Marrone in 2012
|Born:||July 25, 1964|
Bronx, New York
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||275 lb (125 kg)|
|High school:||Bronx (NY) Herbert H. Lehman|
|NFL Draft:||1986 / Round: 6 / Pick: 164|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||37–45 (.451)|
|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). 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.
Marrone was born in the Bronx. He is of Italian ancestry. 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.
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. In the 1987 season, Marrone landed a spot on the roster of the Miami Dolphins, seeing action in four games.
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. In all, Marrone would be cut six times by NFL teams.
On December 11, 2008, after the 2008 season, Marrone was chosen as Syracuse University's head football coach by athletic director Daryl Gross. He was the first Syracuse alumnus to serve as head football coach since Reaves H. Baysinger in 1948. 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.
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. 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.
On January 6, 2013, Marrone was chosen to succeed Chan Gailey as head coach of the Buffalo Bills. His overall record during his two seasons as head coach of the Bills was 15–17. 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).
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; the clause was triggered by the sale of the Bills in 2014 after the death of the Bills' founder and long-time owner. Marrone exercised the out clause and quit on December 31, 2014, and still collected his 2015 salary in full. 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." Marrone interviewed with the New York Jets for their head coaching position; his interview reportedly did not go well.
On December 19, 2016, Marrone was named the interim head coach of the Jaguars following the firing of former head coach Gus Bradley. He coached the final two games of the 2016 season. 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.
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.
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.
Marrone has served under three NFL head coaches:
Marrone has served under five collegiate head coaches:
- Bill Schmitz (1993)
- Barry Gallup (1994)
- George O'Leary (1996–1999)
- Jim Donnan (2000)
- Phillip Fulmer (2001)
Assistant coaches under Marrone who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:
- Mike Pettine: Cleveland Browns (2014–2015)
- Scott Shafer: Syracuse (2013–2015)
- Tyrone Wheatley: Morgan State (2019–present)
Head coaching record
|Syracuse Orange (Big East Conference) (2009–2012)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
|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||–||–||–||–|
|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||–||–||–||–|
* – Interim head coach
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