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New Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett at a glance

By Tim Graham

Nathaniel Hackett will be the Buffalo Bills' next offensive coordinator.

Hackett, the son of former Pitt Panthers and USC head coach Paul Hackett, was Syracuse University's offensive coordinator under Doug Marrone the past two seasons.

Marrone said at Monday's introductory news conference he wanted his coordinators to have "thorough NFL experience" and that he would not call plays for the Bills.

Hackett, 33, has held only entry-level positions in the NFL as a quality-control coach for the Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Obviously, with the coordinators, we want people that have thorough NFL experience, as far as especially on the defensive side of the ball," Marrone said Monday. "Offensively, we want people with NFL experience. For our coordinators, we want to make sure they've been in this league.

"This is a very, very difficult job, being an NFL coach. But I'm not going to sit here and say, 'Three are from college, X-amount ...' I think at the end of the day, we need to find the best fit where we're going to be most successful."

Nathaniel Hacket's resume:


  • • Born December 1979 in Fullerton, Calif.
  • • University of California-Davis (neurobiology, physiology and behaviors) '02
  • • Son of former college head coach and NFL offensive coordinator Paul Hackett

Coaching background

  • • Syracuse University, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/tight ends 2011-present
  • • Syracuse University, quarterbacks/passing game/tight ends 2010
  • • Buffalo Bills, offensive quality control 2008-09
  • • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, offensive quality control 2006-07
  • • Syracuse University, recruiting coordinator 2005
  • • Stanford University, offensive/defensive coordinator assistant 2004
  • • Stanford University, offensive assistant 2003
  • • University of California-Davis, assistant linebackers, spring 2003
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