Bills interview interim Lions coach Jauron

Updated: January 17, 2006, 8:01 PM ET
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Interim Detroit Lions coach Dick Jauron interviewed for the Buffalo job Tuesday, the second candidate to talk to the Bills since coach Mike Mularkey's resignation last week.

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold did not provide any details of Jauron's interview.

Jauron declined comment, referring questions to the Bills. Buffalo's WGRZ-TV filmed Jauron leaving the team's headquarters in a car driven by Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

Jauron is considered a strong candidate for the Buffalo job because he has previous NFL head coaching experience and is close to Marv Levy, the Hall of Fame coach hired by the Bills last week as general manager. Levy maintains a home in Chicago and broadcast Bears games while Jauron was the team's coach through 2003.

Jauron, a former Pro Bowl safety, also had a brief connection with Buffalo, beginning his professional coaching career as a Bills defensive backs assistant in 1985.

Buffalo's special teams coordinator Bobby April interviewed for the job on Friday.

Former Green Bay coach Mike Sherman is also expected to interview for the job this week. Sherman, fired by the Packers earlier this month, had also been a candidate for the New Orleans Saints' coaching vacancy, which reportedly will be filled by Dallas Cowboys assistant Sean Payton.

That means Payton is off the Bills' list of candidates. Buffalo had the Cowboys' permission to interview Payton but never got the opportunity to do so.

Other potential candidates for the Bills' opening include former Saints coach Jim Haslett; Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera; and Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Fassel.

Jauron went 35-46 in five seasons with the Bears and was the NFL Coach of the Year in 2001 following a 13-3 finish.

Fired after the 2003 season, Jauron spent the past two years as the Lions' defensive coordinator and took over as interim coach after Steve Mariucci was fired in late November.

Jauron also was an assistant coach with Jacksonville and Green Bay.

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