Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Doug Marrone will not return to the Bills in 2015

The Buffalo Bills announced today that Doug Marrone has exercised a right in his contract that allows him to opt out of his current deal with Buffalo and thus will not return as head coach for the 2015 season.

The head coach led the Buffalo Bills to a 9-7 record in 2014, their first winning season since 2004.  However, offensive woes plagued the Bills and kept them from ending a league-high 15 year streak without making the playoffs.  Marrone was the head coach of the Bills for two seasons.

Marrone is reported to still earn his $4,000,000 that he would have otherwise earn as head coach, and is eligible to interview for other head coaching vacancies.

There are rumors that Marrone could wind up coaching fellow AFC East rival New York Jets.

According to reports, Marrone quarreled with management at times, including team General Manager Russ Brandon.  Marrone also had issues with 2013 1st Round draft pick EJ Manuel, which led to his benching during the 2014 season after going 2-2 in the first four games of the season.

Marrone was able to opt out of his contract due to a clause that allows him to cancel due to a change in ownership.

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