After coaching the Buffalo Bills for the past two seasons, Marrone opted out of his contract to seek other opportunities. He led the Bills to a 9-7 record this past season and went 15-17 overall. Previously he had coached at Syracuse University for four seasons going 25-25 during that stretch.
Marrone has a history with the Jets. He served as the teams offensive line coach under Herm Edwards from 2002-2005.
He is considered the early favorite to be the next Jets head coach.
Marrone is considered a favorite, but I do wonder how much of his status is a creation of the media or not. While I think Marrone could be an OK coach, it's not like Bill Parcells or Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden has made a triumphal return, which many seem set on making Marrone into. I do wonder about how he'd fit in New York, as he apparently has pretty thin skin with the media. I don't see how that could end well.
The Jets have lines out on some good candidates, my hope is that the Jets aren't getting myopic. That they are getting whipped into a frenzy about a coach that has had spotty success to date in his many posts across the NFL and NCAA.
I get that the Jets are serious about investigating the opportunity with Marrone, but let's not let the blizzard game and Charley Casserley's love ballads sweep the Jets away. In a perfect world, I think that's why I'd be fine with him as a strong independent coordinator on a big salary to run the offense while the Jets bring in the likes of Dan Quinn to coach the whole team.
That's my hope ... but we'll see how it plays out.