It could possibly be argued that Mike Mularkey is NFL head coaching material- clinging to his position with the Jaguars- but with a .333 career record and coming off a 2 and 14 season- he is in the margin.
That's 31 years since such a hire.
1983- 1985 Kay Stephenson. Did not return as an NFL head coach.
1985- 1986 Hank Bullough. Did not return as an NFL head coach.
1986- 1997 Marv Levy. Fired by Kansas City before joining the Bills.
1998- 2000 Wade Phillips. Fired by Denver before joining the Bills.
2001- 2003 Greg Williams. Did not return as an NFL head coach.
2004- 2005 Mike Mularkey. Did not re-sign with the Bills, poor head coaching record.
2006- 2009 Dick Jauron. Fired by Chicago before joining the Bills.
2010- 2012 Chan Gailey. Fired by Dallas and Georgia Tech en route to the Bills.
Granted Marv and Wade are very good NFL coaches but an argument could be made that they underachieved with the player talent they had available to them and miss out on the highest level of NFL coaching hierarchy. But the rest clearly were poor NFL head coaches. Also granted that there is no guarantee that Doug Marrone will prove to be a successful NFL head coach.
However, it is refreshing and encouraging for the Bills to be off to a new start with a successful college level head coach with NFL experience who has written his own ticket to date.
Edited by jethro_tull, 18 May 2013 - 11:03 AM.