Assuming this Doug Marrone to Buffalo report is concrete, unlike the Chip Kelly to Cleve-o assumptions, there are two ways to approach it (keeping in mind that I’m generally on-board with Russ Brandon). My general bent is to lean optimistic and with my first thoughts (No. 1), but there are those who will acknowledge the doom plus gloom:
1) AWESOME. Doug Marrone is a quality coach who turned around a Syracuse program wandering in the wilderness and this year won at Missouri and thumped Geno Smith and West Virginia. He’s an offensive whiz who knows what it takes to be a professional big ugly but also gets the game enough to be Sean Payton’s offensive coordinator in New Orleans. He’s assisted in the SEC (Georgia), ACC (Georgia Tech) and AFC East (Jets). He’s a well-respected guy who most teams with an opening wanted to speak with and has no track record as an NFL head coach, so he isn’t a retread. He wins his postseason games. He beats teams he shouldn’t. He chose Buffalo. Win-win-win. Great job!
2) FOR REAL?!? So the Bills go to the college well, with Syracuse product Russ Brandon getting the benefit of hiring the head coach from his favorite college as well as further regionalizing the Buffalo product into Central New York?!? SWEET! BUSINEZZ!! PINSTRIPE BOWLZ!! Looks like Buddy Nix did a lot of scouting of Syracuse games for Ryan Nassib tape and decided he’d like their coach, too. Wow! Can’t wait to reach for an unrefined Nassib at No. 8 overall! It’s the TJ Graham/Mike Glennon effect, only with one of the two most important posts on your staff. Anyone else notice that Marrone is conveniently leaving Syracuse as they leave an awful football conference to join a way tougher-to-win ACC? Cool… story… bro.