The thinking in some circles is Wilson opted to bring back Jauron not because he can't afford to honor a multi-million-dollar buyout, but because he (and his 31 partners) can't afford to create the perception that Wilson can afford to buy out Jauron.
The owners want to persuade the players to take less money under the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. If one of the supposedly poorest franchises has the wherewithal to fire a coach to whom it has just given a three-year contract, then maybe things aren't as bad as the league is making them out to be.
"I sent (Dick Jauron) text message to him that said, ‘I’ve never respected a person more than I do him.’"
"I love him to death and love coming to work for him every day," said Edwards. "I’m just happy that these two years I’ve had in the league I’ve been able to have a boss like that."
"It's the players," cornerback Terrence McGee said. "It's not on Jauron. You can watch film and see that we're not making plays like we need to to get these wins. It's the sad part of the game, seeing coaches go through stuff like that when the players aren't making the plays that need to be made."
The fact Jauron acknowledged the other day that he never considered switching quarterbacks this year should be an insult to every sucker who believed that they were serious about the playoffs.
"You're going to have highs and lows. You're going to suffer a lot. You're going to get defeated a lot," Jauron said Wednesday. "And the bottom line is how you come back from it. I don't have any doubts about Trent Edwards. He's going to be fine."