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If Kevin Kolb tells you about new offense, he might have to kill you

By Tim Graham

Whatever the Buffalo Bills' offense will look like under new coach Doug Marrone, keeping it under wraps apparently is important.

I asked quarterback Kevin Kolb what he learned about the Bills' offensive plans when interviewing with the team.

"We've got to be a little careful," Kolb said with a laugh Monday at his introductory news conference.

"The cerebral part of the game is something I take a lot of pride in," Kolb said. "They'll put a lot on the quarterback here. ..."

Kolb paused.

"I'm trying to think how I can word certain things," he said. "You know, getting the ball out of my hand quickly, pre-snap reads, understanding defenses, just some things that over the last few years, being through a couple different systems, the footwork of this offense. Stuff like that."

Kolb, the Philadelphia Eagles' second-round draft choice in 2007, learned the West Coast offense from Bill Walsh acolyte Andy Reid. Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett ran a West Coast offense at Syracuse.

Kolb estimated 75 to 80 percent of the Bills' playbook should be familiar to him already.

Mixed in with the other 20 to 25 percent?

"Some stuff we're going to do offensively is unique," Kolb said, "and it's going to be fun."

Kolb emphasized his attraction to the idea Hackett, 33, will be a progressive coach -- something the Bills haven't experienced much of in recent years.

"I think he's a sharp mind," Kolb said. "The thing that I like that I've noticed is different from other places is he's not totally ingrained into doing what he was taught to do. He's always got his eyes open to new ideas, new thoughts, and if you can be proactive in that regard then you can stay ahead of the game.

"I want to be part of a team and a coaching staff that wants to do that, wants to develop as the years go on, always progressing. I had a coach in the past that was that way, who's very successful, and he taught me to be that way."


Doug Marrone | Kevin Kolb | Nathaniel Hackett
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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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