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Bills name Doug Marrone coach

Former Syracuse coach takes over in Buffalo. Eagles, Browns looking at candidates.

January 07, 2013
  • Buffalo Bills new head coach Doug Marrone, center, poses for a photo with Bills' general manager Buddy Nix, left, and Bills president Russ Brandon.
Buffalo Bills new head coach Doug Marrone, center, poses for a photo with… (David Duprey / Associated…)

Syracuse's Doug Marrone became the second coach scooped up by an NFL team Monday, hired by the Buffalo Bills. The move leaves five teams still searching for replacements for coaches who were fired a week ago — the day after the regular season ended.

Marrone arrives in Buffalo after three seasons as the coach at Syracuse. The 48-year-old New Yorker takes over for Chan Gailey, who was fired after three losing seasons. Marrone helped restore the Orange to bowl status but has a tougher job with the Bills — ending a 13-year postseason drought.

"I had some opportunities to make a choice, and I've chosen to be here," Marrone said, shortly after being introduced as the 16th coach in the Bills' 53-year history. "You have to be at the place where you're most comfortable, and I'm most comfortable here in western New York."

Still looking for coaches are the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers. The Browns reportedly were meeting with Marc Trestman, coach of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, and the Eagles have received permission to interview Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for their vacancy.

Andy Reid, let go by the Eagles after 14 seasons, was the first to find a new job when he signed a five-year contract over the weekend to coach the Kansas City Chiefs.

Reid was introduced as coach of the Chiefs on Monday at a packed news conference at Arrowhead Stadium, taking over a once-proud franchise that was 2-14 this season and hasn't won a playoff game since 1993.

He takes over for Romeo Crennel, who was fired after his first full season.

"Sometimes change is good," said Reid, who coached the Eagles to a 4-12 record this season, dragging down his career record of 130-93-1. "It could be tremendous for the Philadelphia Eagles, and at the same time, I think it's going to be tremendous for the Kansas City Chiefs."

Two kickers for 49ers?

David Akers and Billy Cundiff were taking their competition to be San Francisco's playoff kicker to Candlestick Park on Monday.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said there's a "good chance" both kickers will be on the roster for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. Harbaugh indicated one of the two has already earned a lead for the job but wouldn't say who it is.

The 49ers signed Cundiff on Jan. 1 to compete for a job with the struggling veteran Akers, who has made only 29 of 42 field-goal attempts this season after connecting on 44 of 52 in 2011.

"No, not a resolution. We have a leader in the clubhouse," Harbaugh said as his players returned to work after taking the weekend off. "We'll see how it goes today and tomorrow. It's been good competition. We're working through it."

Injury updates

Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus in his left knee in Sunday's 24-14 win at Washington. The Seahawks' sacks leader appeared to get his cleats caught in the sloppy turf at FedEx Field in the third quarter. Rookie first-round pick Bruce Irvin, drafted to be a pass-rushing complement to Clemons, will start at Atlanta on Sunday. ... If Denver's Willis McGahee had to play a game today, "No, I couldn't go," he said. But if he gets the call to play on, say, Jan. 20 in the AFC title game, the Broncos' running back thinks he could be there. "This isn't my first rodeo for a knee," McGahee said Monday, as the Broncos started preparing for their divisional playoff game Saturday against Baltimore. "I've been through a lot worse." The 10-year veteran, who became one of the NFL's most dependable runners despite tearing all the ligaments in his left knee during his last game in college, is eligible to return to practice Tuesday after tearing a ligament in his right knee Nov. 18.

Arians in hospital

Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians remained at a Baltimore hospital Monday, a day after he was missed the team's playoff loss to the Ravens.

On Twitter, team owner Jim Irsay wrote that Arians was feeling better and that the team hoped Arians could return home later Monday.

"Every test that they ran on Bruce, and obviously they put him through a battery of tests, A to Z as they would do any of us, all have been negative," Coach Chuck Pagano said. "So he's doing well. Whatever he's dealing with, they would have let him come home early this morning, but whatever he's dealing with affected his blood pressure and they're not going to release him until they get the blood pressure under control, which they will."

Arians was admitted to the hospital Sunday because of an undisclosed illness, leaving quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen to call the plays in the 24-9 season-ending loss to the Ravens.

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