Late Tuesday night, reports surfaced that former Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron had signed on to become the new defensive backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. The move came 11 weeks after Jauron was fired as Buffalo's head coach on November 17; more intriguingly, Jauron becomes former Bills coach No. 12 to find new employment after the team gutted their coaching staff on January 4.
Made the scapegoats for the four most recent years of Buffalo's ten-year playoff drought, Jauron and his former staff have become hot commodities on the open market. With new Bills head coach Chan Gailey retaining three of those coaches and a further six still seeking employment a month after their release, half of Buffalo's staff has found employment - and in most cases, far more stable situations.
After the jump, an examination of who has landed where. Also, a word of warning: remember this post a year from now, when the Bills will have likely wrapped up another playoff-less season under Gailey. We can keep swapping coaches all we want, but it's pretty painfully clear at this point that the Bills' biggest issues haven't been in the coaching ranks for quite some time.
Buffalo, meanwhile, is still waiting to complete its coaching staff, as Gailey still has not made a hire at defensive coordinator, nor assigned some defensive staff members official titles.
Employed elsewhere in the NFL
2009: Head Coach, Buffalo Bills
2010: Defensive Backs, Philadelphia Eagles
2009: Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams, Buffalo Bills
2010: Special Teams Coordinator, Philadelphia Eagles
Alex Van Pelt
2009: Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks, Buffalo Bills
2009: Running Backs, Buffalo Bills
2009: Wide Receivers, Buffalo Bills
2009: Offensive Line, Buffalo Bills
2009: Assistant Offensive Line, Buffalo Bills
2009: Interim Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator, Buffalo Bills
Employed in the college ranks
2009: Offensive Quality Control, Buffalo Bills
2010: Quarterbacks, Syracuse University
Retained by Chan Gailey
2009: Defensive Backs
2010: Defensive Backs
2009: Defensive Line
2010: "Defensive Assistant"
2009: Defensive Quality Control
2010: Defensive Quality Control
Still seeking employment
2009: Tight Ends, Buffalo Bills
2009: Linebackers, Buffalo Bills
2009: Defensive / Special Teams Assistant, Buffalo Bills
2009: Defensive Assistant / Coaching Operations, Buffalo Bills
2009: Strength and Conditioning, Buffalo Bills
2009: Assistant Strength and Conditioning, Buffalo Bills