Compiled from Times wires
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills coach Dick Jauron is committed to sticking with the no-huddle attack - just not with the offensive coordinator who spent the year installing it.
Unhappy with his offense's dismal performance this past month, Jauron fired Turk Schonert on Friday, a day after Buffalo closed the preseason with a 17-6 loss to Detroit. Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt will take over play-calling duties and running backs coach Eric Studesville will continue his role as run game coordinator.
"Hopefully, it'll provide a jolt, hopefully a jolt forward," Jauron said, at a news conference.
In 15 series during four preseason games, Trent Edwards and the first-team offense - minus injured receiver Terrell Owens, the team's big offseason acquisition - generated 279 yards, 15 first downs and 3 points. Overall, the Bills were outscored 75-12 in the first half and didn't score a touchdown in their final eight-plus quarters.
Jauron said he consulted with owner Ralph Wilson, who said the choice was up to the coach.
Schonert, the Bucs' quarterbacks coach in the early '90s, was unavailable for comment.
The first internal sign of concern became evident earlier this week when receiver Lee Evans said he sought reassurance from the coaching staff that the offense would be more productive.
"We needed to see something different," he said. "We wanted to hear that things were okay."
Van Pelt is entering his fourth season with the team as coach and previously spent nine seasons playing for the Bills as a backup quarterback.
The Bills move on to their sixth offensive coordinator since the start of the 2001 season - all without a playoff berth,
Favre fined $10,000
MINNEAPOLIS - The league fined Vikings quarterback Brett Favre $10,000 for his crack-back block on Houston defensive back Eugene Wilson in a preseason game on Monday.
Favre, 39, lined up at receiver in a version of the wildcat offense. Rookie receiver Percy Harvin took the snap and ran left, in Favre's direction. The quarterback crouched and threw his body at Wilson's legs to cut him down.
The game was televised nationally and the block caused an uproar around the league.
BEARS: Running back Kevin Jones (torn ligament, left ankle) is out for the season.
BRONCOS: Ingle Martin, a former backup quarterback at Florida, was among nine players cut.
CARDINALS: Former starting tight end Leonard Pope was among 21 cut. The third-round pick out of Georgia in 2006 started 25 of his 42 games.
CHIEFS: Damion McIntosh, who started 16 games at offensive tackle last season, was released.
GIANTS: Jay Alford, a backup defensive tackle and the snapper on placekicks, is out for the season with two torn knee ligaments sustained Aug. 22.
LIONS: Safety Ko Simpson was acquired from the Bills for an undisclosed 2010 pick.
PATRIOTS: Former Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter was released. That leaves Brian Hoyer, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan State, as Tom Brady's only backup.
RAMS: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that defensive tackle Adam Carriker, who hurt his right shoulder Thursday, needs surgery and might miss the season.
SAINTS:Tight end Billy Miller was diagnosed with a torn right Achilles' tendon. He's likely out for the season but was not put on season-ending injured reserve.
JURISPRIDENCE: Former Ravens and Browns offensive tackle Orlando Brown was arrested on suspicion of third-degree burglary and destruction of property in Maryland. Brown, 38, whose career was interrupted when a referee's thrown flag injured his eye, is accused of breaking into his ex-wife's house. ... The trial for Willie Clark, who is accused of killing Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, will be held after the season to give defense attorneys more time to interview NFL players who are witnesses.