Before you read any more, it is very important to note one thing in particular:

You can read however much or little in to this as you want, because sometimes coach speak exists and some of the things they say are a little over the top. But sometimes coaches speak the truth, too.

Back in September when the Buffalo Bills were still steered by Chan Gailey, Doug Marrone was still the head man at Syracuse University and preparing to take on the USC Trojans for the second straight year.

At that point in time, USC was considered to be one of the top programs in the nation heading in to the season, and they're led by none other than 2013 draft hopeful Matt Barkley.

This news item comes courtesy of Matt Rybaltowski of, who recapped Marrone talking about his opponents -- and more specifically Barkley.

Last October, Barkley shredded the Orange secondary with 324 yards and five touchdowns. During Monday's Big East coaches' teleconference, Marrone indicated that Barkley, not Robert Griffin III, would have been considered the top quarterback in last April's NFL Draft alongside Andrew Luck.

“I was one of a couple people that was hoping he'd go on to the NFL,” Marrone said. “I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I'm happy he's back.”

Keep in mind that Marrone and Syracuse did not have to go up against Robert Griffin III and Baylor within the past couple of seasons so he didn't necessarily watch as much tape as he did on Barkley, but the quote still remains one that makes you wonder a little bit.