Doug Marrone reportedly ‘failed to close the deal’ during interview with Jets
After opting out of his contract with the Buffalo Bills in a surprising move last week, Doug Marrone reportedly didn’t make a convincing argument that he should be the next head coach of the New York Jets, according to the New York Daily News.
Marrone reportedly “failed to close the deal in his interview” on Saturday, a league source told the Daily News, adding that [c]onsidering he was a (supposed) front-runner, it appears Woody Johnson is doing his due diligence and considering more people.”
Marrone was roundly criticized for his abrupt departure from the Bills after leading the team to a solid 9-7 record, although he was allowed to do opt out of his deal with the team if the franchise was sold to a new ownership group.
It nevertheless left a sour taste in the mouths of fans and players alike. Bills safety Aaron Williams were among those left bitter by the move, and he took to Twitter to voice his displeasure.
Lost all respect!! Completely pissed off, but not gonna let it ruin my New Years #Deuces #CantWait
— Aaron Williams (@ajwilliams23) December 31, 2014
Reports began to surface shortly after the announcement he was leaving the team that “seeds of discontent” were sown last May when the Bills traded up to select wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The bad press Marrone has been treated to since the announcement last week was further emboldened Monday when a former assistant coach took shots at the coach.
Bob Casullo, an assistant on Marrone’s staff during his time running the Syracuse Orange football program, took to the radio waves to blast his former boss.
“Self-centered, selfish, greedy,” Casullo told ESPN Syracuse, via the Daily News. “You’re re-shuffling an egomaniac, less than .500 coach.”
“When he takes a job, he already has his plan in place for his next job,” Casullo added when commenting on Marrone.
Whether or not the unsavory criticism of Marrone by one of his former coaches had anything to do with Jets owner Woody Johnson reconsidering Marrone as a front-runner for the team’s head coaching job is unclear, but it couldn’t have helped.