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Marrone consulted NFL QBs about Downing

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2014 – 4:26 pm

There are a number of different people that coaches in the NFL talk to when they have an assistant coaching candidate they’re interested in, but have never worked with before. While head coach Doug Marrone had some fellow coaches he could talk to about quarterbacks coach Todd Downing, Marrone went the extra step and talked to a couple of quarterbacks about him as well.

Marrone first talked to his own quarterback EJ Manuel about Downing after he had spent a week with him at the Senior Bowl last year. There was one other NFL signal caller Marrone consulted too.

“I had a lot of information about Todd when we talked to EJ,” said Marrone. “Watching Todd out there on the field… (I also) talked to Matthew Stafford about Todd and he had great things to say. I’m really looking forward to him coming in and mentoring all of our quarterbacks mostly because they’re all young.”

EJ Manuel mentioned that coach Marrone had talked to him prior to hiring coach Downing as well.

“They mentioned to me who they were talking to, and they told they were thinking about hiring coach Downing and I said I thought he was a great coach,” said Manuel.

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