A day after a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on Thursday night, the Buffalo Bills fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Assistant head coach and running backs coach Anthony Lynn will reportedly fill the position for the Bills.
Roman, 44, was in his second season in Buffalo and previously held the same position for four years with the San Francisco 49ers. A once-coveted offensive coordinator, the Bills reportedly had interest in Roman as a head coaching candidate before hiring Rex Ryan.
The decision is particularly odd for the Bills after the team did well offensively against the highly regarded Jets defense. In Week 1, the Buffalo offense managed just 160 total yards of offense against the Baltimore Ravens, but rebounded to rack up 393 yards against the Jets. It was Buffalo’s poor performance on defense, allowing 493 yards to the New York offense, that cost the team the game.
It is also a peculiar decision for the development of Tyrod Taylor, who signed a six-year contract extension with the team in August. Taylor signed with the Bills two months after Roman was hired and started 16 of the 18 games since.
If Taylor’s play drops off, it could mean the end of his time with the Bills as the team has flexibility in its new contract with the quarterback. Buffalo will have the choice to cut Taylor in March without taking a hit or pick up his option and keep him for the 2017 season, where he’ll be able to make as much as $27.5 million in salary and bonuses.
Lynn followed Ryan from the Jets to the Bills after six seasons as a running backs coach in New York. He previously had the same job with the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars, and he has received head coaching interest in the past, reportedly interviewing for vacancies with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.
The Bills finished the 2015 season with the No. 1 ranked rushing offense, leading the NFL in rushing yards, touchdowns and yards per attempt. Through the first two games of the season, the Bills have averaged just 3.5 yards per rushing attempt.