By now, you've probably heard the news. Dick Jauron is out as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. To say that it was a move long coming is an understatement. Fan sentiment against Jauron has been simmering ever since the Bills' ignominious third losing season in a row in 2008. Tensions came to a head a few weeks ago when a grassroots campaign raised funds to put up a billboard calling for his ouster.
It seems Ralph Wilson needed a little more convincing. He finally got it Sunday.
Not only did the Bills lose following a huge fourth quarter collapse in Tennessee, but Jauron probably made the move that broke the camel's back late in the fourth quarter. He benched Edwards following an interception that was run back for a touchdown late in the game.
At the time, diva receiver Terrell Owens was clearly unhappy with Edwards; he could be seen venting on the sidelines to anyone who would listen. When backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick came out on the ensuing series, one had to wonder if Jauron made the switch to placate the volatile receiver. But to do it so late in the game with the score well out of reach was just a little too little and a lot too late. It was a feeble attempt to salvage the unsalvageable. He had finally hit rock bottom.
I won't deny that Wilson should have fired Jauron after last season. Most Bills fans would agree with me. And firing him now may also seem too little, too late. But it's a sign that the Bills' owner is at least marginally plugged-in and listening to his fanbase. Of course he is. He likes money. The remaining question now is this: How much will he spend for a head coach next year, and who will he get?
The Western New York community will wait with bated breath once the offseason arrives. Will 91-year-old Ralph Wilson provide?