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Doug Marrone could be the next Saints coach


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.

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32 Responses to “Doug Marrone could be the next Saints coach”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Jan 3, 2016 12:54 PM

    Good choice, because last year’s Bills were so consistently excellent. *facepalm*

  2. widerightyouloseagain says: Jan 3, 2016 12:54 PM

    He’s clearly better than Wrecks.

    Wide right, you lose again.

  3. floratiotime says: Jan 3, 2016 12:56 PM

    I’m stunned anyone would hire him after what he did in Buffalo.

  4. sdisme says: Jan 3, 2016 12:57 PM

    And watch the season ticket waiting list crumble.

  5. kcflake says: Jan 3, 2016 12:57 PM

    Just don’t put any st u pid clauses in his contract.

  6. learysdisciples says: Jan 3, 2016 12:58 PM

    What about Doug buffone?

  7. jimmyjoejohnbob says: Jan 3, 2016 1:03 PM

    New Orleans seems to be fascinated with ex-Bills. Will they ever learn?

  8. 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?


  9. saintsfan87 says: Jan 3, 2016 1:09 PM

    Get new sources. Why would he be at the top of anyone’s list. Failed in Buffalo AND Syracuse. Stop it.

  10. thenoshows says: Jan 3, 2016 1:28 PM

    Don’t understand why they want to part with Sean ?

  11. todd6162 says: Jan 3, 2016 1:31 PM

    Good luck with that!

  12. a1b24312 says: Jan 3, 2016 1:37 PM

    Normally, you wouldn’t hire a guy after what hevdud in lvg Buffalo.

    But Then there’s the ol boy network in the NFL…

  13. bassplucker says: Jan 3, 2016 1:37 PM


    Payton will have a new gig before the Saints bold their first interview.

  14. george1859 says: Jan 3, 2016 1:40 PM

    N.O. has a death wish.

  15. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 3, 2016 1:51 PM

    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?

    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.

  16. doggeatdogg says: Jan 3, 2016 1:53 PM

    It’s a coaching carousel ya’awl.

  17. pastanow says: Jan 3, 2016 1:54 PM

    Great decision by the Saints. Paper bags are located under every seat in the Superdome.

  18. coltzfan166 says: Jan 3, 2016 2:05 PM

    For some reason, I actually see this happening

  19. keylimelight says: Jan 3, 2016 2:14 PM

    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.

  20. maxkingpin says: Jan 3, 2016 2:42 PM

    No need to read the Sunday comics.
    Reading about NFL coaching changes is all the laughs you need.

  21. dreadnok89 says: Jan 3, 2016 2:43 PM

    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

  22. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 3, 2016 5:24 PM

    MichaelEdits says:
    Jan 3, 2016 12:54 PM
    Good choice, because last year’s Bills were so consistently excellent. *facepalm*

    Only Bills winning record in the last 10 years. More wins with less talent than Rex the wonder dog did this year.

  23. Fredster says: Jan 3, 2016 5:31 PM

    Not gonna happen. Sean’s not going anywhere.

  24. rpbilleaud says: Jan 3, 2016 6:34 PM

    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.

  25. Michael La Rosa says: Jan 3, 2016 8:12 PM

    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.

  26. ckruszka says: Jan 3, 2016 8:27 PM

    Not gonna happen please fan your penchant for gossip flames elsewhere. Sean is staying put!

  27. rowdyred says: Jan 3, 2016 8:41 PM

    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.

  28. ourbonesaredriedup says: Jan 3, 2016 10:00 PM

    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.

  29. coltzfan166 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:31 AM

    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

  30. PegulaBucks says: Jan 4, 2016 9:40 AM

    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.

  31. bigeasy09 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:42 AM

    He can come back as Paytons assistant.

  32. mandings36 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:06 AM

    Just in: Saints let Peyton walk, ink Doug Marrone to a 5 year contract, Mike Pettine brought in as D-Coordinator

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