In putting together a list of prospective Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator candidates Monday, I left off former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone because it sounded like he was going to be a consultant with the Texans if he didn't get a head coaching job.
That may not necessarily be the case. According to CBSSports.com, Marrone could emerge as one of the first candidates interviewed by the Ravens for their offensive coordinator job.
Marrone, 50, opted out of his contract with the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 31, thinking he would get one of the available head coaching jobs after leading the Bills to their first winning season in a decade. But it looks like he is not going to be hired by any of the three teams he interviewed with (New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears).
He met last week with the Jacksonville Jaguars about their offensive coordinator position, even though he can afford to take the year off. The Bills have to pay his $4 million salary for this year as part of his opt-out clause.
Marrone's only time as an NFL offensive coordinator was a successful three-year run (2006-08) in New Orleans. The Saints led the NFL in total offense and passing yards per game in 2006 (391.5 total yards and 281.4 passing yards) and 2008 (410.7 total yard and 311.1 passing yards).
It was more of a struggle in his two seasons as the Bills' head coach, which could stem from the inconsistency at quarterback and the injuries at running back. Marrone let offensive coordinator Nate Hackett handle the play calling but he had the final say as Buffalo averaged 4.92 yards per play, the third-worst mark in the league. Running back Fred Jackson told ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak that he believes Hackett was being held back from doing more with the offense.
If the Ravens ended up hiring Marrone, it would mean the Ravens' offense would be run by a former NFL head coach in each of coach John Harbaugh's eight seasons (Cam Cameron, Jim Caldwell and Gary Kubiak were his other offensive coordinators).