The Buffalo Bills officially introduced Doug Marrone as the team’s new Head Coach Monday at a noon news conference. Marrone answered questions for about twenty-five minutes at Ralph Wilson Stadium and expressed his love for the region and admiration for the Bills organization. Marrone deferred answering most questions about specific staff hirings and player evaluation, saying it was much too early in the process to address the. Marrone did say however that he would never evalaute a player in the media and was eager to meet the players and specifically quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The hiring of Marrone has received positive reviews for the most part from around the league. Saints Coach Sean Payton and Marrone’s former boss in New Orleans gave him high marks and felt it was inevitable that he would return to the NFL as a Head Coach. Payton was not alone in his praise for Marrone, “I think that’s a great hire,” NFL Network analyst Brian Billick said Sunday on “First on the Field.” “He brings that pedigree that’s kind of popular now, a substantial pro background with that mix of college.”

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