Breaking News: Bills to keep Jauron

Despite three straight subpar seasons, Dick Jauron will remain head coach of the Buffalo Bills...

Head coach Dick Jauron will keep his job with the Bills, team owner Ralph Wilson announced today.

Wilson said that it was important to retain Jauron because the Bills are "better served by continuity in the coaching staff rather than a disruptive overhaul."

Of course, this news comes with a twist. For weeks it's been rumored that Jauron and the Bills reached to a contract extension prior to the team's colossal collapse from 5-1 to 7-9. Wilson did not indicate whether a deal is in place beyond this season, but such an extension seems very realistic. Wilson is known for being very, very tight with money and surely did not want to buy out the coach's contract.

Buffalo's season ended Sunday with a 13-0 loss to New England. In all, the Bills lost eight of their final 10 games, went 0-fer in the division and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the ninth straight season.

A few weeks ago, Wilson hinted that Jauron would stay around, blaming the team's lack of talent for the midseason plunge. Now it appears that is the case. Channel 2 in Buffalo reported that Wilson will leave all coaching decisions up to Jauron i.e. the shaky status of offensive coordinator Turk Schonert.

Wilson stated: "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."

He 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."

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