One of the catalysts was that injection of energy that created a positive environment. And that energy seeps into more than the meeting room, Hartley said.
"Everybody works their butt off," Hartley said. "From special teams to recruiting to offensive and defensive game plans to practice preparation to meetings, all these guys, they get out and do their jobs and come to work every day and it's a different attitude, to be honest with you."
Furrey has been impressed with the varied backgrounds of his fellow coaches - and the ability for all those coaches to come together easily. When he looks around the offensive staff meeting room, he sees some with NFL experience in himself and Brown. There's Hartley, who he calls a "brainiac" who understands the ins and outs of every aspect of the game. And there's Legg and Mirabal, who he considers among the best in the country at their positions.
"When you sit in there and think about all these guys that bring in all these elements and the league years and the categories and yards he's put up, there could be a lot of ego things," he said. "'This is how we did it,' or 'This is how I did it.' The coolest thing is we sit in there and say, 'What do you think about this? What do you think about that?' Coach Legg says, 'Let's go with this' and we're like, 'Cool, we're in.' And then we go. There's no dissention."
Holliday hopes the energy and cohesiveness his staff has shown so far rubs off on their players.
"The old saying is you're a direct reflection of your coach," Holliday said. "I hope that's the case, because I like what all these guys are doing with the players at this point."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.