Jan 7, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; new Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone (left) sits next to general manager Buddy Nix at a press conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Marrone Hires Nathaniel Hackett Away From Syracuse

Nov 15, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A Buffalo Bills fan in the stands during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo won the game 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports


How many blows can this team take in a week?

After bailing on the Syracuse Orange for the Buffalo Bills, it is now being reported that Doug Marrone will hire Nathaniel Hackett to be his offensive coordinator. Daryl Gross was hoping to retain Hackett to run the offense which would keep most of the same system from last season in tact. With Scott Shafer on the verge of being hired as the Orange head coach, he will need to immediately begin a search for new offensive and defensive coordinators. This is a really tight spot for this football program leading up to what appears to be the biggest season in years for the team as a whole, and the Orange are left scrambling for the second time in a week.

This is a hard loss on the fan base who was hoping to pick up where Marrone left off. Without the team’s head coach and offensive coordinator, this will be a daunting task. Having said that, it isn’t impossible. Syracuse still returns a dynamic backfield from last season, and with the right coaching can still utilize it’s talent in their first season in the ACC next year.

Zach Allen, quarterback out of Texas and one of Syracuse’s biggest commitments in this class had just confirmed his commitment to Syracuse in the past couple days. But want to take one guess who recruited him? Yep, Hackett himself:

In addition to understanding the terminology and inner workings of the playbook Hackett has recruited two promising quarterbacks in the incoming class – Texas star Zach Allen and Pennsylvania’s Austin Wilson. Allen has already graduated and is scheduled to enroll at SU later this month. He reiterated his desire to attend Syracuse earlier today, but that was under the assumption that Hackett was returning. It is unclear what effect the latest development will have on the prospects.

I don’t resent or hate Doug Marrone for going to the NFL. At the end of the day he is a grown man who is going to make decisions based on what will further his career. If that is with the Buffalo Bills, then so be it. But man oh man is he leaving his alma mater in a tough spot the more this thing plays out.

Back to the drawing board for Daryl Gross yet again.

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