After Chan Gailey and his entire staff was let go eight days ago, the "new" Buffalo front office promised to look in every nook and cranny for the next head coach. Fans pleaded with the front office to take a look at the new NFL approach of hiring young or different coaching candidates to turn the floundering franchise around.
Well, Bills fans got different, and now, they have gotten young as well.
Doug Marrone was not the hot hire (Los Angeles Times) that some fans may have been looking for the franchise to make, but he fulfills the transition of identity for the team. He had endorsements from every corner of the NFL it seemed, but Bills backers will still be wary until the team proves itself on the field.
As the fanbase knows too well, the pumped up improvement public-relation schemes have been all smoke and mirrors, thus far, but new team president Russ Brandon looks determined to bring a winner back to Western New York.
During his press conference on Monday afternoon, Marrone promised that he would bring coordinators that would have proven NFL experiences.
He never said specifically how extensive that experience would be.
According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, Marrone has officially brought on his offensive coordinator from Syracuse Nathaniel Hackett to assume the same position for the Bills.
Hackett is as green as they come, only having held quality control positions with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills from 2006-09. In fact, all the rest of his professional experience has been at the collegiate level with Syracuse, Stanford and Cal.
However, the 33-year-old does have the bloodlines to become a top coordinator at the professional level with time. Hackett's father, Paul was a longtime coordinator and head coach at both the collegiate and professional football levels.
Initial reaction to the hire provided a mixed bag of results. Some were wary of a relative no-name, while others were praising the guy who helped post school record-breaking numbers with the Orange this past season.
There is no doubting that the Bills could use a fresh look on offense, but there is a big difference between putting up big numbers in college and good stats in the professional ranks.
In the matter of three days, Buffalo has added the former head coach and offensive coordinator from the university just two-and-a-half hours down the road.
All they need now is to add the quarterback to complete the collection.
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