I was really happy last year when OBD went with the hiring decision of Marrone - finally a head coach. Not an offensive coordinator head coaching or a defensive coordinator head coaching, but a head coach to manage the team. Establish a direction, set goals, hold people accountable, and manage the team. I really felt that this was a great decision by OBD and something the Bills have needed for a long time.
Where i'm finding some fault in Marrone, in selecting the people to head his teams ( OC, DC, ST), I feel like Marrone has dropped the ball in two outta three. First, obviously, by selecting Crossman and now Pettine - as recent events are unfolding.
Let me explain. If the Bills are rebuilding, as opposed to making a run for it, I would think that the coaches you'd bring in for the long haul would be people that have a statistically positive record and/or people that were going to be loyal to the team and direction. Don't get me wrong, I wish Pettine the best when he leaves, but what about consistency? What about the young guys? What about the Bills? Don't we deserve that?
Regarding Crossman/ Special Teams -I'm not impressed with the excuse of "...we need core special teams players." I'm not sure what Marrone really expected when he made that hire.
Regarding Pettine/ Defense - Awesome improvement, and fun to watch on Sundays, although I would've hoped that Marrone asked something like "...hey, you gonna be around for a while?" I'm disappointed / frustrated / let down with the one-and-done.
The Bills have established an offensive identity with EJ Manual / Hackett and can improve next year. The defensive identity established under Pettine is now at risk and will be suspect next year. The special teams identity is, well, exactly what we thought it would be.
As I stated in the title - I'm putting this on Marrone