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Buffalo Bills (official thread)

Discussion in 'Professional Football' started by korchiki, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. zincfinger

    zincfinger Gert Frobe-approved

    Brandon oversaw a franchise "regionalization" to encompass a 1 hr. radius around downtown Buffalo? I'm pretty sure the Bills have generally been the most popular NFL franchise from Rochester to St. Catharine's for awhile.
  2. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    I understand what you're saying, but the pro-Brandon take on that seems to be that the Bills had under-developed the WNY/Southern Ontario area for some time, and that the goal is to hit that entire region (~8M pop.) and not just Buffalo metro.

  3. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    Chip Kelly meeting with Buffalo today. I think he would enjoy working with CJ Spiller.

    Bills have also met with Horton and Whisenhunt, plus Mike McCoy tomorrow and probably Lovie Smith. So they're at least meeting with the guys who everybody else is interviewing too, which is more than we could say about the last few Bills searches.

    Doug Marrone from Syracuse could be a sleeper pick here if nobody else wants the job.

    (Whisenhunt might be the most dispiriting pick, as another retread a la Jauron/Gailey, which means he's probably the guy.)
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  5. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    Did somebody say regionalization?? Bills hire Marrone from right down the road, and appsrently he wasn't anywhere near their last pick of the bunch. Seems to have good NFL connections, got some good HC experience with the 'Cuse - of course a lot will depend on who his QB and coordinators are.

    Offseason is the time for optimism, go Bills!
  6. korchiki

    korchiki Junior

    Agree. Not completely sold on the hire but very happy to see them try a different approach. Marrone is the first hire directly from NCAA in the history of the bills.

    With that said, the selection of the coaching staff will be most telling. Every assistant coach is still on payroll for next year. If Marrone chooses to retain some of them, then it's more of the same. He needs to bring in a strong DC. Should be fun to watch.
  7. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    I think you mean NO assistants are still on payroll, since the Bills fired e'rrybody when they let Chan go. On the team's official website the coaching page says only "to be determined". Fans seemed to think highly of the OL coach but that's about it.

    Here's an interesting article on Marrone's coaching connections:

  8. osucollegebuck

    osucollegebuck Nathan Williams #43

    I think you nailed it.

    As a Bills fan I have come to realization that we will never land the big time coach like Gruden, Cowher, etc. We just have to try and get the best coach available to us (many times that is the 8th or 9th best coach available)
  9. zincfinger

    zincfinger Gert Frobe-approved

    I guess I just don't see the western NY region as being underdeveloped. I grew up in Western NY (Bills territory) and Eastern NY (mostly Giants territory). From my perspective, the Bills were clearly the top team in western NY even when they stunk. In Eastern NY, about 4 hours from NYC and 6 hours from Buffalo, the Bills were neck-and-neck with the Giants in generating fan interest, because the Bills were good. Along those lines, it seems to me like the key for the Bills to dominate the region from a marketing perspective is to put a good product on the field. They're going to be The Team in western NY no matter what, but in order to encroach on the east coast teams' marketing territory, they have to be good. The fairweather fans will follow.
  10. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    There's always more butts to put in seats and jerseys to sell, not to mention other merchandising and revenue streams. The point is Brandon's been a successful numbers guy for the Bills -- they also have a new lease and big renovation$ planned in a small market, even without being any good in a long time.

    The regionalization was just an example of a forward-thinking business strategy by Brandon, who's now pushing "analytics" a la Moneyball and the New England Patriots, and who just hired the first college coach in Bills history. Just sayin, the business side of the franchise seems in good hands.

    Now if we can just trade for an elite QB and get Norv Turner and Lovie Smith as coordinators, this team will be back in the playoffs in no time.
  11. korchiki

    korchiki Junior

    Nope I meant what I wrote. Yes they fired the coaching staff. They were also still under contract and will be paid next year regardless. Trust me on that one.

    Just saw that they hired Nathaniel Hackett to be OC. Looks like they are trying to change things. Should be interesting to see the rest of the staff.
  12. osucollegebuck

    osucollegebuck Nathan Williams #43

    Seriously this team cracks me up...now we hire the OC from Syracuse. LOLOLOLOL
  13. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    Okay score one for a technicality :wink2: - but it's pretty clear that virtually all of last year's fired assistants will not be actively coaching for Buffalo next year.

    Also Chris Mortensen reported that Marrone hired Mike Pettine as DC, spent four years in that position for NYJ, plus 7 before that with Baltimore. Let's go D.
  14. osucollegebuck

    osucollegebuck Nathan Williams #43

    wow we really raided the Orange and Jets coaching staffs.

  15. I think we draft Dion Jordan DE/OLB for Pettine's D. He might be answer to help cover Gronk and Hernandez.
    BayBuck likes this.
  16. osucollegebuck

    osucollegebuck Nathan Williams #43

    Where is he projected to go in the draft?

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