Buffalo, NY (WIVB.com - The Buffalo Bills new head coach Doug Marrone is not wasting time. Multiple sources have reported that Marrone has chosen both his offensive and defensive coordinators. Marrone reportedly hired Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
Marrone expressed interest in hiring coordinators with NFL experience. Pettine's resume lists 11 years worth of NFL experience, including four years as the New York Jets defensive coordinator. During his tenure with New York, the Jets' finished top eight defensively each year.
However, 33-year-old Nathaniel Hackett has limited NFL experience, working only for Tampa Bay and Buffalo as an offensive quality control coach, which is considered a low-level NFL coaching job. Hackett built a strong resume during his stint at Syracuse, where for the past two seasons he has worked with Marrone as the offensive coordinator. With Hackett at the helm of Syracuse's offense, the Orangemen set a school record, averaging 476 yards per game. Also, quarterback Ryan Nassib set school records in both completions and passing yards for each of the last two seasons.
While multiple sources are reporting both hires, the Buffalo Bills have yet to confirm either position.