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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 1/8

The Buffalo Bills have officially hired Doug Marrone as their next head coach. The reaction from around the country is here.

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Doug Marrone named new head coach of Buffalo Bills -
"I had some opportunities to make a choice, and I've chosen to be here," said Marrone. "I can't tell you how excited I am to be the head football coach. I can't tell you how excited I am for my family and I to move up here. We're looking forward to it."

A closer look: Doug Marrone -
Here's his bullet point resume.

ESPN's Jon Gruden gives thumbs up on Marrone -
Gruden: "I think he did an excellent job at Syracuse of developing young coaches and surrounding himself with a really good brain trust. What he did at Syracuse speaks for itself. He turned that program around. I expect him to do the same in Buffalo. I think it is a great hire."

What they're saying about Doug Marrone -
"In the NFL, coaches and players consider themselves members of a brotherhood. There’s mutual respect because each person in that field knows the commitment involved. Here's what players and coaches from around the league have to say about new Bills coach head coach Doug Marrone."

Doug Marrone Introduced to Buffalo Media - VIDEO -
"Doug Marrone meets the media for the first time after becoming Buffalo's new head coach." The complete press conference with Russ Brandon and Buddy Nix.

Bills Focus: Doug Marrone Sit Down Interview - VIDEO -
"The 16th head coach in Bills history sits down with Chris Brown and discusses his philosophy as a coach and how he plans to turn the Bills into a winner."

Inside The Bills | BDC 1/7: Bills Name Doug Marrone Head Coach
At the top, give a listen to some of "Today's Interviews" as Marrone made the media rounds locally and nationally.

Inside The Bills | Background on coach search from Doug Whaley
"As soon as we touched down, we had an interview scheduled for that night," Whaley said. "And from that night, all the way until we left, we had interviews. One day we actually had three. We had a breakfast interview and then an interview late at night. That was very exhausting."

Inside The Bills | Drew Brees on Marrone
Brees: "I really enjoyed my time working with him when he was here with the Saints. Doug is a coach who deeply cares about his players."

Inside The Bills | Marrone won’t call offensive plays
"No, I will not be calling the plays, but to answer that, everything will go through me," Marrone said.

Inside The Bills | Mr. Wilson spoke with Marrone
"We had a long, open dialogue and conversation," Brandon told "I told him exactly why we’re moving in this direction. He was excited and very aware of Coach Marrone’s background. He talked to Doug today and had a great conversation with him and said he’s looking forward to him leading us."

A strong leadership presence - Buffalo News
"We wanted toughness, we wanted intellect, we wanted a culture change, a guy that will bring leadership, competitive leadership," said Russ Brandon, Bills president and chief executive officer. "We wanted to hopefully have someone with an NFL pedigree and head coaching experience. Doug was a perfect candidate."

Marrone gets rave review from ex-Jet - Buffalo News
Kevin Mawae: "He made the game easy to understand, and he coached in a way that required no sugar-coating. You didn't have to figure out what he was trying to tell you. It's just cut and dried; this is how it is, straightforward."

New coach brings a sense of belonging - Buffalo News
"Marrone strikes me as a guy with an edge, a coach who will demand a high standard from his players and everyone else in the organization. I don't care if he came from college. An NFL player will respond to a coach who is consistent and fair, and who makes him better."

Tough sports season looks brighter for fans - Buffalo News
"It was a risky move by Brandon, but not without some sense to it. Marrone has NFL experience, after all, and he turned around the fortunes of a well-loved college team. And it's better - potentially - than the old game of hiring a failed coach fired by some other team."

Marrone has a NY state of mind - Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan examines Marrone's deep ties to the state of New York.

Buffalo Bills name Doug Marrone head coach - Democrat and Chronicle
"Doug has restored Syracuse football to its rightful place and we are appreciative of the foundation he has laid on and off the field for the future success of the program," Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross said in a statement.

Doug Marrone will have his work cut out for him with Buffalo Bills - Democrat and Chronicle
Leo Roth: "I'll go out on a limb here and say Doug Marrone will end up somewhere between Harvey Johnson and Marv Levy in Bills coaching lore. Seriously, how does anybody know?"

Former Syracuse coach Dick MacPherson: Doug Marrone a 'perfect marriage' for Buffalo Bills - Democrat and Chronicle
"By Doug being here, we restored some normalcy to the Syracuse program," MacPherson said. "Everyone is very grateful to him for doing that. The only sad part is, he has to leave and go to Buffalo."

Russ Brandon Talks Coach Marrone and Potential Staff - WGR 550
"Russ Brandon Talks Coach Marrone and Potential Staff in the WGR550 Audio" I thought it was an excellent 20 minutes. Well, 15 minutes anyways.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Insight On Bills HC Doug Marrone
"Adam Benigni of WGRZ (Channel 2 in Buffalo) caught up with Syracuse Post Standard columnist Bud Poliquin on that exact topic." Oh, Marrone only went 25-25?

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Introduce Doug Marrone As Head Coach
"I can't tell you how excited I am to be the head football coach," said the former Syracuse head coach Monday. "I can't tell you how excited I am for my family and I to move up here. We're all looking forward to it. I'm excited about working with the people in this organization. But I'm especially excited about working with the players. I'm really excited about that and building a trust."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Marrone Wants Coordinators With "thorough NFL Experience"
Marrone: "Obviously, with the coordinators, we want people that have thorough NFL experience, as far as especially on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, we want people with NFL experience. For our coordinators, we want to make sure they've been in this league."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Report: Bills Request To Interview Jets DC Pettine
The Bills will interview Mike Pettine and Mel Tucker for their defensive coordinator job.

Doug Marrone must maximize Bills' talent - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Marrone will take over a Buffalo team which has talent at many positions. If players ... play up to their potential in 2013, Marrone could have a successful first year in Buffalo. However, most players in this group either underachieved or weren't consistent -- and the old coaching staff deserved much of the blame."

Doug Marrone: Bills 'another dream come true' - ESPN
"Today I'm experiencing another dream come true," Marrone said. "I've moved on from Syracuse to be with this outstanding organization. I want to thank Mr. [Ralph] Wilson, Russ [Brandon] and Buddy [Nix] for what they've done."

Buffalo Bills introduce Doug Marrone as head coach -
"I'm dying to go to work. We have a lot of work to do."

Mike Pettine received permission to interview with the Bills - Newsday
"A source confirmed Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine – whose contract is set to expire soon – has received permission to interview with the Buffalo Bills."

Marrone has plenty of work ahead - Olean Times Herald: Sports
Chuck Pollack doesn't sound overly thrilled.

Mum's the word on Fitz's status - Buffalo News
Buffalo News reports: '"I haven't had the time to make those evaluations," Marrone said. "I don't talk about players in the press. I'm looking forward to evaluating this time with our great scouting staff, getting to know them, and starting that process."'

Fred: I was never 100 percent in 2012 -
"Eighty percent is a good number," Jackson told "That was probably the best I felt all year was 80 percent healthy."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Free Agent Rundown
"The Bills have 13 unrestricted free agents, 3 restricted free agents and 2 exclusive rights free agents."

Doug Marrone on Syracuse QB: 'I love him' - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"I'll tell you what, I love him," Marrone said Monday in an interview with the NFL Network. "He did an outstanding job for our football team. He's really grown the last couple of years. He put an emphasis on the leadership role and really took over the team. ... He's going to be playing in this league."

2013 PFF Free Agency Tracker |
"Every year we launch into free agency with the aim to deliver the most comprehensive service out there. We’ve got rankings, breakdowns, team needs and some special features all coming up, but starts here… With the Pro Football Focus Free Agency Tracker."