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Report: AVP possible QB coach candidate

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2014 – 10:25 am

The Green Bay Packers could be shuffling their coaching staff around a bit after the departure of quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, who accepted the offensive coordinator post with the New York Giants this week. Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt is rumored to be a candidate to shift to the quarterback coaching job for Green Bay. But there’s a report that Buffalo may also be interested in him as a quarterback coaching option.

That according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, who quoted Van Pelt saying the following when asked about possibly shifting to coach quarterbacks with the Packers.

“Obviously, I’m quarterback-trained, so it’d be natural,” Van Pelt said. “But I’m having a lot of fun coaching these guys (Packers running backs).”

The Journal-Sentinel report went on to say the following about Van Pelt’s future.

A source said the Bills were interested in hiring Van Pelt as quarterbacks coach but, with a year remaining on his contract in Green Bay, it’s unlikely McCarthy would let him go.

Van Pelt has a very close relationship with McCarthy, who was his quarterbacks coach in college for three seasons at Pitt. Of course Van Pelt also has a tight relationship with Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, having both served on Dick Jauron’s staff with the Bills. Van Pelt was quarterbacks coach while Hackett was the offensive quality control coach.

Hackett currently serves as Bills offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

McCarthy has a history of holding onto his assistants. He had previously denied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers permission to interview now departed assistant Ben McAdoo (NY Giants OC) from interviewing for their offensive coordinator post in 2012.


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More wins in year 1 with new coach?

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2013 – 10:23 am

It might seem hard to believe knowing how difficult it’s been for the Bills to post winning seasons since the 2000 season, but when a new coach comes in for Buffalo an improved win total in year one from the previous season isn’t as rare as one might think.

As we covered today in our Top 25 questions until training camp, Doug Marrone stands a good chance of improving on the win-loss total from that of a year ago (6-10) for a number of reasons.

Also encouraging is recent history is on his side.

Mike Mularkey inherited a team in 2003 that went 6-10, but had a good deal of talent on its roster. In 2004 the Bills improved their win total by three and finished 9-7 and narrowly missed the playoffs.

Dick Jauron inherited a team that in 2005 when 5-11. In 2006, year one under Jauron, the team went 7-9, improving the team’s record by two victories.


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Bills 2012 schedule note

Posted by Chris Brown on April 17, 2012 – 10:06 am

While we await the dates and times of all 16 regular season games for the Bills, here’s a note to chew on concerning Buffalo’s opponents and those who will be patrolling the opposite sideline.

The Bills will face three of their previous four head coaches this season. In reverse order Buffalo faces Dick Jauron (Cleveland def. coord.), Mike Mularkey (Jax. head coach) and Wade Phillips (Hou. def. coord.).

It would’ve been all four previous coaches had Gregg Williams not been suspended indefinitely by the NFL. He’s the defensive coordinator for St. Louis. Buffalo hosts the Rams this year.


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Fewer options for Wannstedt?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2011 – 9:40 am

Dave Wannstedt, who resigned last month as head coach at Pitt and visited with the Bills on Thursday, was reportedly a coaching candidate for both the defensive coordinator positions in Cleveland and San Diego respectively. According to reports however, both of those jobs are being or close to being filled.

In San Diego, former 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky met with Chargers officials Thursday and according to the San Diego Union-Tribune is going back there this morning presumably to sign on as DC. Manusky is a former Chargers linebackers coach and ran the same system in San Francisco the past two seasons.

Meanwhile in Cleveland with Pat Shurmur named head coach, the speculation is that Philadelphia secondary coach Dick Jauron could be named defensive coordinator. Browns Team President Mike Holmgren had Jauron as his secondary coach in Green Bay in the early 90’s.

This would seem to enhance Buffalo’s chances of landing Wannstedt in a defensive assistant role still to be determined. Wannstedt’s Thursday meeting with Buffalo’s defensive staff was likely held to see what kind of role could be carved out for the well-qualified veteran coach.


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Report: Jauron hired

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2010 – 9:24 pm

Former Bills head coach Dick Jauron has found work elsewhere in the NFL.

According to NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora, Jauron has been hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as their secondary coach.

Jauron worked with Eagles coach Andy Reid in Green Bay on Mike Holmgren’s staff (1992-94) and becomes the latest member of Buffalo’s former coaching staff to catch on with another team this offseason.

Jauron replaces Brian Stewart, who left the Eagles to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Houston.


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Jauron to get job offer?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 4, 2010 – 8:54 pm

It’s just speculation at this point, but with Giants defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan getting fired on Monday, the NY Daily News is surmising that a favorite to replace him is the former Bills head coach.

Dick Jauron is considered by more than one report to be the favorite to replace Sheridan because of his prior history with head coach Tom Coughlin as he served as his defensive coordinator in Jacksonville from 1995-1998.


