Best Roundtable Quotes from “Marrone’s Mission” Fizz Radio Special Episode

Here’s the pulse of the Syracuse community concerning Doug Marrone’s job.

After SU ‘s 1-3 start to the season, only one win in eleven months, this is the low point in Doug Marrone’s tenure. Talks of the hot seat fired up after the dreadful loss to Minnesota, and it left Syracuse fans searching for answers.

Marrone has seen better days on that Carrier Dome sideline, and The Fizz decided to find out what Orange community was thinking about the 4th-year head coach. Fizz Radio brought you a special “Marrone’s Mission” Saturday, and talked to former Syracuse players, analysts and fans. We discussed Marrone’s game management, the odds of whether this team can make a run to a bowl, and why the Dougie always feels the need put the blame on himself.

Here are the best quotes from our roundtable.

“I like [Ashton Broyld] a lot. It’s tough for a freshman to get into that grove especially with the type of offense [Syracuse] is running this year. Honestly, I would like to see him a little more in that slot role, in that playmaker role in the slot.”

“[The Doug Marrone hot seat talk], it’s definitely ridiculous. He has a pretty impressive resume, especially considering where the program was when he took it over. Just his second year into his term, he took us to a bowl game. Not only did he take us there, we won it. We were on the verge of winning the Big East. We were one game away from taking us right back to a bowl. It’s a tough start to this season even considering [SU has] one of toughest schedules in America.”

  • Antwon Bailey, Former SU running back; 1st Team All-Big East last season as a senior. 3,015 all-purpose yards in his Syracuse career.

“I don’t think [Doug Marrone] necessarily should be on a hot seat yet. People really don’t understand how far the last regime drove this program into the ground. And to get them to the point, where they are now, to be competing—think about the losses we’ve had this year. They’re all losses that we inflicted. They weren’t like we got beat, we haven’t been beat really yet this year. We’ve found ways to loss the games.”

  • Damien Rhodes, SU running back from 2002-2005; 5th in career all purpose yards (3,972), 7th in career rushing touchdowns (24) in SU history.

“I think it might be tough with one guy (Jonathan Fisher) doing one thing and another (Riley Dixon) doing the shorter punts. But if that’s what they’re good at, they got to understand what their role is on the team, and helping out, and just focus on what it is they’re supposed to be doing. I could imagine that being tough because if you think about the situations, you may only punt four or five times a game, and each one might only punt twice. It’s kind of tough to get anything rolling that way I would think.”

  •  Rob Long, 3-time All-Big East punter at Syracuse.

“I think that publicly [Marrone] has to [put the blame on himself] because he wants to protect his players, and I understand that. I don’t think that he lets them get away with a lot of stuff just because he takes the brunt of the blame. That’s the right thing for a head coach to do. But, the problem becomes, if it keeps being Doug Marrone’s fault, and Marrone keeps taking all the blame, then we have to look at Doug Marrone…If he keeps saying that ‘it’s my fault, it’s my fault,’ and they keep losing games that they shouldn’t, what does that say about the Head Coach then?”

  • Damon Amendolara, 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, Founder Orange Fizz

“[Marrone] doesn’t like [the losses]. Any football coach in America, I don’t care if you’re at the smallest D-III school in northern Idaho, they’ve got egos. They’ve been winners, they’ve probably been winners as players, they’ve obviously succeeded early on in their careers as they’ve moved up the chain to where they currently are. Here’s a guy who came back to attempt to rescue his alma matter, the program that had slipped into the abyss, basically, and the guy is frustrated. He’s looking for answers.”

  • Nolan Weidner, Syracuse football beat reporter for The Post-Standard

“This offense is starting to move in the right direction. This offensive line, it’s not often you can pick up somebody four or five games in that is going to make your line better, and that’s how it worked out with Justin Pugh. This team is going to live and breath on its offense…What they’re good at is that they got a senior, 5th year QB, who makes quick decisions, who’s confident, he’s got three good receivers to throw to, and if this team is going to get to that six win plateau we all think they can get to, its going to be with that 500 plus yards a game of offense.”

  • Brent AxeHost of “On the Block,” weekdays from 2-6 on The Score 1260

“[Marrone’s] got answers. Are they being executed? I’m not sure. And I don’t know that I’m fit to evaluate decisions during the game, but I know that he has an explanation for every decision he makes. Obviously the most recent one that we’re talking about, he would tell you right now that they want that play call back on the second and goal from inches against Minnesota. That was bad. If they had a chance to choke that back right now, they would. But I would give him pretty high marks (overall).”

