Dec 29, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone looks on during the second half of their 34-20 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Marrone, The Draft, and The NFL

Let’s Talk About Doug Marrone.

 

The NFL Draft brings so many players and storylines to the forefront, but lately I can’t stop thinking about Doug Marrone.

 

NFL coaches’ careers can be brief if they don’t attach themselves to winning early on. I honestly think it will be hard for Marrone to survive to next season if EJ Manuel doesn’t play well and the team flounders. Firing Marrone after two years would not be entirely fair, but it’s realistic in today’s NFL – especially with a team expecting new ownership.

 

I’d find the Bills pick at #9 far more fascinating if I felt it was entirely Marrone’s call. I’d love to know what Marrone thinks of Manuel at his core, and leaving the pick up to him would reveal his true feelings.

 

Fans always think about the draft in relation to how it can help teams. But, sometimes, coaches must think about what move helps my career?

 

Marrone knows the league is transitioning to a place where highly-potent offenses win games and championships. He knows if he doesn’t have a highly potent offense this season, it could cost him his job in the NFL.

 

If you were heading into a make-or-break season, would you choose to trade back and stock picks? Or, would you go big and hope to get the best offensive weapon possible?

 

My vote would be to go big. I have to believe Marrone would agree.

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