The Buffalo Bills have done something they should have done a long time – Dick Jauron is out as head coach.
Apparently a fire has been lit under Ralph Wilson following Bud Adams giving him the bird. Wilson, who just weeks ago said he would support Jauron through this season, has clearly had a change of heart.
Owner Ralph Wilson had the following to say in a statement just released:
I am announcing today that I am relieving Dick Jauron from his duties as our head coach, effective immediately. I have tremendous respect for Dick and thank him for all of his efforts during these past four years. While this was a very difficult decision, I felt that it is one that needed to be made at this time for the best interest of our team. We will now focus on moving forward and preparing for our game this week in Jacksonville.
Jauron was 24-33 for his career with the Bills with three straight seasons of 7-9. And this year even that record looks optimistic. Since he is still under contract with Buffalo, Jauron will continue to make $6 million in 2009 and 2010.
NFL.com is reporting that Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell will likely take over for the rest of the season. BLD expects the Bills to delve into a more comprehensive search in the off-season.