ORCHARD PARK —
That search lasted less than a week, during which Brandon and front-office executives interviewed only five candidates before settling on Marrone on Saturday. The team also interviewed former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
The Bills were scheduled to meet with Mike McCoy in Denver on Saturday, but the Broncos offensive coordinator postponed the interview. The Bills also had an opportunity to wait until this week, when they could have had the opportunity to interview other highly considered candidates, including Cincinnati Bengals coordinators Jay Gruden (offense) and Mike Zimmer (defense).
Those two are now free to interview for jobs after the Bengals were knocked from the playoffs Saturday following a 19-13 loss at Houston.