Bills finalize Doug Marrone to 4-year deal
According to an ESPN report, Doug Marrone signed on a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. The financial details of the contract are still not known.
The 48-year-old Doug Marrone has takes over as head coach after the Buffalo Bills lost patience with Chan Gailey, who led the team to three straight losing seasons (compiling a 16-32 record) before he was fired last Monday. Doug Marrone has a daunting task ahead trying to pull out of irrelevance a franchise that shares the record for NFL’s longest active streak of missing playoffs after being ruled out early in the running for the 13th consecutive season. The Buffalo Bills haven’t had a winning record since their 2004 campaign, when the team finished the regular season with a 9-7 record. Moreover, the recently promoted team president Russ Brandon called out the Buffalo Bills for having a “tarnished” reputation.
Undoubtedly, Doug Marrone has a lot on his place, but its not like he hasn’t tackled a similar task before. Doug Marrone revived a struggling Syracuse Orange team when he returned to his alma matter four seasons ago. It was Doug Marrone’s first head coaching stint, and the bargain paid of Syracuse. The Orange are 25-25 under Doug Marrone in over four seasons, and finished on an 8-5 record this season. Syracuse also won a Pinstripe Bowl title this season with a 38-14 victory over West Virginia.
Doug Marrone also has seven-year NFL experience as a former player and coach. He spent 2002-05 as the New York Jets’ offensive line coach and served as an offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints form 2006-08 on current franchise head coach Sean Payton’s coaching staff.
"I think he's certainly someone the players will respond to, and I think he's ready," said Sean Payton while praising Doug Marrone for his intuitive leadership and teaching skills.
There’s a lot of work to be done at Orange Park. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s future is suspended amid uncertainties. Buffalo Bills will be picking Doug Marrone’s brain to improve the offense since general manager Buddy Nix can explore free agency to improve at the position.
Then there are issues on the Buffalo Bills’ defense which posted one of its worst performances during the three seasons under Chan Gailey, including last seasons when the team allowed 435 points. The big bucks the Buffalo Bills have been rolling out at the department just haven’t paid off. Defensive end Mario Williams became the NFL’s highest defensive player this offseason after the Buffalo Bills signed him to a six-year, $100 million contract in March.
The Buffalo Bills picked Doug Marrone out of five previous candidates. The conducted interviews around the NFL including Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, ex-Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Ducks coach Chip Kelly was also interviewed but ultimately decided to remain at Oregon.