Buffalo Bills hire former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone

The Bills have found their new coach

1/6/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Nov 3, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Doug Marrone reacts during the first half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY SportsAfter a few big names being tossed around, the Buffalo Bills have decided to stay in-state to find their new head coach, plucking Doug Marrone from Syracuse to take over the team.

They interviewed some of the hottest names on the market, like Oregon's Chip Kelly and former Bears coach Lovie Smith, but settled for a lesser known commodity in Marrone.

Marrone's last job in the NFL was as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006-2008, where his offense was the best in the NFL 2 out of the 3 seasons.

For the past 4 years, he has gone 25-25 as the Syracuse head coach, following an era in which Greg Robinson was 10-37 in 4 years.

Marrone's Syracuse team won the Pinstripe Bowl twice, in 2010 and then again in 2012, when they beat West Virginia back on December 29.

Marrone did a good job with the Saints offense, even though much of the credit has gone to head coach Sean Payton. He also did a great job turning around a terrible Syracuse team.

We'll see if he can do the same with the Bills.
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1/6/13   |   Scott   |   54636 respect

My how the times have changed.  2 years ago would anybody have guessed that the head coach of a struggling Syracuse program would be on the fast track to a job in the NFL?