Doug Marrone could barely wait for his introductory news conference as the Buffalo Bills' new head coach to end.

He needed to get out of town – and fast. Marrone was eager to get to New York, where he would interview the man who would ultimately become his defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine.

"We jumped on a plane and went right down to see Mike," Marrone said. "I couldn't be happier with that choice. I couldn't be more excited with the staff we put together on that side of the ball."

Pettine, who met the Western New York media for the first time Friday afternoon, had never previously worked with Marrone, but had heard plenty of good things through mutual acquaintances.

"The response was overwhelming when people found out I had an opportunity to come and work with him," Pettine said. "It got to the point where I was literally answering the phones and saying 'if you're calling to tell me how good a guy Doug is, and how great he is going to be to work for, I already got that. You got anything else?' "