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Bills interview Jauron for head coach

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Jan. 17, 2006) -- Interim Detroit Lions coach Dick Jauron interviewed for the Buffalo job, the second candidate to talk to the Bills since coach Mike Mularkey's resignation.

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold did not provide any details of Jauron's interview.

Jauron is considered a strong candidate for the Buffalo job because he has previous NFL head coaching experience and is close to Marv Levy, the Hall of Fame coach hired by the Bills as general manager. Levy maintains a home in Chicago and broadcast Bears games while Jauron was the team's coach through 2003.

Jauron, a former Pro Bowl safety, also had a brief connection with Buffalo, beginning his professional coaching career as a Bills defensive backs assistant in 1985.

Jauron was not immediately available for comment and did not return a message left with him by The Associated Press.

Buffalo's special teams coordinator Bobby April interviewed for the job on Jan. 13.

Former Green Bay coach Mike Sherman is also expected to interview for the job this week. Sherman, fired by the Packers earlier this month, is also a candidate for the New Orleans Saints' coaching vacancy.

Other potential candidates for the Bills' opening include former Saints coach Jim Haslett; Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera; Dallas assistant head coach Sean Payton; and Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Fassel.

Jauron went 35-46 in five seasons with the Bears and was the NFL Coach of the Year in 2001 following a 13-3 finish.

Fired after the 2003 season, Jauron spent the past two years as the Lions' defensive coordinator and took over as interim coach after Steve Mariucci was fired in late November.

Jauron also was an assistant coach with Jacksonville and Green Bay.

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