  • Matt Park, Play-by-play voice of the Orange on the Syracuse IMG Sports Network.

“I would actually say that short of going 1-11, I’m reasonably sure Doug Marrone comes back for another year. And I know 2-10 is quite a low number to think of, but I just think Dr. Gross, the committee that brought Doug Marrone in here with some of the biggest and brightest alumni we have, all of these people have a lot riding on Doug Marrone, and they are going to wait until the last possible moment before they decide he’s no longer the guy for the job. I think short of an epic catastrophe he’s getting another year out of this at least.”

  • Sean Keeley, Founder and Editor of

36 Comments on this Post

  1. 44pride

    No negative comments at all about Marrone?? Really??? we have gone 1-8 in the past nine games and 2 out of the three years he has been here he is 1-6 in the Big East. But I hear comments like “We beat ourselves” “We know it’s not Marrones fault. He’s not the one fumbling” “You don’t know how bad GRob destroyed this program”

    Please come down to earth!!! PLEASE!!!!!

    It sounds like the Syracuse media has a lot riding on HCDM.

    The sad fact of the matter is this team has gotten worse.

  2. OrangeCrush27

    You really cant rate him until after this season. Say he wins the BE title, whats the talk going to be about then?!

    Let’s see what happens this year before we jump to conclusions…

  3. Russell MacEachern

    Hey Guys Im a homer too but lets try to stay within the bounds of reality!!….blame everyone BUT HCDM?

  4. They like their contacts to the program. It makes thier job and salary easier to do and get. HCDM/dougie is a total failure at a MILLION $$$ a year. When does the truth come out. They all treat this guy like SANTA CLAUSE no one wants to tell a lie and say dougie is a fraud. 2 wins for Park might be good enough. Axe still feels he players are at fault and not HCDM. Even Long sounds like calling outwf about dougie!!

  5. No more excuses, we suck, point blank. I will say, we are a BCS Champion caliber team if you are talking about pissing games away with dumb penalities, etc. We trailed Stony Brook at Halftime in our only win this year and have lost 8 in a row vs legit opponents. We continue to make the same mistakes over and over every game. Turnovers, terrible special teams (75 punters), lack of discipline, now ask yourself who’s responsibility is that? At some point, these things need to stop happening, until then, I will just assume this team will find a way to lose.

  6. Russell MacEachern

    This is unreal,are all of the …..never mind guys you know!!I guess the fizzfam thinks only the players are at fault??

  7. Doug Marrone picked up a dead horse of a football program and IMO folks are too quick to demand a complete resurrection. He is working his tale off to bring the Orange back to a level of competition we all want to see. I would give him a couple of more years before judging. It takes a lot of work to reshape the football team to respectability and I give him that latitude.
    You do not rebuild a program by playing musical football coach chairs every few years.

  8. Well,well,I can tell it’s October and Halloween is getting closer because it looks like the jackals and the rest of the idiots are starting to howl again.

    The people who is hollering the loudest are probably the same people who got us into this mess when they started complaining about Coach Pasqualoni and had him fired. I’m assuming you all set home in your recliner’s to watch the game and second guess everything that happens during the game.

    let me tell all of you diehard a$$holes something that you probably don’t realize. Marrone came in here to change this program around. I don’t think that there was a coach anywhere else that wanted the headaches that Marrone has endured over the last 3 1/2 years. he still has 21 players from the Grob era on this team. I’m saying give the man a chance,next year will be anew season,ESPECIALLY WITH THE TEAM CONSISTING OF PLAYERS THAT HE AND HIS STAFF HAVE RECRUITED.

    You all need to set back and think about what your doing here. When we got rid of Coach P we lost some very good recruits. By your bitching now are you about to take a step back to that day and lose some more of those prize recruits that we have coming in in 2013?

    I can understand the bickering,if it were coming from the loyal fans that support the team every week. I ha ve a hard time with the damn cry babies who set home in their recliners eating themselves into oblivion and complaining about this team.

    How about trying real hard to keep your damn mouths shut for once. Let’s give Marrone one more year to produce some thing good here at Syracuse. If he doesn’t then I too will jump on the band wagon to say it’s about time.

