Syracuse’s Doug Marrone Should Be High On Eagles ListBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
For three years Marrone was the offensive coordinator for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints. Let’s be honest, he wasn’t running the offense for Payton and he wasn’t calling the plays, but this is probably the most impressive credential on his resume. Payton is as good of an offensive mind as there is in the NFL and the fact that he thought enough of Marrone’s football knowledge to give him the title of offensive coordinator says a lot for the young coach.
This 48-year old coach had the chance to see how you develop a quarterback as Payton molded Hall of Fame level quarterback Drew Brees and built one of the league’s most dynamic offensive systems. I also like the fact that he has the offensive line in his background because blocking the league’s defensive lines are a prerequisite to moving the football.
I could see him developing the Birds offensive line into a dominating front. If Jason Peters, Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans return healthy next season, they could develop into one of the best offensive lines in the league under Marrone’s tutelage.
The fact that he’s worked under Payton gives him tremendous credibility when it comes to be able to put together an innovative and exciting offense. He’s also learned quite a bit about putting a quarterback in position to succeed. Prior to his time with Payton, he was an offensive line coach with the Jets. Marrone is obviously very well aware of how important it is to win upfront.
Remember that Marrone has been around the NFL for quite awhile and he knows who the bright young minds are, so he should have an easy time putting together a quality staff.
At Syracuse, he’s done quite a job with what was a floundering football program. They won a bowl game this year, beating West Virginia and they finished with an 8-5 record. That’s not an easy thing to do when you’re not getting the blue chippers.
His success at turning around the Syracuse program satisfies this leadership qualifications for me with me.
He was an offensive linemen for Syracuse years ago and got a try out with the Miami Dolphins. The tryout didn’t workout, so he decided to become a coach and that has worked out for him.
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