Shouting Match Takes Place Between Doug Marrone And Jim Monos

Doug Marrone

Tensions between Bills second-year head coach Doug Marrone and the team’s front office recently boiled over into a shouting match on the practice field between Marrone and several team officials according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Things are understandably tense right now in Buffalo as the team and the city await the sale of the team, with bids due by mid-Septemver and a new owner likely to be finalized by the October owners meetings. The incident began with Marrone, who sources said has had a strained relationship with director of player personnel Jim Monos from their time together in New Orleans, getting into a loud exchange with Monos in which the men were cursing at each other to the point where others noticed (“they were more or less MFing each other,” is how one source put it).

General manager Doug Whaley then intervened. The expletives continued and finally team president and acting owner Russ Brandon tried to defuse the situation by getting involved in an attempt to get all parties to “shut up,” as one source put it. But that too escalated into more yelling and hollering, with Brandon and Marrone ultimately separated by their peers and Marrone, in earshot of players, making remarks along the lines of “go ahead and fire me,” before order was restored and the team took the field for practice.

Arguments are not unusual in NFL meeting rooms but having an altercation in view of players on the practice field sends up a lot of red flags. Marrone has also clashed with some players this offseason, most frequently linebacker Jerry Hughes, team sources said, and has made comments around the team which have drawn the ire of some players.

Sources said Marrone has referred to himself as “Saint Doug” at times, referencing the fact that it takes two miracles to be canonized as a saint, and that he already pulled off one miracle by winning at Syracuse and alluding to the fact it would take another miracle to win in Buffalo.

The front office is reportedly also unhappy with the way Marrone and his coaching staff are using certain players, including second-year wideout Robert Woods and 2014 second-round pick tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. Clearly everyone is worried about job security and the future of the team and the situation could really escalate if the Bills are unable to improve on the 6-10 record they posted in 2013. Marrone may have the hottest coaching seat in the NFL.


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