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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 17: Something for Wilson to chew on

Nov. 17, 2009 –Bills’ owner Ralph Wilson had something of an expensive meal on this date. He “ate” his head coach’s contract.

Dick Jauron had been hired before the 2006 season to serve as the team’s coach. He led the Bills through a pair of 7-9 seasons, and then the team got off to a 5-1 start in 2008. That led the Bills to give Jauron a contract extension.

However, the Bills went back to their losing ways and finished 2008 with another 7-9 mark. The next year, Buffalo was 3-6 after nine games. That included a one-sided loss to Tennessee.

That was enough for Wilson, who fired Jauron. Wilson said it was one of the toughest actions he ever had to perform in his role as Bills’ owner, because Jauron was such a good person. But the team wasn’t progressing, and Jauron became the victim.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was promoted to interim head coach for the rest of the season.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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