Wilson Decides To Retain Jauron And Staff
Former Bills Playing: Watching the first day of the playoffs I saw three former Bills play a role in Arizona's win over Atlanta. Former Bill castoff Mike Gandy is the starting left tackle for the Cardinals and performed well against the Falcons best pass rusher John Abraham. Remember when he wasn't good enough to play guard for the Bills? Now he's anchoring the toughest spot on the line for a playoff team and not constantly whining about his contract like some "pro bowler" we all know. Lawyer Milloy is getting up there in years but he's a starting safety for the Falcons. He took a bad angle on Anquan Boldin's 71 yard touchdown reception as he shook Milloy's tackle and there was nobody left to beat down the sidelines for the long catch and run. Another Bills castoff is Coy Wire, he was cut when the Bills were worried about how he would heal from his neck surgery. The same team that told him to have the surgery than cut him. Wire was true blue Buffalo and was devastated and hurt by the team's actions. It all worked out for the best for him as he is now starting at linebacker for the Falcons and he played in the first playoff game of his career. He had seven tackles in the loss. Today we get to see more of what it could have been. In the Miami Baltimore game the Ravens feature former Bill RB Willis McGahee and also have DT Justin Bannan. McGahee has been banged up this year and only ran for 671 yards. Bannan had 45 tackles a sack and an interception this year and could surely be helping the Bills out in the middle. Jim Leonhard is the starting safety for the Ravens and returns punts for them. The Dolphins don't feature any ex-Bills but the fact that a division rival that won only one game last year is in the playoffs is sickening enough for Bills fans. In the Eagles Vikings matchup later today the Eagles have former Bill long snapper Jon Dorenbos, he is the second former Bill long snapper to play this weekend as Mike Schneck snaps for the Falcons. The Vikings feature ex-Bill stars Pat Williams and Antoine Winfield. They may be the two players that have been the most successful when leaving Buffalo for free agency. Williams wouuld do wonders in the middle and Winfield is among the best cornerbacks in the league.
Saturday January 3, 2009
Lynch Gets Top Honors: Bills Daily has completed our player by player year end grades and have doled out our awards as Marshawn Lynch was given our player of the year award while Josh Reed, Terrence McGee, Leodis McKelvin, and Fred Jackson were also honored. Reed got our offensive MVP award as the team could do nothing offensively when he was out of the lineup. McGee gets our defensive award while McKelvin wins for top rookie and special teams player. Jackson gets the unsung hero award. Check out our complete player grades with grades by position as well plus an early look at the future of the players on the team. Final Grades.
Friday January 2, 2009
Simpson Arrested: Ko Simpson was arrested early New Year's day after an altercation outside a bar in his hometown of Rock Hill South Carolina. He was in a car where two people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Simpson refused to leave the officers alone shouting that he was Ko Simpson of the Buffalo Bills and worth millions. The cops then arrested him and charged him with hindering police. He was released on $470 bond. The Police arrested him because they were worried the crowd around them would get unruly and turn on the officers. No repsonse from the Bills at this time.
Fans Real Angry: Tony Bogyo always gets good comments from his articles but we never received as many comments as we did on his latest article. It was all one sided too. Almost every comment showed frustration, anger, and pessimism about the current state of the Bills. Some people have said they are done with the team but most know they will be back in September but many say they may not attend games just follow the team on TV and the internet. Russ Brandon is known as a marketing genius but he has his hardest job ever. Selling the very mediocre Bills to the fans with the same below average head coach.
Thursday January 1, 2009
Magnitude Of Collapse: The Buffalo News had an interesting tidbit in Today's paper. The Bills are just one of three teams to finish with a losing record after starting 5-1 since the league went to a 16 game format in 1978. The other two times it happened one coach got fired the other survived another season. Another tidbit from the article said that Dick Jauron is just the 14th coach to hold on to his job after three straight losing seasons since the merger in 1970. Only two of them eventually led their team to the playoffs. 84% of team's that started 4-0 and 87% that started 5-1 and better made the playoffs since 1990. So the Bills bucked the odds again and now have a playoff drought of nine long excruciating years and it shows no signs of changing this awful pattern.
