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Report: Syracuse’s Doug Marrone to interview for two NFL jobs

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There’s coming out of left field, and there’s this latest report concerning a current coach at the FBS level.

Doug Marrone has been at Syracuse the past four seasons and has guided the Orange to a respectable 25-25 mark, made all the more respectable by the fact that the program had won just 26 games in the seven years prior to his arrival.  That said, Marrone hasn’t been an on-the-radar candidate for any of the big-time collegiate jobs that have come open during his time at Syracuse.

The NFL, though, has apparently taken notice.

According to ESPN.com‘s Adam Schefter, at least two NFL clubs have an interest in Marrone.  So much so, in fact, that he will interview for the head-coaching vacancy with the Cleveland Browns this week as well as the opening with the Buffalo Bills.

The fact that the Browns would be looking at a coach from the collegiate level is not surprising as that beleaguered organization has been connected to Alabama’s Nick Saban, Oregon’s Chip Kelly and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien over the past several weeks.

While Marrone has been with the Orange the past four years, he does have recent, albeit relatively scant, experience at the NFL level.  He was a position coach with the New York Jets from 2002-2005 before being named the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints in 2006.  After spending three seasons in that job, Marrone was named as his alma mater’s head coach.

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9 Responses to “Report: Syracuse’s Doug Marrone to interview for two NFL jobs”
  1. tg1896 says: Jan 1, 2013 6:39 AM

    Yawn……

  2. eidolon21 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:39 AM

    I think all the ESPN-Syracuse connected news people should talk about Marrone going to the NFL…Oh wait that would actually hurt a Syracuse sports team no that won’t happen.

  3. fiverings37 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:40 AM

    the same coach whose team collapsed last year after needing only 1 win in its last 5 games to become bowl eligible. Good luck with him Browns.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:08 AM

    25-25? Now that’s an NFL head coach if I ever saw one.

  5. thegamecocker says: Jan 1, 2013 11:56 AM

    @thefiesty1

    You need to truly finish the thought:

    “That said, Marrone hasn’t been an on-the-radar candidate for any of the big-time collegiate jobs that have come open during his time at Syracuse.”

    NOR SHOULD HE BE ON AN NFL TEAMS’ RADAR!! …..see what I mean

  6. ghostofgilchrist says: Jan 1, 2013 10:11 PM

    Some are reporting that Marrone has been “endorsed” by Sean Payton and Bill Parcells. Anyone have details on those endorsements?

  7. thegamecocker says: Jan 1, 2013 10:20 PM

    Morrone is on “LinkedIn” and maybe he was endorsed. He’s a horrible coach. A smug, arrogant pirck. Still can’t believe Syracuse beat West Va. Morrone is not a good guy

  8. ghostofgilchrist says: Jan 1, 2013 10:45 PM

    Well, Parcells and Payton are smug, arrogant pricks as well ;)

  9. thegamecocker says: Jan 1, 2013 11:07 PM

    @ghostofgilchrist

    Well, there you have it. Maybe that is the type of person one has to be to be successful at the pro level. Marrone reminds me of Eric Mangini, another pirck of misery who thought he was a great coach. Lots of talk……no WALK! Syracuse can do better. They should never have fired Paul Pasqualoni who did well there.

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