Fitzpatrick Excited: Ryan Fitzpatrick said he's very excited to be the starter and wants to go out and get the team some wins. He said he's especially excited to be playing with Terrell Owens and Lee Evans. There will be a lot of communication that will go on this week to get everyone on the same page. He called Dick Jauron a father figure who they respected and got respect from. It is time for them to move forward. They have the talent to overcome the struggles they have had all year. He feels the offensive line is playing good and tough they just have to go out and do it. He doesn't think the offense will change a ton under Perry Fewell but he will bring a different attitude and won't be too involved in making the game plan since he's still the defensive coordinator. He is a good guy to get them out of their funk since he has some fire in him.
Owens Felt It Was Fitzpatrick's Job To Lose: Terrell Owens said the coaching change is the nature of the business although you never like to see a coach get fired. You just deal with it and move forward. There are things Perry Fewell are going to change and they will follow his lead. Owens reached out to Jauron and thanked him for the opportunity to play for him and wished him well. He didn't envision the team being 3-5 but that is the hand they are dealt and it is all about how they handle it. It has been a learning process for him and some guys are handling it better than others. It is tough being in a losing situation since it's something that is uncharted territory for him. He likes that Ryan Fitzpatrick has experience and will be able to buy time with that experience. He feels he can take more shots downfield because of that. He felt it was his job to lose when he went 2-1 while Trent Edwards was hurt. He feels he isn't in a system that he's accustomed to and there isn't much he can do about it just go out there and do his best. He says what is disappointing is that they are practicing hard it just isn't translating to wins.
Report: Bills Contact Shanahan: The Bills reportedly are acting quickly to right the ship. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Bills have already contacted Mike Shanahan to see if he's interested in the Bills head coaching job. The report also says the process is underway to arrange a meeting. Shanahan would likely want full control of the football operations.
Ten Miss Practice: 10 players did not practice today including Marcus Stroud who is battling a sore knee. Perry Fewell is confident he will play on Sunday. Justin Jenkins and Roscoe Parrish were held out because of illness. Jairus Byrd rested his injured groin. Fewell said he's optimistic that Demeterius Bell won't miss too much time with his knee injury he considered him week to week. Terrence McGee, Kyle Williams, and Terrence McGee remain sidelined by McGee did some work on the sidelines with the trainers. Injury Page.
Fewell Has Team Put The Pads On: Perry Fewell held his first media day press conference today. He said that had some fun with the players that were healthy enough to practice and had them focused. Fewell said he let Alex Van Pelt tell Ryan Fitzpatrick that he was the starter and the decision was made after Dick Jauron was fired. He thought he gives the team the best opportunity to win this week in Jacksonville. He said that the job is week to week but Fitzpatrick said it's his job indefinitely. He expects Jonathan Scott to return this week but he was not in attendance today. He is focused on getting the team ready to go down to Jacksonville and play as a unit and get the win. He feels everyone is playing for the future each and every game. They put the pads on today and will put them on tomorrow as well something they haven't done recently in practice. They did that to work hard on the running game and because Jacksonville is a very physical football team. The pads send a message that they will be physical. They hit hard today but didn't bring people down to the ground. He has expressed some thoughts on what he would like the offense to do to be more successful. They worked on the false start problems they have had and he got in players faces when they moved early.
Wilson Cleaning House? More talk that Ralph Wilson is going to open up his wallet. Thurman Thomas tweeted that they are going to clean house at One Bills Drive and he says Jim Kelly tells him that Ralph will spend money to do it.
Fitzpatrick To Start: Perry Fewell confirmed today that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for Sunday's game in Jacksonville and has been told the role is his indefinitely. This seems to be the official end of the Trent Edwards QB of the future era as it is very apparent he is not the future of this team at the position. This is the first time he has been benched in his career since taking over the starting role from J.P. Losman two years ago.
Practice Squad Move: The Bills made a practice squad move by adding C/G Christian Gaddis and releasing C.J. Hawthorne. Gaddis is with the club for the third time and adds depth to a position that is lacking it.
Bills Add TE: The Bills announced today they have signed free agent TE Joe Klopfenstein and placed Derek Fine on injured reserve. Fine wasn't even on the injured list after the loss to the Titans but he has a knee injury. The team is now down their top two tight ends. Klopfenstein played three seasons for the Rams and has 37 career starts with 33 career receptions and two touchdowns. He was released by St. Louis just before the start of the season. Depth Chart.
