The Buffalo Bills became the first NFL team to fire their Head Coach in 2009 today when they fired Dick Jauron. To say that the 2009 campaign has been a disappointment is a vast understatement. Finishing 7-9 for the past three years, added to what looked like a decent 2009 draft, on top of the signing of receiver Terrell Owens, Bills fans were looking for something more than a 3-6 start. In fact many NFL pundits had The Bills on a list of teams on the cusp of making a playoff run. Instead they have failed to make T.O. a part of their offensive attack, and it looks like they will have to undertake a massive rebuilding effort.
One really has to feel bad for Jauron who was the AP Coach of the year in 2001 while leading the Chicago Bears, but after a few years with the Detroit Lions as Defensive Coordinator, and ultimately Interim Head Coach after the firing of Steve Mariucci, it seemed Jauron had found a home in Buffalo. He seemed secure there since the Bills are not known for giving their head men every chance at success.
However this seems to be something that has been brewing since the beginning of the current NFL season. After training camp was over, Jauron fired his offensive coordinator, Turk Schonert. Jauron was unhappy with the offensive saying it had too many formations and far too many plays. Former Bills QB, and current Bills QB Coach Alex Van Pelt was then promoted to the coordinators job and he immediately began implementing the no huddle offense designed around the old K gun offense ran by the Bills in the days of Jim Kelly.
Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell is expected to take over the team on an interim basis.