In reply to: Savvy better have a plan * posted by Harry Oliver
He's guaranteed $4M for 2015 and it will not even be offset by other earnings. The option was triggered by the Bills' change of ownership. Change of control provisions are common in executive contracts, but surprisingly rare for coaches. Good for Marrone for negotiating it.
the other NFL slots. He is a respected NFL HC at this point.
He's been a head coach for 6 years. He's finished above .500 only 3 times, and his best seasons were 8-5, twice. That's been Kelly's norm, but also his floor to date. There's also no evidence whatsoever that Marrone can recruit at the level necessary to win at ND. It would be a grab-bag hire, at best.