The Bills have hired Syracuse coach Doug Marrone to replace Chan Gailey after three disappointing seasons. Marrone's honeymoon period could be be short-lived; Buffalo was 16-32 under Gailey, including a 6-10 effort in 2012.
"One of the things I believe in is making sure people work together," Marrone said during a Monday press conference. "So for me there is a process. It's going to be thorough. We're going to pick the coaches that best fit what we want to do. I want people that want to be here."
With most of the roster set (save the usual free-agent comings and goings and the April draft), Marrone's also going to need a staff.
"The coordinators will need to have thorough NFL experience, especially on the defensive side of the ball," he said.
According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, two names interviewing for the defensive coordinator job include the Jets' Mike Pettine and Jaguars' Mel Tucker, who hold the same position for their respective teams.
Last month, the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reported that Pettine turned down a contract extension from the Jets, whose defense still managed to finish ninth in the league (according to Football Outsiders' metrics), despite the nonstop circus the 2012 season became.
Tucker was the Jags' interim coach in 2011 after Jack Del Rio was fired, and he was retained as the defensive coordinator under new coach Mike Mularkey. Jacksonville struggled on both sides of the ball this season (not surprising given their 2-14 record), but Tucker is well regarded.
The Bills, meanwhile, desperately need to fix its defense. When Gailey was fired on New Year's Eve, the Associated Press reported: "The Bills allowed 400-plus points in each of the past three seasons, including 435 this year -- the second-most in team history. Though (Mario) Williams' presence improved the pass rush, Buffalo became the NFL's eighth team, and first since the 1986 Jets, to allow 45 points four times in one season."
The upside for Marrone: there's nowhere to go but up.
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