Yet another offensive coordinator has been fired just about a week before the season started, as today Buffalo axed offensive coordinator Turk Schonert. “It was just the lack of productivity and the direction we were moving. I just didn’t feel like it was going certainly where I envisioned it,” coach Dick Jauron said, at a news conference. “Hopefully, it’ll provide a jolt, hopefully a jolt forward.”
Schonert was shown the door just a day after the Bills once again were lackluster on offense in a 17-6 loss to the Bills. For now, quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt will take over the play-calling duties, while running backs coach Eric Studesville will continue in his role as run game coordinator.
The first team offense was out and out dreadful during the preseason for the Bills, as in 15 series led by starting QB Trent Edwards the offense put up 279 yards of offense, 15 first downs and 3 points. The Bills were outscored 75-12 in the first half and failed to score a touchdown in their final eight-plus quarters, including a 17-0 loss to the Steelers last weekend.
“I just didn’t feel like we were progressing and I didn’t get the sense that we were going to move forward,” Jauron said. “It was a decision I needed to make, I felt, and made it.”
There’s no doubt that Jauron’s job is on the line in 2009. There’s plenty of talk about him being shown the door if the Bills don’t make it to the postseason, so making a move like this shows how serious he and the club are about getting the offense turned around.