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Marrone hired as assistant HC-offense/offensive line


MOBILE, Ala. – The search for an offensive coordinator continues.

But the Jaguars made a significant move on its offensive coaching staff Monday, hiring former Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone as the assistant head coach-offense/offensive line.

Marrone, 50, spent the past two seasons as the Bills' head coach, and was the head coach at Syracuse University the four years before that. He went 15-17 with the Bills, including a 9-7 record this past season.

He was 24-25 from 2009-2012 at Syracuse.

Marrone, who replaced Chad Gailey as the Bills' head coach, coached Buffalo to its first winning season since 2004 this past season, but left the team on December 31.

Marrone was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006-2008, and coached the New York Jets' offensive line under head coach Herm Edwards from 2002-2005. He worked for Saints Head Coach Sean Peyton while in New Orleans.

He spent the 2001 season as the tight end/offensive tackles coach with Tennessee.

Marrone was among seven coaches who have interviewed for the Jaguars' offensive coordinator position. That position became vacant when Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley dismissed Jedd Fisch on December 30 after two seasons in the position.

The Jaguars interviewed Marrone last week, after which they interviewed former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator and former Jaguars quarterbacks coach Greg Olson, New York Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn and former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

They previously had interviewed Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson, former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and former Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

Various reports on Monday indicated that the Jaguars could hire Marrone, Olson and Gase, though the exact roles they would fill wasn't clear. Gase interviewed with the Jaguars Sunday, but reportedly met with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night about the offensive coordinator vacated when Gary Kubiak took the Denver Broncos' job.

Doug Marrone was named Jaguars Assistant Head Coach-Offense/Offensive Line.

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