Buffalo’s Doug Marrone on ex-Pats coach Pepper Johnson: ‘I think he brings a lot to our organization’
|02.20.14 at 9:35 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — As far as Bills coach Doug Marrone was concerned, it was a no-brainer.
When Pepper Johnson left the Patriots shortly after the end of the 2013 season, Marrone saw the opportunity to add someone with an impressive resume to his coaching staff — as well as weaken a division rival. So it wasn’t a surprise when Johnson joined the Buffalo staff as the linebackers coach last month.
“When we played New England and Pepper was the defensive line coach, I thought those guys did a great job up front,” Marrone said Thursday at the combine when asked about Johnson, who spent 26 years working with Bill Belichick as a player and then an assistant. “Obviously, we know a lot about him as a player. I think he brings a lot to our organization, someone that’s obviously been a part of five Super Bowls, someone that has a great intensity about himself.
“He was a great pro. I think he’ll bring a lot to our football team not only in the classroom, but some of the stuff on the field and off the field as our team continues to grow.”