Doug Marrone on facing Bills: The past is the past

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The Jaguars will end their long absence from postseason action on Sunday afternoon when they play host to a team with an even longer drought.

The Bills are in the playoffs for the first time since 1999 and they’ll be facing one of the coaches they hired in hopes of putting an earlier end to that exile. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone went 15-17 over two seasons in Buffalo and exercised an option to get out of his contract after going 9-7 in 2014, which generated an angry reaction from Bills fans.

Marrone expects some of those feelings to come back up this week and for his decision to be a talking point, albeit one that he won’t be dwelling on in the coming days.

“For me, obviously, the past is the past,” Marrone said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I’m happy for them — they’ve earned it as well as we’ve earned it. My focus, obviously, is going to be on our football team. It’s as easy as that for me. My job is to coach this team. Plain and simple.”

As a way to fill the hours before kickoff, talking about Marrone’s decision fits the bill well. It’s not something that should have much bearing on the game itself as the rewards that come with winning a playoff game tends to be motivation enough in the postseason.

25 responses to “Doug Marrone on facing Bills: The past is the past

  1. Its so strange,because people never quit jobs. I cant wrap my head around it. Bills fans cant sleep at night ever since Marrone left them.

  2. Doug Marrone is harder to get an answer out of than the “Disturbance in the kitchen” guy on Curb your Enthusiasm.

  3. Don’t let the Bills making the playoffs for the first time since 99 distract you from the Browns going 0-16!!!!

  4. Obviously, the $4 million he pocketed when he walked away into his obviously dream job as Offensive Line coach for the Jags played no part in his decision. Obviously. He obviously wanted to return to his roots as a position coach, obviously, and bided his time while the team tanked and his old buddy got the old heave-ho. That obviously turned into a great move by him, obviously. He obviously got in good with the owner who obviously knows a lot about football – especially the English kind obviously. He’s obviously a man of great character who knows how to speak to the office help, obviously.

  5. It’s hard to say let bygones be bygones……… so I won’t. He didn’t even have the courtesy of addressing his players before he left. Just sent them a friggin email. What a class(less) guy. GO BILLS!!

  6. PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:
    January 1, 2018 at 5:18 pm
    Let’s see, Buffalo or Florida, where would anyone prefer to live??
    Hmmmmmmm
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    Marrone quit on the City of Buffalo, It’s fans & most importantly the Players he coached. Not that a 9-7 record is amazing, but the players fought for him and wanted to finish what they started. He knew he wasn’t good enough to earn himself that big contract through hard work & results, so he took the easy money, deserted his players and moved on. There may not be many players left from his time in Buffalo, but the fans remember. #GoBills

  7. Contrast St. Doug with always classy Wade Phillips who went out of his way to congratulate the Bills and Buffalo Bills fans. Wade was a great HC for the Bills and loved the team and the City.

    While Wade always has been classy, Doug . . . not so much.

  8. To all who are dissing Marrone for the way he left the Bills, you all should be grateful that he did at the end of the season unlike Biobby Petrinos’ exit from Atlanta.. refresher 13 games and 4 sentence taped explanation on lockers..Now that is quitting for you fellow bloggers

  9. Just the facts.

    Ownership was about to change and he had an option to either take $4 million and go to Jacksonville, or stay in Buffalo and possibly get fired. He obviously chose right.

    Wide right, you lose again.

  10. I’m old enough to remember that Doug Marrone was not the first HC to quit on the Bills. Lou Saban was probably the best HC in Buffalo prior to Marv Levy and Saban quit on the Bills twice – in 2 separate HC stints with that team.

  11. widerightyouloseagain says:
    January 1, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    Just the facts.

    Ownership was about to change and he had an option to either take $4 million and go to Jacksonville, or stay in Buffalo and possibly get fired. He obviously chose right.
    ~~~~~

    Those are not *quite* the facts…

    True – the Pegulas had purchased the Bills earlier in the season, and Marrone’s contract DID have the option written into it allowing him to leave within three days of the end of the season if ownership changed, should he chose to do so.

