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Marrone learned as player under Shula

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2013 – 5:43 pm

The year was 1987 and Doug Marrone was trying to scratch out a career in the NFL as an offensive lineman. He landed a spot on the Miami Dolphins roster and appeared in four games that season. Being around a Hall of Fame coach the caliber of Shula left some indelible lessons about coaching in Marrone’s memory.

In his weekly appearance in Bills Focus on, Marrone said the lessons were numerous and he has incorporated some of them into his style of coaching today.

“You have someone like coach Shula, who has been very successful, having had the opportunity to be on that team and be in team meetings and watch him operate and the way he ran the football program back then. The one thing as a team that
we always appreciated about coach Shula was you always knew where you stood,” he said. “I don’t think anyone ever walked out of that building and said, ‘I wonder if coach Shula is pleased with my performance?’ Or, ‘I wonder if coach Shula
doesn’t like it?’ He was a gentleman who was always straight with you. He just told you exactly where you stood. As players we appreciated that. That’s one of many things I learned from coach Shula.”

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