Wednesday December 31, 2008
The Dark Days For Bills Fans: Many Bills fans are angrily speaking out about the retaining of Dick Jauron as head coach. Some say they won't renew their season tickets or travel to games next year. Tony Bogyo is one of those and he speaks to the heart of most Bills fans about the shot in the gut they took with this non-move. Complete Story.
No Changes Expected Anywhere With Team: A source told ESPN.com that Jauron has total control over the hiring and firings of his coaching staff under his new contract and no staff changes are expected. This is the continuity that Ralph Wilson spoke about in his statement. It dosen't answer the changes that need to be made in offensive clock management. The article says Wilson was upset by the Bills settling for a 47 yard field goal attempt in the Monday night loss to Cleveland and of course passing with J.P. Losman against the Jets. In an interview with WGRZ-TV he said the decision wasn't tough and he didn't expect staff changes but that is totally up to Jauron. He also said he doesn't anticipate front office or scouting staff changes.
Tuesday December 30, 2008
Jauron Retained: Dick Jauron has been retained as head coach of the Bills. He met with Ralph Wilson today and the owner released a statement on the team's website that said: "It is well known that I share many of the fans' dissatisfaction with our offensive game management. That being said, I believe that this team, at this time, is better served by continuity in the coaching staff rather than a disruptive overhaul. The team played hard all year long and there are many positives to build on. This is not to say that we will be complacent. In my discussions with Dick and our senior football people the issues are recognized and I am confident they will be addressed." Wilson added "I believe in the last few years we have gotten close personnel wise and look forward to another strong draft, more assertive veteran leadership and continued improvement from our young quarterback." The statement seems to lean towards the retention of the coaching staff as well although that wasn't specifically addressed. What do you think of the news? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!
Jauron Meets With Wilson: The AP is reporting that a source told them Dick Jauron has flown to Detroit to meet with Ralph Wilson today to decide on his future with the organization. Jauron met with Russ Brandon at the team's headquarters before both men flew to Detroit. Brandon met with Wilson in Detroit on Monday as well. Wilson told the Buffalo News yesterday that a final decision on Jauron's future will be decided by tomorrow. A meeting between Wilson and Jauron was expected no matter if Jauron is going to stay or not.
Crowell Interested In Staying: It seems like the bridge isn't burned between the Bills and Angelo Crowell. During locker cleanout day Crowell returned to Buffalo and said he is interested in staying with the Bills and told Russ Brandon that in a meeting. Brandon said the door is open for the unrestricted free agent to return. It was thought the Bills were very upset with Crowell when he decided to have surgery right before the season started and reacted by placing him on injured reserve. That proved to be a blessing for the player who had more extensive surgery than he would have had and expects to be fully recovered for next season. His price has definitely gone down because he missed the season.
Monday December 29, 2008
Jauron Decision Wednesday: Ralph Wilson spoke by phone to the Buffalo News today and said that a decision on the future of Dick Jauron will be made Wednesday. He is meeting with COO Russ Brandon, Tom Modrak, and Bills' treasurer Jeff Littman in Detroit. They had a meeting today and will also meet tomorrow and Wednesday before a final decision is made. It's interesting that it appears Jauron is not at the meetings. Today the players cleared out the lockers and Jauron was not made available to the media.
2009 Opponents Set: The teams the Bills play next year is set with the dates and times to be announced in April. If you've followed our future opponents page for the last seven years you know that the NFL schedule format from 2002-2009 gave each team 14 of their 16 opponents in advance. The only two games that were decided by where the Bills finished were added to the 2009 schedule. They will host Cleveland and travel to Kansas City, since those teams finished last like the Bills. 2009 Opponents.
Offseason Begins: The long offseason is now underway for the Bills as the players will be cleaning out their lockers today. The offseason evaluation will begin immediately with Ralph Wilson meeting with Russ Brandon, Tom Modrak, Jim Overdorf, and Dick Jauron. Ironically, Wilson did not attend the loss yesterday because he couldn't fly in from Detroit because of the weather. During this process Wilson will decide on the future of Jauron and his coaching staff. We will keep you updated on all breaking Bills news all offseason long right here at Bills Daily!
Bills To Draft 11th: Now that the season is over it has been decided that the Bills will pick 11th in the first round of April's draft. That is the same spot they chose Leodis McKelvin in this past draft.
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