When head coach Doug Marrone left Syracuse, fans were upset, but still optimistic. When reports came out tonight that offensive coordinator Nate Hackett is following Marrone, that optimism is slowly slipping away.
The Buffalo News has confirmed Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is joining Doug Marrone with the Bills
— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) January 9, 2013
Reports earlier this week suggested that Hackett would stay after Marrone said he wanted a coordinator with NFL experience.
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 8, 2013
Well apparently that source was wrong. McMurphy changed his report moments ago.
Nathaniel Hackett expected to stay at Syracuse npw joining Doug Marrone w/Buffalo Bills
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 9, 2013
I guess Hackett’s experience has an “Offensive Quality Control Coach” for the Buffalo Bills was all Marrone needed for NFL experience. Both Bills and Orange fans are reacting on Twitter:
Certainly hope to be wrong..but Hackett OC does not inspire confidence. Thought he would go for more NFL experience at this spot.
— 13 Yr Drought (@mpas64) January 9, 2013
I just dont know what to say about Hackett leaving. Disappointed, betrayed, hopeful that recruits stay and we get a solid replacement? #Cuse
— Jon Lee (@JTLee03) January 9, 2013
I was okay with losing Marrone to Buffalo but Hackett too!? Both were important to the teams run this year and will be missed #OrangeNation
— David Lauterbach (@mrDLauterbach) January 9, 2013
Yes, I see Hackett’s #bills “experience.” That’s a joke.
— Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington) January 9, 2013
Hackett is only 33! Talk about sink or swim. I like the bold approach. We wanted change & a new direction. #BillsMafia
— Matt Sabuda (@bfamatt) January 9, 2013