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Nathaniel Hackett tells Syracuse paper he's 'ecstatic' about Bills job

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills still haven't confirmed their coordinator hires.

But their top offensive aide, Nathaniel Hackett, has stated for the record that he's headed here.

Hackett confirmed what The Buffalo News reported Tuesday night, that he's leaving Syracuse University to join new Bills head coach Doug Marrone's staff.

"I am going to the Bills," Hackett told Syracuse Post-Standard reporter Nolan Weidner on Wednesday. "I'm ecstatic. It was something I just couldn't refuse."

Hackett was Marrone's offensive coordinator the past two seasons for the Orange.

"Doug gave me the keys to the car at Syracuse," Hackett said. "Now I'm excited to get another chance."

Hackett didn't divulge any details about what the Bills intend to do offensively or how they'll address the quarterback position.

Soon, reporters should get the chance to ask him and new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine about their plans. No news conference has been announced yet.

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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