ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Less than 24 hours after his team dropped a 37-31 game to the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football, Greg Roman is out as Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator. Roman was relieved of his duties by head coach Rex Ryan just 18 games into his tenure with Buffalo.
Last year, Roman’s first at the helm, not only did Buffalo lead the league in rushing – but Hampton native Tyrod Taylor blossomed as the Bills quarterback. In his first year as a starting QB, Taylor threw 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Taylor’s progress on the field, as well as off it, led the Bills to sign the former Virginia Tech standout to a longterm contract extension.
Roman told BuffaloBills.com he was so impressed with Taylor, the O.C. allowed him to run offensive meetings. “He’s running the show and that’s what you want,” Roman said about Taylor. “You want a coach on the field at the quarterback position ultimately, because that person is always going to have the best interest of the team in mind. He’s the one who is an extension of the coaching staff. He’s the one who has got to do it and you want a guy who takes that kind of ownership.”
But, after the first 0-and-2 start of Rex Ryan’s head coaching career, Tyrod has a new offensive coordinator. Assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn will takeover as the team’s new play caller on offense – the first time he’s served in that role.
In Thursday’s loss to New York, Taylor hooked-up with Marquise Goodwin for an 84 yard touchdown pass – the longest TD strike at home in Bills history. But that is one of the few bright spots for the Buffalo offense. In the season’s first two games under Roman, the Bills were just 6-of-23 on third down conversions and entered the red zone on only twice.