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Bills hire Doug Marrone to be next head coach


The Buffalo Bills have picked Syracuse coach Doug Marrone to be the team's next head coach, a team source has told The Buffalo News.

The Bills on Friday night confirmed that they had interviewed Marrone

Marrone, 48, worked as the Jets' offensive line coach and was Sean Payton’s offensive coordinator in New Orleans from 2006 to 2008. He was 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse, helping to turn around a team that was 10-37 prior to his arrival.

Marrone ended his run at Syracuse with a 38-14 win over West Virginia in last month's Pinstripe Bowl.

Here's a look at Marrone's resume.

The Bills last week also interviewed Oregon coach Chip Kelly, former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton. They were also scheduled to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Saturday.

The team acted swiftly to fill its coaching vacancy, selecting Marrone less than one week after firing Chan Gailey.

Last week, The News' Jay Skurski discussed the prospects of Marrone joining the Bills. You can hear that discussion here.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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