Good topics for discussion, jw. For what it's worth, I think Brandon has indicated on numerous occasions he is not the "football guy" and even when he was the de facto GM, those personnel decisions weren't coming solely from him (i.e., he relied upon Marv and Dick). At his initial press conference as Prez/CEO he clearly stated he would not be drafting players. The guy seems to know where his strengths lie.
With respect to how the Bills conducted the HC search and what messages are being broadcast, it is clear to me they got either their first or second choice (if they wanted Kelly). Really, are any of the coaches hired since clearly better candidates? It is also evident if the Bills had not acted on Marrone when they did, he'd be the head coach in San Diego, Philly, or Cleveland right now. I look at Marrone and other than having some sort of brilliant W-L record as a head man, he has all of the qualifications a team should hope for. NFL experience as a player, position coach, and coordinator. Worked for successful people. Glowing reviews at each stop. Disciplinarian. Innovative. Part of numerous situations in which culture change took place from loser to winner. Energetic. I mean, truthfully, what's not to like?
I'm sorry he didn't give the media answers to every question they want answered, but it seems to me the last couple of Buffalo coaches have been far too candid. I'd prefer to see an organization that holds things closer to the chest, even if it means we as fans don't have as much access as we'd like.
It is clear from reading comments from you, Jerry Sullivan, Tim Graham, Sal Maiorana et al that the local media don't like the current veil of secrecy at One Bills Drive. Makes your jobs more difficult because you're only getting the company line. Well, while I understand the frustration, I applaud the Bills' approach.
There's more reason for optimism out of that organization than at any time since, perhaps, Donahoe traded for Bledsoe? Even you should see that.
Edited by eball, 19 January 2013 - 07:35 AM.