In the 2016 offseason, seven teams in the National Football League decided that a change of direction was needed for their head coaching position.
Of those seven openings, five teams put former Bills head coach Doug Marrone on their short list of coaches to interview regarding the vacancy. And as of Thursday, all but one of them have elected to go in a different direction.
The Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles all have found their head coach, and Marrone isn't that man for any of them. The Dolphins hired Adam Gase, Cleveland went with Hue Jackson, the Giants promoted Ben McAdoo, and multiple reports indicate that the Eagles will hire Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, once the Chiefs are no longer playing in the postseason.
Two other openings, the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, never indicated interest in the former Bills head coach, and now both have filled their openings as well.
Hope still remains for Marrone with one franchise, however.
The Tennessee Titans, who is now the last team with a head coaching vacancy, reportedly interviewed Marrone on Thursday. Some reports have indicated that Titans interim head coach -- and former Bills head coach -- Mike Mularkey is the favorite to land the job, the team is still going through the process with interviewing Marrone.
Mularkey, who like Marrone, opted out of his job with the Bills when he was the head coach, will reportedly meet with the Titans on Friday.
The unknown is still with the Detroit Lions. After hiring a new general manager, there is some thought that head coach Jim Caldwell could be released from his contract.
As it stands now, though, Marrone has only one hope left before he strikes out on head coaching jobs for the second straight year: the Tennessee Titans.
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