Marrone denies quitting on his players

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WIVB) – Doug Marrone spoke publicly about his decision to opt out of his contract with the Bills for the first time today.

Marrone, now the offensive line coach and assistant head coach for the offense in Jacksonville, tried to shoot down the idea that he quit on his former players.

“It is perception that’s out there,” said Marrone. “The coaches that we were with, the players, I don’t agree that they felt that way.”

“I had an opportunity that was in the contract to opt out. Terry Pegula and Kim, I think they’re going to be outstanding owners. I had two great years there, the people in the organization were outstanding to me and my family. My family and I made a decision to opt out, and it brought us here. For me, when I look at it, it was a decision that was made, but when people starting putting in things like ‘quit’ or things like that, that’s not the case at all,” said Marrone.

Marrone would not reveal any reasons behind his decision today.

“A lot of those conversations that occurred in a short period of time… they were private conversations,” said Marrone. “At the end of the day, it was the best situation for both parties.”

Both parties have now moved on, with Marrone on staff in Jacksonville and Rex Ryan now the head coach for the Bills. Those two teams will play against each other this fall in London. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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