Doug Marrone

Douglas Charles "Doug" Marrone (born July 25, 1964) is an American football coach and former offensive lineman who is currently the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He was the head coach at Syracuse University from 2009 to 2012 and the Buffalo Bills head coach from 2013 to 2014. Before that he served as offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006 to 2008.[2] He is of Italian ancestry.[3]

Doug Marrone
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Marrone in 2012
Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born:July 25, 1964 (age 54)
Bronx, New York
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Bronx (NY) Herbert H. Lehman
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As administrator:
  • Georgia Tech (1995)
    Director of Football Operations
Career NFL statistics
Games played:5
Games started:0
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season:31–35 (.470)
Postseason:2–1 (.667)
Career:NCAA: 25–25 (.500)
NFL: 33–36 (.478)

Playing career

Marrone was born in the Bronx.[4] He was a three-year letterman at Syracuse University, playing from 1983–1985 on the offensive line; he returned to graduate from the university in 1991.[2] He played with the Miami Dolphins in 1987 and with the New Orleans Saints in 1989, and was with the London Monarchs of the World League in 1991.

Coaching career

Syracuse University

On December 11, 2008, after the 2008 season, Marrone was chosen as Syracuse University's head football coach by athletic director Daryl Gross.[5] He was the first Syracuse alumnus to serve as head football coach since Reaves H. Baysinger in 1948.[2] Before being hired at Syracuse, Marrone served as an assistant coach for numerous universities and NFL teams starting in 1992, including a stint with the New Orleans Saints as an offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2008.

Reportedly, alumni such as Tim Green and Floyd Little wanted Marrone from the moment the previous coach, Greg Robinson, was fired. When Marrone was interviewed by Green, it was learned that Marrone had kept a folder of current high school players in the Syracuse area to get a head start in recruiting.[6][7][8]

In Marrone's first season, the Syracuse Orange finished with four wins, one more than the previous year. The Orange doubled that output the following season. The eight wins in 2010 were the most since 2001 for the Orange. The 2010 season was highlighted with a victory over Kansas State and a victory in the first ever Pinstripe Bowl in New York City. This was the Orange's first bowl win since 2001.[9] In 2011, the team started 5–2, which included a win over then #11 West Virginia Mountaineers. After the 5–2 start, the Orange failed to win another game in the season, ending with a 5–7 record. In 2012, Marrone coached the Orange to an 8–5 record, and a share of the Big East title as the result of a four-way tie. Their 38–14 victory in the Pinstripe Bowl again came against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Buffalo Bills

On January 6, 2013, Marrone was chosen to succeed Chan Gailey as head coach of the Buffalo Bills.[10] His overall record during his two seasons as head coach of the Bills was 15–17.[11] During his Bills' tenure, Marrone nicknamed himself "Saint Doug," referring to the fact that it takes two miracles to be canonized as a saint (he believed winning at Syracuse was one miracle and winning at Buffalo would qualify as the other).[12][1][13]

In 2014, the Bills finished with a record of 9–7, second place in the AFC East and two wins away from making the playoffs. This was the Bills' first winning season in ten years (when the Bills finished 9–7 under Mike Mularkey in 2004). At the end of the 2014 season, it was revealed that Marrone had a three-day "out" clause in his contract in the event of an ownership change;[14] the clause was triggered by the sale of the Bills in 2014 after the death of the Bills' founder and long-time owner.[15] Marrone exercised the out clause and quit on December 31, 2014, and still collected his 2015 salary in full.[16] After Marrone quit, several players expressed their displeasure and disgust with both the decision and the way that he informed the team. One of the captains and the longest-tenured player on the team, running back Fred Jackson, said it was "like getting punched in the stomach."[17] Marrone interviewed with the New York Jets for their head coaching position; his interview reportedly did not go well.[18]

Jacksonville Jaguars

Following Marrone's two-year stint as the head coach for the Buffalo Bills, the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Marrone as assistant head coach and offensive line coach on January 20, 2015.[19]

On December 19, 2016, Marrone was named the interim head coach of the Jaguars following the firing of former head coach Gus Bradley.[20] He coached the final two games of the 2016 season.[21] On January 9, 2017, the Jaguars officially removed the interim tag and named Marrone the fifth head coach in team history. That same day, the Jaguars also announced the return of Tom Coughlin, their first head coach, who was hired as the Executive Vice President of Football Operations.[21]

In 2017, the Jaguars won the AFC South division championship, making the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season. On January 7, 2018, the Jaguars won their first playoff game under Marrone, defeating the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card Round, 10–3. They upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Round, advancing to the AFC Championship Game, where they were defeated by the New England Patriots by a score of 24–20.

