Jauron explains decision to fire Schonert

September, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron just met with reporters at the team's facility to discuss why he decided to fire offensive coordinator Turk Schonert 10 days before the season opener against the New England Patriots on "Monday Night Football."

Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt will take over. Running game coordinator Eric Studesville will remain in his role.

Jauron spoke for less than seven minutes and didn't get into any great detail, but here are a few bullet points:
  • He came to the conclusion Schonert had to be replaced Friday morning and phoned owner Ralph Wilson, who gave his blessing.

"I informed him of my wish, and he said it was my call," Jauron said. "I made it."

  • Jauron said he didn't seek feedback from the players before making the change.
  • He thinks the switch will work because the terminology remains the same but Van Pelt will place a different emphasis on certain elements.

"It's not like we're changing schemes," Jauron said. "We're maybe changing focus, but we're not adding new things. They're used to the terminology. Everybody's on the same page.

"Hopefully, it'll provide a jolt forward and move us on."

  • He remains committed to the no-huddle offense.
  • Jauron on Bills first-team offense failing to score a touchdown in the preseason: "Just the lack of productivity, the direction we were moving. I just didn't feel like it was going, certainly, were I envisioned it going. There's clearly a lot of fault. It's not just Turk, and I accept my share of that."
  • Jauron later said he envisioned his offense to be "more attacking."

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