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Most Bills surprised by Jauron dismissal

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2009 – 9:49 pm

After talking to several players in the Bills locker room Wednesday, it’s clear that most of them were caught off guard by the firing of Dick Jauron on Tuesday. Here’s a run down of player reaction to Jauron’s termination.

Lee Evans
“I think it was for everybody pretty shocking to learn about it and just to see how it all came about. We don’t necessarily know all the reasons behind it, but right now it is what it is.” 

Aaron Maybin
“I was pretty surprised when I heard about it, but obviously they made a decision and that’s the direction they chose to go and we as players have to make those adjustments.”

Kyle Williams
“It’s always hard. Coach Jauron, they drafted me here. I think if you ask anybody in here they’ve got the utmost respect for him.”

Jairus Byrd
“I was surprised. I didn’t even know. I was getting my hair cut and people were texting me and coach got fired and I was taken back. I don’t know. This is my rookie year so I’m still learning and I’m learning with a new coach. Taking it all in stride I guess.”

Terrell Owens
“What’s new? Number one, that’s the nature of the business and obviously you never want to see a coach get fired, a player get released, but that’s just the nature of it and you just have to- within 24 hours you deal with it. I reached out to Coach (Jauron) and thanked him for the opportunity, for allowing me to play here and play under him and I wished him well. So at this point, you just have to move on.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick
“I can tell you that everybody in the locker room respected Coach Jauron. In the highest regard everybody thought of him, almost as a father figure just in terms of the way he went about his business, what he expected from us and the respect that he gave us.”

Marshawn Lynch
“Yeah. Been here with him for three years and I took some time to try and you know meet him and really build a relationship with him and then on our off day to turn on the TV and see that he’s gone. Just got to keep pushing.”

Andy Levitre
“I wasn’t expecting him to go as soon as he did. But we haven’t been playing to the best of our ability. I kind of saw it coming. I didn’t want him to leave. He’s a great coach. I wanted him to stay, but it’s a cut throat business and I don’t have any control over what happened.”


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Del Rio on Jauron firing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2009 – 12:52 pm

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio addressed the firing of now Bills former head coach Dick Jauron.

“Dick’s a good man,” said Del Rio. “That’s just the hard part of the business that we’re all involved in. I wish him and his family the very best.”

When asked how many changes he expects to see from the Bills with Perry Fewell at the helm, Del Rio admits it’s a bit of the unknown, but isn’t changing their approach.

“I think in the NFL it’s an unknown week to week in many respects. We all work very hard game planning each other and teams come up with wrinkles regardless of whether there’s a coaching change or not. We’ll go through our normal game preparations and expect to put as strong a plan together as we can and go at these guys and try to scratch out a win.”


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Jauron departure not unexpected

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2009 – 3:41 pm

The decision by Bills owner Ralph Wilson to relieve Dick Jauron of his coaching duties was not one that caught many fans off guard.

The 1-4 start that the team got off to this season certainly put immediate pressure on Jauron and his staff, especially the humbling home loss to Cleveland.

Media members had been asking Jauron every week since that loss about his assessment of his job security.

The two road wins at New York and Carolina that followed the Cleveland loss unfortunately proved to be just a brief respite from the struggles that have plagued the team all season. Difficulty converting third downs and scoring points on offense and stopping the run on defense.

How much can be changed with seven games left in the season remains to be seen, but Mr. Wilson evidently felt this decision had to be made at this time.


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Jauron presser live at 12:30 pm

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2009 – 10:02 am

Bills head coach Dick Jauron is scheduled to have his game wrap up press conference Monday at 12:30pm. You can watch it live on Buffalobills.com.

Jauron is expected to elaborate on the injuries to Demetrius Bell and Ashton Youboty, as well as update the injuries to players held out of Sunday’s game (Terrence McGee, Keith Ellison, Kyle Williams).

He is also expected to be asked about the quarterback situation after saying he would need to watch the film Sunday after the game before determining who would be starting this week at Jacksonville.


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Fan Friday 11-13

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2009 – 1:45 pm

A Friday the 13th version of Fan Friday today. Questions as always can be sent to me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Let’s get going.
1. Chris, Buffalo has struggled with their pass offense the past years.  You have to go back to the beginning of the Bledsoe era to find when we had a dynamic pass offense.  Why is Dick Jauron so against using motion in the offense?  We have to be the only NFL team that does not use it regularly.  Couldn’t this help Terrell Owens and Lee Evans?
 
Dave
Simi Valley CA

CB: We saw a little bit of it against the Texans, but motion has been noticeably absent for most of the year. Alex Van Pelt addressed it to a certain extent during the bye week. I’d also like to see Owens and Evans in a stack look at times as well. They’ve moved Owens around formationally, but not Evans. I agree more pre-snap motion could help.

