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Coughlin-Marrone ties run deep

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2014 – 4:07 pm

Both are Syracuse alums and they are part of a football coaching brethren. So it’s no surprise that Bills head coach Doug Marrone reveres Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. The two coaches will square off against each other tonight in the Hall of Fame game.

“I’ve always admired Coach Coughlin,” said Marrone. “He helped me out quite a bit when I was the head coach at Syracuse. We’ve always had a good relationship, and I think the common denominator is that we both went to school there, and we’re in this profession together. So, I have a lot of respect for him. I’ve always followed him, always admired the work that he’s done, and like I said before, we used to meet once a year. I’d go and talk to him and he helped me out quite a bit.”

Marrone has said in the past that coach Coughlin’s advice has helped to shape some of his own coaching philosophies.

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Marrone called Nassib on day 2 of draft

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2013 – 9:00 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said it pained him to see his college quarterback still on the board after Day 2 of the NFL draft, so he decided to call Ryan Nassib and have a conversation with the signal caller for whom he still holds a lot of respect.

Marrone appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio said he made the call last Friday.

“On day 2 of the draft I called Ryan and said, ‘I’m sorry things worked out the way they did and I think you’re a great player and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.’ And I kind of went down the list and he responded to that,” said Marrone. “I was really pulling for him and Shamarko (Thomas) and obviously Justin Pugh who was taken in the first round.

“Those guys play their butts off and they play their hearts out for you and they’re why you’re successful to a certain degree and you have a great appreciation for them, but at the end of the day you have a different job and different responsibility. So I’m in the draft room and I’m doing my job there and in the back of my mind I’m thinking it’s taking a long time, somebody has got to take him soon because he’s a heck of a quarterback.”

Nassib eventually was taken by the New York Giants in round four, which made Marrone happy. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is a good friend of Marrone’s in the coaching field and also is a Syracuse alum.

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Marrone glad Nassib’s with Coughlin

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2013 – 12:57 am

At the end of day two of the NFL draft, Bills head coach Doug Marrone was pained that his former college QB Ryan Nassib had yet to be drafted through three rounds of picks. At the end of the draft Marrone was happy to see that Nassib not only came off the board in round four, but was selected by a head coach that he’s very close with.

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is a close friend and colleague of Marrone’s and both are alums of Syracuse. Seeing Nassib selected by the Giants in round 4 on Sunday had him feeling a lot better about his former quarterback’s future than he did a day ago.

“I’m not going to lie, I’m very happy. I really am,” said Marrone. “And I’m happier that they’re in the NFC, that Ryan’s in there. I’m extremely happy. I’m not going to lie. It’s struggling and you go through it and its human nature. We sit up here and we get in front of you guys. We say things and talk and you listen to things, but anyone that gets up here and says I don’t listen to that or I don’t have any feelings, in my opinion they’re not telling the truth.”

Nassib was the 110th overall picks of the Giants, who also took his Syracuse teammate OT Justin Pugh in the first round with the 19th overall pick and the fifth quarterback off the board.

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Coughlin: Marrone is a good coach

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2013 – 2:14 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone is not only the former head coach of the Syracuse Orange, he’s also an alum. New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who considers Marrone a friend as much as a colleague is also a Syracuse alum and selfishly wished Marrone hadn’t moved on to the NFL. That’s because he thinks he’s a darn good football coach.

“Doug is a good coach,” said Coughlin. “We’ve watched him closely when he was at Syracuse. He used to visit me in the offseason. He’s very serious, very smart. Syracuse is going to miss Doug Marrone, no doubt. I’m an alum, so I wasn’t even aware. I had read that he had interviewed a couple places, but I saw Doug yesterday and wished him well again. I sent a little note to him, he texts me and I text him back. I saw him yesterday and wished him well and he put his staff together fast and he’s hit the floor running, without a doubt.”

Marrone has said he considers Coughlin a mentor and influence on his coaching career.

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Giants Coughlin a Marrone mentor

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2013 – 3:07 pm

New York Giants two-time Super Bowl winning coach Tom Coughlin is a Syracuse alum, so he follows the school’s football program pretty closely. Marrone has visited with Coughlin on a few occasions to talk football over the years, and the sitdowns with Marrone have left Coughlin impressed.

“Doug is a man who is very serious about his work,” said Coughlin. “He has called me on the phone, he has stopped in here to talk football. There are a lot of issues that a young head coach is trying to get his arms around. He did an outstanding job of that. He is focused and he is disciplined and he certainly conveys a message of toughness. Doug has worked in the pro game, he’s worked in the college and game and he’s been a head coach at the college level. 

“Doug shares the work ethic that the people of Western New York have long been known for. When he came to visit me – which was the year before last – he had specific questions he wanted to ask. He was very direct. He was recruiting in the area and he took the time out to visit with us despite the fact he was obviously on a mission.”

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