On February 23, 2018, the Jaguars extended his contract through 2021.[22]

Coaching tree

Marrone has served under three NFL head coaches:

Marrone has served under five collegiate head coaches:

Assistant coaches under Marrone who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Syracuse Orange (Big East Conference) (2009–2012)
2009 Syracuse 4–8 1–6 T–7th
2010 Syracuse 8–5 4–3 4th W Pinstripe
2011 Syracuse 5–7 1–6 T–7th
2012 Syracuse 8–5 5–2 T–1st W Pinstripe
Syracuse: 25–25 11–17
Total: 25–25
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BUF 2013 6 10 0 .375 4th in AFC East
BUF 2014 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC East
BUF total 15 17 0 .469
JAX* 2016 1 1 0 .500 4th in AFC South
JAX 2017 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC South 2 1 .667 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game
JAX 2018 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC South
JAX total 16 18 0 .471 2 1 .667
Total 31 35 0 .470 2 1 .667

* – Interim head coach


  1. ^ a b Axe, Brent (September 5, 2014). "Doug Marrone turning around SU football worthy of the nickname 'Saint Doug?'". Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Matt Gelb, Marrone Hired As Head Coach Archived December 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, The Daily Orange, December 12, 2008, Accessed December 12, 2008.
  3. ^ Fortuna, Matt. "Marrone looking to turn Orange around". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  4. ^ Stolzenberg, Anna (January 7, 2013). "A Closer Look: Doug Marrone". Bills News.
  5. ^ "Sources: New Orleans offensive coordinator to return to Syracuse". ESPN. December 12, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Syracuse hires Marrone as football coach". Associated Press. December 13, 2008.
  7. ^ "Orange hires one of its own".
  8. ^ "The Mind of Maher: Marrone Madness". Archived from the original on December 20, 2008.
  9. ^ "Bowl champs for first time since 2001".
  10. ^ Schefter, Adam (January 7, 2013). "Doug Marrone new Buffalo Bills coach". Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Doug Marrone Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  12. ^ Verderame, Matt (September 5, 2014). "Marrone, Bills officials have shouting match". Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  13. ^ La Canfora, Jason (September 5, 2014). "Buffalo tension boils over in shouting match for Marrone, Bills officials". Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Florio, Mike (December 31, 2014). "Marrone can leave, but it's still likely he'll stay". Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  15. ^ Sessler, Marc (October 8, 2014). "Bills sale to Terry, Kim Pegula unanimously approved". Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Mortensen, Chris; Caplan, Adam; Schefter, Adam (January 1, 2015). "Doug Marrone opts out of Bills deal". Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  17. ^ Fairburn, Matthew (January 5, 2015). "Fred Jackson Says Doug Marrone Text Felt Like Getting Punched in the Stomach". Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  18. ^ Walder, Seth (January 6, 2015). "In NY Jets interview, Doug Marrone 'failed to close the deal' source says, Woody Johnson continues coaching search". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  19. ^ DiRocco, Michael (January 21, 2015). "Doug Marrone joins Jags' staff". ESPN. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  20. ^ Brinson, Will (December 19, 2016). "Jaguars name Doug Marrone interim head coach after firing Gus Bradley". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Jags bring back Tom Coughlin as VP, hire Doug Marrone as coach, extend GM Dave Caldwell". January 10, 2017. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  22. ^ Shook, Nick (February 23, 2018). "Jags extend Marrone, Caldwell, Coughlin through 2021". Retrieved February 23, 2018.

External links

2009 Syracuse Orange football team

The 2009 Syracuse Orange football team represented Syracuse University during the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Orange were coached by Doug Marrone and played their home games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. The Orange finished the season 4–8 and 1–6 in Big East play.

2010 Pinstripe Bowl

The 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl was the first edition of this college football bowl game, and was played at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. The game started at 3:20 p.m. ET on December 30, 2010, and was telecast on ESPN. The game featured the Syracuse Orange of the Big East Conference and the Kansas State Wildcats of the Big 12 Conference. New Era Cap Company was the title sponsor of the game. It ended with Syracuse defeating Kansas State, 36-34.

The game was played four days after one of the worst blizzards in New York City history, affecting travel for the teams and their fans.

