Doug Marrone is leaving the Buffalo Bills and taking his $4 million 2015 salary with him. Marrone exercised an opt out clause in his contract Tuesday, a surprise move to many, including Buffalo players. Several Bills, both current and former, took to Twitter to respond to the news.
Here's a sampling of the reaction.
Statement from the team:
"Doug Marrone informed me late today that he has decided to exercise the option clause in his contract and relinquish his responsibilities as our head coach.
"We are disappointed that Coach Marrone will no longer be an important part of our organization. We thank him for all of his hard work and leadership during his tenure and wish him and his family the best with the next chapter in their lives.
"We will now begin the important process of conducting a thorough search for a new head coach as we continue to strive to reach our goal of returning to the playoffs and bringing a championship to Buffalo for our fans."
Lost all respect!! Completely pissed off, but not gonna let it ruin my New Years #Deuces #CantWait— Aaron Williams (@ajwilliams23) December 31, 2014
How quickly things can change just had a team meeting Monday and wasn't given a heads up, but guess that's how this business works— Cj Spiller (@CJSPILLER) December 31, 2014
Wow. That's crazy— Preston Brown (@PB_Number2) December 31, 2014
Wow... That caught me off guard for sure— Eric Wood (@EWood70) December 31, 2014
Wow!— MarQueis Gray (@MarQueisG) December 31, 2014
New Years got a little interesting with that news.......— Chris Hogan (@ChrisHogs) January 1, 2015
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.................................................— Thurman Thomas (@thurmanthomas) December 31, 2014
I'm so confused about Marrone opting out. Either he has something else he's looking at or there were major problems in Buffalo.— NFL Philosophy (@NFLosophy) December 31, 2014
I guess Doug Marrone really hates the thought of EJ Manuel as his QB.— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) December 31, 2014
I'll say this -- people I know within the Bills organization won't exactly be shedding tears over the departure of Saint Doug.— Mark Ludwiczak (@MarkLud12) December 31, 2014
Whoever negotiated Marrone's contract should be sent an extra bottle of Champagne tonight.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) December 31, 2014
I feel you, @NunesMagician. He did the same thing to 'Cuse and now the #Bills.— Buffalo Rumblings (@BuffRumblings) December 31, 2014