BUFFALO, NY (WIVB)– As a child in the Bronx, Bills head coach never dreamed he would be the coach of an NFL team.
“If someone would have told me this is where I would have been later in my life I would have never believed them,” Doug Marrone told news 4 sports Lauren Brill.
His journey to the NFL was far from straight and narrow. He was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints following hurricane Katrina.
“One of the greatest lessons that I learned down there, and I have sad this before, the sport of football can truly change an entire region,” Marrone explained.
In 2009 he returned to his alma mater, Syracuse University, to turn around a struggling program. He went 25-25 at Syracuse before becoming the Buffalo Bills head coach in 2013. In his first season in Buffalo, the team had little stability at the quarterback position.
“We played with three different quarterbacks, with one game experiences in all of them in the NFL . We won six games which is not good enough for us and we were in a couple of games that could have gone either way. You look at it and say you know what, this is something we need to build on,” Marrone explained.
Marrone plans to use an old recipe consisting of hard work, to strengthen the Bills organization. While he never dreamed he’d even make it this for, now that he is here he is not afraid to dream big
“My dream now is to win here, there is no doubt about it,” Marrone added. “I came here for one purpose, to get this team first back to the playoffs and second for that first Super Bowl.”