Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Marrone hiring Syracuse OC to lead Bills' offense


New Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters Monday that he wanted his new coordinators to have "thorough NFL experience."

Guess he was exaggerating just a bit.

Marrone, most recently the head coach of the Syracuse Orange, is bringing over his former offensive coordinator at Syracuse, Nathaniel Hackett (pictured), to assume the same role with the Bills, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News. (photo: SUAthletics.com)

Hackett's only NFL experience consists of being a quality control coach for the Bills in 2008-09 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006-07. That, and his dad, Paul Hackett, spent eight years as an offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets. (Does that count?)

Nathaniel Hackett served as Syracuse's offensive coordinator the last two years and coached quarterback and tight ends in 2010. His resume as an assistant on any level dates back to 2003.

Graham elaborates a bit on Hackett's Bills-throwback K-Gun influence here.

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