By Kieron Casey: New Buffalo Bills head coach, Doug Marrone, believes that he is capable of turning round the fortunes of the flagging franchise, despite his lack of experience as a NFL head coach.
Taking his first head coaching position in the NFL, Marrone will inherit a team from Chan Gailey, who paid the price for a disappointing 16-32 record from his three years in charge.
The 48-year old becomes the Bills fifth head coach in 12 years arriving in Buffalo, following a successful four years at Syracuse University.
In his job with Syracuse, Marrone took the football team from having a record of 26-57 from seven years, to leaving with a 25-25 record, including victory in the Pinstripe Bowl following a 38-14 win against West Virginia in what was his final act as head coach of the university.
The former Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints offensive lineman will now have to perform a similar task of reviving a team that has gone a long time without finishing a season with a winning record.
Not since 2004 have the Bills experienced a winning year, failing to reach the play-offs in 13 years, which is the longest absence from the play-offs in the NFL.
Despite criticism that he does not have the experience needed to work some magic with this Bills team, Marrone believes he will get the help needed from his coaching staff in order handle the pressure that comes with being a NFL head coach.
“I’m excited about working with people in this organization and working with the players and building trust.
“And with coordinators, you want those with NFL experience, especially with defense, we’ll be fine. We want people behind the scenes who have been in this league,” admitted Marrone.
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