At Niagara Times, we try to weigh in on the pressing issues of the day: county budgets…elections…the ongoing competition between Antoine Thompson, Kevin Parker, and Eric Adams to say the dumbest thing on the Senate floor…
So, you could accuse us of having an ideological tilt. Still, we think it’s significant that a little after 3 o’clock yesterday we saw one of our more liberal office colleagues, who gave us a big, heart-felt thumbs-up.
We’d like to think it was a sign he was coming around. But then he told us that the long-awaited event had occurred: Dick Jauron had been mercifully put to sleep.
Okay, it wasn’t that dramatic, but still, it could have happened.
What struck us as particularly funny, though, was that, after our colleague told us the news, we naturally decided to go read about it online, and stumbled upon Jauron’s Wikipedia entry: “Richard Manual Jauron (born October 7, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois) is a former American football coach. He was a former head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2006 until November 2009. Jauron has previously held head coaching positions with the Chicago Bears and, on an interim basis, with the Detroit Lions. Despite initially enjoying success in Chicago where he was named the AP Coach of the Year in 2001 after leading the Bears to a 13-3 record, he has not had a winning season since.”
Now, we’re not about to start endorsing the veracity of Wikipedia as an information source. Frankly, we have always found it sketchy at best. But it’s amazing just how fast the online editor community can write a truthful, and un-PC, epitaph for a despised figure.
It also occurred to us, though, that this is little more than an effort by the good people at 1 Bills Drive to appease a fan base that, like us, has seen its enthusiasm flag. It’s not that we aren’t happy to see Jauron go—surely some prep school someplace is looking for a nice-guy coach who can’t find it in him to lay into his players. (Actually, there’s even a webpage devoted to finding jobs for such people—if someone knows Dick’s email and wants to forward that to him, be our guest.) Rather, though, we’re annoyed that Bills management couldn’t make this tough decision when it mattered.
The 2009-10 season is already a loss for a team that’s 3-6. It’s hard to imagine the Bills now running the table and showing up in the postseason. So, firing Jauron now was little more than an effort to appease us, the fans.
The problem for Ralph Wilson is, it’s going to take a hell of a lot more to revive interest in this franchise.
Good luck with that.