Former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone interviewed Friday for the Dolphins’ head-coaching position.
Marrone became the seventh candidate to interview for the full-time head-coaching position, following former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith, three-time Super Bowl champion Head Coach Mike Shanahan, Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin, Buffalo Bills Assistant Head Coach Anthony Lynn, Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase and Dolphins Interim Head Coach Dan Campbell.
Marrone was head coach of Bills in 2013 and 2014 before he left after exercising an out clause in his contract. He then took a job last season as assistant head coach-offense/offensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In his second year in Buffalo, Marrone guided the Bills to a 9-7 record, the team’s first winning season since 2004.
Marrone was 15-17 in his two seasons in Buffalo, becoming only the third coach in Bills history to win 15 games in his first two seasons (after Marv Levy and Wade Phillips). The Bills had six Pro Bowl selections during Marrone’s two seasons.
Prior to joining the Bills, Marrone spent four seasons (2009-12) as the head coach of his alma mater, Syracuse, where he led the program to a 21-17 record in the last three seasons. He guided the Orange to an 8-5 record in 2010 and 2012 and both seasons culminated with a New Era Pinstripe Bowl championship.
Marrone was named American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region 1 Coach of the Year in 2011 and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.
Marrone spent seven seasons as an NFL assistant (2002-08) before becoming a collegiate head coach. From 2006-08, Marrone served as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. He directed an offense that led the NFL in total offense in 2006 and 2008.
Marrone was the offensive line coach of the New York Jets from 2002-05 and the team made two postseason appearances (2002, 2004) with him on the staff.
Marrone played five games in the NFL as an offensive lineman, including four for the Dolphins during the 1987 season. He also appeared in one game with the New Orleans in 1989 before ending his playing career with two seasons with the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football.
He began his coaching career as tight ends coach at Cortland State in 1992 and made stops at five other schools — Coast Guard, Northeastern, Georgie Tech, Georgia and Tennessee — before beginning his NFL coaching career.