Bills fire Jauron, promote Fewell

NFL Notes

November 18, 2009|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

Dick Jauron was fired by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, when the coach ran out of time to build a contender or come up with a way to fix an offense that sputtered even with the addition of Terrell Owens.

The move came two days after the Bills (3-6) fell further out of contention following a 41-17 loss at Tennessee.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was named interim head coach. Bills owner Ralph Wilson credited Fewell for "demonstrating excellent leadership skills," while noting the players have plenty of "confidence in him."

In his 12th NFL season, and fourth with Buffalo, Fewell becomes the team's first black coach.

The Bills are averaging just more than 15 points from an offense that acquired Owens this offseason but remains unsettled at quarterback. The defense is riddled with injuries, and has allowed an NFL-worst 173 yards rushing a game.

Jauron leaves with a 24-33 record over three-plus seasons.

BENGALS: RB Larry Johnson signed in a backup role Tuesday, giving the AFC North leaders depth at the position. The Bengals waived DT Orien Harris to open a roster spot for Johnson.

CHIEFS: WR Dwayne Bowe has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing substances. Bowe has been a bright spot for the Chiefs (2-7) with 33 catches.

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