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Marrone called Nassib on day 2 of draft

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2013 – 9:00 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said it pained him to see his college quarterback still on the board after Day 2 of the NFL draft, so he decided to call Ryan Nassib and have a conversation with the signal caller for whom he still holds a lot of respect.

Marrone appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio said he made the call last Friday.

“On day 2 of the draft I called Ryan and said, ‘I’m sorry things worked out the way they did and I think you’re a great player and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.’ And I kind of went down the list and he responded to that,” said Marrone. “I was really pulling for him and Shamarko (Thomas) and obviously Justin Pugh who was taken in the first round.

“Those guys play their butts off and they play their hearts out for you and they’re why you’re successful to a certain degree and you have a great appreciation for them, but at the end of the day you have a different job and different responsibility. So I’m in the draft room and I’m doing my job there and in the back of my mind I’m thinking it’s taking a long time, somebody has got to take him soon because he’s a heck of a quarterback.”

Nassib eventually was taken by the New York Giants in round four, which made Marrone happy. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is a good friend of Marrone’s in the coaching field and also is a Syracuse alum.

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