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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 1/7

It appears the Bills have hired Doug Marrone as their head coach. Read reactions locally in Buffalo and Syracuse, as well as nationally.

Andy Lyons
Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Bills pick Marrone to forge turnaround - The Buffalo News
An excellent piece from Tim Graham and Mark Gaughan on how Marrone changed the culture at Syracuse.

Brandon makes bold play on Bills' new coach - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan: "This is a bold pick, a risky pick. Brandon, a fine baseball player in his day, is swinging for the fences here. Give him credit for that. It would have been easier to settle for the stand-up double, a former NFL head coach with an established record for being average."

A look at Marrone's resume - The Buffalo News
The headline tells you everything you need to know.

Offensive-minded Marrone molded Syracuse with discipline - The Buffalo News
How can Doug Marrone change the losing culture at One Bills Drive? He's done it before.

Buffalo Bills quiet on reports that SU's Doug Marrone may be new coach - Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana is taking a cautious approach and with the way reports went all last week, who can blame him?

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Coach Choice Evokes No Emotion
"I’m going with ambivalent. That would be my answer to the question I am sure is on your mind. So Howard, what do you think about Doug Marrone?"

Marrone, QB Ryan Nassib a package deal? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"But with Marrone on board, that may increase Buffalo's interest in Nassib. The Bills will have more knowledge of Nassib than any other team. Nassib has a 70 grade from Scouts Inc. and is expected to go in the second or third round."

Bills venture into the unknown - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Marrone would not have been my first pick from the batch we just mentioned. The Bills haven't been to the playoffs since 1999, the NFL's longest drought. Bills fans are a tortured bunch who need a big name to re-energize the fan base."

Buffalo Bills Hire Doug Marrone As Next Head Coach - The Phinsider
Dolphins fans mock Bills fans. Keep it clean if you go over there and remember - they probably don't care about your opinion.

The Kick Is Good – Helpful hints for new Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone
Definitely meant to be humorous.

Reaction mixed to Marrone hiring - Dunkirk | The Observer
"I would have preferred a NFL coach," Tedone said. "However, Doug Marrone does have the resume to, at the point in his career, be ready to take the next step."

Bills fans should like Marrone hire - Auburn Pub
"Marrone has experience rebuilding a program (a team). He was 4-8 in his first year at Syracuse, but went 8-5, 5-7 and 8-5 in his final three years there. He knows what it takes to get a team to the postseason. He proved that in college. He can do it in the pros."

Herm Edwards: Doug Marrone's Bills will be 'well prepared' | Toronto Sun
"He was at (the University of) Tennessee," Edwards said Sunday afternoon in a phone interview. "When our college scouts went out on the road to scout players, I always asked them about position coaches, too. So Doug was on my radar screen as an offensive line coach."

Time for Bills to end Fitzpatrick era | Home | Toronto Sun
"I think that’s a great hire," Billick said during one of the network’s pre-game shows on Sunday. "He brings that pedigree that’s kind of popular now, a substantial pro background with that mix of college."

John Dudley: Bills follow successful trend with new coach | Times-News
"The Bills will get crushed by some corners of their fan base for this hire. But in their defense, they swung and missed the last two times they hired retread coaches in Chan Gailey and Dick Jauron, and there would have been grousing about hiring someone else's throwaway had they gone with Reid, Smith or Whisenhunt."

Six Writers Talking Themselves Into New Bills Coach Doug Marrone - Deadspin
Buffalo Rumblings gets a link in this Deadspin article, so that's something... but they're making fun of all of us so that's another.

Bills hoping Doug Marrone continues trend of success for college coaches |
"There are three current NFL coaches whose last job was in college and all three are having a measure of success:"

Poliquin: Doug Marrone's decision to leave Syracuse football behind is wise but unsettling |
"There will be, of course, some hard feelings in all of this. And considering the nature of the proceedings that were equal parts clumsy and clandestine, that should not be unexpected."

As Doug Marrone shuffles off to Buffalo more and more people who matter weigh in on the news |
"As that news spread today, certain folks with ties to SU football had some things to say. What follows is just a sampling:"

Buffalo Bills confirm hiring Syracuse's Doug Marrone :
"Marrone though, leaves the Orange in unbelievably better shape than when he arrived in Central New York. He's returned the program to respectability and completely changed the culture of the program."

Difficult decision for Doug Marrone to leave Syracuse :
"There's a lot of things going on that we don't know about," explains Drummond, "I know a lot of things led to him leaving, and it just doesn't come down to him. You've got to look at the (SU Athletic Director), the president, so a lot of things led to him leaving, so don't fault Doug, he's doing the best for him and his family."

Doug Marrone's reported hire over proven names gutsy for Bills - Sporting News
"Nobody can accurately predict how Marrone will fare, but give the Bills credit for decisively identifying the person they wanted."

Immediate Reactions: Oh, Marrone | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA LIVE
"My general bent is to lean optimistic and with my first thoughts (No. 1), but there are those who will acknowledge the doom plus gloom:"

Week 18: Film Session C.J. Spiller - VIDEO -
"Steve and Chris breakdown C.J. Spiller's best plays from 2012."

The Fan - 1270 AM
A new CBS Sports radio affiliate is going on the airwaves today in Buffalo. The only local programming is from 12-3 with Rich Gaenzler hosting. WGR kept CBS' Jim Rome in the 12-3 time slot.

Q&A with Derek Buttles: A Christmas gift to remember - The Daily News Online
Local Letchworth high school grad Derek Buttles got quite a present this Christmas. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills.