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.