Jauron's approval rating somehow soars

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The same people who stuffed the Pro Bowl ballot box for Miami Dolphins rookie kicker Dan Carpenter must have a new cause.

That's the only way to explain how Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron has a 36 percent approval rating on Monday afternoon despite blowing what looked like a victory Sunday against the New York Jets.

In last week's edition of the SportsNation NFL head coaches approval ratings, Jauron came in at 8 percent. He actually dipped as low as 6 percent during the week, which would have tied Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress for the lowest number by any of the 35 coaches, including three who've been fired, through the first 14 weeks

Somehow he's more likable after Jauron took the blame for calling a pass play with just over 2 minutes remaining and the Bills plowing forward on the ground all afternoon.

J.P. Losman rolled right, was sacked from behind and fumbled. Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis scooped up the bouncing ball and rumbled down the sideline for a touchdown and a stunning 31-27 triumph.

It's early yet, but the early results usually are indicative of what rating a coach will pull down for the week. As I write this, almost 1,300 votes have been cast.

Maybe Buffalo fans have resigned themselves to the idea Jauron will be back next year after reports he has signed a three-year contract extension.

Another answer could be that thankful Jets fans are showing Jauron extra love. But Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots supporters couldn't be too happy with how Jauron helped the Jets win Sunday.