Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone has interviews set up with several NFL teams, including the Atlanta Falcons. Marrone recently opted out of his contract with the Bills after two seasons as the head coach, leading them to a 15-17 record. However, the Bills are coming off a 9-7 season, their first winning season since 2004. The Falcons are looking to hire a replacement for head coach Mike Smith, who was fired earlier this week.
Marrone, 50, walked away from the Bills $4 million richer thanks to an opt-out clause in his contract in the event of new ownership taking over the team. Marrone is now free to be hired by any team, including the Falcons. Reports surfaced earlier this season that Marrone had been clashing with Bills management.
Prior to being hired by the Bills, Marrone spent four seasons as the head coach at Syracuse University, leading that school to a 25-25 record. Previously, Marrone spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints under Sean Payton and helping quarterback Drew Brees lead the NFL in passing yards twice in that span. Marrone worked as the offensive line coach of the New York Jets from 2002-05, marking his first foray as an assistant coach in the NFL. Prior to that he was either a tight end and/or offensive line coach at several colleges including: Tennessee (2001), Georgia (2000), Georgia Tech (1996-99), Northeastern (1994), U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1993) and Cortland State (1992). Prior to that, Marrone played pro football as an offensive linemen. He went undrafted out of Syracuse in 1986, but played five combined games with the Miami Dolphins (1987) and Saints (1989) before going overseas to play for the London Monarchs (1991-92) in the World League.