As reported yesterday, its very likely that former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone will be in charge of the Bills next season. Marrone will bring a new staff, and usher in a new era in Buffalo. One era that seems to be coming to a close is Ryan Fitzpatrick’s, the the team will likely have a new starter. With Marrone entering the fold it wouldn’t be ridiculous to think that the team will take a look at Ryan Nassib.
Nassib was the starting quarterback three of Marrone’s four years with the Orange. This season was Nassib’s best statistically, throwing for 3,749 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He lead Syracuse to two Pinstripe Bowl Championships, most recently this year against Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers.
He’s one of four quarterbacks in Big East history with over 9,000 yards passing. He has the ability to get out of the pocket as well, and can still make accurate throws on the run. He had 142 yards and 2 touchdowns rushing this season.
Marrone has been very high on Nassib during his time at Syracuse. “No words can really put it into perspective,” said Marrone. “I am not a very good story teller, I love him and am so proud of him. He really worked extremely hard on his development in my mind we haven’t even seen the best of Ryan Nassib. His development is going to take off and I truly believe that from what I have seen.”
The pick wouldn’t be a huge stretch either. Nassib is projected to be a second or third round pick, usually grouped with second tier quarterbacks like Aaron Murray, Mike Glennon, Landry Jones, and E.J. Manuel. It would allow the Bills to take a linebacker or other need in the first and still get a player in the second that they think could make a difference on the team. Nobody knows this guy better than Marrone. The Bills already scouted him heavily this season. If he’s proven something to Marrone and the Bills organization, it could be a very good fit for Buffalo. If so, we might have to start calling them the Buffalo Orange the way this offseason has been going.