Doug Marrone’s Less Than Graceful Return To NFL


Dec 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone reacts against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Bills 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Marrone opted out of his contract with the Buffalo Bills almost 3 weeks ago on New Years Eve.  At the time, it was being said that he is the best option out their for a coach.  With 6 other coaching jobs available, not counting the Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone should have had his choosing right? Wrong.

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  • Doug Marrone watched as all of the coaching positions were quickly finalized and even some of the offensive coordinator positions.  The Baltimore Ravens were supposedly interested in Doug Marrone as their next offensive coordinator.  How they could be is a question that I don’t think we will ever know.  It was more likely that rumors had brokjen out of the Marrone camp pushing these ideas to create more interest from other teams.

    Doug Marrone had never called an offensive play in the NFL and probably never in college either. And with one of the worst offenses in the league, why would anyone even consider him for an offensive position that was greater than an offensive quality control officer.

    Well, Doug Marrone has partially landed on his feet, with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  He left the Buffalo Bills to go to a worse team.  This move is helping the Buffalo Bills more and more each day.

    Marrone has been hired as the offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, a step down form head coach, even from offensive coordinator.  How does this move feel now Mr. Marrone?  His official title with the Jags is Assistant Head Coach-Offense/Offensive Line.  Basically he is the offensive line coach.

    Doug Marrone was the favorite for the New York Jets job, toted by ESPN, but his interview only a couple of days after leaving the Bills, “did not go well”.  Marrone was also passed up by the Atlanta Falcons, who still do not have a coach either.  Marrone did pass up an interview with the Denver Broncos, but was he really going to get that job?

    Marrone will have to work with the second lightest offensive line in the league, as per Football Outsiders, with them weighing in at 308.  The Buffalo Bills have the heaviest line last year, with an average weight of 325.2 pounds.  Definitely a different philosophy.

    Doug Marrone, did interview for the Jaguars offensive coordinator position, but was passed over for Greg Olsen.  Doug Marrone will not be calling plays for the Jags.

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