Jets get coach lose Jones and Burton

Doug Marrone, the University of Tennessee's tight ends and tackles coach will coach the Jets' offensive line.

Marrone, a 37-year old native of the Bronx, has compiled nine seasons of collegiate coaching experience. Prior to joining the Volunteers in 2001, Marrone spent one season (2000) at Georgia after five seasons (1995-99) with Georgia Tech. At Georgia Tech, Marrone was the director of football operations in 1995, tight ends coach in 1996 and offensive line coach from 1997-99.

The Yellow Jackets participated in bowl games three consecutive years while Marrone was line coach and they finished first nationally in total offense (509 yards/game) and second in scoring (40.7 points/game) in 1999.

"Doug Marrone is a tremendous teacher with a great amount of enthusiasm," Jets offensive coordinator Paul Hackett said. "He has a history in the National Football League and has done an excellent job coaching the offensive line for three years at Georgia Tech and most recently, Georgia and Tennessee. Doug is a bright, young offensive line coach and we are excited to have him join the coaching staff."

Notes: Jets sign Robinson and release Jones and Burton

 "It was always Damien's desire to remain a New York Jet," Robinson's agent, James Gould, said. "This four-year deal gives security to his family and provides an upside for Damien he intends to achieve. He is very grateful to the Jets fans for their support during last season."

Jones, a nine-year veteran and New York's first-round pick in the 1993 draft, played in 110 games and started 97 in his career with the Jets and recorded 895 tackles, 24 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles, nine sacks, five fumble recoveries and four interceptions. In 2001, the 6-2, 244-pound native of Miami started all 16 games and had 163 tackles, which were the second most on the team, and registered a career-best three interceptions.

Burton, a veteran of six NFL season, signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2000 after playing in 1999 with the Chicago Bears. The 6-6, 312-pound former Tennessee Volunteer began his career with the Miami Dolphins in 1996 after being selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft. He has played in 93 games (42 starts) and made 232 tackles, with 15 sacks, 41 passes defensed, six blocked field goal attempts, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. In 2001, Burton started 13 of the 15 games he appeared in, missing one contest with a strained calf, and had a career-high 65 tackles and 11 passes defensed, along with two sacks from his spot as a defensive tackle in the team's 4-3 defensive front.

"It has been our intention all along to keep the core of the football team together, unfortunately, with the system of free agency in place and the salary cap issues all teams are faced with, we are forced to make tough decisions," Bradway said. "We will continue to have dialogue with (agent) Drew Rosenhaus pertaining to Marvin Jones and Shane Burton."


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