Doug Marrone may be leaving the team, but he possibly won’t be leaving the division.
In a move that would be viewed in Buffalo as the equivalent of the gestures former on-field nemesis Bryan Cox once made with a pair of middle fingers, Marrone could resurface as the new coach of the New York Jets.
Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports that mutual interest exists between the Jets and Marrone, a native of the Bronx.
As Cimini points out, the fact that the Jets already have complied with the Rooney Rule by interviewing defensive backs coach Anthony Lynn means that Marrone could be hired at any time.
An assistant coach in New York from 2002 through 2005, Marrone swept the Jets this year, with a 38-3 Monday night win in Detroit, a move necessitated by a major November snowstorm. He also led the team to a 9-7 record in his second season on the job; by not making it to the playoffs, Marrone was able to wiggle free from his contract (with $4 million) while the coaching carousel is still spinning at its fastest.