Bills make it official, hiring Syracuse's Marrone to become next coach of struggling franchise

Published January 07, 2013

| Associated Press

It's official: Doug Marrone is the Buffalo Bills' new coach.

The franchise released the announcement via text message on Monday. A news conference at the team's facility will follow.

Hired after going 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse, Marrone agreed to the contract on Sunday. The 48-year-old from the Bronx takes over a week after Chan Gailey was fired following three consecutive losing seasons.

Marrone becomes the Bills' fifth coach in 12 years, and inherits a franchise that newly promoted team president Russ Brandon described as having a "tarnished" reputation.

Buffalo's 13-season playoff drought is the NFL's longest active streak, and the team has not had a winning record since 2004, when it finished 9-7.

Marrone is described as a no-nonsense disciplinarian. He has seven seasons of NFL coaching experience as an assistant.

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