Doug Marrone has found his new offensive coordinator: himself.
It's a move that's not too surprising and one we've speculated about since the second-year Syracuse coach fired Rob Spence at the end of the season. The Orange made it official today by announcing that they had completed their coaching staff with the hiring of Nathaniel Hackett as quarterbacks coach and Roger Harriott as running backs coach.
That leaves playcalling duties to Marrone, who was offensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints before taking the Syracuse job.
Head coaches have found varying degrees of success calling plays. Brian Kelly wasn't officially the offensive coordinator for Cincinnati but called all the offensive plays from a group that Jeff Quinn helped put together during the week. Steve Kragthorpe served as his own offensive coordinator at Louisville last season, and the Cardinals had one of their worst scoring outputs in years, leading to Kragthorpe's dismissal. Greg Schiano gave up his duties as defensive coordinator before last season.
This will give Marrone a chance to put his stamp on the offense, which looked much different and more effective in the season's final games against Rutgers and Connecticut. That led some to wonder whether Marrone was already taking a more active role in the play-calling by the end of the season.
Hackett was the offensive quality control coach for the Buffalo Bills, a position he had also held for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also served as an assistant at Stanford and California-Davis. He is the son of Los Angeles Raiders quarterbacks coach and former USC head coach Paul Hackett.
Harriott was athletic director of athletics and head football coach at University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He played running back at Villanova under Stan Drayton, who is the man he now replaces on the Orange staff.