A full rundown of the candidates can be found here.
2006-present New Orleans Saints (Offensive Coordinator)
2002-2005 New York Jets (Offensive Line)
2001 Tennesee (Tight Ends)
2000 Georgia (Offensive Line)
1997-1999 Georgia Tech (Offensive Line)
1996 Georgia Tech (Tight Ends)
1995 Georgia Tech (Director of Football Operations)
1994 Northeastern (Offensive Line)
1993 US Coast Guard Academy (Offensive Line)
1992 Cortland State (Tight Ends)
Who is he?: Marrone is a former Orange player (1983-1985) who is currently the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. His other previous stop in the NFL was as offensive line coach with the New York Jets. He has had a long career as a college assistant, including stints with Tennessee, Georgia and Georgia Tech.
What does he bring to the job?: Marrone has been a part of one of the NFL’s best offenses during his tenure in New Orleans. This season, his team leads the NFL in yards per game and is fourth in points scored. In 2007 they were 4th in yards per game, and were 1st in 2006. He and head coach Sean Payton have developed a very good system that would hopefully be easily translated to college success. Marrone has been able to utilize the gifts of players like Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister, as well as helping to develop young wideouts Marquese Colston and Lance Moore.
Being a Syracuse alum, Marrone would be passionate about this job and hopefully be able to show recruits that Syracuse isn’t a bad place to spend some time, even in the winter (good luck).
Why wouldn’t he be a good fit?: Like Rogers, Mullen, Addazio and Locksley, Marrone has never been a head coach before. Like all of the others, he would have to hire a staff and begin recruiting right away, something that is not easy for someone who has been away from the college game for seven years.
Most of Marrone’s collegiate coaching experience was in the SEC, which might not lend itself to instant recruiting success in the Northeast.
What are his chances?: Marrone has seemingly come out of nowhere to become a viable candidate for the job. His name hadn’t really been mentioned until the past week, and according to some sources, he is either a great candidate or a secondary candidate. So there ya go.
Marrone is one of three NFL assistants (Mark Whipple and Kevin Rogers being the others) to have interviewed for the position. While I would take him over Rogers in a heartbeat, I think Whipple’s head coaching experience puts him above Marrone. I don’t think he’ll beat out some of the current or former college head coaches, but Marrone is a good dark horse candidate.