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Bills owner unsure of Jauron, but Modrak OK

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson said he still hasn't made his up his mind whether head coach Dick Jauron will be back for 2009 but intends to settle the issue within the next couple weeks. Top scout Tom Modrak, however, appears more than safe.

Wilson, in an exclusive interview Monday with Associated Press reporter John Wawrow, indicated meetings will be held in which chief operating officer Russ Brandon, Modrak and Jauron before a decision is made on the coach's future.

The article suggested Modrak, the vice president of college scouting, will serve a more significant role in a revamped front office. The Bills didn't have a general manager this year. Wilson declined to replace the retired Marv Levy.

The Bills started the season 4-0 and went to 5-1, generating talk of home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and even a Super Bowl.

But the Bills collapsed right about the time word leaked out Jauron had agreed to a three-year contract extension. They lost seven of their next eight games.

While Jauron is immensely popular among his players, Bills fans have been calling for Jauron to be fired, new contract or not. Wilson might not hear the din.

"I don't know why he hasn't had a better record," Wilson said. "He's a heck of a good guy. And the players, I haven't seen them not play hard for him. They have played hard in the wins and the losses. I'm optimistic about our future."

Given the economy and the fact the Bills will miss the playoffs a ninth straight season, can they afford to give their fans another reason not to renew their season tickets next year? Jauron's return will be hard to sell in Western New York.