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A closer look: Doug Marrone

Posted Jan 7, 2013


The rundown on Doug Marrone:

He was born in the Bronx, started his coaching career in Upstate New York, returned to coach Syracuse University, and now makes the 2-hour westward move to Orchard Park. He's a New York man, through-and-through, but just who is the Buffalo Bills new head coach, Doug Marrone?

Age: 48 years old
Birthplace: Bronx, New York
Family: He and wife, Helen, have two daughters, Madeline and Anne, and a son, Mack.

Education:

  • Graduated from Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx, NY, in 1982.
  • Played and studied at Syracuse University from 1983-1985, finishing his degree from SU in liberal arts in 1991.

Playing resume:

  • Three year letterman as offensive lineman at Syracuse University (1983-1985)
  • Selected by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 6th round of the 1986 NFL Draft
  • Played two seasons in the NFL (1987 – Mimi Dolphins, 1989 – New Orleans Saints)
  • Ended his career for the NFL Europe London Monarchs (1991-1992)

Coaching resume:

  • Head Coach, Syracuse University (2009-2013): Marrone transformed a losing Syracuse program, leading the team to two Pinstripe Bowl wins.
  • Offensive Coordinator, New Orleans Saints (2006-2008): In the 2008 season, the Saints led the NFL in yards per game in total offense and passing offense.
  • Offensive Line Coach, New York Jets (2002-2005): In 2004, the Jets finished 3rd in the NFL in rushing yards and 2nd in rushing first downs.
  • Tight Ends/Tackles Coach, University of Tennessee (2001)
  • Offensive Line Coach, University of Georgia (2000)
  • Offensive Line Coach, Georgia Tech (1997-1999)
  • Tight Ends Coach, Georgia Tech (1996)
  • Director of Football Operations, Georgia Tech (1995)
  • Offensive Line Coach, Northeastern University (1994)
  • Offensive Line Coach, U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1993)
  • Tight Ends Coach, SUNY Cortland (1992)

Fun Facts:

  • Named ‘America’s Friendliest College Football Coach’ by ESPN the Magazine in 2011
  • He worked for free when he started his coaching career at SUNY Cortland.
  • As the Offensive Coordinator, he coached Drew Brees to a league leading 5,069 passing yards in 2008.
  • He’s childhood friends with New York Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay.
  • Marrone stands tall at 6’5”.
  • The USA Today reported that after forgetting which session was next during a SU practice in August 2012, Marrone held himself accountable and performed five “up-downs,” similar to the punishment a player would get for not being focused at practice. “I made a mistake. We hold the players accountable for their own actions, so if I make a mistake I hold myself accountable just like the players,” Marrone said.
  • He was named Co-MVP for his play in the 1985 Cherry Bowl, which the Orange lost.