2010 Syracuse Orange football team

The 2010 Syracuse Orange football team represented Syracuse University in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Orange were led by head coach Doug Marrone in his second season. They played their home games at Carrier Dome and were members of the Big East Conference. For the first time since Paul Pasqualoni was fired following the 2004 season, the Orange won enough games to become bowl eligible. Syracuse played Kansas State in the Inaugural Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium where they won 36–34 to finish the season 8–5, 4–3 in Big East play.

2011 Syracuse Orange football team

The 2011 Syracuse Orange football team represented Syracuse University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Orange were led by third year head coach Doug Marrone and played their home games at the Carrier Dome. They are a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 5–7, 1–6 in Big East play to finish in a tie for seventh place.

2012 Syracuse Orange football team

The 2012 Syracuse Orange football team represented Syracuse University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Orange were led by fourth year head coach Doug Marrone and played their home games at the Carrier Dome. The season marked their last as members of the Big East Conference, as they joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013. They finished the season 8–5, 5–2 in Big East play to claim a four-way share of the Big East Conference championship. They were invited to the Pinstripe Bowl where they defeated long-time rival West Virginia, whom they did not play in the regular season due to the Mountaineers' move to the Big 12 Conference. The 2012 season also proved to be the final one for Marrone as the Orange head coach, as he was hired as the new head coach of the NFL's Buffalo Bills shortly after the end of the season.

2013 Buffalo Bills season

The 2013 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Doug Marrone. It was also the final season under the ownership of Ralph Wilson, who died in March 2014 at the age of 95. The team equaled their record from 2012 and missed the playoffs, increasing their playoff drought to 14 seasons. This was the first year of renewed leases on Ralph Wilson Stadium and for the Bills Toronto Series, both of which were signed in the preceding offseason. The Toronto series was originally set to expire in 2017, but was cancelled in December 2014; the lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium expires in 2022 and will presumably be the last agreement with the aging stadium, as the lease specifies that the process of exploring a new stadium begins during the lease period. The Bills also started the 2013 season with a new starting quarterback, first-round draft pick EJ Manuel, after previous starter Ryan Fitzpatrick refused a pay cut and was subsequently released.

2018 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 2018 season was the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24th in the National Football League and their second under head coach Doug Marrone. This was their first season in new uniforms, which were revealed in April 2018. The Jaguars had hopes of matching or improving on their 10–6 campaign from a year ago, but despite a 3–1 start, the Jags fell into a 7 game losing streak and failed to improve on their 10–6 record after a Week 10 loss to the Colts. After they lost to the Tennessee Titans in Week 14, the Jaguars fell to 4–9 and were officially eliminated from postseason contention. They finished 5–11, in last place in the AFC South.

2019 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 2019 season will be the Jacksonville Jaguars' upcoming 25th season in the National Football League and their third under head coach Doug Marrone.

After considering signing with teams such as the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins, the Jaguars signed former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to a 4-year, $88 million contract on March 11, 2019. It will also be their first season since 2013 without Blake Bortles on the roster, as Bortles signed with the defending NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams via free agency on March 18, 2019. With the signing of Foles, the Jaguars will attempt to improve on their 5–11 record from last season and make the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

Active NFL head coach career Super Bowl history

There are 32 head coaches in the National Football League (NFL) for the 32 respective teams. Nineteen of the current head coaches have won at least one Super Bowl as either a head coach, assistant coach, or as a player throughout their career in the NFL, while all but 3 have participated in at least one. Bill Belichick has the most Super Bowl wins throughout his career among active head coaches with 8 (6 as a head coach and 2 as a defensive coordinator), as well the most losses with 4 (3 as a head coach). Doug Marrone, Matt Nagy and Kliff Kingsbury are the only coaches who have never won or lost a Super Bowl having never made it to one. Six of the coaches have won at least one Super Bowl as a head coach with their current teams, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, Pete Carroll, Doug Pederson and Mike Tomlin. Additionally, Jon Gruden won Super Bowl XXXVII while the head coach for the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

List of Buffalo Bills head coaches

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There have been six "interim" head coaches in Bills history. First, in 1968, head coach Joe Collier was fired two games into the season and replaced by Bills personnel director Harvey Johnson. Johnson did not serve as head coach the following season. Then, five games into the 1976 season, Saban unexpectedly resigned as head coach. He was replaced by Ringo, the team's offensive line coach. Ringo returned to coach the team again in the 1977 season. In October 1985, Kay Stephenson was fired and replaced by assistant head coach Hank Bullough. Just over a year later, Bullough was himself fired and replaced by Marv Levy, who had previously served as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Levy would then serve as Bills head coach for the next 12 seasons. In 2016, Anthony Lynn replaced Rex Ryan for the final game of the season.

