Gangrene Posted January 1, 2015 Share Posted January 1, 2015 Doug Marrone and Jets: Buffalo media trashes him on his way out of town Dom Cosentino on January 01, 2015 at 11:57 AM, updated January 01, 2015 at 12:03 PM By opting out of staying with the Bills, Doug Marrone seemingly went from mediocre head coach to being fitted for a bust in Canton. And the Jets instantly went from a team pursuing him to the "favorites" to land him, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's almost as if Bill Walsh has just fallen into the Jets' laps. But Marrone's short time in Buffalo was significantly flawed, according to several reporters there who covered him daily. Marrone has been getting plenty of other laurels from the national media. Those plaudits seem to spring from his having led the Bills to a winning record—their first in 10 years—while navigating the uncertainty of a changing ownership situation, and also for winning a game after being displaced by a snowstorm, never mind that the Bills beat the crummy Jets that week. Marrone is certainly a reasonable option. But he went 15-17 in two seasons with the Bills. He failed to make the playoffs, and he drafted a bust of a quarterback in E.J. Manuel despite being an offensive-minded coach. So why all the adulation? The Jets do still have several other candidates in mind, and they're still scheduled to interview the Seahawks' Dan Quinn and Tom Cable this weekend in Seattle. Have doubts about Marrone and the Jets? Here, then, are some reports out of Buffalo to reinforce those doubts: Jay Skurski, the Buffalo News: Prior to Marrone being hired, team president Russ Brandon used words like "forward thinking, progressive and attacking" in describing what the team was looking for in its new coach. None of those adjectives fit Marrone's style. His consistent reluctance to show any aggression on fourth-down plays became one of the biggest criticisms of his tenure. Jay Skurski, the Buffalo News: As a whole, the offense regressed in two seasons, from 19th overall in 2013 to 26th this past season. Much of that regression can be traced to issues at quarterback, which doesn't fall entirely on Marrone. But it's worth noting he was involved in the decision-making process to select EJ Manuel in the first round of the '13 draft - a bust to this point. The offensive struggles, however, weren't limited to the quarterback. The team's offensive line regressed badly in 2014. Jay Skurski, the Buffalo News: Marrone would generally refuse to provide any specifics on player injuries. He would vacillate between offering one-sentence responses or verbose soliloquies in which he mastered the art of saying a lot without saying anything at all when addressing the media. That tense relationship with reporters didn't have any on-field impact, but it also turned off a segment of the fan base. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News: A source close to Marrone also noted the coach was bothered deeply by media criticism, especially after the Bills defeated the heavily favored Green Bay Packers on Dec. 14 in Ralph Wilson Stadium. And more from the Twitters: Really, though: If Marrone couldn't handle media scrutiny and fan criticism in Buffalo, he ought to be just fine in a backwater market like New York City, right? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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