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Down goes Schonert

They say things happen in threes.

This week, three NFL offensive coordinators have been fired.

A league source tells us that the Bills have dumped offensive coordinator Turk Schonert, ten days before the team’s season opener on Monday Night Football against the Patriots.

The move isn’t completely shocking, in large part because we’ve been softened up for it a bit by the abrupt reassignment of Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and the sudden dismissal of Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski.

But the Bills’ offense struggled in the preseason, and coach Dick Jauron likely realized that, if he didn’t find a way to turn things around quickly, it would be Dick Jauron getting the shoe along with Schonert, and everyone else.

UPDATE:  We’re told that the new offensive coordinator will be quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt.

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30 Responses to “Down goes Schonert”
  1. pkrjones says: Sep 4, 2009 11:52 AM

    Turk received a visit from the turk?

  2. Bun McSticky says: Sep 4, 2009 11:52 AM

    What the hell? Wild stuff.

  3. modehead says: Sep 4, 2009 11:54 AM

    Well Bills fans, there’s one question we have left to ask this season: McCoy, Bradford or Tebow? We’ll have our pick. Yikes.

  4. modehead says: Sep 4, 2009 11:55 AM

    Well Bills fans, there’s one question we have left to ask this season: McCoy, Bradford or Tebow? We’ll have our pick. Yikes.

  5. Bwa Ha Ha says: Sep 4, 2009 12:00 PM

    I am not saying that this is true, but is it a coincidence that the return of T.O. has caused Turk to be fired? I mean, the guy litters the pavement with lost careers in his wake…………… Where there is smoke there is fire, ask Glenn Beck who is currently possibly being investigated for a rape and murder of a young girl in 1990. I am not SAYING he did anything like that, but it is all over the internet and many people are saying that, It is similar with T.O. why hasn’t he come out and denied that he didn’t have anything to do with Turks firing?

  6. Schaef says: Sep 4, 2009 12:04 PM

    The players love AVP. kinda scary the new OC has no real OC experience and the HC is a DC….

  7. chris says: Sep 4, 2009 12:06 PM

    As a bills fan I am glad. They should have done it sooner.

  8. indybillsfan says: Sep 4, 2009 12:08 PM

    If this is true…WOW!!!
    Not really the best time to make the switch, should have been done much earlier. To me this pretty much seals Jaurons fate, he will be fired at the end of the season.
    I had hoped that the entire preseason was done so it would be a tremendous surprise to the Putridiots and they shock everyone with a win. Thats not happening now.

  9. 49ersrevenge says: Sep 4, 2009 12:12 PM

    This is why all 3 of these teams will stink this season. It never looks good to make coaching changes this close to the start of the season. It took them the whole offseason to realize this guy was not right for the job.

  10. Jauron Should Be Next says: Sep 4, 2009 12:17 PM

    It took 5 lousy games for this move? Guess it’s better than just rearranging the deck chairs.

  11. Dude17 says: Sep 4, 2009 12:19 PM

    “the new offensive coordinator will be quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt.”
    Older brother to Lucy and Linus Van Pelt of Peanuts fame.

  12. irishgary says: Sep 4, 2009 12:19 PM

    Maybe T O should be the offensive coordinator. It would be fun to see who he would blame for not getting him the ball.
    What a dysfuntional organization

  13. mwiles19 says: Sep 4, 2009 12:19 PM

    Van Pelt could hardly run the offensive plays he was given by a coordinator at the NFL level, let alone come up with his own plays and put together a game plan.

  14. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Sep 4, 2009 12:25 PM

    Uh………. get your popcorn ready.

  15. yardhound says: Sep 4, 2009 12:26 PM

    The TURK not only shows up at training camp but also at Turks House!!!!! YA

  16. Dave_Bords says: Sep 4, 2009 12:28 PM

    This good news, or at least less bad news. Turk was a joke. Maybe AVP will be better??

  17. Jungle Juice says: Sep 4, 2009 12:31 PM

    What is wrong with these teams? You don’t fire a Coordinator just before the season!

