Buffalo Bills news, 2/10: did Doug Marrone hire too many college coaches?

Jeff Zelevansky

Some accuse Doug Marrone of "cronyism" in his hirings. Is it a detriment to the Buffalo Bills?

Are Doug Marrone's Buffalo Bills too Orange for NFL? - ESPN

"Along with Rebrovich and Moore, the Bills have the following coaches from Marrone's staff at Syracuse: offensive coordinator Nate Hackett, tight ends coach Greg Adkins, offensive quality control coach Jason Vrable, defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson, and special-teams assistant John Anselmo."

WRs coach Moore expecting smooth transition - BuffaloBills.com

"Bills new WRs coach Rob Moore might be the last new assistant to arrive at One Bills Drive, but there are some familiar faces on his side of the ball. He believes it will allow him to mesh quite well with the rest of the offensive staff."

These two articles reinforce each other very well. Mike Rodak of ESPN.com discussed Chip Kelly's transition from college to the NFL, and noted that the Philadelphia Eagles coach, as well as former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, brought fewer college assistants with them to the NFL. I'm not as concerned about it as Rodak clearly is for discussion purposes. Nathaniel Hackett had NFL experience and play-calling experience. Marrone had NFL experience and head coaching experience. It was obviously a big step up for those coaches, Hackett especially, but he has the pedigree to get the job done. Marrone has added support for Hackett in the form of Jim Hostler, in addition to himself. It's sink or swim time Hackett.

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Reasons for Optimism: Bills Are Building Up The Trenches On Both Sides Of The Ball - Bills Mafia -- #BillsMafia
"Without a doubt, this is the best staff in years in terms of developing offensive line talent. Getting the right three players to step in with Cordy and Eric is one of the most important goals of the upcoming season. The realization by this staff of the importance of having top talent along both lines is one of the greatest reasons for optimism for Bills fans."

Ranking List Of Potential Bills Cuts : Buffalo Sports Daily
The only surprise on Pat Moran's cut list is Lee Smith, who is making less than $700K in 2014 and is unlikely to be released before training camp. He also lists Da'Norris Searcy as a surprise cut based on Duke Williams' emergence, though at the end of the year Williams hardly played.

What Will Pepper Johnson Bring to Buffalo? Q&A with NEPatriotsDraft’s Mike Loyko | Buffalo Bills Draft
"Mike Loyko, who covers the New England Patriots for NE Patriots Draft, recently took the time to share his thoughts with Buffalo Bills Draft on new Buffalo defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. Johnson spent the past fourteen years on New England’s coaching staff as assistant linebackers coach (2000), inside linebackers coach (2001-03), defensive line coach (2004-11) and most recently, linebackers coach (2012-13)."

Nine Possible No. 9 Overall Picks for the Buffalo Bills | Buffalo Bills Draft
Dan Hope takes an early look at who could be coming to Buffalo this May in the first round of the draft.

Buffalo Bills: The QB Situation - BuffaLowDown
Should the Bills add Matt Cassel?

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