Today saw another NFL franchise added to the list of those who will be looking for a new head coach during the offseason as Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills parted ways.
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Unlike Rex Ryan, Marc Trestman and Mike Smith earlier this week however, it was Marrone who initiated the split with the Bills - taking advantage of a three day window to opt out of his deal.
The unique clause became active after Buffalo came under new ownership during the 2014 season and after deciding to quit the team today Marrone is set to be a much sought after man over the next few months.
Marrone was in high demand when he opted to join the Bills in 2013 and, a free agent once again, it appears that he is set to interview with a number of teams with HC vacancies in the near future.
As reported by ESPN's Rich Cimini, Marrone is expected to interview with the New York Jets whilst the likeso f the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers are also likely to be interested in acquiring his sevices.
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Having beaten the Jets three times as Buffalo head coach Marrone clearly left a lasting impression on New York owner Woody Johnson who today spoke on the coach's recent availability.
"This is pretty good news," Johnson told the New York Daily News.
"I was shocked. It's been a long time since I've seen Doug and I have good memories of him."
Marrone previously worked with the Jets organization between 2002-2005 in the role of offensive line coach and would therefore be returning to familiar surroundings should he impress the Jets hierarchy enough to get the top job.
Coming of an impressive season in charge of the Buffalo Bills, leading the franchise to a 9-7 record (their best in 10 years) his reputation is at an all time high.
With the Jets already set to interview a number of other candidates in the near future it remains to be seen however who they opt for as they bid to improve on a disastrous 4-12 2014 campaign.
What do you think Jets fans? Would Marrone be a good fit? And Buffalo fans what do you make of his departure? Lets us know in the comments section below...
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