Doug Marrone

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Doug Marrone
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Marrone in 2012
Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1964-07-25) July 25, 1964 (age 55)
Bronx, New York
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Bronx (NY) Herbert H. Lehman
NFL Draft:1986 / Round: 6 / Pick: 164
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As administrator:
Career NFL statistics
Games played:5
Games started:0
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season:37–45 (.451)
Postseason:2–1 (.667)
Career:NCAA: 25–25 (.500)
NFL: 39–46 (.459)

Douglas Charles Marrone (born July 25, 1964) is an American football coach and former offensive lineman who is the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He was the head coach at Syracuse University from 2009 to 2012 and the Buffalo Bills head coach from 2013 to 2014. Before that he served as offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006 to 2008.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Marrone was born in the Bronx.[3] He is of Italian ancestry.[4] Marrone was a three-year letterman at Syracuse University, playing from 1983 to 1985 on the offensive line; he returned to graduate from the university in 1991.[2]

Marrone was drafted in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Raiders, but failed to make the 53-man roster.[5] In the 1987 season, Marrone landed a spot on the roster of the Miami Dolphins, seeing action in four games.[6]

In subsequent years, Marrone spent time in camp with the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, and Minnesota Vikings — managing to land on a roster and see action in only one more NFL game, playing for the Saints in 1989.[6] In all, Marrone would be cut six times by NFL teams.[5]

Marrone ended his playing career taking the field in 1991 and 1992 with the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football,[5] helping to win the World Bowl for the Monarchs in 1991.

Coaching career[edit]

Syracuse University[edit]

On December 11, 2008, after the 2008 season, Marrone was chosen as Syracuse University's head football coach by athletic director Daryl Gross.[7] He was the first Syracuse alumnus to serve as head football coach since Reaves H. Baysinger in 1948.[2] Before being hired at Syracuse, Marrone served as an assistant coach for numerous universities and NFL teams starting in 1992, including a stint with the New Orleans Saints as an offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2008.

Reportedly, alumni such as Tim Green and Floyd Little wanted Marrone from the moment the previous coach, Greg Robinson, was fired. When Marrone was interviewed by Green, it was learned that Marrone had kept a folder of current high school players in the Syracuse area to get a head start in recruiting.[8][9][10]

In Marrone's first season, the Syracuse Orange finished with four wins, one more than the previous year. The Orange doubled that output the following season. The eight wins in 2010 were the most since 2001 for the Orange. The 2010 season was highlighted with a victory over Kansas State and a victory in the first ever Pinstripe Bowl in New York City. This was the Orange's first bowl win since 2001.[11] In 2011, the team started 5–2, which included a win over then #11 West Virginia Mountaineers. After the 5–2 start, the Orange failed to win another game in the season, ending with a 5–7 record. In 2012, Marrone coached the Orange to an 8–5 record, and a share of the Big East title as the result of a four-way tie. Their 38–14 victory in the Pinstripe Bowl again came against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On January 6, 2013, Marrone was chosen to succeed Chan Gailey as head coach of the Buffalo Bills.[12] His overall record during his two seasons as head coach of the Bills was 15–17.[13] During his Bills' tenure, Marrone nicknamed himself "Saint Doug," referring to the fact that it takes two miracles to be canonized as a saint (he believed winning at Syracuse was one miracle and winning at Buffalo would qualify as the other).[14][1][15]

In 2014, the Bills finished with a record of 9–7, second place in the AFC East and two wins away from making the playoffs. This was the Bills' first winning season in ten years (when the Bills finished 9–7 under Mike Mularkey in 2004). At the end of the 2014 season, it was revealed that Marrone had a three-day "out" clause in his contract in the event of an ownership change;[16] the clause was triggered by the sale of the Bills in 2014 after the death of the Bills' founder and long-time owner.[17] Marrone exercised the out clause and quit on December 31, 2014, and still collected his 2015 salary in full.[18] After Marrone quit, several players expressed their displeasure and disgust with both the decision and the way that he informed the team. One of the captains and the longest-tenured player on the team, running back Fred Jackson, said it was "like getting punched in the stomach."[19] Marrone interviewed with the New York Jets for their head coaching position; his interview reportedly did not go well.[20]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Following Marrone's two-year stint as the head coach for the Buffalo Bills, the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Marrone as assistant head coach and offensive line coach on January 20, 2015.[21]

