Bills head coach Dick Jauron won’t be allowed to finish 7-9 for a fourth straight season.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports the Bills have fired Jauron. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is expected to replace Jauron on an interim basis, although no coach has been named.
There was a report earlier Tuesday that Ryan Fitzpatrick was expected to take over the starting job from Trent Edwards despite Edwards being healthy. Jauron was often a staunch public supporter of Edwards, but it’s unclear if the quarterback situation had anything to do with the coaching change.
Jauron finishes 24-33 in three and a half snake bitten seasons as Bills coach.
We feel sympathy for him because his Bills teams always seemed to maximize their effort, especially on defense. But the lightweight squad was constantly injured, especially this season.
The team’s rotating offensive coordinators during Jauron’s tenure never led to a consistent attack and they often found new and creative ways to win heartbreaking close games to quality opponents. (As MDS points out, the AFC East would look a lot different if Leodis McKelvin didn’t fumble that kick return in the season opener.)
The timing of the move is odd, but it gives owner Ralph Wilson a head start on planning for 2010. It will be yet another new direction for a franchise that has been spinning its wheels for more than a decade.