Monday, October 12, 2009
Why Dick Jauron can't keep his job
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Feel free to add more of your rationale in the comments section below, but here are some reasons off the top of my head why the Buffalo Bills must fire Dick Jauron.
Jauron coaches the NFL's most undisciplined team. Heading into Monday night's game, the Bills lead the league in accepted penalties with 44 and rank second in penalty yards with 336. This stat is amazing to me: 31 different players have been flagged this year. Think about that. A team dresses only 45 for a game.
Jauron has one of the most careless teams. The Bills go into Monday night ranked 30th in turnover differential at minus-6. Two kick return fumbles have caused two of their defeats in the final three minutes.
The Bills' last two losses were their opponents' first victories. The Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns were a combined 0-7 heading into their games against the Bills.
Jauron hasn't won a divisional game since Dec. 9, 2007. The Bills are 0-8 since then, losing every AFC East game last year and two so far this year. Next up: the bloodthirsty New York Jets defense at the Meadowlands.
Jauron's decision to change offensive coordinators was foolish. Because the Bills played in the Hall of Fame Game, they had the benefit of five exhibitions to get their offense organized. Then, 10 days before the season starts, he fired coordinator Turk Schonert. Jauron insisted that owner Ralph Wilson didn't make this call, so how a head coach can be so unaware of his own staff is beyond me. Jauron worked with Schonert last year but apparently made a total misread.
The Bills are 3-12 since it was reported Jauron reached agreement on his three-year contract extension. Their victories were against the Kansas City Chiefs (2-14 last year), Denver Broncos (8-8 last year) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5 so far this year). Worse yet, Jauron is 1-7 at home since the agreement.