On December 19, 2016, Marrone was named the interim head coach of the Jaguars following the firing of former head coach Gus Bradley.[22] He coached the final two games of the 2016 season.[23] On January 9, 2017, the Jaguars officially removed the interim tag and named Marrone the fifth head coach in team history. That same day, the Jaguars also announced the return of Tom Coughlin, their first head coach, who was hired as the Executive Vice President of Football Operations.[23]

In 2017, the Jaguars won the AFC South division championship, making the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season. On January 7, 2018, the Jaguars won their first playoff game under Marrone, defeating the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card Round, 10–3. They upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Round, advancing to the AFC Championship Game, where they were defeated by the New England Patriots by a score of 24–20.

On February 23, 2018, the Jaguars extended his contract through 2021.[24]

On December 31, 2019, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan announced that Marrone would be retained for the 2020 season, despite back to back losing seasons since making it to the AFC Championship in 2017. General Manager David Caldwell was also retained by Khan.

Coaching tree[edit]

Marrone has served under three NFL head coaches:

Marrone has served under five collegiate head coaches:

Assistant coaches under Marrone who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Syracuse Orange (Big East Conference) (2009–2012)
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
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BUF 2013 6 10 0 .375 4th in AFC East
BUF 2014 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC East
BUF total 15 17 0 .469
JAX* 2016 1 1 0 .500 4th in AFC South
JAX 2017 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC South 2 1 .667 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game
JAX 2018 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC South
JAX 2019 6 10 0 .375 4th in AFC South
JAX total 22 28 0 .440 2 1 .667
Total 37 45 0 .451 2 1 .667

* – Interim head coach


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  2. ^ a b c Matt Gelb, Marrone Hired As Head Coach Archived December 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, The Daily Orange, December 12, 2008, Accessed December 12, 2008.
  3. ^ Anna Stolzenberg, "A Closer Look: Doug Marrone," Bills News, Jan. 7, 2013.
  4. ^ Fortuna, Matt. "Marrone looking to turn Orange around". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c NFL Nation, "What It's Really Like to Be Cut in the NFL,", Aug. 29, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Doug Marrone," Pro Football
  7. ^ "Sources: New Orleans offensive coordinator to return to Syracuse". ESPN. December 12, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Syracuse hires Marrone as football coach". Associated Press. December 13, 2008.
  9. ^ "Orange hires one of its own". Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Mind of Maher: Marrone Madness". Archived from the original on December 20, 2008.
  11. ^ "Bowl champs for first time since 2001".
  12. ^ Schefter, Adam (January 7, 2013). "Doug Marrone new Buffalo Bills coach". Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "Doug Marrone Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  14. ^ Verderame, Matt (September 5, 2014). "Marrone, Bills officials have shouting match". Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  15. ^ La Canfora, Jason (September 5, 2014). "Buffalo tension boils over in shouting match for Marrone, Bills officials". Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  16. ^ Florio, Mike (December 31, 2014). "Marrone can leave, but it's still likely he'll stay". Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  17. ^ Sessler, Marc (October 8, 2014). "Bills sale to Terry, Kim Pegula unanimously approved". Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  18. ^ Mortensen, Chris; Caplan, Adam; Schefter, Adam (January 1, 2015). "Doug Marrone opts out of Bills deal". Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  19. ^ Fairburn, Matthew (January 5, 2015). "Fred Jackson Says Doug Marrone Text Felt Like Getting Punched in the Stomach". Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  20. ^ Walder, Seth (January 6, 2015). "In NY Jets interview, Doug Marrone 'failed to close the deal' source says, Woody Johnson continues coaching search". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  21. ^ DiRocco, Michael (January 21, 2015). "Doug Marrone joins Jags' staff". ESPN. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  22. ^ Brinson, Will (December 19, 2016). "Jaguars name Doug Marrone interim head coach after firing Gus Bradley". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Jags bring back Tom Coughlin as VP, hire Doug Marrone as coach, extend GM Dave Caldwell". January 10, 2017. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  24. ^ Shook, Nick (February 23, 2018). "Jags extend Marrone, Caldwell, Coughlin through 2021". Retrieved February 23, 2018.

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