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Marrone says Bills intend to hire a QB coach


MOBILE, Ala. -- Bills coach Doug Marrone said today he would like to add a quarterbacks coach to his staff of offensive assistants.

Marrone is interviewing candidates for his vacant receivers coaching job. He might have to wind up replacing defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who is under consideration for the head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns.

The QB coach would be a new addition to the staff. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett doubled as the QB coach during the 2013 season. But Marrone said that was a lot to put on Hackett's plate, especially when injuries hit the QB position.

"We’re looking at quarterback coaches," Marrone said. "One of the things that happened when we had those injuries was trying to get three quarterbacks ready. And having just Nathaniel was a very difficult situation, one that we didn’t foresee, but it was the situation we were in. We have a young stable of quarterbacks right now. We want to make sure we add people."

"Not that Nathaniel can’t handle it," Marrone said. "But we want to make sure his role as a leader and coordinator is to make sure everything’s going right. When you put three quarterbacks that are playing only one game of experience between the three, that’s not a situation you would wish on even your enemies in this profession."

Rookie first-round draft pick EJ Manuel started 10 games for Buffalo. Thad Lewis, who had started just one game before this season, made five starts for the Bills. Undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel made one start.

"We want to make sure we’re doing the right thing and have the full support of what we need to develop the young receivers, develop the young quarterbacks, develop what we want to do offensively," Marrone said.





  • ptato22

    Again trying to explain things too much. Surely it's a good thing to get a QB coach for Manuel, not because Hackett has too much to do. Just say it as it is - Manuel is young and could use a positive presence - or don't say anything.

    • eric

      Well said 22.

  • Kerry Fitzpatrick

    Reaching 3-4 rounds by taking EJ Manuel last year was one of the dumbest picks in the history of pro sports. Consider the Bills were starting a multiyear rebuild anyway and that this year's crop is infinitely stronger at QB. Not sure what the panic was. Insanely stupid move even by Bills standards. Things like this is whey they are FIFTEEN years without a playoff appearance.

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