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Bills interview interim Lions coach Jauron

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.