This post will reflect entirely on the title: My sentiments as a Bills fan are pure aggravation, which has led to me ranting to friends who think I'm crazy. I will say this season was far more encouraging than the last, as there were less blowout losses and Mike Pettine's D has been tearing it up. Either way I am not sold on Doug Marrone for a variety of reasons which I will explain now. I give you credit for taking the time to read this, I appreciate it.
Reason #1: Special Teams:
During the offseason, Jerry Sullivan had written a column about Marrone's new assistants, and what I read about ST coach Danny Crossman made me cringe. He was an epic failure in Detroit, and so far mediocre in Buffalo. Our kick return game has been weak despite having the fastest player in the league, Goodwin, running it out. Punt coverage has been weak as well, most noticeably during the Cleveland game (although Powell can be blamed as well). Personally I think our kick coverage team has been fantastic, but the rest of the Bills special teams hasn't. It boggles my mind that Goodwin can only get 20 yards per return, and that Marrone didn't bring back Bruce DeHaven.
Reason 2: Offense
I understand that it will take time for the passing game to develop with all the youth in that department. But with 2 of the best running backs in the league, and the tools to have an average passing game, I don't see any excuse for this team to have such an unproductive offense. I think the playcalling this year has been a joke and that Hackett is in over his head. Spiller has been misused once again, worse than under Chan Gailey. The defense has been superb, at or near the top of the league in sacks and interceptions, which should set up the offense to score more than it is. Last season the defense was brutal which meant Fitz and friends were always playing catch-up. Last season the offense had 7 games where they score more than 24 points. This year the Bills have only 3 such games.
Marrone vs. Gailey
I was, and still am, a big Chan Gailey fan and wished he hadn't been fired (hence the word "crazy" in the title). I understand he had his flaws as a coach, but I feel like Marrone is almost a mirror image: Gailey reversed. Gailey couldn't coach defense, which is why the unit stunk, but under Marrone and Mike Pettine they have been rock solid (main reason we have 6 wins IMO). Gailey was a good offensive mind, and I wish he was still here for that reason. Marrone's teams have been able to stay in games despite having a scoring ceiling of 24 points a game. I think if Chan had one more "hot seat" year, he would've figured out the defense's problems, would've been given a young QB to groom behind Fitz, who is playoff caliber with a decent defense (too bad he was saddled with Wannstedt/Edwards defense while he was here.) I'm not gonna judge Marrone after 1 season, but he didn't inherit a rebuilding project. He got a team that was supposed to make a run at a wildcard spot and failed. I understand Manuel's success will most likely determine his but with all the talent around him (Defense and RBs) I'm not sold. I was never happy with the decision to fire Chan Gailey and still feel the same way.