Well.......according to a number of NFL beat reporters, Mike Pettine is the favorite to fill the head coaching vacancy for the Browns. As tremendously heart broken as I am, I can no longer dwell on what could have been and attempt to focus on what could be. I would have loved to see this Bills defense continue to improve for the next two years, but the show must go on. I have faith in Marrone and Whaley in finding a more than compentent replacement. In house, Buffalo has a coach who was a massive reason for the teams' improvement: Donnie Henderson. Henderson did an amazing job with the secondary and he was a Marrone-guy. He was not a member of Pettine's hand picked staff. I do not think he would leave with Pettine. But you never know. Maybe his coaching style was influenced by Pettine's aggressive tactics and he will continue to impress or even improve. Or maybe the HC looks outside the organization and finds another aggressive coach. Aggressiveness was one of the prerequisites Whaley and Marrone were looking for in the beginning. Sal Cappaccio of WGR550 explained in a recent article that defenses can continue to excel even after the foundational engineer has departed. Examples are Horton and the Cardinals success after he left for Cleveland; and success for Seattle after Gus Bradley left as DC. As a matter of fact, they improved in overall defense after Horton and Bradley left. So, I guess what I am trying to convey is that maybe the sky will not fall and Marrone finds a good replacement. Someone who complements Pettine's signature style after he eventually makes his departure official. Marrone found Pettine before and he can find a fine substitute if he needs to. We all need faith.
Side note: I know, I know. We all question the Crossman signing, but in Crossman's career as a ST coach he has coached three top 10 units and several top 15 ones as well. Maybe giving him another chance will be fortuitous. Marrone says he wants more coverage guys like Easley and possibly with more players like him, the Bills ST's will improve.