It could get more painful if Marrone takes his $4 million in getaway money and lands in the Meadowlands with the Jets, a possibility posited by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. It will undoubtedly sting the Bills to get a twice-a-year reminder of The One That Got Away, even moreso if Marrone helps bring prosperity to the Jets.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Marrone is a free agent and the Bills have a huge hole to fill. One potential concern for Bills officials: Just how attractive is their job right now? With apologies to EJ Manuel, this is a team without a quarterback or a first-round pick as a result of the gutsy draft day trade with the Browns that landed Sammy Watkins.
Then there's the front office. A recent report connected the Bills to former general manager Bill Polian. If Polian returns to Buffalo, what does that mean for current GM Doug Whaley and CEO Russ Brandon? You can imagine a coaching candidate furrowing his brow at the thought of a potential power struggle above him.
The Bills gained stability at the top when Terry and Kim Pegula bought the team this fall. Now the owners must find a way to instill stability across the franchise spectrum. Wednesday represented a setback on that front.