Mike Garafolo - USA Today
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Bills have found a head coach and two coordinators in a matter of a few days.
Former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has agreed to accept the same role with the Bills, according to a person with knowledge of the talks between the sides. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the deal is not yet finalized.
Pettine joins the staff of head coach Doug Marrone, who has brought offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett with him from Syracuse, the Buffalo News reported. Consider this the start of the drum beat for the Bills to draft Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib.
Pettine left the Jets after this past regular season. Head coach Rex Ryan claimed Pettine would not be brought back because he was exploring other opportunities, which makes no sense because it was a lateral move from a title standpoint. It was reported by multiple outlets Pettine turned down a contract extension earlier in the season.
BUFFALO N.Y.-The first hire by new Bills head coach Doug Marrone is offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. Hackett was the offensive coordinator under Marrone at Syracuse the past two years.
Hackett was a quality control coach for Tampa and Buffalo between 2006 and 2009.
During the radio broadcast of the Pinstripe Bowl the announcers kept referring to the Syracuse offense as "their version of Buffalo's K-Gun offense of the 90's."
Marrone said he wanted "experienced coordinators" but in his first hire has opted for someone he knows despite the fact that Hackett does not have a great deal of NFL experience.