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Rival Report: Buffalo Bills axe OC Greg Roman after 37-31 loss to New York Jets

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The Buffalo Bills started the season 0-2, and heads are already rolling. The thing is, there isn't a consensus opinion that the head that went rolling was one that deserved it. The day after the Bills lost 37-31 on nationally televised Thursday Night Football they have fired their offensive coordinator Greg Roman, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Rex Ryan is already going another way with his offense after just two games into the 2016 season and there are a lot of question marks about the decision. After all, it comes directly after the offense scored 31 points only to lose after their defense gave up 37 points. Looking at that, it doesn't necessarily seem like the OFFENSE was the problem that required new blood.

That's not to say there is absolutely no merit in parting ways with Greg Roman. The NFL has evolved from the black and blue days of running to win games into the high flying, pass happy offenses we see today. Instead of going with the evolution, Greg Roman has held strong to the olden approach of being a run first offense. His offense did finish 1st in the NFL last year in rushing, but the Bills missed the playoffs with that approach and have now started the year 0-2.

Still, this comes across as a total scapegoat for the Ryan brothers failing to provide the top notch defense they were supposed to have brought to Buffalo. Instead of admitting their own deficiency, they have lashed out at the offense and decided to be rid of the highest paid OC in the NFL. Roman didn't wow in Buffalo, but he also didn't disappoint to the point where one would expect him to be fired for it.

Now the Bills hand the reins over to Anthony Lynn who is being promoted to offensive coordinator from his position as assistant head coach/running backs coach. It should be interesting if the switch comes with a more pass friendly offense or if he continues to use the run first philosophy that he inherited from Roman. Their QB Tyrod Taylor definitely fits the run first offense better with his own running ability and the fact that his best pass is the deep ball after setting the defense up with the run game.

It will also be interesting to see how much leeway Rex Ryan himself will be given after this ugly of a start to the season, firing Greg Roman like this definitely has to make you wonder how hot of a seat Ryan is in himself. Once a coach starts passing the blame like this there needs to be a turnaround on the team otherwise it might just be that coach's head that goes rolling next time around.

Report: Greg Roman out, Anthony Lynn in as Bills OC - Buffalo Rumblings
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Bills fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman after two games | ProFootballTalk
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