Doug Marrone could be the next Saints coach

AP

A year ago, Doug Marrone walked away from the Bills. He could be walking back to New Orleans soon.

If Monday’s meeting between Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis and Saints coach Sean Payton results in an agreement that the Saints will accept calls from interested other teams in the hopes of working out a deal that would send Payton elsewhere, Marrone is expected to be at the top of the Saints’ short list.

Per multiple league sources, Loomis is expected to target Marrone, if Payton leaves. Marrone, who currently serves as assistant head coach/offensive line in Jacksonville, worked as offensive coordinator under Payton from 2006 through 2008. He then coached Syracuse before joining the Bills.

32 responses to “Doug Marrone could be the next Saints coach

  1. Wow. Saints fans must be thrilled…..

    This franchise would be able to attract some seriously good candidates….and they like Marrone?

    Wow.

  2. couldntthinkofaname says:
    Jan 3, 2016 1:07 PM
    Wow. Saints fans must be thrilled…..

    This franchise would be able to attract some seriously good candidates….and they like Marrone?
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    More like the next coach is going to preside over a rebuild. It’s looking like Brees is on his way out too and they are going to blow it up.

  3. This would be a disappointing development, not just because of the loss of Payton but, because GM Loomis, instead of making a serious search for a new HC, slides lazily back on the familiar, already-proven-mediocre Marrone.

    BTW, no one from SP’s “coaching tree” has found success elsewhere as HC, or OC for that matter.

  4. Are people really that out of the loop? What he did to buffallo? He didnt do anything. A new owner took over and they didnt see eye to eye. He did them a favor in hiring a coach they wanted: dumb rex ryan who butchered that defense. Plus they made him draft sammy watkins while they didnt have a qb to throw to him lol. Theres a reason marrone is liked around the leauge and still has people chasing after him

  5. MichaelEdits says:
    Jan 3, 2016 12:54 PM
    Good choice, because last year’s Bills were so consistently excellent. *facepalm*
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    Only Bills winning record in the last 10 years. More wins with less talent than Rex the wonder dog did this year.

  6. No he couldn’t be the next Saints coach because Payton is not going anywhere. You media guys are always trying to stir something up, but there’s no story here. I don’t know why you continue to do that and humiliate yourself when you are time and again proven wrong.

  7. Nope never will happen. As long as Tom Benson owns the team Payton will be the coach and Loomis will be GM. Also Brees will be back. I love the media and the know it alls.

  8. Brees is still amazing. His accuracy is jaw-dropping and the last time he had a sub 4,000-yard season was ten years ago. The Saints would be insane to lose him before the contract is up, even if this is the balloon-payment year.

  9. Saints fans are idiots, judging by the comments above. Marrone did a great job in Buffalo, and left due to front office issues, then he was smeared by the Bills. Payton probably needs a fresh start, the Saints need a new long term QB(although Brees isn’t finished yet), but it’s close.

  10. Agreed. Marrone isn’t that bad. After all, who was the last coach to take the Bills to a 9-7 record in a division that faces the Pats twice a year?

    He was smart to opt out because he knew with the changing ownership that he would have to make the playoffs in 2015 or get fired anyway. He was smart to leave before getting fired. And after posting a 9-7 record in Buffalo (again, hard to do), his value is higher now than it would have been if he stayed and they had gone 6-10

  11. Marrone was not smeared by the Bills nor did he really do anything more with “less talent” Rex had more talent for 4 games then that talent was hurt. As for the smear campaign, Marrone started his own campaign calling himself Saint Doug and claiming he’d have a job with the Jets. Then his agent started the “hot candidate” claims last year so hot he ended up in Jax coaching the O line, he was OC at one time in his career but never even looked at for one of those spots around the league.

    He is an under .500 coach who tosses blame and wants praise. He beat the Pats without Brady and after the game reports are he wanted Chip Kelly style control over the roster. That should say enough about the type of coach Marrone is.

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