BUFFALO – (Staff and Wire Service Report) -A day after the Buffalo Bills lost to the New York Jets, the Bills fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman and replaced him with assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn.
“This is my move, without question,” head coach Rex Ryan said Friday afternoon, attempting to deflate media speculation that owner Terry Pegula pushed the button.
“I’m accountable for everything that goes on,” said Ryan. “And I’m also accountable for these decisions.”
Buffalo put a good number of points on the scoreboard in Thursday night’s 37-31 loss to the New York Jets but is off to a 0-2 start in a season in which an uphill climb was expected. http://gty.im/503283198 The Bills totaled 393 offensive yards against the Jets but 155 of them came on two plays. Buffalo also totaled just 160 yards in the season-opening 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Roman took the blame for the poor offensive showing against the Ravens and said he needed to improve his play-calling. The Bills have 10 days to prepare for their Week 3 game with the Arizona Cardinals and visit the New England Patriots in Week 4. Roman spent four seasons (2011-14) as offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers before being lured away by Ryan and the Bills.
Buffalo had the NFL’s top-ranked rushing offense in 2015 but the passing attack was 20th. The Bills ranked 13th in total offense.
Lynn, 47, is also in his second season with the Bills. He spent six seasons as running backs coach of the Jets when Ryan was the head coach.