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|Born:||October 7, 1950|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||1973 / Round: 4 / Pick: 91|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||60-82 (.423)|
|Player stats at PFR|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Richard Manuel Jauron (born October 7, 1950) is a former National Football League (NFL) player and coach. He played eight seasons, five with the Detroit Lions and three with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was head coach of the Buffalo Bills from January 2006 until November 2009. Jauron had previously held head coaching positions with the Chicago Bears and, on an interim basis, with the Detroit Lions. He was the AP Coach of the Year in 2001 after leading the Bears to a 13-3 record.
Jauron was born in Peoria, Illinois. He attended Swampscott High School in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a Parade All-American selection as a senior, and was featured in the November 1968 issue of Sport magazine as Teenage Athlete Of The Month. He has been honored as one of the top ten all-time Massachusetts high school football players by the Boston Globe.
Jauron rushed for 2,947 yards in three seasons (freshmen were not eligible for the varsity team in the 1970s) at Yale, a record that stood until 2000, and was three times named to the All-Ivy League First Team, the first Yale football athlete to be so honored. His school-record streak of 16 consecutive 100-yard rushing games was not broken until 2006. Jauron was awarded the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for sportsmanship following his junior season and the Bulger Lowe Award, given to the best Division I-A/I-AA player in New England, after his senior season. Jauron recorded the best rushing performance, 183 yards, in The Game his senior season. Yale overcame a 17-0 halftime deficit to defeat Harvard, 28-17.
At Yale Jauron was a three-time All-Ivy First Team selection in an era when freshmen were barred from playing varsity football, and a First Team All America selection during his senior year. He was also a three-time letter winner on Yale's varsity baseball team.
Jauron won the 1972 Asa S. Bushnell Award as Ivy League Player of the Year in football. He is the only athlete to hold a berth in the College Football Hall of Fame, win the Asa S. Bushnell award, and claim selection as a NFF Scholar Athlete. In 1973, Jauron won the William Neely Mallory Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior male at Yale.
After graduating from college, Jauron was selected in the fourth round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He was also drafted as a shortstop by baseball's St. Louis Cardinals in the 25th round of the 1973 MLB Draft.
Jauron chose the NFL. He started at free safety as a rookie for the Lions. He was named to the 1975 Pro Bowl in his second season after leading the NFC in punt return average. Jauron played with the Lions for five seasons (1973–1977) and the Cincinnati Bengals for three seasons (1978–1980). He finished his playing career with 25 interceptions and two touchdowns.
Jauron began his coaching career in the NFL in 1985 as the Buffalo Bills defensive backs coach. He was offered the position by Bills defensive coordinator Hank Bullough, who was the Bengals defensive coordinator when Jauron was a player.
After one season with the Bills, Jauron was named the defensive backs coach for the Green Bay Packers. He worked with the team for eight seasons, serving under three different head coaches: Forrest Gregg, Lindy Infante, and Mike Holmgren.
Jauron became the defensive coordinator for the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 at the invitation of then-Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin, whom he coached with at Green Bay. The Jaguars made the playoffs in three of Jauron's four seasons with the team, including an appearance in the 1996 AFC Championship Game.
Following his first head-coaching job, Jauron served as the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in 2004 and the first 11 games of the 2005 season before being named the team's interim head coach.
Jauron became the 12th head coach in Chicago Bears history on January 23, 1999, when he was hired to replace Dave Wannstedt, who was fired after two consecutive 4–12 seasons. Jauron coached the Bears for five seasons (1999–2003), finishing with a 35–45 regular season record and one playoff appearance.
In his first two seasons, the Bears finished last in the NFC Central with 6–10 and 5–11 records.
Jauron, however, led the greatest turnaround in team history during his third season. In their 13-3 2001 campaign, Chicago finished 8-0 in games decided by seven points or less, including back-to-back overtime victories. Jauron was named the 2001 AP Coach of the Year and became the third coach in team history to record at least 13 wins in a season, joining George Halas and Mike Ditka, and eventually joined by his successor Lovie Smith. Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith joined that group following the Bears' 13-3 regular season in 2006.
After earning their first division title in 11 years, however, Chicago lost a home game to the Philadelphia Eagles, 33-19, in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. The Bears did not return to the playoffs under Jauron, finishing 4-12 and 7-9 in his last two seasons with the team. He was fired by the Bears after the 2003 season and replaced by Lovie Smith.
Jauron was then hired by the Detroit Lions as a defensive coordinator. He was promoted to interim head coach of the Lions on November 28, 2005, after the mid-season firing of Steve Mariucci. Detroit was 4-7 when Jauron took over and won only one of their last five games, finishing the season 5-11. Although Jauron was one of many candidates who interviewed for the head coaching position after the season, he was passed over for Rod Marinelli.
Jauron was named the 14th head coach in Buffalo Bills history on January 23, 2006, following the resignation of Mike Mularkey. He led the Bills to three consecutive 7-9 records, finishing respectively third, second and fourth in the AFC East. In 2008 the team started 5-1, but ended the season on a 2-8 skid.
On the morning of Friday, September 4, 2009, Jauron fired his offensive coordinator, Turk Schonert, in a morning meeting before the regular season began. Two different viewpoints emerged, Jauron stating in a press conference the reason for his firing was a "lack of productivity", while Schonert claimed that Jauron told him that he "had too many formations, too many plays", and that he "didn't simplify it to his liking." Schonert was replaced the same day by former Buffalo Bills quarterback and then quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. After taking over, Van Pelt brought back the no-huddle offense, in the form of Jim Kelly's "K-Gun" offense that led the team to four straight Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s.
On November 17, 2009, Jauron was fired by the Bills.
On January 21, 2011, Jauron was named defensive coordinator by the Cleveland Browns. He replaced Rob Ryan, who then became defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. On January 18, 2013, newly hired head coach Rob Chudzinski hired Ray Horton instead of keeping Jauron.
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|CHI||1999||6||10||0||.375||5th in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|CHI||2000||5||11||0||.313||5th in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|CHI||2001||13||3||0||.813||1st in NFC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Divisional Game.|
|CHI||2002||4||12||0||.250||3rd in NFC North||-||-||-||-|
|CHI||2003||7||9||0||.438||3rd in NFC North||-||-||-||-|
|DET||2005*||1||4||0||.200||3rd in NFC North||-||-||-||-|
|BUF||2006||7||9||0||.438||3rd in AFC East||-||-||-||-|
|BUF||2007||7||9||0||.438||2nd in AFC East||-||-||-||-|
|BUF||2008||7||9||0||.438||4th in AFC East||-||-||-||-|
*Interim head coach