Dear Coach Marrone:
This is to say thank you for all that you have done for your, that is, OUR Syracuse football program. Thank you for cleaning up the steaming turdheap that was left behind by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Thank you for instilling discipline. Thank you for bringing quality back to the Dome. Thank you for two bowl wins in three years (both of which I was lucky enough to attend). Thank you for installing a pro-style system that convinced recruits to show up. Speaking of recruiting, thank you for re-establishing the Northeast connections that have been so historically important to the team, and that had been so neglected recently. Thank you for restoring potential, if not yet greatness, to the Syracuse football program. Thank you for making football season something to look forward to with excitement rather than dread, and something to look back on with pride rather than shame.
Unfortunately, there will be many out there on the internet who take issue (to put it mildly) with your decision to head west down the Thruway. Because you said when hired that coaching at Syracuse was your “dream job”, everyone assumed that you would never leave voluntarily. You have to understand, we’ve been spoiled by Jim Boeheim, and were sort of hoping you would turn into the football version of him: running a consistent winning program for years and years, always being very good, occasionally being outstanding. That fantasy is now dashed. But however we may fear for the future of the football team, no fair-minded fan should be angry at you for your decision. The chance to be an NFL head coach does not come along very often — there are only 32 of those jobs, and hundreds of men who would give their good arm to be able to have one of them. It is a no-brainer (from a professional standpoint) to take that job if it’s offered. And as for the personal aspect, that’s between you, your family, and your gut. Maybe you could turn down the job and be perfectly happy at Syracuse forever. Maybe not. None of us can tell you differently.
So, thank you and good luck in Buffalo. Come back and visit sometime. There will always be a spot for you in the true Orange fan’s heart.