New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton knows new Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone well. Doug was the Saints' offensive coordinator from 2006-2008 before leaving to coach Syracuse.
Payton was there for his old friend to help him sort through all the mess of interviewing for a job, speaking with him two or three times during the last couple of weeks, according to Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune.
"Really, he had a couple of specific questions and the one thing that I can recall our conversations centering around was the comfort level (with the team)," Payton said Sunday. "There's somebody you're going to meet in the process that you're going to work with and turn the program around. Any of these job openings, they all have weaknesses because they wouldn't be open if they didn't."
"I kind of really equated it to the process I went through and having a chance to meet and get to know Mickey (Loomis) and Mr. (Tom) Benson. There are a lot of thing you could find wrong with certain jobs, but you have to find that certain person or two and the ownership you feel that can really help you. I felt that way, and I think in Doug's case, I went back to that experience with him. The interaction you have with your general manager and your owner is going to be not just occasional. It's going to be daily. You've got to have a comfort level."
"I think he's certainly someone the players will respond to, and I think he's ready," Payton said.