    However, in December, Marrone had met with the Pegulas and had been told that he WASN’T going to get fired by the new ownership (remember – he had just gotten them to a 9-7 season).

    When Rex Ryan got fired (as expected) on December 29th 2014; Doug saw the opportunity to use his opt out option (and guaranteed salary) and try to move up to a large market team. Without much warning to ANYONE – his players, the owners, the fans – he used the opt out option on December 31st 2014.

    Amusingly – apparently he BOMBED the NY Jets interview in early January, and didn’t get the job; even after the owner said he was a front runner before the interview. It took him another 2+ weeks to get the O-line coaching gig at Jacksonville.

    He only got the Jacksonville Head coaching gig late last year, so… um NO – he did *NOT* ‘obviously choose right’.

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    As far as my feelings about Marrone… I have to admit, it would give me NO end of pleasure if the Bills beat “Saint Doug” this week.

    While I understand “it was just business” for him – I don’t have to like his choice, nor do i have to forgive him. After all, his choice directly led us to the Rex Ryan years…

  12. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Doug. The past may be the past, but Bills fans still remember the way you up and quit. It would be an honor to watch the Bills hand you your first playoff loss. Here’s hoping..

  13. Seeing a few people here defending Marrone, heres the deal.

    Yes, he had a lot of disagreements with the GM at the time. He was unhappy with the GMs ability to give him talent. The GM at the time, Doug Whaley, excelled at scouting veteran talent but was rather poor at spotting skilled college players and failed to draft any strong rookie classes, including a QB.

    We know Marrone was also part of the problem. When the offseason came, the GM and management were willing to put arguments aside for the team. We know from Marrones personality that he wasnt. Reporters in Buffalo told stories about how Marrone would pull them into dimply lit airport conference rooms to threaten them unless they stopped asking the tougher questions about the team

    Marrone believed he could leverage his 9-7 season into a HC job somewhere else and saw the ownership change on the horizon. And so in the middle of the night (it was 9 or 10 PM when ) he quit the team and left town without ever speaking to his players (an email was sent later). He took a $4 million contract option with him. The HC job he wanted never materialized and he was forced to work as a position coach with his former OC. He then managed to leverage that into the HC job when Bradley left.

    Marrone wasnt willing to put old arguments aside, wasnt willing to prove himself to a new owner, took an opportunity for a cheap $4 million paycheck, and screwed his organization and players over in hopes of a job that would take 2 years to materialize

  14. Not too surprised he took the cowards way out by texting to all his ex-players. Am surprised he quit so unceremoniously tho. I would have thought with an ego as big as his he would have done it face to face. Just goes to show you don’t really know a man until mishaps occu

  15. Doug Marrone? Or Dung Moron as I will always call him is a lying coward. He sent a MASS text to most, not all of his players saying he quit. Doubled his cowardice by doing that. Quitting while too fearful of facing his players is the double act of cowardice. He thought with his gigantic unearned ego he would get the HC position with the Jets. He blew that interview and was NOT hired. So, he languishes for a year, then takes the OL Coaching job with his current team. Way to go backwards Dung. Then he becomes their HC. The following is a comment I made immediately after he QUIT.

    “Not too surprised he took the cowards way out by texting to all his ex-players. Am surprised he quit so unceremoniously tho. I would have thought with an ego as big as his he would have done it face to face. Just goes to show you don’t really know a man until mishaps occur. GO BILLS!!”

    I will never forgive this man for being such a QUITTING COWARD…Ever.

  16. widerightyouloseagain says:
    January 1, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    Just the facts.

    Ownership was about to change and he had an option to either take $4 million and go to Jacksonville, or stay in Buffalo and possibly get fired. He obviously chose right.

    Wide right, you lose again.

    ^^^ He quit hoping to land the JETS HC job. Blew the interview and was not hired. A year later is when he signed as the Jags O-line coach. Know what you’re saying before sounding clueless.

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