Doug Marrone is ‘well-regarded here,’ a Giants source tells the Daily News.
One year ago in rapid-fire succession, Doug Marrone went from Bills head coach to voluntarily unemployed to Jets candidate to Jaguars assistant in a stunning free fall.
Now, as he attempts to restore his career, the former Syracuse coach and Bronx native will interview for the Giants’ head coaching vacancy on Saturday.
Some Bills players and executives complained about Marrone’s coaching style and control issues while he was in Orchard Park, but he has supporters within the Giants organization.
“Don’t dismiss Marrone,” one Giants source said. “He’s well-regarded here, despite some of the stuff that’s been said.”
Marrone, who retained his entire 2015 guaranteed base salary of $ 4 million despite stepping down in Buffalo, also interviewed for the Jets’ head coaching job, which ultimately went to Todd Bowles last January.
On Friday, Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase became the fourth person to interview with Big Blue brass since two-time Super Bowl winner Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 years, following the team’s second consecutive 6-10 season.
Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin also were interviewed this week as part of what co-owner John Mara said would be “an extensive search.” The Eagles also interviewed McAdoo on Thursday in their search to replace the fired Chip Kelly.
“I’d like to get it done soon, but not at the expense of finding the right guy,” Mara said Friday in an ESPN Radio interview. “There’s no specific timetable, but there’s always an advantage to sooner rather than later.”
Marrone, 51, served as Jacksonville’s assistant head coach — primarily in charge of the offensive line — this season after opting out of his Buffalo contract last January with a 15-17 record and no postseason berths in two seasons with the Bills. He also interviewed with the Browns and Dolphins for their head-coaching opening s this week.
Gase, 37, has served as the offensive coordinator for three years under former Giants defensive coordinator John Fox in Denver (where they worked with Eli Manning’s brother, Peyton) and Chicago. Gase already has interviewed this week with Philadelphia and Miami, and is scheduled for a second interview with the Dolphins Saturday.
“I think he’s a mastermind of a coach,” former Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who played for the Bears this season, said in a radio interview this week. “I’m sure he’ll make a great head coach in this league.
Adam Gase works with Peyton Manning in Denver before joining John Fox in Chicago last year.
“Let’s put it this way. I would hate to see that guy leave. He’s a first-class guy all the way. I would not be surprised if he’s not back with the Chicago Bears next year.”
Former Bears coach Lovie Smith also is suddenly available after being fired in Tampa Bay. “I’m certainly aware that he’s out there,” Mara said. “I will talk to (GM) Jerry (Reese) and the Tisch family about him. But whether we’ll bring him in or not, I just don’t know.”
SECOND CLASS: No Giants were named first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press. Odell Beckham Jr. (96 catches, 1,450 yards, 13 touchdowns) was named to the second team at wide receiver, behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown and Atlanta’s Julio Jones.
Mara added that he was “very disturbed” about Beckham’s behavior in earning a one-game suspension for committing three personal fouls against Carolina in Week 15. “My own preference would’ve been to see him pulled from the game until he settled down,” Mara said.
Mara also said he expects Coughlin to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor next season and that the Giants want Jason Pierre-Paul to return, although “we have to see more before he gets paid like the top free agents in this league.”
— Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty will be interviewed by the Indianapolis Colts, according to a source. The Colts are searching for a new offensive line coach.
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