NFL: Buffalo Bills hope Doug Marrone can end their 13-year play-off drought
Last Updated: 08/01/13 10:33am
Doug Marrone: previously spent seven years working in the NFL with the Jets and Saints
The Buffalo Bills have appointed Doug Marrone as their fifth head coach in the last 12 years.
Marrone arrives at the Bills - who fired Chan Gailey the day after the end of the regular season concluded - from Syracuse University, where he compiled a 25-25 record during his four years in charge.
The 48-year-old played for the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints as an offensive lineman before finishing his career with a spell at the London Monarchs.
He then moved into coaching, working with the offensive line at the New York Jets from 2002 to 2005 before returning to the Saints to take charge of their offense for three years.
Marrone was given his first head-coaching job at Syracuse, who had gone 26-57 in the seven seasons before his arrival. He turned around their fortunes, including leading them to a second Pinstripe Bowl with a 38-14 victory over West Virginia at the end of 2012.
He will now hope to produce a similar turnaround in Buffalo; the franchise last experienced a winning season in 2004 and hasn't made the play-offs in 13 years, the longest streak in the NFL.
Gailey was shown the door by the Bills after going 16-32 during his three seasons at the helm.