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Postby no1cowboysfan » Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:17 pm

Linkage, yo...

Bills offer coaching job to Jauron
ESPN.com news services

Former Chicago Bears coach Dick Jauron is preparing to be named head coach of the Buffalo Bills, team sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Sunday. One team source said that Jauron should be introduced Monday once the Bills complete the contract negotiations.

Jauron was selected by Bills owner Ralph Wilson and general manager Marv Levy from a group that included former Packers coach Mike Sherman, former Texans coach Dom Capers and current Colts assistant coach Jim Caldwell. On Saturday, the Bills narrowed their list to Jauron and Sherman, according to ESPN.com's John Clayton.

Jauron will become the Bills' fourth head coach since Levy -- a Hall of Fame coach in his own right --retired following the 1997 season.

Levy is now back with the Bills, replacing team president and general manager Tom Donahoe, who was fired earlier this month.

Jauron was favored by Levy, who maintains a home in Chicago and worked as a Bears broadcaster during Jauron's tenure with the team. Like Levy, who attended Harvard, Jauron is also a former Ivy-leaguer, a graduate of Yale.

Wilson, meanwhile, was impressed by Sherman, who interviewed on Wednesday, a day after Jauron. Of all the candidates, Sherman had pro personnel experience, having served as the Packers general manager before having that title stripped from him last year.

The Bills retained nine of Mularkey's assistants, a list that includes defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who previously has said that he doesn't expect to be back. Offensive coordinator Tom Clements was among five assistants released earlier this month.

When reached on his cell phone, Jauron told The Associated Press that he was, in fact, in Buffalo, but declined to comment, referring questions to the team.

Officially, Levy also was unavailable for comment on the Bills' coaching vacancy.

Jauron went 35-46 in five seasons with the Bears and was the NFL Coach of the Year in 2001, following a 13-3 finish.

Jauron spent the past two years as the Lions defensive coordinator and finished last season as the team's interim coach after Steve Mariucci was fired in late November.

Jauron also was an assistant coach with Jacksonville and Green Bay.

When he accepts the job, Jauron will take over a Bills team that underachieved in going 5-11 last season and missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year -- the Bills' longest drought since the NFL merger.

He replaces Mike Mularkey, who abruptly resigned on Jan. 13, a week after Bills owner Ralph Wilson announced his coach would be back for next season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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Postby RocketsDWM » Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:35 pm

Wow, great hiring by the Bills. :-t

I guess I shouldnt complain, it helps out the Patriots ;-D
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Postby Bravos of Steel » Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:56 pm

Quite a few questionable head coaching moves this year already or next year. McCarthy to the Packers being a big one. Jauron had one good year in Chicago, but that was it. Marv Levy knows football. No arguing that. He maybe seeing something that we don't see.

Still, not looking to appealing to me...

Buffalo needs some offensive help, even Martz doesn't look half bad in that system.
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Postby MadScott » Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:00 am

As a head coach, I think Jauron is one hell of a coordinator. :-b

I don't like that hire one bit, we'll see how it works for them.
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Postby VaderFin » Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:01 am

All Fin fans love that move. ;-D
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Postby MadScott » Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:16 am

VaderFin wrote:All Fin fans love that move. ;-D


Fins love Bill's Dick move? :-b
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Postby Stelly » Mon Jan 23, 2006 4:41 pm

Being a Bills fan...

I have no idea why they wouldn't hire Sherman.

I think Dick falls into the "Good ol' boys" network in Buffalo (Wilson, Levy, now Jaroun).

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Postby cherrygarcia1911 » Mon Jan 23, 2006 6:12 pm

I just like the post title..it made me giggle.
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Postby moochman » Mon Jan 23, 2006 7:10 pm

I don't get it myself, unless maybe they wanted someone low-keyed so as not to excite them and give them Angina pain. Jauron thought that Jeff Garcia gave the Lions the best chance to win. I can't get passed that and so think Coach Dick doesn't know di...nah, too easy.

I don't like it, nor even understand this hire. But I can say that Marv Levy has forgotten more about football then I'll ever know. And maybe that's part of the problem, Levy has forgotten more about football. :-b
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Postby RocketsDWM » Mon Jan 23, 2006 7:43 pm

moochman wrote:I don't get it myself, unless maybe they wanted someone low-keyed so as not to excite them and give them Angina pain. Jauron thought that Jeff Garcia gave the Lions the best chance to win. I can't get passed that and so think Coach Dick doesn't know di...nah, too easy.

I don't like it, nor even understand this hire. But I can say that Marv Levy has forgotten more about football then I'll ever know. And maybe that's part of the problem, Levy has forgotten more about football. :-b


Wait, Harrington was a better option? :-b
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