With all 32 NFL teams gathered here, there’s ample opportunity for fraternization among league peers.
One thing has stuck out for Bills President Russ Brandon during those get-togethers.
“I’m blown away by some of the responses I’ve received from league peers about where they saw coach (Doug) Marrone,” Brandon said. “I’ve heard from so many people just in the day and a half I’ve been here about the excitement about coach Marrone and what he brings to the table and the staff he’s assembled.”
The glowing reviews are indeed pouring in for the Bills’ new coach.
“We’ve watched him closely when he was at Syracuse. He used to visit me in the offseason. He’s very serious, very smart,” New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “Syracuse is going to miss Doug Marrone, no doubt. ... I saw him Thursday and wished him well. He put his staff together fast and he’s hit the floor running, without a doubt.”
“Every general manager, as George Allen used to say, keeps a list in his right-hand drawer of potential head-coaching candidates, because situations do occur,” said former Bills General Manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian. “... I can tell you Doug Marrone was No. 1 on my list and I’m certain that he was very high on a lot of other lists in the National Football League.”
Marrone got his first exposure on the national stage Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine during his 15-minute session with reporters inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Asked beforehand what he thought it would feel like to be on the big stage, the coach gave an answer consistent with his no-nonsense nature.
“For me, I don’t even really think about that. I think about getting back and working with our players,” he said. “There’s so much time between when you get the job and you meet your players, and that’s very difficult.
“People are going to ask you a lot of questions about personnel, roster evaluations, and you really want to deal with the players first, because the players are the most important part of what we do.
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