The Bills have once again underachieved in 2009, and because of it the team has made a stunning move, firing head coach Dick Jauron today. The move was made by owner Ralph Wilson, just a few days after the team was beaten badly in Tennessee.
“I am announcing today that I am relieving Dick Jauron from his duties as our head coach, effective immediately,” said Wilson in a team statement. “I have tremendous respect for Dick and thank him for all of his efforts during these past four years. While this was a very difficult decision, I felt that it is one that needed to be made at this time for the best interest of our team. We will now focus on moving forward and preparing for our game this week in Jacksonville.”
The firing of Jauron means it’s the first time that a head coach has been fired during a regular season since Hank Bullough’s termination, which also came after nine games in the 1986 season. There is no word yet from the organization as to who will serve as interim head coach for the remaining seven games.
Jauron’s job security was on the fence after last season, and the team started 1-4 including an awful loss at home, 6-3 to the Browns. The team is 3-6 through the first nine games. Run defense was a major issue for the Bills, as they ranked higher than 22nd in the league against the run and are currently last in the NFL in that category this season.