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Ryan Nassib big fan of Marrone, Hackett, Bills

When Ryan Nassib takes part in the Senior Bowl activities next week, you can bet the Bills coaches and scouts will have a keen eye on the Syracuse University quarterback.  As you know, Nassib’s Head Coach and his Offensive Coordinator at SU now have  those same jobs with the Bills, leading to speculation that Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett will push for Nassib’s selection in the April draft.

Nassib was a guest on the WGR morning show on Friday and was asked how he’d feel if the Bills drafted him. “Quarterbacks want to get drafted to a team where there’s a quarterbacks coach that can develop them” Nassib said.   “Who better to be with than a guy you’ve been with for three years”(Hackett is also the Bills QB Coach).  If I had the opportunity to go there, it would definitely be awesome.”

Nassib, who broke some of Donovan Mcnabb’s passing records at Syracuse, said Hackett was a huge influence in his career.  “He’s an unbelievable coach.  I’ve had a lot of coaches come through Syracuse and I really credit my success to him and the work he did with me” Nassib told WGR. “ When I first came to Syracuse, I was extremely raw and he really built me up from the ground up and is one of the main reasons why I am where I am today.”

Nassib’s senior season could have been a disaster when you take into account Syracuse’s decision to completely re-do their offensive philosophy just a few weeks before the season began.  Hackett installed an up tempo, no huddle offense inspired by Bills playbooks from the early 1990’s, supplied to him by Jim Kelly.

That’s another reason why Nassib would be happy to follow Hackett into the NFL and here to Western New York.  “My favorite offense is the one Coach Hackett is bringing to the Buffalo Bills” Nassib said.  “That offense we had last year was probably the most fun I’ve had playing football.  We were going so fast, we didn’t care if something bad happened.  We just worried about the next play and sometimes that’s how you’ve got to play football.”

You can listen to the entire interview with Ryan Nassib and hear what he has to say about Doug Marrone, what he wants to show NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl and how, as a Philadelphia native and Flyers fan, he would handle living in Sabres country if the Bills draft him.




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