Doug Marrone – New Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills Head Coach Profile: Doug Marrone

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July 25, 1964 (age 48)
Bronx, New York
Alma mater Syracuse

Coaching Career:

Cortland State (TE)
1993 Coast Guard (OL)
1994 Northeastern (OL)
1996 Georgia Tech (TE)
1997-1999 Georgia Tech (OL)
2000 Georgia (OL)
2001 Tennessee (TE/OT)
2002-2005 New York Jets (OL)
2006-2008 New Orleans Saints (OC)
2009-2013 Syracuse

Syracuse Results:

Team Overall Conference Standing
Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Syracuse Orange (Big East Conference) (2009–present)
2009 Syracuse 4–8 1–6 T–7th

2010 Syracuse 8–5 4–3 4th W Pinstripe

2011 Syracuse 5–7 1–6 T–7th

2012 Syracuse 8–5 5–2 T–1st W Pinstripe

Syracuse: 25–25 11–17
Total: 25–25

Offensive Mindset:
 No-Huddle Pro-style

Relationships with other notable football people:

  • Offensive Cooridnator for New Orleans under Sean Payton
  • Offensive line coach for the New York Jets under Herman Edwards
  • Nathaniel Hackett is the Offensive Coordinator under Marrone. Hackett worked with the K-Gun as a Offensive Quality Control Coach by tapping into the past and speaking with Jim Kelly.
  • Scott Shafer is the current Defensive Coordinator at Syracuse. He was previously the Defensive Coordinator at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh called him one of the most creative and innovative defensive minds in college football.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Shafer
  • Pete Carmichael Jr. was the Quarterbacks Coach at New Orleans from 2006-2008 and is currently the Offensive Coordinator.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Carmichael,_Jr.
  • Worked under George O’Leary at Georgia Tech
  • Worked with Bill O’Brien at Georgia Tech
  • Worked with Randy Edsal at Georgia Tech
  • Worked with Paul Hackett, Mike Hemerdinger, Ted Cottrell, and Donnie Henderson while with the Jets. Henderson then became his Defensive Backs Coach at Syracuse
  • Worked with Gary Gibbs at New Orleans who was recently fired as the Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
  • Former Wide Receiver Rob Moore was Marrone’s Wide Receivers Coach at Syracuse
  • Former Running Back Tyrone Wheatley was Marrone’s Running Backs Coach at Syracuse

Current Syracuse Coaching Staff:

Scott Shafer
Defensive Coordinator
Greg Adkins Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
John Anselmo Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers
Tim Daoust Defensive Line
Nathaniel Hackett Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Tight Ends
Donnie Henderson Defensive Backs
Rob Moore Wide Receivers Coach
Steve Morrison Linebackers
Tyrone Wheatley Running Backs Coach
Bob Brotzki Assistant Athletics Director for Player Development
Kevin Van Derzee Director of Football Operations
William Hicks Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Performance
Hal Luther Director of Strength and Conditioning
Steve Scarnecchia Video Coordinator
RJ Licata Assistant Video Coordinator
Stephen Brown Quality Control – Operations/Recruiting
Kim O’Connor Administrative Assistant for Head Coach and Football Operations
Katie Berardi Office Coordinator/ Receptionist
Laurene Porillo Administrative Specialist for Recruiting

Interesting comments:

Herman Edwards:
“Well, he’s a great leader, a great offensive mind, he’s been in a west coast system, he studied under Paul Hackett and Sean Payton. I think what he does…he understands developing players is very important. He did a great job on our offensive line. Uhh. We had a kid named Brandon Moore. Uhh that was Uhh defensive tackle. Told him I said were going to play guard. Took him a whole year but we made him a guard. He’s still there and made the pro-bowl a couple years back. He understands the National Football League. What he’s gotta do though for his success, in my opinion, he’s gotta fix the defense…”

Sean Payton:
“He was someone that was on that original staff when you look at Dennis Allen who’s out at Oakland now, and Doug Marrone, these guys came back in ’06 after Katrina. … When his opportunity came at Syracuse, it was his alma mater and he was able to get that program turned around,” Payton said. “I think he’ll do a great job. I really do. I know he had a handful of options this offseason with some of these pro teams. I’m excited to see him get this opportunity. He deserves it.”

