- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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When Marrone was hired by Syracuse in 2009, he said that was his dream job. However, Marrone repeated those sentiments about the Bills.
"Today I'm experiencing another dream come true," Marrone said. "I've moved on from Syracuse to be with this outstanding organization. I want to thank Mr. [Ralph] Wilson, Russ [Brandon] and Buddy [Nix] for what they've done."
Staying in New York was a big factor in Marrone's decision. He was born in New York City, got his first head-coaching job at Syracuse and now his first NFL head-coaching job in Buffalo. Marrone said he felt most comfortable working in western New York.
"I had some opportunities to make a choice, and I have chosen to be here," Marrone said. "I can't tell you how excited I am to be the head football coach."
Marrone plans to have an open-door policy with his players. One of Marrone's biggest tasks will be getting to know his personnel's strengths, weaknesses and personalities as soon as possible.
Marrone comes to Buffalo with a good reputation as an offensive coach. He was a former offensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints for three seasons and helped turn Syracuse around with a good offense.
However, Marrone took exception to being labeled one-dimensional.
"I do take offense when people say, 'Hey, you're an offensive coach,'" Marrone said. "I’ve been attacking defenses my whole entire life. Can you go out and call it? That’s one thing I haven't done defensively. But again, I understand coverage, I understand front mechanics and things like that. So I have a great understanding of defensive football and special teams."
Although it appears some Buffalo fans are skeptical, the Bills' brass likes this hire. Marrone deserves a clean slate to come in and implement his program. Let's see what Marrone can do with Buffalo over the next several seasons.
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