Remember Doug Marrone?
Maybe not, but Marrone was one of the first guys Sean Payton hired back in 2006 and helped guide the franchise through Hurricane Katrina.
Now Marrone is head coach of the Buffalo Bills and has a date with the New Orleans Saints from the Dome on Sunday.
Sean Payton and Marrone have had plenty to say about their experiences together. Check it out from Larry Holder of NOLA.com:
“The challenge at that time was we were shortly removed from Katrina, trying to find coaches with families to come into the region was sometimes difficult,” Payton said. “Doug was someone who I’d met before, and he was still under contract with the Jets.
“He was finally able to get out of his contract and had a chance to interview him and felt really, really comfortable with his expertise and ability to teach and since then, that initial staff was pretty special, and he’s someone I’ve stayed in close touch with when he went to Syracuse, and now with Buffalo, he’s doing a good job with.”
Marrone added: “I say this all the time, this is not the first time, having gone down there post-Katrina and having really been a part of something that special is always going to be a special part in my life and in my family’s life.
While enemies on the field Sunday, Payton and Marrone were instrumental figures in the franchise’s most difficult time. The respect for each other will be evident on Sunday.
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