Interview With a Vampire: Questions I'd Love to Ask Dick Jauron
Dick Jauron, current coach of the Buffalo Bills, is a man that fans have long had an opinion about...and usually it's not a positive one.
A Letterman athlete in high school, a standout running back at Yale, and a Pro Bowl free safety in the NFL, Jauron has been involved in the game of football for a long time.
To be fair to Jauron:
One cannot deny his knowledge of the game, especially as it pertains to the defensive secondary. Buffalo has had a stable of extremely talented CBs since Jauron has been coach and has incredible depth at that position. Jauron also managed a 13-3 record one year as the Bears head coach, and some Bills fans admit that the first year he went 7-9 with the Bills, he overachieved considering the talent level of the team. Under Bobby April, the Bills boast the premier special teams unit in the NFL, and while Jauron may not be responsible for that, he has done nothing to hinder this unit and in fact gives April quite a bit of leeway.
Dick Jauron has a reputation as a delegator of authority. Some say he lacks toughness, others say he lacks discipline, some say he is too conservative, and others take issue with his play calling. Still others cite his losing career record as the reason why he is a bad coach.
Some claim that since he never throws specific players under the bus, he is therefore a soft coach. It's hard to disagree that Jauron and his assistants haven't made some terrible play calls, some of which outright cost Buffalo games, such as Losman's sack fumble to the Jets.
Another aggravating issue many have with Jauron and one that might make any interview with him moot, is that Jauron has the ability to say alot of words that really don't mean anything. For example, when confronted after a loss, Jauron will say something along the lines of. "Well, we are 7-8. We would like to be 15-0, but at least we aren't 0-15. And we are going to move on from there next week."
But without further adieu, these are questions I've picked out:
1. Some say that your emphasis on the secondary is to the detriment of other positions such as defensive end. What would you say to those who would criticize you on that front?
2. In what were known as Buffalo's glory years, coach Marv Levy made it a point to go after players who he said had good character and integrity. With all of the off-field stuff that has been going on, do you feel that you have moved away from that philosophy, and do you hold these players accountable? And finally do you hold yourself accountable for having these players reflect poorly on the franchise?
3. Do you protect your assistant coaches from scrutiny and criticism by blaming poor play calls on yourself? Who made the call that resulted in the J.P. Losman fumble in the Jets game?
4. People have called your football philosophy conservative. Do you agree with that statement? Or do you believe every coach has their own unique philosophy?
5. The Bills play a 4-3 cover two defense that has been called the "bend but don't break" defense, do you feel the need for more aggressive defenses and more blitzes to try to make the defense less predictable?
6. What do you say to the Bills fans who felt you should have been fired last year. What will you do to try to ease frustrations and improve the team?
7. Are the Bills are going back to the no-huddle offense?
8. Who do you want to be the vocal leader in the locker room?
9. Will you confront T.O. if he becomes a problem?
10. Finally, the question that all Bills fans want to know the answer to: As many know, an innate advantage of playing in Buffalo is that players who are used to the cold weather conditions will have an advantage in a cold stadium over those teams from warm-weather cities. Why then, Mr. Jauron, do you not practice outside?
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