Doug Marrone is the favorite to become the next head coach of the Jets, but that hasn’t stopped him from setting up other interviews. According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, the ex-Bills coach will interview with both the Bears and the Falcons.
In Chicago, Marrone would be tasked with either fixing the flaws of quarterback Jay Cutler, or working with a new QB in the event Cutler is traded. Despite being a former offensive coordinator, Marrone’s Buffalo offenses haven’t been very impressive, although he was handed sub-par options in E.J. Manuel and Kyle Orton. He has shown a willingness to hand his defense to an experienced coordinator, and Mike Pettine and Jim Schwartz’s units turned in dominant performances in 2012 and 2013, respectively. As such, Marrone could probably be trusted to bring in a talented DC to turn around the Bears’ defense, which ranked 28th in DVOA.
Defense has also been the problem in Atlanta, so Marrone again would likely need to bring in a strong defensive coach to lead the turnaround. Like the Bears, the Falcons have some promising young talent on offense, though Atlanta can boast a better quarterback situation and potential cornerstone left tackle in Jake Matthews.
The Bears are known to be interested in Todd Bowles, Adam Gase, Gary Kubiak, and Dan Quinn, while the Falcons have shown interest in Teryl Austin, Bowles, Gase, Josh McDaniels, Quinn, and Rex Ryan.