Doug Marrone hired by Buffalo Bills to address offense

  • By Kareem Copeland
  • Updated: Jan. 6, 2013 at 08:23 a.m.

The Buffalo Bills hired Syracuse coach Doug Marrone on Sunday morning,'s Ian Rapoport reported. The move directly speaks to the organization's offensive issues.

"I think that's a great hire," NFL Network analyst Brian Billick said on "First on the Field." "He brings that pedigree that's kind of popular now, a substantial pro background with that mix of college."

Marrone's most significant NFL experience was three years as the New Orleans Saints' offensive coordinator from 2006-08. He was the first offensive coordinator hired by Sean Payton when he and Drew Brees went to New Orleans. The Saints made the playoffs in 2006 for the first time since 2000. They posted the No. 1 total offense twice and a Top 5 scoring offense twice in those three years.

Marrone also coached the New York Jets offensive line from 2002-05 and went 25-25 in four years at Syracuse.

The Bills have been a mess offensively, as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown flashes but been wildly inconsistent. The Bills have been a Top 20 scoring offense just once since 2004. Addressing the quarterback situation and better utilizing C.J. Spiller will be the first two tasks for Marrone.

A 6-10 record proves that the Bills certainly had their defensive woes, but AFC East teams need a legit offense to compete with the New England Patriots.