensive side of the ball, his teams struggled to be mediocre.

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Donnie Henderson will be the Bills DC, 100% sure of that

SO we will get 2 games a year against a Cover Who defense. A positive development.
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So what are the chances they draft Nassib?

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SO we will get 2 games a year against a Cover Who defense. A positive development.

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