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Doug Marrone opts out of Bills contract, shaking up competition in search for head coach

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Coming into today, there were four NFL teams clamoring to fill now vacant head coaching positions. Today, there is one more team with Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone opting out of his contract. While that adds to the competition to secure the best head coach candidates, Marrone himself becomes an interesting possibility as a head coaching candidate elsewhere.

It is assumed that the most likely candidate for Marrone's services is the New York Jets who fired head coach, Rex Ryan Monday. Ryan himself is also a candidate to assume a head coaching job elsewhere. Marrone was not only an offensive line coach for the Jets for four seasons from 2002-05, but he was head coach at Syracuse University for four seasons prior to getting the Bills job. So taking the Jets job would allow the Bronx New York native to stay at home

The one candidate who had been reported as receiving a request for an interview by both the Jets and Raiders was Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Then again, Bowles has had reported interest from every team in the NFL currently with a vacancy. You may be able to add the Bills to that list now.

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