Marrone in 2012
July 25, 1964 |
Bronx, New York
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||269 lb (122 kg)|
|High school:||Bronx (NY) Herbert H. Lehman|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Head coaching record|
Douglas Charles Marrone (born July 25, 1964), is a former American football player and current head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). 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. He is of Italian ancestry.
Marrone was born in the Bronx. 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. 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.
On December 11, 2008, Marrone was chosen as Syracuse University's head football coach after the 2008 season by athletic director Daryl Gross. He is the first Syracuse alumnus to serve as head football coach since Reaves H. Baysinger in 1948. Prior to being hired at Syracuse, Marrone served as an assistant coach for numerous universities and organizations since 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, and when 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.
In Marrone's first season, the 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. In 2011, the team started 5-2, which included a win over then #11 West Virginia Mountaineers. After the 5-2 start, the Syracuse Orange failed to win another game in the season, resulting in a 5-7 record for the season. 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.
On January 6, 2013, he was chosen to succeed Chan Gailey as head coach of the Buffalo Bills. His overall record as head coach of the Bills was 15-17. During his Bills' tenure, Marrone nicknamed himself "Saint Doug," referencing 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).
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 10 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. Marrone exercised the out clause and quit on December 31, 2014, and still collected his 2015 salary in-full. 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." Marrone interviewed with the New York Jets for their head coaching position; his interview reportedly did not go well.
Following a two-year stint as the head coach for the Buffalo Bills, the Jaguars hired Marrone as assistant head coach and offensive line coach on January 20, 2015.
On December 19, 2016, Marrone was named the interim head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars following the firing of former head coach Gus Bradley. He coached the final two games of the 2016 season.
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.
On January 7, 2018, the Jags won their first playoff game under Marrone, their first playoff win in over a decade. The Jaguars defeated the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card 10-3 and upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Round, advancing to the AFC Championship Game.
|Syracuse Orange (Big East Conference) (2009-2012)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
|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||-||-||-||-|
|JAX*||2016||1||1||0||.500||4th in AFC South||-||-||-||-|
|JAX||2017||10||6||0||.625||1st in AFC South||2||0||1.000||TBD|
* - Interim head coach
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: