10 Marrone tweets to make you ponder, giggle, scowl
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • January 07, 2013 @ 11:52am
The Buffalo Bills are expected to officially announce the signing of new head coach Doug Marrone today at a noon press conference, but Twitter is already abuzz with analysis on the rather surprising move.
The former head coach of the Syracuse Orange, Marrone compiled a record of 25-25 over four years at the helm, producing pro players like Chandler Jones and Delone Carter and changing the culture of a middling program. He led the resurgent Orange to a Pinstripe Bowl victory, a 38-14 drubbing of West Virginia.
Despite a slew of interviews with candidates Lovie Smith, Ray Horton, Ken Whisenhunt and Chip Kelly, CEO Russ Brandon and GM Buddy Nix settled on a rising college coach familiar with New York state.
Here are 10 tweets with a brief comment after each:
Breakdown: Let’s start positively. Fred Smerlas, a five-time Pro Bowler, former Buffalo Bill and Rochester sports analyst, thinks highly of Buffalo’s hire of Marrone, pointing to Marrone’s similar qualities to Smerlas’ old GM Bill Polian. Smerlas wears a delightfully thick mustache and had one of the greatest Sports Illustrated articles ever written about him—I think that proves his authority.
Breakdown: WGR radio host Howard Simon is a well-known local media personality and a friendly guy. Still, it’s a little awkward when Marrone is dubbed a “hot guy” by SI’s Peter King and passed along by Simon. Maybe I’m just immature.
Breakdown: The Buffalo News’ Tim Graham is a terrific follow on Twitter—he’s funny, intelligent and doesn’t shy away from his detractors. Here, he channels his inner Admiral Ackbar in mock-trolling WGR’s Joe Buscaglia.
Breakdown: The NFL’s regionalism is a little picky and difficult to quantify, but this one is worth mulling over. Syracuse is split between Jets, Giants and Bills fans, and there definitely will be some inner-turmoil in the hearts of many Orange-lovers. I don’t think “region” was a major factor in the Bills’ hiring of Marrone (though it probably played a role in Marrone’s acceptance of the job), but his familiarity with the region certainly doesn’t hurt.
Breakdown: Anna Stolzenburg is a Syracuse alumnus and current graduate assistant with the Bills, so you can understand her flip-flopping and interesting choice of apparel Saturday.
Breakdown: I forgot Greg Paulus existed. In case anyone is wondering, I absolutely loathe everything Duke.
Breakdown: There’s been a solid amount of negativity from Bills fans in regard to the Marrone hiring—imagine that!—but at least this one made me laugh.
Breakdown: I hadn’t thought of it until this tweet, but Syracuse has seen three marquee names bolt college early in the past 12 months. New England Patriots’ defensive end Chandler Jones, brother of UFC fighter Jon “Bones” Jones, and electric (if still raw) Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters both saddened Orange fans with their premature departures, and Marrone’s move could be the icing on the cake.
Breakdown: Speaking of bitter yet amusing ‘Cuse fans, SB Nation’s Syracuse blogger turns to mocking former SU coach Greg Robinson, whose tenure as a college head coach was rather pitiful in Central New York.
Breakdown: Sorry to end this post with a guy clearly on Team Eeyore, but it had to be done.