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Doug Marrone
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Doug Marrone enters his second season as Buffalo’s head coach in 2014, his ninth year NFL coaching ranks.

Marrone instilled a coaching philosophy in his first year that is centered around the phrase ‘What it means to be a Buffalo Bill,' a belief he and his coaching staff share that holds players accountable and prepares them to be mentally and physically tough.

Doug Marrone enters his second season as Buffalo’s head coach in 2014, his ninth year NFL coaching ranks.

Marrone instilled a coaching philosophy in his first year that is centered around the phrase ‘What it means to be a Buffalo Bill,' a belief he and his coaching staff share that holds players accountable and prepares them to be mentally and physically tough.

Buffalo accomplished several feats under Marrone in 2013 as the team finished the season with a 6-10 mark. The offensive unit paced the AFC and finished second in the NFL with an average of 144 .2 rushing yards per game and led the league with a 95.5-percent red zone efficiency mark. The Bills’ defense established a team record with 57 .0 sacks – second-most in the NFL and an AFC-best – while recording 23 interceptions, also a conference high and second in the League.

Three players earned Pro Bowl recognition honors following the 2013 campaign – FS Jairus Byrd, DT Kyle Williams and DE Mario Williams – to mark the first time since 2004 that three Bills defenders were selected to the annual game. DT Marcell Dareus was added to the Pro Bowl roster prior to the game.

Marrone also saw extensive contributions from several members of the team’s 2013 rookie class. QB EJ Manuel made 10 starts and set team rookie records for passing touchdowns (11) and completions (180). WR Robert Woods finished fifth in the NFL among the 2013 rookie class hauling in 40 catches for 587 yards and three touchdowns. LB Kiko Alonso started each of the team’s 16 games and led the team with 159 tackles – third-most by an NFL defender.

Since joining the Bills, Marrone has been on the forefront of the Western New York community. Marrone has been actively involved with Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, NY with 100-percent of any fundraising proceeds going to support local veterans. He has also been a keynote speaker at several events and showed support for USA Football’s on-going promotion of its Head Up Program with events at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marrone spent the four years before joining the Bills as the head coach of his alma mater’s football program at Syracuse University from 2009-12 and led the program to a 21-17 record in the last three seasons. He guided the Orange to an 8-5 mark in 2010 and 2012 – with both campaigns culminating in a New Era Pinstripe Bowl Championship.

Syracuse’s offense set several program records in 2012 for total yards (5,681), passing yards (3,619) and first downs (300).

In 2011, the Orange had a school-record and league-leading 28 student athletes named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. After guiding Syracuse to the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl Championship, Marrone was tabbed the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region 1 Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award .

Prior to his Syracuse tenure, Marrone spent seven years in the NFL . From 2006-08 he served as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints after a four-year span as the offensive line coach of the New York Jets (2002-05).

The Saints led the NFL in total offense and passing yards per game in 2006 (391.5 total yards/game and 281.4 passing yards/game) and 2008 (410.7 total yards/game and 311.1 passing yards/game).

Prior to his arrival in New Orleans, the franchise never had a 4,000-yard passer or posted more than 5,700 yards of offense. Quarterback Drew Brees eclipsed 4,000 passing yards and the offense tallied more than 5,700 yards in each of Marrone’s three years with the Saints .

The Saints set a team record with an NFL-best 6,264 yards of offense in 2006, 5,780 in 2007 (in the NFL) and led the league once again in 2008with 6,571 yards.

In his first season as an NFL offensive coordinator in 2006, the Saints set franchise records for first downs (330), average yards per play (5.8) and passing yards (4,503). Left tackle Jammal Brown was voted All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl in his first year at the position, while Guard Jahri Evans was a unanimous All-Rookie selection.

The Saints’ offense finished fourth in the NFL in 2007 and led the league in red zone touchdown percentage (.720, 36 of 50) while posting an NFC-best 46 .3 percent third-down conversion mark. New Orleans also broke the team’s previous season’s first down record (346) while setting an NFL record for completions (440) and franchise bests for passing first downs (222), attempts (652), touchdown passes (28) and completion percentage (67.5).

The Saints led the NFL in total offense for the second time in three years in 2008 while setting team records for points (463), total yards (6,571), net passing yards (4,977), touchdowns (57) and first downs (354).

The Saints’ offensive line was instrumental in the team’s success under Marrone’s guidance. The offensive front held their opponents to the fewest sacks allowed in 2006 (16) and tied for the fewest sacks yielded from 2006-08 with 52 despite throwing the ball 1,868 times – most attempts in the three-year span.

Quarterback Drew Brees captured the NFL passing title in 2006 (4,418) and 2008 (5,069). He became just the second passer in NFL history to reach the 5,000-yard milestone in league record books (Dan Marino – 1984). In 2008, Brees was tabbed the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year. From 2006-08, Brees led the NFL with 13,910 passing yards and 1,209 completions.

During his time with the New York Jets from 2002- 05, the team made two postseason appearances (2002 and 2004).

In 2004, the Jets’ offensive line paved the way for the league’s third-best rushing offense (149.3 rushing yards/game) while tallying the second- most rushing first downs (135). Running Back Curtis Martin led the NFL with 1,697 rushing yards and posted nine 100-yard games .

The Jets’ offensive line helped the offense post an average of 5 .3 yards per play and a 4 .0 yards gain per rushing attempt in 2003. In his first season with the Jets in 2002, despite having two new starters along the offensive line, the rushing offense totaled 1,618 yards.

Before arriving in New York, Marrone coached the tight ends and tackles at the University of Tennessee in 2001 . He spent the 2000 season at the University of Georgia as the program’s offensive line coach after spending the previous five years at Georgia Tech. In 1995, Marrone was the director of football operations before coaching the tight ends in 1996 and offensive line from 1997-99.

In 1999, the Yellow Jackets led the nation in total offense (509.4 yards/game) and points per game (40.7). Marrone was part of a coaching staff that helped guide the school to a bowl game in three consecutive years (1997-99).

Marrone’s coaching career began in 1992 at Cortland (N.Y.) State as the school’s tight ends coach before stints as the offensive line coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1993) and Northeastern University in 1994.

Marrone, a Bronx, N.Y. native, was drafted in the sixth-round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Raiders and played two years in the NFL, first with the Miami Dolphins in 1987 and then with the Saints in 1989. He also had playing stints with Pittsburgh, Dallas and Minnesota before closing his career with the NFLE London Monarchs (1991-92).

A three-year letterman at Syracuse along the offensive line, Marrone earned Associated Press All-East accolades as a senior and second team honors as a junior.He was tabbed AP All-East Honorable mention in his sophomore year. During his time with the first string offense, the Orange compiled a 19-15 record and made their first bowl game appearance in six years.Marrone and his teammates, including All-American Tim Green, helped lay the foundation that resulted in the program’s 1987 undefeated season.

Marrone returned to Syracuse and graduated in 1991 with a degree in liberal arts. He and his wife, Helen, have two daughters, Madeline and Anne, and a son, Mack.

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