New York Jets owner Woody Johnson confirmed that his team has an interest in talking to former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone about its vacant head coaching position, the New York Daily News reports.
On Wednesday, Marrone opted out his contract with the Bills after only after two seasons because of concerns about Buffalo's new ownership. He can now negotiate a new contract with other teams while collecting his $4 million salary that the Bills owe him for the 2015 season.
Marrone was the Jets' offensive line coach for four seasons, from 2002-2005. On Saturday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Jets are interviewing Marrone.
“I just found out Doug Marrone is available. We will look at him,” Johnson said to the New York Daily News. “He is a coach who was with us. And I know him a little bit.”
“This is pretty good news,” Johnson added. “I was shocked. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Doug, and I have good memories of him.”
The Jets are looking for a coach and a general manager after firing Rex Ryan and John Idzik on Monday following their 4-12 season.
The team brought on former Green Bay Packers GM Ron Wolf and former Washington Redskins and Houston Texans GM Charley Casserly as consultants to help with the transition. According to the Daily News, the Jets have requested to talk to at least seven GM candidates.
- Scooby Axson