“I think he’s certainly someone the players will respond to, and I think he’s ready”

Matt Stinchcomb:
“Our paths crossed twice and I’m grateful for it,” Stinchcomb said. “He is, in my opinion, the best position coach that I got to play for and got to be on a team with. He’s just a very detail-oriented guy that’s extremely driven and loves and respects the game of football. He was a huge influence on my career.”

“You put all of that together and you just think, ‘What?’ He’s just a special coach, and I’m excited for him. I like him as a person”

Chris Iseman (Writer for The Daily Orange):
“Luckily for Hackett, he already had an idea of how a no-huddle system worked. From 2008 to 2009, he worked for the Buffalo Bills as their offensive quality control coach. During those seasons, he learned the ins and outs of the no-huddle from Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who ran the “K-gun” offense with the Bills from 1986 to 1996. Hackett also picked the brain of Kelly’s former backup, Alex Van Pelt, who was the Bills’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach when Hackett was in Buffalo. Hackett said Kelly and Van Pelt told him if a team is going to commit to the no-huddle offense, it has to be a full commitment. Everything needs to be done with speed in mind.”

Doug Marrone:
On Syracuse offense:
“My first thoughts are reducing what we’re doing from a concept standpoint,” Marrone said. “We probably had too much in from a passing game standpoint. We’ve had a lot of volume, and Ryan has been able to grasp an understanding of that volume. But at the same point I think we had to do a better job of cutting that stuff out and reducing it to a point where we get more repetitions at the things we’re doing well.”

“We have to look at ways to run Ryan more,” he said. “Because that is where a lot of the big plays are coming from. You have to defend the quarterback runs as well as the quarterback passing. We want to get our quarterback more involved in our running game because now you can create more misdirection, you can create more gap assignment on the defense, and now you can also handle the rush a little better.”

“Marrone joined the Saints when coach Sean Payton took over in 2006. In that season, New Orleans’ offense was ranked No. 1 in the league for the first time in franchise history. This season, the New Orleans passing game has ranked near the top of the NFL.”

Tim Graham:

“In picking Marrone, the Bills are going with an offensive-minded coach with a reputation for being a disciplinarian. Head-coaching experience was important to the Bills. They opted for a candidate with college experience over two other interviewees — Ken Whisenhunt and Lovie Smith — who took their teams to Super Bowls yet had been fired from the NFL.”

Jason LaCanfora:
“The Bills were interested in having an offensive-minded coach, and figuring out the quarterback position is their top offseason objective. They told coaching candidates that owner Ralph Wilson would be aggressive in free agency and, while they might keep quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for another season, they can be active in finding a replacement as well.”

Derrell Smith (former LB):
“He came in with rules, and the people who didn’t want to follow the rules are gone, and those who did want to follow stayed”

Brandon Moore:
“He was my first O-line coach after I switched over from D-tackle,” recalled Moore of the Syracuse University ramrod who served as a Jets staffer between 2002-’05. “He was the one who got me started. If it wasn’t for Doug whipping me into shape and doing all of that extra stuff after practice . . . ”

“Doug was never really a drill-sergeant kind of coach,”

“He could be a little intimidating, but Doug wasn’t a yeller and screamer. You didn’t look at him like, ‘Oh, the guy’s a jerk.’ The fact is, he took the time out of his schedule — because, you know, he didn’t have to do it — to work with me. I know I owe him a lot.”

“I was up and down about whether I was going to make the team,” he said. “I wasn’t practicing well. I was feeling sorry for myself. And Doug pulled me aside one day and he told me, ‘Listen, you don’t want to be like me. You don’t want to have regrets. You don’t want to leave this game with the idea that you didn’t give it your all.’ Every time I’m a little down, I always think about that conversation.”