  9. OrangeCrush22

    You know i remember an article when DM came into this mess, both he and Adkins spoke about how they had to re-teach the O-Line fundamentals of blocking and playing the position from what they (the o-line) were taught from the GROB regime. I mean we are talking about starting from scratch from recruiting to player development…I think DM is doing things the right way, its just taking time.

    We are all impatient with the product on the field, but things have to get better at some point. We were the closest thing to the death penalty.

    I honestly feel we have to see where he is at after the 2013-14 season before we start a witch hunt.

  10. Carlton

    My problem /w this team and the Head man is summed up by JasonFromMD. I dont know if that means get rid of the guy though. Still a lot of games left before i’m rdy to drop an axe on the dude. Things can change lets wait it out.

  11. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,except for the same few no ones saying get rid of Marrone (but CHANGES must be made)but that bunch of “Bochia Galoop’s” at the meeting who looked everywhere BUT at HC !!Even HCDM is accepting his share of the blame!!Those clowns at that meeting have no more credibility with most of the base as their plenty of blame for all and everyone has a right to their opinion unless things changed for the worse,even u rant about axeman and weidner?That was a lovefest not a serious,critical ,factfinding meeting!How can anyone blame everything on a bunch of 18-22 yr old kids?Marrones record between now and the end of the season will speak for him!!Lets just try an beat Pitt friday or I think its gonna get worse!!

  12. Russell MacEachern

    Carlton,Im with u bud!!I feel exactly the same,….if he shows SOME improvement or wins enough (6-6) to make the Pinstripe bowl is gonna go a long way towards what happens!!

  13. Russell MacEachern

    Winning 4/5 with Minny,SB,NW,Temple,UConn, aint asking for much!Northwestern won’t win 3 more games this yr…..hardly a powerhouse!!We ought to beat Mizzou too!!UCF outplayed them on Saturday and should have won!!

  14. Say it again…to may mistakes…penalties, turnovers..poor speacial teams…this all says poor coaching. Well coached teams loose on talent not on poor execution. Marrone and his staff have failed to create a culture of mistake free football. It’s simply poor coaching.
    These are his recruits, his coaches… He owns it!
    He has to go….
    We’re headed to the ACC. We can’t compete at that level with this formula. Madrone was a Northeast/Big East experiment.. It didn’t work.
    Let’s start our ACC future with a coaching staff that can compete at this level. We’ll be firing him at the end of a 2013 embarrassment anyway. Let’s start with a clean slate and build.

  15. Jason from MD
    We’re watching the same game. Well coached teams don’t make this many mistakes.. Turnovers, terrible speacial teams, penalties and more penalties. DM doesn’t have the luxury of great talent but he could teach basic mistake free football! He has failed…..I’m not looking for BCS level or national recognition. Just fundamental, mistake free football.
    The Big East, get a Northeast connected guy with Cuse roots… Remember the story……it has failed.
    It is just plain and simple Poor Coaching! Get over it and stop all the name calling. We’re just not groupies.
    The ACC will kick our asses! Can’t wait for B ball.

  16. @Russell MacEachern;I’m not on of those people who’s advocating the removal of Doug Marrone. The Syracuse program was on “LIFE SUPPORT”when he got here and as far as I’m concerned has made good and sometimes great improvements over the last 3 1/2 years. We all agree that the recruiting has gotten better,he’s in battles with other major programs for other recruits that tells us that he is on the right track. We need to be patient,it takes time for anyone to change a program around. I don’t know of any of the great one’s out there that have turned a program around in the first 3 years of his hire.

    @Cuse17;DM doesn’t have the luxury of great talent but he could teach basic mistake free football! I’ve watched a lot of football games over the years from Pop Warner to the Pro Game and everything in between and I’ve never seen a mistake free game. NEVER!!
    So I want to ask you the one who has witnessed such an advent,who suffers most, when a player on any team fumbles the ball that allows the opposing team to win the game? Is it the fan in the stands or the player who fumbled the ball going back into the locker room with the team to face his teammates after the game? Does anyone realize the strength of these players and the force of the impact when two players collide on the field that caused the fumble? Do you or anyone else feel that you could do a better job under game conditions.

    I know we all love to complain about the game after we lose and a lot of time even when we win. I’ve come to realize that the world isn’t perfect and these are 17-20 year old young men playing the game.

