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Doug Marrone was officially introduced as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills Monday afternoon. The former Orange coach is starting his second rebuilding job, hoping to bring Buffalo back to the NFL playoffs. Brian Sandler has more.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have officially announced that Doug Marrone is the team’s new head coach. The former Syracuse University Head football coach was introduced to the media in Buffalo on Monday.

Marrone's resume includes the last four seasons building the Orange football program. He has an even 25 and 25 record, including two bowl game wins.

"Being the head coach for four years at Syracuse has helped me. And for me, my one dream which obviously became a reality, was restoring that program. I think we all know, especially in western New York, Central New York, we have a lot of Bill fans in our area. So to be able to get that program back on track, and to create a foundation for that program to be successful for a long period of time was important," said Marrone.

Marrone says he is now experiencing another dream come true. He spent seven years as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets before joining SU.

Bills players hit social networking websites to express their thoughts on the announcement.

Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood tweeted, "I love the hire of Marrone the more I read about him. Got to love a former offensive lineman that was the offensive coordinator of the league's number one offense in 2008."

Bills running back CJ Spiller tweeted, "It's going to take a lot of hard work and demand from us players on each other guess I start looking at lot of Syracuse film."

Bills cornerback Aaron Williams tweeted, "New changes, New Year, new beginning, better outcome. Only been a week and I'm already ready to be out there."

Marrone speaks

Just after Doug Marrone was announced as the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills, he addressed the media in Buffalo. You can watch that in its entirety below. (Approx. 23 minutes)

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News release from the Buffalo Bills:


ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Buffalo Bills today announced the hiring of Doug Marrone as the 16th head coach in franchise history.

Marrone, 48, replaces former Bills head coach Chan Gailey who was relieved of his duties on December 31, 2012.

The 2013 season will mark Marrone’s eighth year in the National Football League and first as a head coach in the professional ranks.

Marrone spent the previous for years as the head coach of his alma mater’s football program at Syracuse University from 2009-12 and led the program to a 21-17 record in the last three seasons. He guided the Orange to an 8-5 mark in 2010 and 2012 – with both campaigns culminating in a New Era Pinstripe Bowl Championship.
Syracuse’s offense set several program records in 2012 for total yards (5,681), passing yards (3,619) and first downs (300).

Prior to his Syracuse tenure, Marrone spent seven years in the NFL. From 2006-08 he served as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints after a four-year span as the offensive line coach of the New York Jets (2002-05).

The Saints led the NFL in total offense and passing yards per game in 2006 (391.5 total yards/game and 281.4 passing yards/game) and 2008 (410.7 total yards/game and 311.1 passing yards/game).

In 2004, the Jets’ offensive line paved the way for the league’s third-best rushing offense (149.3 rushing yards/game) while tallying the second-most rushing first downs (135). Running Back Curtis Martin led the NFL with 1,697 rushing yards and posted nine 100-yard games.

Before arriving in New York, Marrone coached the tight ends and tackles at the University of Tennessee in 2001. He spent the 2000 season at the University of Georgia as the program’s offensive line coach after spending the previous five years at Georgia Tech. In 1995, Marrone was the director of football operations before coaching the tight ends in 1996 and offensive line from 1997-99.

In 1999, the Yellow Jackets led the nation in total offense (509.4 yards/game) and points per game (40.7). Marrone was part of a coaching staff that helped guide the school to a bowl game in three consecutive years (1997-99).

Marrone’s coaching career began in 1992 at Cortland (N.Y.) State as the school’s tight ends coach before stints as the offensive line coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1993) and Northeastern University in 1994.

Marrone, a Bronx, N.Y. native, was drafted in the sixth-round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Raiders and played two years in the NFL, first with the Miami Dolphins in 1987 and then with the Saints in 1989. He also had playing stints with Pittsburgh, Dallas and Minnesota before closing his career with the NFLE London Monarchs (1991-92).

A three-year letterman at Syracuse, Marrone returned to the university and graduated in 1991. He and his wife, Helen, have two daughters, Madeline and Anne, and a son, Mack.

Statements from Syracuse University Regarding Head Coach Doug Marrone Being Named Buffalo Bills Head Coach

Former Orange standout and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone is moving west down the thruway. The Bronx native, who played tackle for the Orange from 1983 to 1985 and was a sixth-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Raiders, was introduced today as the head coach for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. In four seasons at Syracuse, Marrone led the Orange to two New Era Pinstripe Bowl victories and four wins against top 25 opponents.

Syracuse University Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross:
“Doug has restored Syracuse football to its rightful place and we are appreciative of the foundation he has laid on and off the field for the future success of the program. We wish him the absolute best in his opportunity in the NFL. We look forward to improving on our success, as we have great momentum heading into the ACC. We will put a head coach in place who will continue down the successful path we are on.”

Syracuse University Chairman of the Board of Trustees Richard L. Thompson and Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor:
"We congratulate Coach Marrone on having this opportunity to become a head coach at the highest level. Under his leadership, we have restored the rich, winning football tradition at Syracuse, and we wish him continued success as he moves to the National Football League.

“We are fully committed to continuing SU Football’s successful trajectory and the commitment, work ethic, integrity, and support for the personal and academic development of our student-athletes that Doug and his coaching staff embedded in the program. Moving forward, we have full confidence in Dr. Daryl Gross to find the right successor to build on this success.” ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP