Jul 28, 2013; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett (right) talks with the quarterbacks during training camp at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Does Marrone need to bring in a QB coach?


After the season, there was a sense of something missing.  One or two players away from a playoff berth.  I know I have said this more than once.  Looking at it could it be 1 or 2 players or coaches away from a playoff berth.

There is that possibility.  The Buffalo Bills did not have a quarterbacks coach this year.  They relied on Nathaniel Hackett to do all of the heavy lifting to teach a new system to the players as well as get a rookie QB to the point of starting in the NFL as well as teaching another rookie QB and a third with minimal NFL experience the system, throughout the year.  I called Hackett out for being in the press box calling the plays, but I know why he was up there now.  Hiding from everyone.

Marrone had this to say when he was asked about a quarterbacks coach…

“Those are a lot of things that we’re going to look at. Obviously Nathaniel and I will have conversations about what we need and what we’re missing and how we can make things better. Mike Pettine and I and obviously Danny Crossman will have those conversations too,” said Marrone. “I appreciate Russ Brandon and Mr. Wilson telling me that whatever we need to tell them and they’ll get it done. It’s great that they have that commitment and we have to look at what resources we need to get more wins.

“We’re going to take a long, hard look and evaluate everything. We will do whatever it takes to get better. If we have to move some people around, whatever it may be we’re going to have those discussions. Right now from how I feel and how the coaches feel and there’s a large sense of disappointment. We have to continue to work on how we’re going to get better for 2014.

“We have to take a step back here and just kind of regain our thoughts and go back into it and not make any rash decisions. That’s why we have to take a long, hard look and we started that process already.”

Do they need a QB coach.   I think that it is a needed spot and will relieve some of the pressure that they had put on Hackett.  Having a QB coach and a veteran QB, which we lost in preseason, is imperative when having a rookie QB at the helm.  I think it is necessary to have the coach more than the veteran QB, but if this is the case and we can only go with one, make sure the QB coach has NFL experience so it kills two birds with one stone.

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  • NWBill

    Either hire a QB coach to work with Hackett (who I think is very qualified), or put him in that spot and get another OC. One or the other. The thing is, though, that there has been a revolving door of staffs and schemes with this team for the past 10 years – and the fans are sick of it. We need stability – and we need continuity. I saw nothing from Hackett this year to warrant dismissing him. I do think he needs to be on the field, working with EJ. I also think that being the OC AND the QB coach is maybe asking too much; especially since we have a young starter. EJ needs to be developed, and he needs close attention – can Hackett do that, and everything else we’re asking him to do …. efficiently and productively? That’s the question; and from what I’ve seen, the answer so far is no.

  • Dennis Amo

    Bill,
    I agree completely. I want to see someone on the field working with EJ. Hackett can’t do both. I think you keep Hackett at OC to provide the stability in the schemes and bring in a QB coach that is in line with Hackett and Marrone and their philosophies and schemes.

  • chas territo

    Once upon a time in a city near and by, we had a coach who taught us to fly….Where oh where is Alex Van Pelt, he was the one who made our passes felt?? lol.Seriously, we need a QB coach to relieve Hackett. He was/is over whelmed at both positions as evidenced by the lack of development for EJ!! To MARRONE, cut the shit, get us a qualified QB coach with experience playing NFL Football!! Ez peezy, they are out there, find one or steal one from another organization, just get ‘er done as the chubby red neck comedian says all the time!! GO BILLS!!

  • Paul Kawalerski

    I would agree with everything you said except the point of Hackett not needing to be on the field. This is a dynamic coach and I think him being on the field will both give him a better feel for the game and give the players more interaction with their OC. This team needs to build chemistry and that doesn’t happen with the two separated.

  • chas territo

    This is NWBILL’s comment quoted, that you evidently misread.

    ‘I do think he needs to be on the field, working with EJ’
    .
    All 3 of us agree on that point Also, I feel no Designated coach should ever do 2 positions ever.With Pro football all teams only should use 1 coach for 1 designation. There is enough assets to get a coach for these separate positions, right? The QB is the biggest investment every team has and it makes the most sense to have a separate coach to develop that major investment! So, I think Marrone will find one soon.

  • Gussie Boy

    Look at what Frank Reich did for Phillip rivers. Proof enough for me

  • NWBill

    Thanks, Chas …. and I agree with you. If they’re doing it this way to save money, then that’s crap – because they’re then wasting the fan’s ticket monies by not putting the best possible staff in place.

  • chas territo

    I’d like to think because Marrone was a 1st HC, he didn’t realize how many Coaches were needed this year. I know the 1st thought then is ‘why not?’. He might have thought it wasn’t the time for extra coaches because he was new?? At least I hope that’s the case because the alternative is not a good look at his coaching style. No matter what the reason was, I truly believe he will have a QB Coach this year at training camp. GO BILLS!!