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Brees credits his pass protection to Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2013 – 7:30 am

Drew Brees worked pretty closely with Bills head coach Doug Marrone for three seasons as both of them arrived in New Orleans at the same time. Marrone was the offensive coordinator, but Brees said Marrone’s most lasting impact was improving the caliber of the men on New Orleans’ offensive line.

“I have great memories of Doug Marrone and I’ve stayed in touch with him,” said Brees. “I actually went up with him to an awards ceremony up in New York two or three years ago and met up with him when he was coaching Syracuse. We were having dinner and catching up. He’s a great football coach. We really enjoyed our time together when he was here.

“I felt like he was very instrumental in the development of a lot of our offensive linemen and I think you see the results of that now. I think we’ve had a lot of good offensive line coaches from Marrone to (Aaron) Kromer, now to Bret Ingalls. But guys like Jahri Evans, Zach Strief, they started with Doug Marrone. There’s a part of his teaching that lives with those guys. I know he’s proud of them and they respect him a lot. All of us who had him here as a coach do. He’s done a great job.”


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