Doug Marrone interviewed for 49ers head coaching job

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Doug Marrone has a job again, but he was up for one better than that one or the one he quit.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Marrone actually interviewed for the 49ers head coaching job, before they gave it to defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.

Of course, Marrone is making more money to not coach the Bills ($4 million) than Tomsula will make to actually coach the 49ers this year ($3.5 million), and that’s probably not an insignificant factor in this transaction.

In hindsight, the 49ers seemed destined to go with the low-cost and low-maintenance Tomsula after the torture of putting up with Jim Harbaugh taking them to three NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl in three years.

Marrone might have overplayed his hand in leaving the Bills, but he’s also fallen into an NFL job in a place with sunshine and no state income taxes.

And if Tomsula falls flat, he’ll have a foot in the door and familiarity with the bosses who might decide to go with more of a known commodity next time.

20 responses to “Doug Marrone interviewed for 49ers head coaching job

  1. In hindsight, the 49ers seemed destined to go with the low-cost and low-maintenance Tomsula after the torture of putting up with Jim Harbaugh taking them to three NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl in three years.

    love it. jed dork and trent ballcheese need to go. losing fangio to the bears too

  2. Tomsula is meant to be the interim coach. He’ll probably get 4 or 5 wins and secure a relatively high draft pick and then he’ll be sent packing. Reminds me of Jim Mora Jr.’s time in Seattle.

  3. He’s not a quitter. He negotiated an out if the Bills were sold and it was a $4 million lottery ticket and the ability to be a free agent. If we’re okay with free agency among players, whey do we expect anything different from coaches. Pegula had the chance to negotiate that option out of the contract and it doesn’t sound like the parties reached an agreement on that.

    I don’t know much about Tomsula other than that ridiculous interview which made him look like an incoherent inarticulate dufus. McDaniels would have made more sense. He wanted to develop a Tebow type of quarterback and Kaepernick is a Tebow type of quarterback who can actually play the game at an NFL level.

  4. Jim Harbaugh didn’t “take them to three NFL Championship Games and a Super Bowl in three years”. The PLAYERS (arguably the most talented collection of players in the league over that span) did. How much Harbaugh was involved in that success is open to debate.

    Note that I am NOT saying he was or wasn’t responsible, just that we lack substantial evidence either way. Just as we don’t know how good, say, Mike McCarthy really is. Until a roster has gone through 2-3 transition periods under a coach (in which case coaching starts to win out, due to talent level regressing up or down to the mean), you never really know how good a HC is.

    What we do know about Harbaugh though: he is loud/obnoxious, he isn’t easy on his players, he grinds with ownership and the front office, and he was always looking for the huuuuge payday. Given the known blemishes, and the unknown coaching quality, I sure think the 49ers made the wise decision.

  5. I guess Baalke and York were not able to check all of their boxes with Marrone

    Check Box 1: WAFL League Championship

    Check Box 2: No Coordinating Experience

    Check Box 3: willing to work for peanuts

    Check Box 4: kiss up to management and Joan in Payroll

    Check Box 5: Allow the front office to dabble in football operations with little to no resistance.

    Check Box 6: coaching candidate must be meek, underqualified, or desperate and easily manipulated.

    Sorry Coach Marrone you’re not qualified to be Head Coach of the San Francisco.

  6. redsoxu571 says:
    Jan 20, 2015 1:09 PM
    Jim Harbaugh didn’t “take them to three NFL Championship Games and a Super Bowl in three years”. The PLAYERS (arguably the most talented collection of players in the league over that span) did. How much Harbaugh was involved in that success is open to debate.
    ___________

    Harbaugh came in and took almost the same exact roster that he inherited and turned that team around from a complete loser to one of the best in the league. I hate the guy, but he’s a great coach.

    Aside from that, how bad of an interview did Marrone have to give to lose the job to the guy who can’t even talk? Amazing.

  7. Santa Clara is a complete train wreck. Bad owners, lousy GM, buffoon head coach, one-read QB, aging roster and $12 million over the salary cap. Welcome to the Singletary era, part II …

  8. I did too…major detractor was experience Jed York told me.

    My resume included Madden stats, he wasn’t impressed.

  9. Lesson learned.
    This guy went from the HC of an elite Defensive team (and probably making the playoffs within the next two years which would have signed his head coaching meal ticket all his life) to an oline coach (note, an oline coach answers to the OC) of the Jags.

    nice career move….

  10. Saint Doug’s “foot in the door” will be more than negated with yet another less than inspiring stint in Jacksonville. He had is shot at one of only 32 NFL HC jobs in the world and he pissed it away, along with his credibility, for 4 million dollars .

  11. LOL. I’m loving how they gave him the assistant HC title to save face for him. He probably negotiated that in his contract. Oh, did I mention that Buffalo’s OL was the worst it’s ever been under his tenure?

  12. raiderlyfe510 says:

    I guess Baalke and York were not able to check all of their boxes with Marrone

    Check Box 1: WAFL League Championship

    Check Box 2: No Coordinating Experience

    Check Box 3: willing to work for peanuts

    Check Box 4: kiss up to management and Joan in Payroll

    Check Box 5: Allow the front office to dabble in football operations with little to no resistance.

    Check Box 6: coaching candidate must be meek, underqualified, or desperate and easily manipulated.

    Sorry Coach Marrone you’re not qualified to be Head Coach of the San Francisco.

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    This was so good it deserved to be said again.

    And it sucks to be a Niner fan right now. Perennial playoff contenders to laughing stock in the course of one month. Well done, Jed Dork.

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