Bills’ Fired OC Refuses To Fall On Sword For Team

One of the hip new fads of this NFL preseason has been choking out Tila Tequila firing your offensive coordinator. It happened three times this preseason already, and Andy Reid has already told OC Marty Mornhinweg that he’d look good in a human-sized slow-roaster. We don’t know if that has anything to do with Mornhinweg’s job performance or just that he’s probably well-marbled.

Turk Schonert
(Fired? But the team site just spent all this time on this composite!)

Of the three fired offensive coordinators, one’s not going down without a fight. Not like a fistfight, those aren’t for respectable grown men. No, we’re talking about good, old-fashioned fights of words. Right through the media. That man would be the Buffalo Bills’ former OC, Turk Schonert, axed just a week before the season opener. Shockingly, he doesn’t hold head coach Dick Jauron in the highest esteem.


The Buffalo Bills remain a team in turmoil as former offensive coordinator Turk Schonert told a Buffalo television station Friday afternoon he was fired because the Bills’ offense “wasn’t simple enough” for coach Dick Jauron.

“He wants a ‘Pop Warner’ offense,” Schonert said in a phone interview with WIVB. “He limited me in formations, and limited me in plays. He’s been on my back all offseason.”

On his end, Jauron had plenty to point to - namely, that the Buffalo offense sucked all sorts of suck during the preseason:

“It was just the lack of productivity and the direction we were moving. I just didn’t feel like it was going certainly where I envisioned it,” Jauron said, at a news conference. “Hopefully, it’ll provide a jolt, hopefully a jolt forward.”

In 15 series during four preseason games, Trent Edwards and the first-team offense generated 279 yards, 15 first downs and 3 points. Overall, the Bills were outscored 75-12 in the first half and failed to score a touchdown in their final eight-plus quarters, including a 17-0 loss at Pittsburgh last weekend.

That’s probably enough, especially considering Edwards has Terrell Owens, James Hardy, and Lee Evans to throw to. And yes, Edwards should be smart enough for a complex offense; he went to Stanford, after all. But, um… his receivers didn’t.

What we don’t get the most out of this ordeal, though, is how an offense can be too complex. Doesn’t everybody run, essentially, the same offense? Yeah, one OC might call a run up the middle a “Vegas Twins Jester Kilo 24 Slam” while another calls it the “Black Overload Victor Zulu Halfback Dive” or whatever, but at the end of the day, it’s still a run up the middle. Was Schonert needlessly complicated in his approach to the offense?

Or is it the fact that the team wasn’t doing well enough in general, so Jauron just picked a couple details and said they weren’t what he wanted? Well, whatever, but if - as Chris Mortensen reported - owner Ralph Wilson really called Jauron, the GM, and the remaining offensive coaches to Detroit for a meeting the day after the firing, it seems safe to say that there’s a lot of turmoil in Buffalo, and Schonert’s firing may not have been what the team needed.