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The Punt

Dick Jauron is taking quite a bit of heat for his decision to punt on fourth-and-1 from his own 28 with the Bills down by 10 midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss. I agree with the critics. It was a weak call by a conservative coach, a surrender flag. It seemed to take the life out of the team, too. After the punt, they played like a team whose coach had basically quit on them.

Going back over Jauron's comments after the game, I was even more convinced that he was trying to keep the score respectable. He didn't want to give the Saints an easy score that would minimize his team's fine defensive performance on the final scoreboard. I thought going on fourth-and-1 was the smart move and the only way they were going to stay in the game.

What do you think? Was punting the right move? New England went on fourth-and-1 from its 24 with a six-point LEAD late in the third quarter Sunday, and made it. Clearly, Bill Belichick doesn't always use the standard coaching manual. Or did Jauron make the weak, predictable call, one that failed to recognize the fact that his defense was wearing down and the Saints' offense had found its rhythm?

The more critical fans are even calling for Jauron to be fired. Would you go that far? I've gotten tired of calling for Jauron's head. But if the Bills lose the next couple, the cries for his job will begin.

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