News flash: Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron is not a popular man these days. A 1-5 record in six games will do that for you. Moving on.
The question I'm looking to answer here is this: Is the fact that Dick Jauron chooses not to show a lot of emotion - either on the sidelines or at press conferences - a good thing or a bad thing? I say "chooses" because I have no doubt that he gets mad and frustrated after a loss like the one the Bills suffered this past Sunday at the hands of the 49ers. If Jauron has even a shred of competitive fire and/or pride in what he does, and I have no doubt that he does, he gets pretty furious after a game like that. So the question is; Why does he choose not to display it publicly, and why is this behavior such a big deal to Bills fans?
The "Bill Cowher spittle" syndrome
After a loss, Jauron could throw chairs, scream and swear, or in short, he could hold a press conference like Jim Mora or Dennis Green. He could even drop his pants in the locker room and treat his players like little children the way that Mike Singletary did. Instead, Jauron doesn't do any of that. He appears calm, cool and generally unfazed, much to the dismay of a good portion of the fan base. What would happen if he did blow a gasket like those others? Well for starters, he would no doubt end up on ESPN, and you can probably count on seeing a Coors Light commercial spoofing the event, but would any real good come of it? I say no. (But those commercials might be sweet.)
I would rather see my head coach act cool and calm under pressure. I want my coach to take a loss like last Sunday's and learn from it, study it and show the players and assistant coaches where the problems lie and how they need to be fixed. I don't believe it is the coach's job to get the player fired up, or to embarrass them in front of the media and fans. It's the coach's job to get the team prepared to play winning football every Sunday. If you want to complain about Dick Jauron, his lack of results should be the target - not his "lack of emotion".
A reflection of the fan
As a Mets fan, I've heard this story before with former skipper Willie Randolph. If a player strikes out in a big spot, or a pitcher gives up a hit in a key spot, what good does it do to yell and throw things? It's the same situation here. If Robert Royal fumbles in a key spot, we would all love to see him come to the sideline only to be greeted by a punch to the face from Dick Jauron. But that's just it: it's what we would want to do.
Most fans after a tough loss get mad - real mad - and they want to see the players and coach of their team act just like they feel. How many of you get miffed when you see Bills players hugging and laughing opponents after a loss? Why do you get upset about this? Because you want to see some frustration and anger on their faces as a reflection of your own emotions. Fans want to see Jauron get mad and throw things and pound his fist into the podium because that is how they feel. Honestly, I don't feel that way. I prefer that my head coach remain calm, like any good leader, and try to right the ship rather than mirror my emotions. But then that is just me.