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Bills pickup Syracuse coach Doug Marrone

1/6/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Doug Marrone will not be returning to Syracuse next season after the Buffalo Bills hired him to fill the vacant coaching position on Sunday, according to league sources.
 
Earlier on, the Buffalo Bills also interviewed Oregon coach Chip Kelly for the job. But after a short interview, the Buffalo Bills started looking at other coaching options, including Doug Marrone. However, the Buffalo never had a realistic shot of landing the highly pursued coach among NFL teams Chip Kelly, and Kelly himself has seemed more interested in the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns.
 
Doug Marrone was the safety net on both the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching candidates list. But the Cleveland Browns could be in a loss due to the recent development since the Philadelphia Eagles are more favored to land Chip Kelly.
 
From start, the Buffalo Bills were interested in bringing an offensive-minded coach seeing how the quarterback position could be subject to changes in the offseason. The Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilsons is expected to be very active in free agency to find a replacement at the spot, even though quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to remain with the team for another season.
 
The Buffalo Bills also interviewed other coaching candidate with NFL experience such as former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and Arizona Cardinals’ relieved coach Ken Whisenhunt. Most of the interviews took place in Arizona, and the Buffalo Bills even got permission from the Cardinals to talk with defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
 
Even until quite late in the negotiations, Douh Marrone kept other options open. Doug Marrone had interviews planned with the San Diego Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles as well.
 
Doug Marrone complied a 25-25 during four seasons at Syracuse. He will be replacing former Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey. The Buffalo Bills were 16-32 under Chan Gailey’s tutelage (3 seasons).
 
The 48-year-old Doug Marrone has a strong NFL background, both as a player and NFL coach. Drafted out of Syracuse in the sixth round of 1986 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Raiders, Doug Marrone then played a season for the Miami Dolphins (1987) followed by the New Orleans Saints (1989).
 
Doug Marrone began his coaching career as a tight ends coach at Cortland State, and moved to the collegiate level with coaching gigs at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Georgia Tech, Northeastern, Georgia and Tennessee.
 
He returned to the NFL in 2002 as an offensive line coach for the New York Jets. After three seasons, Doug Marrone served as an offensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints form 2006 to 2008, before picking up the burden of restructuring the Syracuse Orange.
 
Doug Marrone led the Orange to a 8-5 record this past season. Syracuse’s past season also featured a tie for the Big East Conference championship following a 5-2 record. They progressed to defeat West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl near the end of December.
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