Doug Marrone is ‘well-regarded here,’ a Giants source tells the Daily News.
One year ago in rapid-fire succession, Doug Marrone went from Bills head coach to voluntarily unemployed to Jets candidate to Jaguars assistant in a stunning free fall.
Now, as he attempts to restore his career, the former Syracuse coach and Bronx native will interview for the Giants’ vacancy on Saturday.
Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase became the fourth person to interview with Big Blue brass on Friday since two-time Super Bowl winner Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 years on the sidelines following the team’s second consecutive 6-10 season.
Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin also were interviewed earlier this week as part of what owner John Mara said would be “an extensive search.” The Eagles also interviewed McAdoo on Thursday in their search to replace the fired Chip Kelly.
“I’d like to get it done soon, but not at the expense of finding the right guy,” Mara said Friday in an ESPN radio interview. “There’s no specific timetable, but there’s always an advantage to sooner rather than later.”
Marrone, 51, served as Jacksonville’s assistant head coach – primarily in charge of the offensive line – this season after opting out of his Buffalo contract last January with a 15-17 record and no postseason berths in two seasons with the Bills. He also interviewed with the Browns for their head-coaching opening earlier this week and reportedly has another meeting scheduled next week with Miami.
Marrone, who retained his entire 2015 guaranteed base salary of $ 4 million despite stepping down in Buffalo, also interviewed for the Jets opening that ultimately went to Todd Bowles last January. Some Bills players and executives complained about Marrone’s coaching style and control issues while in Orchard Park.
Adam Gase works with Peyton Manning in Denver before joining John Fox in Chicago last year.
“Don’t dismiss Marrone,” one Giants source said. “He’s well-regarded here, despite some of the stuff that’s been said.”
Gase, 37, has served as the offensive coordinator for three years under former Giants defensive coordinator John Fox in Denver (where they worked with Eli Manning’s brother Peyton) and Chicago. Gase already has interviewed this week with Philadelphia and Miami.
“I think he’s a mastermind of a coach,” former Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who played for the Bears this season, said in a radio interview earlier this week. “He’s very very smart. He has that grit, that fire that you need, but he definitely has the balance. I’ve seen him get fired up a couple of times, but a lot of times he’s very calm and relaxed. He’s a thinker. He definitely thinks outside the box. I’m sure he’ll make a great head coach in this league.
“Let’s put it this way. I would hate to see that guy leave. He’s a first class guy all the way. I would not be surprised if he’s not back with the Chicago Bears next year.”
No Giants were named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. Odell Beckham Jr. (96 catches, 1,450 yards, 13 touchdowns) was named to the second team at wide receiver, behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown and Atlanta’s Julio Jones. Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins and the Jets’ Brandon Marshall also were named to the second team.
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