Following Levy's retirement, the Bills experienced limited success under a series of successive head coaches. Wade Phillips, the Bills defensive coordinator for the last three years under Levy, took over head coaching duties for the 1998 season. Phillips served as head coach for three seasons, making the playoffs in his first two (He was the last coach to lead the Bills to the playoffs until Sean McDermott became coach in 2017). After Phillips' departure following the 2000 season, Gregg Williams was named head coach. Williams served as coach for three seasons. At the end of the 2003 season, Williams' contract was not renewed. Mike Mularkey was named as the new head coach for the 2004 season, leading the Bills to their first winning season since 1999. The Bills experienced less success under Mularkey during 2005, and Mularkey resigned as head coach at the completion of the 2005 season. The Bills then named Dick Jauron as their head coach for the 2006 season. Jauron was the first coach since Phillips' dismissal with prior head coaching experience, having previously served as head coach of the Chicago Bears and interim head coach of the Detroit Lions. Jauron coached the Bills to three consecutive 7–9 seasons before being fired on November 17, 2009, nine games into the 2009 season. On January 19, 2010, the Bills named Chan Gailey as their next head coach; Gailey was fired on December 31, 2012. In January 2013, Doug Marrone was appointed. He exercised his option to leave in January 2015 following the change of ownership to Kim and Terrence Pegula and was replaced by Rex Ryan. Rex Ryan was fired from the team on December 27, 2016. Anthony Lynn served as interim head coach until January 11, when the team hired Sean McDermott to serve in the role on a permanent basis.

List of Jacksonville Jaguars head coaches

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The Jaguars have had five head coaches since their inaugural 1995 season, including one interim coach. Tom Coughlin and Jack Del Rio each won 68 games while coaching the Jaguars, and Coughlin is the most successful in terms of winning percentage, winning 53.1% of his games in charge. Del Rio coached the team from 2003 to 2011, recording a winning percentage of 48.9% from 139 regular season games. He was hired on January 16, 2003 and fired on November 29, 2011. He was replaced on an interim basis with Mel Tucker.In 2012 Mike Mularkey was hired as head coach. His team was hit by several key injuries throughout the season and managed going on 2–14, the worst record in franchise history. As a result, the new owner Shahid Khan decided he wanted new leadership and fired the General Manager (GM), Gene Smith. The new GM, Dave Caldwell, decided to fire Mike Mularkey and hired Gus Bradley to become the new head coach.

List of Jacksonville Jaguars seasons

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List of current National Football League head coaches

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Pete Carmichael Jr.

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Syracuse Orange football

The Syracuse Orange, known traditionally as the "Syracuse Orangemen", represent Syracuse University in the sport of American football. The Orange compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Formed in 1889, the program has over 700 wins and has achieved 1 consensus Division I Football National Championship, winning the championship game over the Texas Longhorns in the 1960 Cotton Bowl Classic, for the 1959 season. Syracuse has had 2 undefeated seasons, 5 conference championships since 1991, and has produced a Heisman Trophy winner, over 60 first team All-Americans, 18 Academic All-Americans including Academic All-America Hall of Fame inductee Tim Green, and over 240 NFL players. Syracuse has had 18 members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, 2nd-most in the ACC, including former players Ernie Davis, Tim Green, Don McPherson, Art Monk and former coaches Vic Hanson, Ben Schwartzwalder, and Dick MacPherson. The Orange boast 8 inductees in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, tied for the 4th-most of any school, including Jim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Larry Csonka, and Floyd Little.The Orange have 26 bowl appearances, 10 of which are among the New Year's Six Bowls. Syracuse has finished in the Final Top 25 rankings 21 times in the national polls, and finished in either the AP or Coaches Polls a combined 35 times since 1952. Syracuse has appeared in over 200 AP Polls including 7 weeks at AP number one.

The Orange play their home games in Carrier Dome on the university's campus. The stadium is also known as "The Loud House", as when it opened in September 1980, it was made clear just how loud it was inside; and so the soon famous nickname was coined.

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