5 Questions with Doug Marrone

Q)Have you changed the players technique at all from the past?

Marrone: I don't know what the past was. I haven't changed my style of coaching. I've always been more of a technique-oriented person. So I just try to develop those skills and develop them within the system that's already been here.

Q)Were you intimidated following someone like Bill [Muir]? How did you handle that in terms of getting the players respect? Was that daunting at all?

Marrone: I didn't necessarily think of being intimidated. Bill did a great job, he really did, and the players played very well. I took the approach of going out there and trying to prove to the players that I could try to get them better everyday. That's what you do. That's your job as a coach.

Q)Jonathan Goodwin - can you assess his progress so far?

Marrone: Jonathan's played a lot during the preseason. He's done a good job at times, and there is some room for improvement. He's been playing against good football players, top players early on in games. He's been playing a lot more than anyone else on the line. He's done a good job and he's progressing well.

Q)Did you always see yourself becoming an NFL coach, or were you just happy to be in the college game?

Maronne: No, I never really sold myself on being an NFLfootball coach. I enjoy coaching at every level, and I've never changed my style. I coached the same way at Portland State, the same way at Northeastern, Coast Guard, Georgia Tech, Georgia. I've always coached the same way, so early on when people said, "Have you changed your style?" I've never really changed my
style. I've just gotten better at communicating and developing the drills and techniques and how you talk to the players.

Q)One of the things Herm said was that you did your homework and went through the entire playbook in the offseason. What exactly did you do?

Marrone: You come into a system, it's a new system, and you get a playbook. You can't just focus in on what the offensive line's responsibilities are. You need to focus in on the concept of plays and what you're trying to accomplish. The first thing you try to do is obviously you know all five
positions to learn the offensive line play. Then you start from inside out. You start learning what the tight end does, and what the quarterback drops are. Basically it's just a progression. I've gotten a lot of work at it lately because I went from Georgia Tech for five years, to Georgia for one,
and had to learn a new system. Then Tennessee for one, and I had to learn a new system. So this will be my fourth system in four years, so I've gotten pretty good at picking up new systems.

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