Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will be the Buffalo Bills' interim head coach, replacing the fired Dick Jauron.
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Fewell was given the job on Tuesday, hours after Bills owner Ralph Wilson fired Jauron after the team's 3-6 start. Wilson credited Fewell for ``demonstrating excellent leadership skills,'' while noting the players have plenty of ``confidence in him.''
In his 12th NFL season, and fourth with Buffalo, Fewell becomes the team's first black coach.
The shakeup came two days after a 41-17 loss at Tennessee, dropping Buffalo further out of contention and in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for a 10th straight year.
The Bills were scheduled to hold a news conference at 8:30 p.m.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Bills 9-point underdogs heading into their matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The over/under for that game has been established at 42.5 and it appears that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start over Trent Edwards at quarterback.
Posted: 11/18/09 9:40PM ET