By Tim Graham
Dick Jauron's final first-round draft choice as Buffalo Bills head coach was a colossal failure and helped doom him to the unemployment line.
This week, Jauron has been strategizing ways to neutralize the first draft pick the Bills made after firing him.
Running back C.J. Spiller sure has paid bigger dividends for Buffalo than pass-rusher Aaron Maybin did. Spiller leads the NFL in rushing with 292 yards and a 10.1-yard average.
How does Jauron, now the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator, plan on stopping the lava-hot Spiller on Sunday?
The notoriously robotic Jauron actually offered some interesting comments.
"You have to be disciplined, and that's true in every area of the game," Jauron told Browns reporters Thursday. "In the run game, you're going to have to hit your fits. There are a certain number of gaps, obviously, and you have to defend them.
"They do a very good job of trying to confuse your gap control with their offensive scheme, and they do a nice job of blocking it. Then he has got great speed once he gets to the second level. It's hard to keep him off that level because he's fast to the edges, too.
"They've done a really good job. I like the overall game. We just have to be very focused, tuned in and play fast. You have to really play fast."
Jauron noted Spiller is an all-around weapon who can read defenses now.
"They've done a really nice job scheming their offensive football team, and they take advantage of his abilities," Jauron said. "He'll run inside or out and he gets through a hole quickly. He's very fast down the field. Then they'll get him out of there, and they'll throw him the ball, too. He's a very good receiver.
"There are a lot of issues involved, obviously."
For Jauron, those Spiller remarks were absolutely colorful.
By contrast, here's what Jauron had to say about Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
"He's a smart guy, but quarterbacks are pretty smart people," Jauron, the Yale grad, said of Fitzpatrick, the Harvard grad. "Certainly, I've met him. I've coached him.
"He's a very competitive guy, and he's a talented guy. He's not the tallest quarterback, but he's not short either."
That's riveting stuff from Jauron, revealing that he has met Fitzpatrick -- Jauron's starting quarterback the last time he was a head coach.