Jauron Lands in Buffalo

It appears Dick Jauron will get another chance to lead an NFL team. Jauron reportedly beat out several other candidates and will be named the Buffalo Bills head coach on Monday.

Jauron had a 35-46 record as the head coach of the Bears from 1998-2003. He was named Associated Press Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a 13-3 record and the NFC Central title in 2001.

Injuries and poor play resulted in a dismal 11-21 mark during Jauron's two final seasons in Chicago that led to his firing.

Jauron spent the last two years as the defensive coordinator of the Lions. He finished his time in Detroit as the interim head coach after the organization fired Steve Mariucci late in the 2005 season.

Chicago Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was never a serious candidate to replace Mike Mularkey, who resigned from the Bills post on Jan. 13.

With the Broncos being eliminated from the playoffs, the Houston Texans are expected to name Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak as their head coach.

The Raiders job would then be the only vacancy yet to be filled. Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is mentioned as the top candidate for the position, but predicting what Al Davis will do is difficult as remaining employed by the Oakland owner.

With Rivera back in the mix, the Bears coaching staff should return in its entirety for 2006. Last season, Lovie Smith had the task of replacing his offensive coordinator, three assistant coaches (offensive line, defensive line and secondary) and his strength and conditioning coach.


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