The Buffalo Bills have ended their brief quest for a new head coach and according to NFL sources have hired Syracuse University Coach Doug Marrone. According to sources, Marrone and the Bills came to an agreement early Sunday morning after initialing meeting on Friday.
Doug Marrone is 48 and is credited with turning around the Orangemen in four seasons, including an impressive victory in the Pinstripe Bowl over West Virginia on Dec. 28. Marrone went 25-25 in his four years at the ‘Cuse.
Marrone has seven years of NFL coaching experience. He served three seasons as offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, from 2006 to 2008, and coached the New York Jets offensive line for four seasons, starting in 2002.
Bills President Russ Brandon serves on the Syracuse University Athletic Advisory Board and as a result is very familar with Marrone. Brandon is also a native of Syracuse and a well known supporter of the University of Syracuse football and basketball programs.
Marrone was the offensive coordinator with the Saints, but did not call the plays on Sunday. Those duties were handled by head coach Sean Payton. In 2006 and 2008 the Saints led the league in total offense. They also led the league in passing offense in 2008 as Drew Brees ranked first in passing yards (5,069). The year before the New Orleans offense led the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage (72%).
A former college offensive lineman at Syracuse, Marrone coached the New York Jets offensive line for four seasons (2002-2005) under Herm Edwards. The Jets finished third in the league in rushing yards with Hall of Famer Curtis Martin rolling up almost 1,700 rushing yards that season (1,697).
Prior to that Marrone spent the first 10 years of his coaching career in the college ranks with his last three stops at Georgia Tech (1995-1999), Georgia (2000) and Tennessee (2001).
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