Doug Marrone knows he got the Bills head coaching job because he turned around the Syracuse program and quarterback Ryan Nassib was a big part of it.
The Bills chose Florida State’s E.J. Manuel over Nassib in the draft.
Nix has the final personnel say in the traditional general manager/coach relationship in Buffalo but both Nix and Marrone both judged Manuel the best quarterback in the crop, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports. Buffalo traded from No. 8 th pick in the first round to No. 16, picked Manuel at 16, and gained an extra second-round pick in the process.
“I was a little disappointed,” Nassib told the media covering the Giants in a conference call after being their fourth-round pick Saturday.
“I don’t know if words can explain it,” Marrone said from his office.
“In one sense, you study all the quarterbacks and you get the one you believe is the best one, and you’re happy. You’re ecstatic,” Marrone said. “In another sense, you’re hurting about Ryan. And it did hurt. You’re hurting in a different way for the other quarterbacks too, because you spent a lot of time with them too, and there was a lot to like about all of them. But with Ryan, it was very difficult after what we did together. It hurts. It definitely hurts. He’s a special kid. Unbelievable worker. So smart. Very, very good quarterback with all the intangibles. He will win games in this league.
“The responsibility I had was to get the best player we could get. There are a lot of people relying on me to get the best players we can get here — all the people in the organization and all the fans who buy tickets to see us play.”