The Buffalo Bills hired Doug Marrone of Syracuse University to become the next coach of the National Football League team.
Marrone succeeds Chan Gailey, who was fired Dec. 31 after going 16-32 over three seasons, the team announced today in an e-mailed release. The Bills haven’t had a winning record since 2004 and have missed the playoffs for 13 straight years, the longest active streak in the NFL.
It is the first NFL head coaching job for Marrone, 48, who went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse, including an 8-5 mark this season and a victory over West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Orange were 26-57 in the seven years prior to his arrival, according to ESPN.
Marrone was offensive line coach for the New York Jets from 2002 to 2005 and offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006 to 2008. In 2006 and 2008, the Saints led the NFL in total yards and passing yards per game, the release said.
A native of New York City’s Bronx borough and a former Syracuse offensive lineman, Marrone was picked in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders. He has also coached in college at Tennessee, Georgia and Georgia Tech.
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