 

 

2. Aaron Maybin has had minimal impact as a pass rusher so far this season.  He continues to attempt a speed rush and the Offensive Tackle just rides him out of the play.  Is he too stubborn to use counter or spin moves, or is he just not physically mature enough yet to be able to handle the NFL?  Isn’t the D-line coach in his ear?
Thanks,
Ed W.

CB: Part of the reason for Maybin’s lack of impact is he’s behind veteran ends on the depth chart. The other big factor is that the Bills have rarely played with a lead putting their opponent in a position where they have to throw. That leads to fewer opportunities to rush the passer and fewer opportunities for sacks. The defensive staff made a concerted effort during the bye week to find ways to get Maybin more opportunities. We’ll see what happens in the second half of the season.

As for counter moves, Maybin has told me he continues to work on them, but they are a work in progress. I believe he has some growing to do having just turned 21 in April. He’s still a young prospect.

 

 

3. What happened to Fred Jackson, definitely love Lynch but the running back position is not as productive as earlier in the year, maybe I’m missing something?  What’s up?
Thanks,
Trevor

CB: Fred is the primary return man now and is still getting carries, but less than half at this point. Making the production of the run game more challenging is the fact that the offense can’t convert third downs. That leads to shorter possessions and fewer plays from scrimmage for the offense. Fans were irate that Lynch and Jackson each had only nine carries, but when you realize that the offense ran just 45 plays against Houston, you see the problem. If they sustain more drives they’ll both get more touches.

 

 

4. Chris,
 
I know we are log-jammed at the WR position…but why no # 13 Stevie Johnson?  He has shown he can play and get touchdowns, something we lack…why not shake it up…put him on the edge in the redzone or the slot?  The question to me is : why not?
 
Peter Bandelian

CB: There is a lot of support for Steve Johnson among fans and I too wouldn’t mind seeing more of him. Anything to shake the offense out of the doldrums. That could happen this week if Terrell Owens is unable to suit up for Sunday’s game. Johnson is expected to be the first WR off the bench.

 

 

5. Chris do you see issues with Trent being the QB of the future? Now with his concussions and reluctance to throw the ball deep I wander what the coaching staff’s thoughts are? What are your thoughts? Thanks again.
 
Wes Dickson

CB: I think these last eight games will be a big factor in what the Bills’ decision makers determine needs to be done at the quarterback position. If Edwards’ performance in the last half of the season is not much different than that of the first half, I believe it will be difficult for the organization to avoid addressing the quarterback position in some other fashion. But let’s see what happens in the second half of the season before passing judgment.


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Parrish safe on roster

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2009 – 3:05 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron hasn’t dressed Roscoe Parrish the past few games, but he made it clear that he intends to keep Parrish on his roster.

When asked if there’s a role for Roscoe Parrish on returns moving forward or even on the team, Jauron responded with the following.

“Well definitely on the team, there’s no doubt about that,” said Jauron. “I think we’ll just stay where we’ve been where we’ll go week to week making the decision on Roscoe, whether it’s active or not. Obviously very happy with Fred (Jackson) and what he’s done in the return game. But (there’s) definitely a place for Roscoe on our football team.”

Buffalo has a roster decision to make in an hour (4pm) if they in fact activate James Hardy to the 53-man roster before today’s deadline. Judging by Dick Jauron’s comment this afternoon that roster move will not be made at Parrish’s expense.


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Byrd’s status

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2009 – 4:35 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron commented on Jairus Byrd’s status a couple of days after his visit to a specialist in Philadelphia concerning his sports hernia surgery and groin injury.

“I’ve talked to him, he feels good about the trip,” said Jauron. “It kind of reinforced what we’ve been telling him here and what he knew, but it was definitely worth the trip. We anticipate he’ll be fine as we move along. I’m not saying it won’t be sore, but he understands that.”

It sounds as if Byrd should be good to practice at some point next week. If not Monday when the team returns from their bye weekend, then Wednesday. Byrd also seemed to feel as though he’ll be fine especially coming off this down time.

“I’m thankful we have a bye week,” he said. “It came at the right time. So we’ll get it right.”


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Update on Trent

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2009 – 1:23 pm

Trent Edwards came through the bye week practices fine according to head coach Dick Jauron, but naming a starting QB is not a decision he can make at this point.

“As we said the other day it’s a transition week for him,” said Jauron of Edwards. “The main thing will be to see how he is and how he gets through it. And he’s practiced well. Our three days of work this week he’s practiced well. We’ll use Monday as the same kind of thing. So far he’s done a nice job.”

It sounds as if the monitoring of Edwards post-concussion is still ongoing and will continue through Monday when the team begins the practice week for the Week 10 matchup at Tennessee. Presumably that will end next Wednesday when the team begins installing the game plan for the Titans game and will need to have a decision made as to who is getting the reps as the starting QB in practice.


