Monday, January 20, 2014

Bills think Hackett can hack it but will add QB coach


In his first NFL season in a prominent role, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett served double-duty.

Hackett was also designated as the Bills' quarterbacks coach, a vigorous job considering the team's turnstile at the position. In 2014, Buffalo is looking to give him some support.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters Monday that the team is seeking a quarterbacks coach to work under Hackett so Hackett can focus on his primary duties.

"Obviously Nathaniel Hackett can do it all," Marrone said, via “I think it was very difficult for him this year with three quarterbacks that we had to get ready with Kevin Kolb getting injured. I think that was very difficult."

Things only got more complicated at quarterback following Kolb's departure from the lineup.

Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel, who entered the season as the starter, injured his knee three different times and missed six games. The Jeff Tuel-as-a-primary-backup experiment was quickly put to an end within the first month, and Buffalo had to bring in yet another signal-caller in Thad Lewis to fill in the gaps, which were wide given Manuel's condition.

Marrone thinks adding a positional coach for the most important job on the field can only help. We don't think he's wrong.

"[Hackett] has a responsibility of being the offensive coordinator and calling the plays and that’s a lot," Marrone said. "Even though Nathaniel has voiced to me that it’s not a problem and he can do it and there’s no doubt in my mind that he can, it’s my responsibility to bring people in that can help and support."

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