Monday, January 14, 2013

Fan passion, community attracted Bills' new coaches


The Buffalo Bills officially announced the hiring of new special teams coach Danny Crossman Monday.

And like the rest of the coaches that joined Bills over the last week, Crossman noted the fan and community-driven environment as a major selling point in coming to Buffalo.

"I know how much this team means to the community having grown up in a hardworking, blue-collar city," Marrone said Monday, via "I’m excited to help this organization on the field with the support of our fans.” (photo: Warren Krewenki)

When former Syracuse Orange coach Doug Marrone was hired last week to be the Bills' new head coach, he noted the "core values" of the town as being a key player in why he chose Buffalo.

Former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who was hired to run the Bills' defense opposite new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, liked the "passion" of the community when making a decision to head to Western New York.

"I grew up a coach’s son and in a community where it was all about football," Pettine said. "It’s great to be somewhere where the fans are so passionate.”

Ultimately, everyone jumping on board in Buffalo truly wants to be there. If anything, it's a good start.

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