Bills Looking For Football Operations Guy? By all accounts Jauron signed a three year deal worth $3 Million a year during last season. That would mean he leaves Buffalo with approximately $7.5 Million for not coaching the next 2½ years. Some wonder since Ralph Wilson hates to pay coaches for not coaching and has to pay Jauron this much money, will he spend the money to bring in a big time head coach? He may not do that but may be ready to bring in a big time football guy to run the football operations. Ed Kilgore reports for WGRZ that sources inside the team say Russ Brandon has started a search for that guy already. Do you think Wilson will bring in a big time head coach? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know what you think.
Why Not April? It is a bit interesting that Ralph wilson chose Perry Fewell instead of Bobby April to be his interim head coach. April is an assistant head coach already and some thought he was next in line to be the head coach. Neither man has head coaching experience so it may be Fewell's personality meshes better with the owner.
Tuesday November 17, 2009
Fewell Addresses Media: The Bills held a press conference tonight where Perry Fewell spoke to the media for the first time as the interim head coach. He didn't have an opening statement except to say he's busy preparing for this Sunday's game and didn't have a lot of time. He spoke to Ralph Wilson and accepted the position of interim head coach. He said his feelings are up and down since he lost Dick Jauron today but is now a head coach. He has not spoken to Jauron since he was let go. He expects the team to be focused and to go out and be professional and get ready for Jacksonville. His philosophy is to "play like hell and win". He said the team is what it is they will try to get a spark but the team is what it is. He said he will announce his starting quarterback tomorrow. The staff has been moving forward preparing for this week's game all day long as usual. He calls it the opportunity of a lifetime that he'll take one day at a time and one game at a time. He would not elaborate on his conversation with Mr. Wilson. The team needs to go out and be successful and win just one football game to get the ship righted and need to do that this Sunday.
Fewell Is The Interim Coach: The Bills made it official, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will be the interim head coach. In a statement Ralph Wilson said, “Perry Fewell will be our Interim Head Coach," Perry has done a great job with our defense and has demonstrated excellent leadership skills as Defensive Coordinator. Our players and staff have a lot of confidence in him and that is important as we look forward to these next seven games.”
Reactions To Firing: Dick Jauron was supposedly blindsided when he was summoned to Detroit to meet with Ralph Wilson and was fired. Adam Schefter reports that Jauron didn't think he was going to be fired at this time. Kawika Mitchell tweated that it is a sad day and he loved coach Jauron. He also said there will be many more changes ahead with a lot of people losing their jobs and many people getting jobs. Paul Posluszny told ESPN.com that he was stunned by the news. He said everyone was under the impression that there wouldn't be any coaching changes until the end of the year. To a man all the players have respect for Jauron and hate to see him go but they understand the name of the game is winning.
Timing Odd: You won't find anyone that doesn't think Dick Jauron needed to go but the timing is a bit odd. Usually the best time to make a coaching change is the bye week. Ralph Wilson had a chance to do that after the Houston loss but didn't. He could have did it on Monday to avoid his outgoing coach addressing the media after another loss yesterday. The work week starts in earnest tomorrow and at this time the Bills don't officially have a coach although all signs point to Perry Fewell as the interim head man. What do you think of the firing? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!
Bell Out Two Weeks: Demetrius Bell's knee injury is not as bad as originally feared. He is expected to miss about two weeks and may have had minor surgery. Dick Jauron originally thought it was a severe injury and wasn't optimistice that Bell would return in short order. Injury Page.
Jauron Fired: Ralph Wilson has announced the firing of Dick Jauron. The team released a statement but have not scheduled a news confernce. No official word yet on who the interim coach is but it is expected to be Perry Fewell. The statement by Wilson says: “I am announcing today that I am relieving Dick Jauron from his duties as our head coach, effectively immediately, I have tremendous respect for Dick and thank him for all of his efforts during these past four years. While this was a very difficult decision, I felt that it is one that needed to be made at this time for the best interest of our team. We will now focus on moving forward and preparing for our game this week in Jacksonville.”
Fitzpatrick To Start? NFL.com is reporting that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback against Jacksonville on Sunday. That news broke before the firing of Dick Jauron so things could change. There likely won't be any confirmation by the Bills until tomorrow as to who will be the quarterback.
One More Look At Loss: We take one more look back at the disappointing loss to the Titans. Here's the depressing recap from Ahmed Dhorajiwala. Gameday Recap.
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