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November 17, 2009 5:10 PM

Dick Jauron Is a "Great Guy"

Jauron and Wilson.jpgAs was reported earlier, the Bills have fired head coach Dick Jauron. In over three seasons with the Bills, Jauron compiled a 24-33 record. Prior to being with the Bills his record as a head coach was 36-47. The Bills have had no offense under Jauron, finishing 30th twice, 25th once, and are currently 29th in total offense this year. They also have never been able of defend the run, finishing no higher than 22nd in rush defense and are currently dead last this season giving up over 170 rushing yards per game. The Bills are 4-15 in their last 19 games. The question that should be asked isn't why Jauron was fired but why did it take so long?

That question is quickly answered when you hear owner Ralph Wilson's comments. Wilson told The Buffalo News, "It's the toughest thing I ever had to do personally because he's such a great guy ... He's just a great guy, and I feel very bad about it." It took Wilson three and a half years to figure out there's more to being a good football coach than being "a great guy." For some reason, Wilson has been enamored with Jauron since the beginning and has been completely blind (too easy to make a joke here) to the myriad of problems that have plagued this franchise for years. He was so confident in Jauron, he gave him a three-year extension after the Bills 5-1 start last season. There was no reason to sign him to an extension at that point in the season. They had yet to even play a division game, and wound up losing them all. They didn't need to lock him down until the end of the season, which wouldn't have happened if they had waited. Jauron, almost assuredly, would have been fired if not for that extension.

Now the Bills will move on with more problems than before Jauron. They have no identity on offense, no idea if Trent Edwards can mature into a good quarterback, the youngest offensive line in the game (and don't try and put a positive spin on that), and the worst rushing defense in the league. Good luck the rest of the season interim coach Fewell Perry.

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