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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Marrone returns to New Orleans on Sunday

By Mike Rodak

The Buffalo Bills, fresh off a division win over the Miami Dolphins, will head south again -- this time to New Orleans -- for their second consecutive road contest.

For head coach Doug Marrone, who played in Miami in 1987, this trip will have some added significance for the 49-year old. He played for the Saints in 1989, and later served as their offensive coordinator from 2006-2008.

Those were the first three seasons of the Sean Payton and Drew Brees teaming up, and the combo produced the Saints' first Super Bowl win in 2009, when Marrone began his four-year stint at Syracuse.

Marrone said Monday that he still keeps in touch with Payton.

"Obviously I had a great experience down there, I have a great appreciation," he said. "[We] worked there through a tough transition after [Hurricane] Katrina. Those memories are always going to be there and I have all the respect in the world. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have or had spent the time that I did down there."