posted on January 07, 2013 12:57
The Buffalo Bills announced today they have selected Syracuse coach Doug Marrone to become the team's new head coach.
Born in the Bronx and a Syracuse alum, Marrone is appreciative of the opportunity to stay in familiar confines.
“I was born and raised in this state," Marrone said at a press conference this afternoon. "I went to school in this state. I came back. My first coaching job ever was in this state. My first head coaching job was in this state. And now with my dream of being an NFL head coach, again within this state.
"I can’t tell you how excited I am for my family and I to move up here. I’m excited about working with the people in this organization, but I’m especially excited about working with the players.”
The choice comes after the Bills interviewed several high profile candidates including Oregon coach Chip Kelly, former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith.
Marrone is credited with helping turn around a Syracuse football program that was in a freefall and largely not respected nationally. Marrone will replace Chan Gailey, who was fired by the team after this season following three straight losing years.