Syracuse University Head Coach Doug Marrone has agreed to become the next Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills, staying in the Upstate New York area report multiple media outlets have since confirmed.
The Bills fired Chan Gailey after the 2012 season.
Marrone took over for former Syracuse Coach Greg Robinson four years ago, compiling an overall record of 25-25. His last season in Syracuse included an 8-5 record and a win over West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl. Cuse ranked 20th in the country in total offense.
Marrone also was a target for the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles, but they were too consumed with Oregon Coach Chip Kelly.
Doug Marrone has NFL experience as both a player and coach, starting when he was drafted in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Raiders. He also played a year with the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints in 87’ and 89’ respectively.
His coaching career began in 1992 as a tight ends coach at Cortland State. His return to the NFL in the coaching ranks began in 2002 as an offensive line coach with the New York Jets and in 2006 became the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints under Sean Payton, who is a disciple of Bill Parcells.
Marrone is now the second NFL Coach hired, along with Andy Reid coaching the Kansas City Chiefs. Five head coaching vacancies remain.
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