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Marrone on idea of adding QB coach

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2014 – 9:07 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone took questions from Bills fans recently on the John Murphy Show after the regular season came to an end. He was asked if adding a quarterbacks coach was a consideration to take some of the workload and burden off offensive coordinator and QBs coach Nathaniel Hackett.

“Those are a lot of things that we’re going to look at. Obviously Nathaniel and I will have conversations about what we need and what we’re missing and how we can make things better. Mike Pettine and I and obviously Danny Crossman will have those conversations too,” said Marrone. “I appreciate Russ Brandon and Mr. Wilson telling me that whatever we need to tell them and they’ll get it done. It’s great that they have that commitment and we have to look at what resources we need to get more wins.

“We’re going to take a long, hard look and evaluate everything. We will do whatever it takes to get better. If we have to move some people around, whatever it may be we’re going to have those discussions. Right now from how I feel and how the coaches feel and there’s a large sense of disappointment. We have to continue to work on how we’re going to get better for 2014.

“We have to take a step back here and just kind of regain our thoughts and go back into it and not make any rash decisions. That’s why we have to take a long, hard look and we started that process already.”

Hackett certainly had to do the heaviest lifting in 2013 among Doug Marrone’s assistants. He not only had to teach a new offensive scheme to the players, but he also had to school up and prepare a rookie quarterback in EJ Manuel. Then after Kevin Kolb was injured in the preseason he lost the veteran presence in the quarterback room.

When EJ Manuel’s injury followed he had to then school up another rookie quarterback and later a third QB in Thad Lewis, who had just one NFL start on his resume. It will be interesting to see what course of action the Bills take moving forward.


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