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McMullen: Bills bungle attempt at changing narrative with Roman firing


Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman was fired by Bills Friday

Friday’s firing of offensive coordinator Greg Roman on the heels of Thursday night’s 37-31 loss to the New York Jets creates an undeniable impression: The Bills are the first team to panic in the 2016 season.

The Bills looked like a semi-pro team on defense against the Jets.

Rob Ryan, Rex Ryan’s brother, is the Bills’ assistant head coach/defense and Dennis Thurman is the defensive coordinator. I was afraid to pressure them because I was afraid we wouldn’t hold up. Sure, in the opener against Baltimore, Buffalo only mustered up seven points, but in their last game against the Jets, the Bills showed a big play ability and some offensive explosiveness putting up 31 points. He’s certainly not going to fire himself, and the Bills weren’t going to fire him just two games in.

Bowles said left guard James Carpenter (strained calf) and linebacker Erin Henderson (foot) were still undergoing tests and their status was unknown.

“I think we have a lot of weapons, it’s just how we disperse it and go about doing that and that’s where the focus is going to be”, Ryan said, indicating that he believes Lynn can get that done. “To come back and get a win out here, hostile environment and division game, is huge”.

“The one thing we learned from the first game that we didn’t do is we didn’t fight and overcome some things at the end”, he said. Thus far, after two games, in 2016 the Bills are ranked 23 in points, 29 in yards, 30 in 1 downs, 24 in passing, and 23 in rushing.

If Quincy Enuwa got eight more yards receiving, the Jets would have had three, 100-yard receivers. The series ended on a five yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to Eric Decker.

Marshall recovered the Bills’ onside kick attempt, and the Forte ran the clock down to 10 seconds before the Bills got the ball back one final time. While they believe that they’ve found themselves a quarterback, the team has done little else to prove that Ryan’s words were anything other than a blustered attempt to pander to the fan base.

The Jets (1-1) snapped a five-game skid against Buffalo, which included a 22-17 season-ending loss in January that eliminated NY from the playoffs. His 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the Jets in front 27-24.

-SPECIAL TEAMS: B – Brandon Tate had a nice 45-yard kickoff return and finished with 125 return yards. “He’s the one who has got to do it and you want a guy who takes that kind of ownership”. Conversely, Ryan took a top-five Jim Schwartz defense that led the National Football League in sacks the year prior and turned it into a unit that was ranked No. 19 and couldn’t get to the quarterback. At the same time, he made a significant change to his coaching staff by firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman on Friday.