Buffalo Bills Hire Doug Marrone of Syracuse as Coach, ESPN Says

The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement with Doug Marrone of Syracuse University to become the next coach of the National Football League team, ESPN reported, citing league sources it didn’t identify.

Marrone, who has yet to sign a contract, succeeds Chan Gailey, who was fired Dec. 31 after going 16-32 over three seasons. The Bills haven’t had a winning record since 2004 and have missed the playoffs for 13 straight seasons, the longest active streak in the NFL.

The 48-year-old Marrone went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse, which had gone 26-57 over the previous seven years, ESPN said. It was his first head-coaching job. Marrone was offensive line coach for the New York Jets from 2002-05 and offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006-08.

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