“He was the guy,” Brandon Moore said the other day, “who always talked about Syracuse when he was here.”
Moore is the veteran offensive guard for the New York Jets who was an undrafted rookie free agent in 2002 when Marrone was employed as the offensive line coach by the Green & White. And he was speaking after a recent Jets practice at Cortland State.
“Syracuse was always Doug’s dream job,” said Moore of his first NFL mentor. “He always talked about how much he wanted to be there. He always talked about the latest news from Syracuse.” -An article from the Syracuse Post-Standard August 1, 2012.
Reports are swirling that NFL teams like the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Philadelphia Eagles all have interest in Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone in their coaching search, with Marrone set to interview in Cleveland and Buffalo. While there are many different motivations as to why a college coach would go to an NFL interview, the question must be asked: would Doug Marrone really leave Syracuse for another job?
One of the main things Syracuse fans love about Marrone is the fact that he loves Syracuse University just as much (if not more) than anyone. Doug was hired because he is a Syracuse guy, and because he said he never wanted to go anywhere else, with Syracuse being his dream job. How many other coaches would say this? If Syracuse really is Marrone’s dream job, why would he leave to go to a struggling NFL franchise like Buffalo where they turnover coaches every three seasons or so?
Which leaves another motive: money. Would an NFL job be THAT desirable if Syracuse can give him a raise in his salary? My money would be on no. Doug Marrone is as loyal of a coach as they come, and I think that his love for Syracuse will absolutely keep him here if he can get somewhat comparable numbers. Syracuse won’t be able to pay him like an NFL franchise can, but they can absolutely give him a raise and put him in to a long term deal that would keep him in Syracuse. Marrone’s love for Syracuse and his players will absolutely play a factor in his decision if it comes down to him making one, and more money is always a good thing to help sway him where his heart lies.
I think that interviewing for the jobs in Buffalo and Cleveland do not mean Marrone is going to leave Syracuse. Granted I am probably looking too far in to this, but Marrone saying “Syracuse all the way” during his Pinstripe Bowl victory speech, along with the fact that two days later he was seen hanging out watching the Syracuse basketball team play Central Connecticut in the Dome shows me how much he loves Syracuse and will want to remain here. I think his love for Syracuse along with the lack of any kind of job security an NFL coach is given will keep Marrone with the Orange.