When the Bills defense surrendered 37 points to the Jets on Thursday Night Football to fall to 0-2 on the season, you knew somebody was going to be held responsible. Sure enough, somebody was, and naturally it was the offensive coordinator, as Adam Schefter for ESPN reports Buffalo has fired Greg Roman.
Schefter adds that the Bills will promote assistant head coach Anthony Lynn to Roman’s post.
The news comes as something surprise, as Roman’s name was one thought to be on the rise in coaching circles around the NFL. After a successful stint as the offensive coordinator in San Francisco, during which the 49ers appeared in three consecutive conference championship games and one Super Bowl in his four years with the team. Roman then moved on to Buffalo, where he turned career backup and total afterthought Tyrod Taylor into a competent starting quarterback.
The Bills offense admittedly didn’t fare too well in their regular season opener, managing only seven points against the Ravens in Week 1. On Thursday, however, Roman’s unit racked up 31 points in a loss to the Jets, so that side of the ball seemingly held up its end of the bargain.
Nonetheless, Roman is gone, while head coach Rex Ryan and brother and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s jobs remain intact.
Meanwhile, prior to joining the Bills as assistant head coach, Lynn had only ever been a running backs coach or special teams assistant in the NFL. He’s been in the league since 2000, and was previously the running backs coach for the Jets for six seasons before heading to Buffalo in 2015.
As for Roman, it’s hard to believe he won’t land on his feet quickly, perhaps even this season, should he want a job. It may derail his search for a head coaching job, but at 44 years of age, there’s still time for that opportunity to present itself.