When the news surfaced early Sunday that the Buffalo Bills were set to hire Doug Marrone, the feeling around the fan base was; "Who?"
Marrone was the head coach at Syracuse for the last four years, turning around a program that was atrocious before he arrived. That experience should help Marrone in this situation as the Bills have been awful for more than the past decade.
As the Bills searched for their new head coach, many other more recognizable names were available. Names like Ken Whisenhunt, Lovie Smith and Chip Kelly. But the Bills went with Marrone because he met all of their requirements. His background shouldn't hurt him either. Marrone has ties with Sean Payton and Bill Parcells, two guys who have enjoyed their share of success in the NFL. Marrone highlighted in his introduction to the Buffalo media that he has been a player and the coach in the NFL and that he understands that trust is the key when trying to resurrect a team from futility. Something he undoubtedly took from Payton when he engineered the comeback of the New Orleans Saints. The Saints were a laughable organization before Payton took over, but Payton was able to quickly turn them into a contender, and eventually Super Bowl champions.
Marrone is a hard worker and a coach that has experience in turning things around wherever he goes. He also stated numerous times that he was happy to be in Buffalo, something that is important to the community as the team had very little interest from the bigger names the last time they went through this process.
Buffalo's hiring of Marrone has drawn praise from many around the league. People like John Gruden, Phil SImms and RIch Gannon expressed confidence that Marrone is what Buffalo needs to end their 13-year playoff drought. With all of this praise and all of his ties to prominent people around the NFL, it's easy to see now that the Bills landed the biggest name available to become their head coach.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Football, NFL