Originally Posted by Aven8
Where is YR and his thoughts about this?
I'm heartbroken as a Syracuse fan and a bit angered about this.
I believe from a pure coaching perspective, Marrone was probably a top-5 coach in the college game. All of those little things you see a well coached team do, like Landry's and Jimmy's teams did. Disciplined players. Gang tackling on defense. Players who could handle a playbook. Effort, toughness, etc....all were things that Marrone's SU teams did.
This caught my eye the very first game he coached. The difference was amazing and that team stunk because they had ZERO talent. It was a shame to watch some of those teams because they were clearly better coached, but didn't quite have the talent to do it.
As the talent progressed, which showed he could recruit, the team got better. IIRC, they went 6-1 down the stretch and they had one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country.
He was innovative, going to the hurry up with just 14 days before the season. He also sent the team up to Ft. Drum to work with the soldiers at the Army base up there. Not only was it a good experience for those young men, but it helped the football team.
EVERY position on the team looked well coached. From the Quarterback to the MLB to the punter.
I wonder how much he will be making in Buffalo. But, as much as I praise him...I can't help but think him saying that SU was his 'dream job' was a crock. I know people try to apologize for him leaving...but, you don't leave your dream job after 4 years in the beginning of your career. So I feel like I was lied to. But, he greatly improved the team.
As far as him in Buffalo...I would never want to work for Ralph Wilson. I've loathed the Bills for years, now I know this will be screwed up and I'll just hate them some more.
Hopefully, SU will make either Schaffer or Hackett the HC and hopefully they can keep the program going on the right track.
It was fun while it lasted.