Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/26/14
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The Buffalo Bills have moved on to their fifth head coach since Wade Phillips was dismissed following the 2000 season (not counting 2009 interim Perry Fewell), and for the first time in franchise history they dipped into the college ranks, hiring Doug Marrone away from Syracuse.Marrone has spent the last four years turning Syracuse from an abysmal program (10-37 in four years under Greg Robinson, and never better than 4-8) into a merely mediocre one, going 2-25 in his four years on the hill, a record that includes two Pinstripe Bowl wins (including this season's 38-14 romp over a West Virginia team that came into the season with national championship aspirations).The track record of college coaches in the NFL is spotty at best. On one side are the likes of Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, the only two coaches to win both a Super Bowl and an NCAA title. Bill Walsh also had a relatively successful college career before taking over the 49ers dynasty in the 1980's. On the other ...
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