EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants’ search for a head coach is not on a weekend hiatus.
Spagnuolo (St. Louis, 2009-11) and Marrone are the only candidates with previous head coaching experience. Marrone is also the lone candidate who played in the NFL and was a collegiate head coach.
In 2015, Marrone was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ assistant head coach – offense, and offensive line coach. The Jaguars scored 376 points, 127 more than they did in 2014.
Marrone was the head coach of the Bills in 2013-14, when the team was 6-10 and then 9-7, the team’s highest win total in 10 years. He joined Hall of Famer Marv Levy and Wade Phillips as the only coaches in Bills history to win at least 15 games in their first two seasons.
A native of The Bronx, Marrone was an offensive lineman at Syracuse. He was a sixth-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1986. Marrone played four games for the Miami Dolphins in 1987, and one for the New Orleans Saints in 1989.
A 23-year coaching veteran, Marrone began his career as the tight ends coach at SUNY Cortland in 1992. He also did stints at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Northeastern, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Tennessee.
Marrone entered the NFL coaching ranks as the Jets’ offensive line coach from 2002-05. From 2006-08, he was the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints under Sean Payton, a former Giants coordinator.
In 2009, Marrone left the Saints to become the head coach at Syracuse, a position he held for four seasons. He inherited a program that had won 10 total games in the previous four seasons. After a 4-8 debut, Marrone was 21-17 and the Orange twice played in the Pinstripe Bowl in his final three seasons. Marrone coached current Giants Justin Pugh, Ryan Nassib and Jay Bromley at SU.
He left Syracuse to become the head coach of the Bills.