Alabama hires Doug Marrone as offensive line coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Nick Saban has added another experienced NFL head coach to his Alabama Crimson Tide staff. Just days after hiring Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator, the Crimson Tide has hired Doug Marrone as offensive line coach.

Marrone comes to Tuscaloosa, Alabama after spending time as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach. He led the Jaguars for four-plus seasons.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone speaks with a referee during their game against the Houston Texans
Doug Marrone speaks with a referee during their game against the Houston Texans (Getty Images)

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to add Doug Marrone to our staff,” Saban said. “He knows our new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien well and will do a fantastic job with our offensive line. He has extensive experience as not only an offensive line coach but also as a head coach at Syracuse and in the NFL with Buffalo and Jacksonville. Doug has an excellent track record for recruiting and developing players. I’m excited about his ability to help our players reach their full potential.”

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The 56-year-old coach has not served as an offensive line coach since the 2016 season with the Jaguars. He spent two seasons as their assistant head coach and offensive line coach before being promoted to interim head coach.

Before the 2017 season, Marrone was named the Jaguars permanent head coach. He went 23-43 during his tenure in Jacksonville.

During his lone playoff appearance with the team, he guided the team to the AFC Championship game. The Jaguars were defeated by the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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This is the first time in nearly a decade that he coaches in the college game. Marrone was the Syracuse Orange head coach from 2009 through 2012.

“I have always admired the programs Coach Saban has built, and I am excited to have the opportunity to join his staff here at Alabama,” Marrone said. “Coach’s program is the model of consistency, and I am looking forward to helping continue that tradition of success with an exceptional group of players and coaches.”

Marrone has been a coach since 1992.

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