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Bills' Marrone says Manuel has developed quite quickly



Doug Marrone had no desire to coach in the National Football League.  A sixth round draft pick of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1986, the Bronx, New York native had played two years in the league, first with Miami and then New Orleans.  When his playing career ended following a two year stint in NFL Europe, Marrone went into college coaching and figured his days around the professional game were over.
 
He started at SUNY Cortland in 1992 and wound his way through the U.S Coast Guard Academy, Northeastern, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Tennessee and was quite content with his standing in life.  In fact, he was the guy telling fellow assistants who were dreaming about working in the NFL to "be careful what you wish for."
 
"When I was a player I saw some of the darker side of things" Marrone said during an interview on WGR.  "Management and players, sometimes coaches and players not getting along. I saw those difficult situations.  When I left and started coaching,  I said to myself I’m never going to coach in the NFL.  I don’t want to go through that."

Marrone changed his thinking in 2001 following his first season with the Volunteers.  

"All of a sudden I get a call from an NFL team, ‘hey do you want to come up here and interview and I started thinking if everyone in my profession wants to go to the NFL, maybe I’m the one that’s screwed up.  I fell in love with the league."

 Marrone spent four years as an assistant with the New York Jets and then spent three seasons working for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints before returning to college and taking the top job at his alma mater, Syracuse.

He turned around an Orange program that had fallen to the bottom of the Football Bowl Subdivision and now Marrone is being charged with turning around the franchise that has fallen to the bottom of the NFL.  For that to happen, he'll need the help of a "franchise quarterback".  The organization hopes they have their man in rookie EJ Manuel.
 
"What I’ve liked about the kid is, we had a scrimmage and he threw an early interception but he was able to come back" Marrone said.   "He goes into his first ever game and we were happy with his decision making process early on in that game, the managing of the game.  Then you start to see the comfort level coming in, its eight for eight in the two minute drive and you’re going ‘oof’, here we go.  I see a player that’s progressed and developed quite quickly."
 
Bills fans are in the learning stage with Marrone as they try and find out what kind of a coach he'll be and whether or not he can return the Bills to the playoffs.  Marrone sees himself as the CEO of the football team and lets his assistants do their job rather than micro manage.  He was asked how involved he'll be in terms of play calling on game day and Marrone said he won't be bothering Nathaniel Hackett(Offensive Coordinator) and Mike Pettine(Defensive Coordinator) while a series is going on.  
 
"My philosophy has always been that I talk to them after the series is over, what are we going to do the next series, whats our thought process?  We’re able to do that in all three phases(offense, defense and special teams).  During the call of a series, a lot of times what goes on in the headphones is ‘hey coach, do you want to go after them or do you want to play coverage” Hey coach do you want to take a shot here or do you want to go with our base offense?’
 
You can hear the entire interview with Doug Marrone.  He talks about what he thinks of life as an NFL head coach so far, the people who have influenced him the most in coaching and what he believes is the most important statistic in football:  
 


If report of Toronto bid being maxed out at $1.2 billion is true, what would you think?
  Toronto is dead. The Buffalo Bills are here to stay!!!!
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