  18. The Jimmy says: Sep 4, 2009 12:34 PM

    Obviously the inability to compose a literate email didn’t factor into the decision to hire Van Pelt

  19. Big Stretch says: Sep 4, 2009 12:34 PM

    the timing sucks but as a Bills fan I’m glad they finally got rid of him…now we just have to wait for the end of the season to dump jauron

  20. indybillsfan says: Sep 4, 2009 12:36 PM

    That sucks!
    This will end Jauron’s tenure with the Bills. I just don’t see them doing anything this year.

  21. KILLER FIN says: Sep 4, 2009 12:38 PM

    Now the bills will lose by 35 rather than 20!!! no way they’ll be ready!!! better use the altenate game in that place!!!

  22. umcouldbe says: Sep 4, 2009 12:41 PM

    Wow…I like Alex, but is he ready for that?

  23. Schaef says: Sep 4, 2009 12:43 PM

    nice florio mention from the local Bills Radio Station –
    The Bills have not been able to put points on the board this preseason and it has cost Offensive Coordinator Turk Schonert his position according to Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com. In addition, he suggests the Bills will name Alex Van Pelt as a replacement.

  24. Marty says: Sep 4, 2009 12:47 PM

    Frank Reich is working for Indy – Would he like a promotion?

  25. Jauron Should Be Next says: Sep 4, 2009 12:48 PM

    ” Well Bills fans, there’s one question we have left to ask this season: McCoy, Bradford or Tebow? We’ll have our pick. Yikes.”
    Ole Miss’ Snead will be the top qb picked.

  26. BIG_DUKE says: Sep 4, 2009 1:22 PM

    Better make the change now rather than mid-season. And is there really a niners fan on here talking smack about stinking teams????? They’ve been one of the worst teams in the last 5 years they should be thanking the lions rams and raiders.

  27. EskinSux says: Sep 4, 2009 1:29 PM

    Bwa Ha Ha says:
    September 4, 2009 12:00 PM
    I am not saying that this is true, but is it a coincidence that the return of T.O. has caused Turk to be fired? I mean, the guy litters the pavement with lost careers in his wake…………… Where there is smoke there is fire, ask Glenn Beck who is currently possibly being investigated for a rape and murder of a young girl in 1990. I am not SAYING he did anything like that, but it is all over the internet and many people are saying that, It is similar with T.O. why hasn’t he come out and denied that he didn’t have anything to do with Turks firing?
    ——————————————
    OK, TO is a cancer, and me first player, and a bona fide head case……..But I have to ask…….What in the hell are you talking about?

  28. Wrathchild says: Sep 4, 2009 2:41 PM

    I actually a little surprised the Eagles haven’t fired Sean McDermott.

  29. Matt says: Sep 4, 2009 4:34 PM

    EskinSux says:
    September 4, 2009 1:29 PM
    Bwa Ha Ha says:
    September 4, 2009 12:00 PM
    I am not saying that this is true, but is it a coincidence that the return of T.O. has caused Turk to be fired? I mean, the guy litters the pavement with lost careers in his wake…………… Where there is smoke there is fire, ask Glenn Beck who is currently possibly being investigated for a rape and murder of a young girl in 1990. I am not SAYING he did anything like that, but it is all over the internet and many people are saying that, It is similar with T.O. why hasn’t he come out and denied that he didn’t have anything to do with Turks firing?
    ——————————————
    OK, TO is a cancer, and me first player, and a bona fide head case……..But I have to ask…….What in the hell are you talking about?
    ————————————————–
    Yeah, I was wondering the same thing…

  30. watchmorebaseball says: Sep 4, 2009 6:28 PM

    Bills fans are certainly long suffering. Turk had no business being OC in the first place. Ralph has been a great businessman, but never a great football mind. Remember he had Bill Polian under contract and sent him packing. More recently, of course, he chose to bring in TO the human time bomb. And he hasn’t been able to recognize Jauron’s not his head coaching answer. The Bills might win 7 games again this season and if Ralph’s still around he is 90- maybe they’ll promote Alex Van Pelt to head man. It will get uglier for Bills fans. When Ralph goes his children will not keep the team in Buffalo. Toronto and California are both sad and real possibilities for a fan base that has been wildly supportive through the life of the franchise. Go Cards – St. L that is.

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