The Buffalo Bills parted ways with offensive coordinator Greg Roman following an 0-2 start, and head coach Rex Ryan took to the media to get out his line of thinking on Friday.
Ryan addressed the media and gave the usual parting words, saying he thinks Roman is a good coach, but that they felt they needed to make a move. There was nothing surprising there, nor was it surprising when Roman said that he thinks Anthony Lynn, the recently promoted offensive coordinator, will take them in the right direction.
Where things get interesting was how much time Ryan spent on the passing game. He said the Bills need to get the ball in the hands of the playmakers, and that Lynn’s primary focus will be on that, according to Chris Brown of the team website. Specifically, he called out wide receiver Sammy Watkins, said that he is a “special talent,” and needs the football in his hands more, according to Brown.
Ryan said that the “ground and pound” mentality will follow him forever, but that there is a very real focus on throwing the football going forward.
Against the Jets, Watkins had just two catches for 20 yards. The ball was thrown his way five times, and four players finished ahead of him in yardage. Marquise Goodwin had an 84-yard touchdown and quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns. That’s definitely a successful passing attack, at least for that game.
It’s interesting that the Bills went with firing Roman after they gave up 37 points on defense in their Week 2 loss to the rival New York Jets. With Ryan spending so much time talking about throwing the football more, it raises the question of whether or not there was some kind of internal conflict where Ryan wanted to throw the ball and Roman did not.
Whatever the case, the Bills are moving forward with two losses and a daunting task ahead of them: make the playoffs in a tough AFC East division.