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Buffalo Bills Hire Doug Marrone as Next Head Coach

January 6th, 2013 at 9:20 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

 

The Buffalo Bills have hired Syracuse University coach Doug Marrone to replace Chan Gailey as their coach.

Marrone’s hiring was broken by Adam Schefter of ESPN. Terms of the deal are not yet known.

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Marrone went 25-25 in four years leading the Orange, including two Pinstripe Bowl wins and a share of the Big East title in 2012. The Orange went 10-31 in the four years prior to his arrival. Before that, he was a coordinator with the New Orleans Saints when they won the Super Bowl. He spent seven seasons as an NFL coordinator.

Gailey was fired last week. He went 16-32 in three seasons with Buffalo. Marrone will have the chance to hire his own coaching staff, as the Bills also fired all their assistant coaches.

The Bills aren't making much of an early stir with the hire. But of the 26 coaches who have won a Super Bowl, only eight had coached for a team before working for the team they won a title with. And the Orange were perennially in last place in the Big East prior to the arrival of Marrone, an Orange alumnus. The other leading candidates were former Bears coach Lovie Smith, former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Oregon University coach Chip Kelly, who's said to have greater interest in the Browns' coaching job.

Neither the Bills nor Syracuse University have yet to make an official announcement.

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