Syracuse coach Doug Marrone agreed to become the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills, according to a person informed of the discussions between the teams.
He has NFL experience as both a player and a coach. Marrone was drafted in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Raiders, then played a season each with the Miami Dolphins (1987) and the New Orleans Saints (1989).
Marrone began his coaching career in 1992 as tight ends coach at Cortland State, and also coached at the collegiate level at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Northeastern, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Tennessee.
He returned to the NFL in 2002 as offensive line coach with the New York Jets, and moved to New Orleans before the 2006 season when he was named the Saints' offensive coordinator.
Marrone did a good job while at Syracuse and is well regarded in coaching circles. The Orange's top two running backs, Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley, carried the ball an average of 29.6 times in 13 games last season, so C.J. Spiller figures to see a healthy workload in 2013.