Marrone has a three-day out clause, but is expected to stay with Bills

AP

With the Bills ending the season on a 9-7 note, the current thinking is that new ownership will keep coach Doug Marrone for 2015.  For a change, however, it’s a two-way street.

Per multiple league sources, Marrone has a clause in his contract that gives him a three-day window upon the conclusion of the season to terminate his contract with the Bills.  However, it’s not believed that Marrone will take advantage of his ability to leave.

One factor will be whether a market exists for his services elsewhere as a head coach.  Though he’s done well enough in two years to stay for a third, he probably hasn’t done well enough to spark a land rush for his services.

But it’s nevertheless an unusual clause that shows Marrone and his agent planned for the possible sale of the franchise upon the demise of founder Ralph Wilson, who passed away in March.

37 responses to “Marrone has a three-day out clause, but is expected to stay with Bills

  1. The one thing Buffalo needs more than anything else is stability. Constant change does not make for a winning program. (Just ask Cleveland.)

    Here’s hoping the Bills make the post season next year and go deep enough to play the Pats for a trip to the SB.

  2. Well, I guess now we’ll find out how “irreparable” his relationship with Whaley is. He has a chance to walk away.
    Or, Pegula could make the decision for him. IMO, I’d get a new GM, a new HC, and a new contract negotiator (replace Overdorf). Brandon and Overdorf are vestiges of the “curse”.
    The offense this year wasted the work of the defense. Marrone, Hackett, Morris et al. squandered their opportunity to prove their worth.
    Whaley drafted Manuel…’nuf said there. A new broom sweeps clean (hopefully).

  3. It takes more than 2 darn seasons to turn around a franchise. It’s a shame those in the media don’t understand that and push an anti coach agenda to get the fans riled up.

  4. You usually don’t let someone doing a good job leave. He got a lot out of a team led by Kyle Orton most of the season.

  5. @RomoIsGod: I totally agree with you. I’m not a Bills fan at all. But I am glad they are staying in Buffalo and have a really good owner! If anyone watches Hockey, knows just how good of an owner he is! Marrone needs to stay and keep up the good work! Buffalo is a QB away from being great! This is coming from a Jets fan! But as a true football fan. Doug Marrone has done a great job!

  6. Personally I’d like to see them get a 3rd year. Other than QB and O-line Whaley has himself a good team. You’d like to see consistency for one more year, but you also don’t want to not make the playoffs again next year with the defense that we have.

    and joetoronto, enjoy your NFL-less city and the Maple Leafs who just lost to the Panthers.

  7. He hasn’t done a good job. His conservative coaching and misuse of players cost the Bills 3 wins this year. The D was outstanding not Marrone. Marrone needs to go.

  8. Fans rag on Orton for the Bills Offense under performing behind a bad offensive line and yet he finishes the season with the highest single season QB rating in Bills franchise history. Go figure. Just think how much better he would of been if he didn’t have happy feet due to worry about being murdered on every play.

  9. Dumb clause. To be of any value he would have had to have a great record that guaranteed another HC job somewhere else. To leave because of any perceived dysfunction or rift with the new owner would mean no pay and no job. He gets paid if he is fired.

  10. doggsaint says:
    Dec 28, 2014 8:39 PM
    Fans rag on Orton for the Bills Offense under performing behind a bad offensive line and yet he finishes the season with the highest single season QB rating in Bills franchise history. Go figure. Just think how much better he would of been if he didn’t have happy feet due to worry about being murdered on every play.
    ~~~~~
    You made that up. Orton holds no such record

  11. His in game decision making has been terrible all season. He coached Manual into the conservative game play that he ended up benching him for, and he continually coached not to lose. The only reason he’s staying is because there isn’t that “gotta have” coach out there. @gamesnbrews

  12. billsfan says:
    Dec 28, 2014 7:52 PM
    Well, I guess now we’ll find out how “irreparable” his relationship with Whaley is. He has a chance to walk away.
    Or, Pegula could make the decision for him. IMO, I’d get a new GM, a new HC, and a new contract negotiator (replace Overdorf). Brandon and Overdorf are vestiges of the “curse”.
    The offense this year wasted the work of the defense. Marrone, Hackett, Morris et al. squandered their opportunity to prove their worth.
    Whaley drafted Manuel…’nuf said there. A new broom sweeps clean (
    —————–
    I am fairly certain buddy nix was the gm who drafted Manuel. Whaley was the assistant gm at the time

  13. Hey FinFan68 I didn’t make that up. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News confirms it on twitter. Kyle Orton has the Bills highest single season QB rating in franchise history.

  14. A 3 game improvement from last season is decent. For the sake of continuity I’d like to see if he can build upon that. As for Whaley, no GM has ever batted 1.000. He seems to be learning quickly. The Hughes trade was genius, and he has picked up some gems from other teams scrap piles. Unless they’re going to bring in Harbaugh, I’d say don’t blow it up yet.

  15. In my opinion, it seems more like this clause was put in place by Marrone’s agent in the event that he wanted to take another job or took the league by storm and became a highly sought commodity. I highly doubt the clause was added to plan for Ralph’s demise, as this job was above Marrone’s pay grade the day he signed the contract.

  16. That’s fine as long as Hackett is gone. You can’t have an offense as horrific as they had this year and not make some changes to the offensive side of the coaching staff. With a new OC we will see whether or not it was Hackett or marrones fault. If the offense is as bad next year, clean house.

    Just make the playoffs. That’s all I want. With all this losing, at this point, a playoff appearance would feel almost as satisfying as a Super Bowl. That’s how starved/desperate/arguably pathetic ive become rooting for this team.

  17. doggsaint says:
    Dec 28, 2014 9:43 PM
    Hey FinFan68 I didn’t make that up. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News confirms it on twitter. Kyle Orton has the Bills highest single season QB rating in franchise history.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    My apologies. Graham made it up, then. Orton is 3rd (among qbs with at least 10 starts) with 87.8 [*NFL site with today included] just edging Flutie’s 87.4 in 1998. Jim Kelley had 101.2 in 1990 and 97.6 in 1991 [*profootball reference]

  18. Marrone is not a NFL head coach – need an example? Green Bay win, Oakland loss. Had Marrone won that game in Oakland – they’d be the sixth seed today.
    Mr. Pegula – please punt on the career of this NCAA coach.

  19. Baltimore would have still made it over buffalo if they beat Oakland. Common opponents. The Bills were 1-1 vs Miami, Balt was 1-0. Everything else was the same between them. Oakland game ended up meaning nothing if they won. We’d be sitting here mad that a 10-6 team missed playoffs

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