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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Support still there for befuddled Bills coach


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

TORONTO -- The subtleties between ironic and coincidental are hard to define, so rather than label what has happened to Dick Jauron since Oct. 26 with either of those adjectives, let's call it incredibly unfortunate timing.

That morning, the NFL Network and Buffalo News reported the Buffalo Bills and their head coach had agreed on a three-year contract extension.

From that date forth, the Bills have lost six of their seven games and fans are calling for Jauron's head.

"I know they want him gone, but I believe that he should stay here," Bills safety Donte Whitner said. "It's not on him. It's definitely not on Coach Jauron. If you ask any player in that locker room, he's one of the most respected guys around. Every player looks up to him. I don't think that's the key to changing this around."

Neither the Bills nor Jauron have confirmed the agreement, much less whether a document has been signed.

After the Miami Dolphins beat them 16-3 on Sunday in the Rogers Centre, I asked Bills chief operating officer Russ Brandon about Jauron's future with the team.

"I'm not going to get into that right now," Brandon said in the Bills' locker room. "It's just not a subject matter I want to touch."

I asked him if he at least could confirm an agreement was in place between the Bills and Jauron.

"I'm not in a position to talk about that," Brandon replied.

But Bills owner seemed to absolve Jauron of the team's recent woes.

"We haven't got the talent," Wilson said. "We didn't play well. The coaches, they can't go out and kick the ball. They can't go out and tackle. What else is there to be involved?"

Bills players also sounded fully behind Jauron remaining head coach.

"That's the nature of the beast," Bills safety George Wilson said. "When you lose, the head coach and quarterback take all the criticism. When you win, they get the accolades.

"In no way is this on Coach Jauron. He has done a fine job of leading this team. He always lets us know where we stand."

Said defensive end Kyle Williams: "As for being under fire, we're all under it. We just haven't been making plays that we need to make in football games, and we've put us in this bad position."