The Buffalo Bills might be thinking about changing the team color to orange. A day after introducing Syracuse's Doug Marrone as the new head coach, the Bills agreed to hire SU's offensive coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett to come back to Buffalo. Hackett, 33, worked as a quality control coach for the Bills under Dick Jauron. But this time he will return to Buffalo in a much larger and vital capacity as the man who will call the plays in an NFL offense.
The hiring of Hackett was first reported by the Buffalo News and later confirmed on Twitter by agent Brian Ayrault who said "the K Gun "is coming back to Buffalo. That is in reference to the fact that Hackett has been heavily influenced by the offensive philosophy used by the Bills during their glory years of the 90's. He learned the principles of the offense while working with former Bills quarterback and coach Alex Van Pelt and then in Syracuse Hackett and Marrone implemented much of the offense and vaulted SU into the top 20 of offenses nationally.
The major issue on offense for the Bills coming into 2013 and for about the last decade is uncertainty at quarterback. The hiring of Marrone and Hackett leads to the very real possibility that the Bills have targeted Syracuse senior quarterback Ryan Nassib as one of their picks in the upcoming college draft. Nassib, originally thought to be a 4th round pick at best has been zooming up the draft boards over the last few months, Some mock drafts now have Nassib being selected in the first round. The Bills will pick number 8 overall this April