    It’s time for us to shut our mouth and stop the complaining. Things are turning around and people need to open their eyes and minds to see the changes.

  17. OrangeCrush27

    For all the DM haters out there who do we bring into replace him?

    It’s easy to vent and hurl our frustration at the head coach, so i would like to know what coach out there is the next viable option for this program if not DM?

  18. YADA YADA YADA from the same HCDN/dougie lovers!!! He’s a failure and had 4 years so far to prove it. There is no way he’s winning 6 games this year. Maybe 3 at “BEST”!!!! You all know that or feel that as I do. Your just tempted to forget about how lousy a coach he is. You trolls who keep this line fresh-HCDM came to a real mess that coach P and GROB left him. Come on and wake up now!!! One word answers that line=MILLIONS of dollars and laughing after he gets fired all the way to the bank. Lets see if he gives any of that salary back. After all you say he has class. Hell to keep one million would be class. Lets see!! So far he’s made over 4 million. Not bad for one of the worse programs in the nation. He himself so far has made SU into a laughing stock FB program. Kick him out after 2012 or pay him another million. Oh my head hurts!!!

  19. @OrangeCrush27,great questions Crush,and you know,Terry doesn’t even have an answer for you.

    @Terry;here you go again Terry,gotta be that piss drink that you were raised on is starting to effect your thinking. Do us all a favor and smarten up,and get some professional help before you make another post.

  20. Section 129 Smitty

    The bottom line is we all are frustrated at this point. This team has some talent but for some reason or another have a tough time figuring out how to win. We all also know that GROB destroyed this program. Gross also should of never scheduled this tough schedule this year. I dont care what anyone says beating an average or bad team is better than losing to a good team. I go to all homes and some away games and it just seems both the players and coaches keep making mental mistakes. Believe me I know Marrone wants to win more than anyone of us but we have to get this thing figured out quick.

  21. USC is a bigggg game, N.D. football is a huge game! We’ve beat a giant in Gross’ tenure, we’ve lost to some as well, but its really been an advantage to the athletic dept wallet$ & the A.Ds resume!!!! The Mizzou game did the team no favors?

    * like Sales said…BCS! Lets beat Pitt first….. all the off week talk should spark the team

    @terry & ron…damn that’s hilarious…”trolls” “pro help”

  22. Watchin Yanks…”GOD bless America”, come on Jaba! Im all NY: SU football and basketball, NYGs…., and da Yankees!!!!

  23. @terry aka “YKW”!!!!!!! even if Marrone is horrible, why are you mad? DID OTTO SPILL NACHOS ON YOUR LAP AS A KID? Lol…

  24. Carlton

    The espn announcers during the USF vs FSU football game made the comment that they could see a real improvement in the overall talent level at SU and they they where heading in the right direction even though they had a couple tough losses.

    My problem /w talking about getting rid of DM right now is SU isn’t even half way through their season yet. Lets talk about this at the end of the yr. At least then we can make a reasonable assessment. Although /w that said to this point the coaching I feel has been bad up to this point.

  25. Carlton

    @Bigdip, Nope Otto pissed OJ in his eyes lol.

  26. Russell MacEachern

    Again Carlton see’s it like I do!!I’ll wait till the season’s over or almost over and watch closely!Id like HCDM to finish at least 3-4 in the BE and NOT in 7/8th place!!I think our talent should put us at least 5th or 6th in the BE with a aeasoned QB (Nassib)and 3 pretty good WRs!!Remember next near we’ll be starting a freshman QB and no matter how talented their will be growing pains!!This is our yr. or “14”?Someones got to bring some new blood in,maybe we dump Hackett?I don’t know!”Go Cuse” “Go Yankee’s”…..Ron,dumping hc is the LAST RESORT!but changes are needed!

  27. Russell MacEachern

    @Carlton,that comment by Infante-Diaz was a laughable uninformed comment but yes we heard it!He picked a VERY weak example,…do u know that clown?was it a joke?of all the good examples he picked maybe the worse..besides the fact were going ACC!!Most eastern blogs including Pitt got a big laugh!!What a nitwit and Im a SU fan!!

  28. Russell MacEachern

    Dipper,we have to return Mizzou’s favor “1 and done”by giving them an arse-kicking at their HOUSE!!Ihat will go a ways towards making me smile like my 16 yr old nephew lol!!

  29. Russell MacEachern


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