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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Jauron's approval rating at 8 percent

Posted by's Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron's once-mighty approval rating has dwindled to a single digit.

As of Thursday night, Jauron's number in the SportsNation NFL head coach approval ratings was lower than the Erie County sales tax: 8 percent.

That's the second-lowest rating of any of the 35 coaches, including three who were fired, over the 14 weeks so far. Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress pulled a 6 percent in Weeks 2 and 4.

Scott Linehan also sank to 8 percent before the St. Louis Rams axed him. Ex-Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin bottomed out at 33 percent, while  former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan dipped as low as 20 percent.

Jauron also owns the biggest discrepancy between his zenith and nadir.

Jauron rang up the poll's highest rating of the season when he hit 95 percent in Weeks 3 and 4 and didn't slip below 86 percent through Oct. 26. Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn also soared to 95 percent in Week 5.

But Jauron's 83-point differential dwarfs everyone else, including the NFL's lighting rods: Andy Reid (79 points), Wade Phillips (73 points), Mike McCarthy (67 points) and Lovie Smith (67 points).

The worst year for fan dissatisfaction belongs to Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, whose highest approval rating was 23 percent in Week 9.