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Jon Gruden doesn't know what Doug Marrone was thinking, either; isn't ready to write off EJ Manuel

Jon Gruden is just as confused as the rest of us.

Speaking on a conference call Tuesday afternoon, the ESPN Monday Night Football analyst made clear his feelings on Doug Marrone's departure from the Buffalo Bills following the 2014 season.

"I'm really surprised at what transpired in Buffalo, just as a football fan," Gruden said. "I thought they did a great job on defense last year, I really did. I thought Jim Schwartz did an outstanding job. I don't know what happened at the head coaching position to qualify all these changes. I really don't."

What happened is Marrone took the money and ran, despite a 9-7 season that gave the Bills their first winning record since 2004. The team missed the playoffs, however, for a 15th straight season.

Gruden, though, thinks the Bills are in good hands with Marrone's replacement -- Rex Ryan.

That "will certainly, I think, be exciting for Bills fans," Gruden said. "I think the players will respond to him. I like Rex Ryan. I always have. I spent a lot of time up there with the Jets' coaching staff over the years, just studying football. I really like his system."

He also thinks the addition of Greg Roman as offensive coordinator might be the right move to salvage EJ Manuel's career.

"EJ Manuel's still a young player," Gruden said. "I think the offensive coordinator that's coming over from San Francisco has dealt with a mobile quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, so maybe that will stimulate and help EJ."

Gruden likes the Bills' moves this offseason, but says it's time for receiver Percy Harvin to realize his potential.

"I don't know what Percy Harvin is," he said. "I don't know if he's a true receiver, if he's a 'slash' player -- running back-receiver-returner. It's time for Percy Harvin to realize all his potential. ... He needs to find a home and exert himself, and sustain a high level of play at whatever role they ask him to be in."

Gruden said the Bills' intentions in next week's draft are hard to figure out.

"As far as what they're going to draft, I really don't know," he said. "They've made a real good addition to their backfield getting LeSean McCoy.

They've lost a couple players. ... I'm sure they're probably going to look at replacing Kiko Alonso. I know they lost a pretty good safety, so I'm sure there's some things that they're looking for defensively."

Grueden, however, is ok with the Bills not having a first-round pick because he likes the player they have instead, wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

"I really like what they did last year, trading up to get that receiver, because Watkins is one heck of a player," he said.

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