Bills hire Syracuse's Doug Marrone as head coach

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Doug Marrone is set to try to turn around an NFL team after improving a college program down the road.

Marrone reached an agreement to become the Buffalo Bills’ new coach Sunday, three people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because there has not been an official announcement.

Marrone will replace former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, who was fired Dec. 31, a day after the Bills closed their second consecutive season with a 6-10 record and extended the NFL’s longest active playoff drought to 13 seasons. The 48-year-old Marrone went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse.

FALCONS: Safety William Moore, who missed the final four games of the regular season with a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Saturday.

The Falcons went through their last bye week practice in the team’s indoor facility and Moore, one of the team’s top tacklers, was back in action, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Moore, defensive end John Abraham (left ankle), cornerback Dunta Robinson (head) and cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring) could all be ready for Atlanta’s playoff opener.

COLTS: Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was hospitalized Sunday with an undisclosed illness.

Arians did not attend the AFC wild-card game against the Baltimore Ravens.

The team said he is doing well.

Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen called the plays in Arians’ absence.

BROWNS: Chip Kelly won’t be joining Cleveland.

A person familiar with the coaching search says the Browns will not be hiring Oregon’s offensive wizard, who nearly reached an agreement with the Browns on Friday. However, the 49-year-old Kelly was indecisive about making the jump to the NFL and the Browns decided to move on to other candidates.

JETS: Moved forward with their search for a new general manager, with San Francisco 49ers executive Tom Gamble appearing to be the front-runner to replace Mike Tannenbaum.

Gamble, the 49ers’ director of player personnel, met with the Jets over the weekend. He also canceled a second interview with Jacksonville and postponed a meeting with San Diego for their GM vacancies, according to published reports.

New York also spoke with Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell this weekend.


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