November 18, 2009

Jauron Being Airbrushed Out of History

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.


The Avenger said...

I have a job for Jauron already. Chairman of the Niagara County Democrat Committee. They would kill for three years of a 7-9 record and given this year's election results, even the 3-6 would be an improvement.

Poopchute said...

yikes, what you can't even post about our football team without dragging Dan into the mix? Wait, lets see if Henry can get the IDA to give them 100 year lease with no taxes and move them to Lockport. Maybe next door to the Yahoo pod?

Dark Knight said...

How about NF City Engineer for Jauron. Dyster already proved you don't need to be certified or qualified.

Mr. Pink said...

Maybe Jauron could get in line to replace Greg Lewis. They both sit there with this befuddled look on their faces and have absolutely no clue what they're doing. I think Jauron would look great in a big I *LOVE* Niagara County pin.

The Avenger said...

Pinky, maybe they could swap jobs. Think of Greg Lewis bumbling up and down the Bills sidelines. He'd call plays and then blame everyone else when they didn't work.

Since Lewis spent all of his time here pitching a dumb campus idea he would be perfect to devise a new stadium plan for the Bills. Would be completely unrealistic and cost too much but that wouldn't stop Greg.

Pirate's Code said...

New head coach?

Mr. Pink, of course.