Doug Marrone thinks history of turnarounds led to hire
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Wednesday January 09, 2013
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 9, 2013
Doug Marrone doesn't think his 25-25 record at Syracuse is what got him the Buffalo Bills job. He thinks it was Syracuse's record before he got there, and the record of teams like Georgia Tech and the New Orleans Saints before he got there. In all of his previous stops, Marrone has led or helped with a turnaround.
"I will give you this bit of information, I went to Syracuse as a player and we went through a turnaround," Marrone said Tuesday on Fan 590 in Toronto. "As an assistant coach I went to Georgia Tech with George O'Leary and we had a turnaround. After that I went to the New Orleans Saints as an offensive coordinator and we had a turnaround. Then I went to Syracuse as a head coach and we had a turnaround. I think when someone looks back on the things I've done I have been a part of it at every level."
The Bills certainly need a turnaround and a culture change, but Marrone isn't sure just talking about a culture change is enough to get the job done.
"I think people need to define that," he said. "I think when you go back and look at the first thing you need to have a culture is you need to have common language, and I think there's a trust. What happens is I think people are all over the place with their messaging and their communicating to the people around them and especially with the players and I think it's a point of, 'Hey, these are our expectations of our football team' and you have input by those players of what those expectations are. We know what our job is and we know what our responsibility is, and then I think we turn around and say to the players, 'OK, what are your expectations of us as coaches?' Then the most important thing that has to happen is together we have to hold each other accountable for that and that gives us a chance."
Marrone denied to name other teams who contacted him about job, but there were others, he said.
"Obviously, the Bills organization had interest in me, a great deal of interest to give me this opportunity and I wanted to be here," he said. "I think that is important. Normally, during the interview process you want to be in the right situation, and I believe in this organization and believe this is the right situation for me. I feel very fortunate that I've been trusted to be the head coach of this franchise."
Here's part of Marrone's introductory news conference in Buffalo:
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