The primary difference between HCDM and his predecessors is the willingness to change. If you recall, Coach P was highly loyal (scary loyal) to his assistants and philosophies. G-Rob was just clueless. I guess he was loyal to that. In contrast, HCDM has fired assistants.
Now it looks like he is ready to embrace the more interesting style of offense that myself and a few others (Kotite4ever) have been dying for. http://blog.syracuse.com/orangefootball/2012/02/syracuse_university_football_c_38.html
Marrone has studied offenses run by teams such as Toledo and Kansas State that have given the Orange defense trouble and believes one answer lies in designed quarterback runs.
“That is where a lot of the big plays are coming from,” he said. “You have to defend the quarterback runs as well as the quarterback passing. That’s something I think we want to do, is get our quarterback more involved in our running game, because now you can create more misdirection, you can create more gap assignment on the defense, and now you can also handle the rush a little better.”
I love it. You don't need McNabb to use the QB as a running weapon. The FCS schools have given our defense trouble with it. If it moves the ball, who cares what it is called...