Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone Opts Out of Contract
Doug Marrone may have been worried during the 2014 NFL season that the Buffalo Bills could fire him if the team didn’t perform up to expectations. When the dust had settled, it was the Bills who should have been worried all along.
Per reports, Marrone decided to cut bait and look elsewhere for employment, activating an op-out clause in his contract to be able to leave the team. Marrone had been given an opt-out clause in his contract upon the team changing ownership, and due to several reasons decided to move on to other opportunities.
Why He Left
Buffalo changed owners earlier in the year and once that happened, Marrone had his out if he wanted it. After Buffalo’s brass forced his hand and both signed Kyle Orton and later started him over E.J. Manuel, Marrone could probably see the writing on the wall.
Marrone probably wasn’t on the verge of being fired after going 15-17 through his first two seasons, but he also couldn’t have loved the lack of control he clearly had. With other people putting his team in a direction he didn’t necessarily agree with, he understandably jumped ship.
Where He’ll Go
Marrone can go anywhere he wants and he’ll have plenty of suitors. He did a very solid job with a pretty average group in Buffalo, while also leading a team that boasted one of the best defenses. He’s more of an offensive guy, though, and he found ways to win with no real quarterback at his disposal, while also making the Bills a force on the ground.
His ability to will his offense into production will make him a hot commodity and rumors suggest the New York Jets could express serious interest. He may not just take the next head coaching job that comes his way, though. Considering he left one ugly situation, he won’t be too excited to risk getting into a similar one. Don’t be too shocked if he just settles for a better fit as a coordinator somewhere.
What Now For Bills?
It’s too bad the Bills couldn’t just let Marrone call the shots. Who knows, had they stuck with Manuel (the guy Marrone drafted in 2013), maybe the Bills would have been even better and made the playoffs.
All we know now is that the Bills were close to making a playoff push, and that with Kyle Orton retiring and Marrone gone, it’s back to the drawing board. That may mean another rookie quarterback and will surely mean a new head coach. The Bills still have a strong running game and an elite defense, though, so whoever comes in and takes over could easily be the missing link between the Bills and the playoffs – a situation they haven’t found themselves in since Doug Flutie was still in the league.
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