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Hardy decision coming soon

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2009 – 1:11 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron is prepared to make a decision on James Hardy, but it’s unlikely to come this week.

“James has done a real nice job. We have that 21-day window and my understanding is it runs right through next Wednesday, so we’ll keep looking at it and look at our roster and see what we can do and what we think at that point,” said Jauron. “We’ll run it right up to the time.”

The deadline for Jauron and his staff to make a decision is Nov. 11, and it sounds as if Jauron intends to use all of the time allotted to him to make that call.


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Hardy likely to be activated

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2009 – 3:09 pm

It probably won’t happen this week, but WR James Hardy stands a very good chance of being activated next week when the 21-day window in which he can practice with the team while still on Reserve/PUP closes.

“Unless something unexpected occurs I think you could definitely lean that way,” said Dick Jauron of Hardy’s chances of being added to the 53-man roster. “We have to see where it goes personnel-wise where we have to go.”

Upon having it relayed to him that there’s a good chance he’ll be brought up to the active roster, Hardy sounded pleased.

“That’s great news I’m ready,” Hardy said. “I feel great. I feel I’ve had two weeks to come back. I’ve done pretty well in practice and now I just want to move forward so I can get back on the field.”

The 21-day practice window closes on Wednesday Nov. 11. At that point the team must decide whether to activate him or put him on season ending injured reserve.

The roster decision is where things get sticky. Buffalo has to move a player off the 53-man roster to make room for Hardy. None of the injured players appear to have a season ending injury, which would move them to injured reserve and create a roster opening.

Really the crux of the issue with Hardy is the fact that the Bills already have six receivers on their roster and it’s very unusual to carry seven. Unless the team decides to I-R an injured player, they could very well waive another receiver.

The only receiver that has been inactive the past two games has been Roscoe Parrish, who served as the team’s emergency quarterback.

As for how Hardy has performed in a week and a half of practice Jauron gave the following assessment.

“I think he’s been doing fine,” said Jauron. “I know that I told you at the end of the first week he said he was very sore, but that was his first week of football in a long, long time. He’s confident, he’s gaining more confidence every day. He’s running routes every day against the defensive backs and he’s competing and he wants it. He really misses it.”


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Byrd seeing specialist today

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2009 – 2:53 pm

Bills rookie phenom FS Jairus Byrd is seeing a specialist today regarding the injury that required sports-hernia surgery this summer.

“Jairus is in Philadelphia today and he’s just seeing a specialist for the type of injury he sustained that kept him out of camp,” said head coach Dick Jauron. “This was planned before the game that he was going to take this day and go down there and see this doctor. That’s where he is and we’ll know more about it when he gets back. I don’t want to hex him, but hopefully it’ll turn up fine.”

Jauron said this was not related to the groin injury he sustained in Sunday’s game and did not say if the groin injury made the condition he was dealing with worse. This appointment with the specialist was planned as more of a checkup visit.

“It was planned, yes absolutely because it hadn’t kept him off the field and it hadn’t really kept him out of practice, but it’s been bothering him a little bit and he didn’t feel 100 percent,” said Jauron. “And nobody in the league probably does this time of the year, but in light of the situation we thought it was in everybody’s best interest to get him down there.”

Whether the doctor links his current groin injury to the discomfort he was feeling post-surgery remains to be seen.


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Monday schedule

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2009 – 11:12 am

The players will have team meetings and film review until noon today before doing corrections on the practice field along with some conditioning work.

Head coach Dick Jauron is scheduled to address the media at 12:30pm today. We’ll have it turned around for you as quick as we can on Buffalobills.com as our live stream is not up and running this week.

Players will speak to the media after coach Jauron concludes his Monday presser. We’ll keep you updated here and on the home page at Buffalobills.com for any news on injuries and other items of interest concerning the team.


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Why Owens watched

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2009 – 1:49 pm

Terrell Owens was a spectator at practice on Friday. Head coach Dick Jauron explained why.

Jauron said Owens sat out practice Friday “for rest.”

This is the second straight week Owens has watched a Friday practice to rest.


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Latest on Hardy

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2009 – 2:46 pm

Bills WR James Hardy is working his way through his second week of practice, but he’s just eight days into the 21-day window that the team has to evaluate where he’s at and if he’s ready to rejoin the active roster. Head coach Dick Jauron commented on where Hardy stands at this point.

“He’s in that 21-day window and we’re entering the second week of it so he’s doing well,” said Jauron. “He’s practicing hard. He said at the end of last week he was sore. He told me he was sore, but it was the kind of soreness you would get when you haven’t been practicing at all. It was muscle soreness that kind of thing. I had a talk with him yesterday, he said he’s feeling good.”

As for when they’ll make a roster decision him Jauron is happy to use all the time allotted to the team.

“We’ll just see where it goes because we have the 21 days and we’ll see what occurs in that time, but he’s done well.”


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