Bills blunt criticism by beating Jets
On a Monday morning when a digital billboard in south Buffalo began displaying a sign urging
In blunting the criticism heaped on them for much of the past month, the
The timing couldn’t have been better.
“It was a huge relief. We really needed that win,” said linebacker
“Sometimes it’s hard to remember what that winning feeling feels like, when you’ve been down for so long,” Wilson said. “There was a lot counting against us. To overcome all those circumstances, all that adversity and to still come out with a win speaks volumes for the character of this coaching staff and of this team.”
There’s been inner turmoil after Jauron fired offensive coordinator Turk Schonert 10 days before the start of the season.
The fans haven’t been happy either. Two youths admitted to vandalizing the lawn of
Jauron’s been on the hot seat for weeks, and now finds his name on a billboard launched by fan Ryan Abshagen, who raised the weekly $1,125 rental fee through an online campaign.
The billboard reads, “It’s time to clean house, RALPH,” referring to the owner. Next to that is a checklist of three names: Jauron; Tom Modrak, the team’s chief college scout; and John Guy, vice president of pro personnel John Guy.
Abshagen didn’t think the
“One win does not erase four years of mediocrity,” Abshagen said, referring to Jauron’s four-year tenure, a stretch in which the
Jauron, on Monday, declined to refer to the billboard specifically, but said: “The fans, I understand, are upset. We’re upset too.”
Jauron added: “We’re trying to get it right. We’re just happy we won yesterday.”
Buffalo’s offense might again be in flux with Edwards’ status uncertain. Backup
On the positive side, the
“The only stat that matters is the ‘W,”‘ Wilson said. “All things considered, for a lot of the heat that our coaches have been taking, guys getting injured, adversity comes in a variety of ways. It’s how you respond to it. And we did a phenomenal job of following coach Jauron’s lead by staying poised and composed.”