Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills are terminating offensive coordinator Greg Roman and replacing him with running backs coach/assistant head coach Anthony Lynn.
Buffalo Bills firing OC Greg Roman, per league sources. Roman was NFL's top paid OC.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2016
Bills are hiring asst HC/RB coach Anthony Lynn as their new OC, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2016
Update: The Bills have confirmed the switch.
Roman, 44, came to the Bills after four years running the offense under Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco. His offenses never finished worse than eighth in the league in rushing, and the Bills led the NFL in the category in his first season with the team last year.
Lynn, 47, came aboard at the same time as Roman, although he has no experience as a play-caller. He joined Rex Ryan in New York in 2009 after serving as a running backs coach for four other teams. He spent seven years as a fullback in the NFL with the Broncos and 49ers, rarely carrying the ball (24 of his 27 career carries came in one season).
The Bills had their share of troubles in the first two games, and it’s possible that Roman wasn’t helping matters, but it’s not too far out of line to think that Roman was a scapegoat for Ryan. His defense was absolutely torched by the Jets yesterday, although the offense’s ability to hold on to the ball certainly wasn’t helping matters. The Jets had a nearly 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession, and the Bills could only manage three third-down conversions.
That said, the throwback offense that Roman seems to propagate is a dying breed in the NFL. In a league where passing numbers are skyrocketing as each season passes, a run-first approach is a relic of a bygone era. Although a move to Lynn is hardly an endorsement of a switch to a pass-happy attack, it could signal a switch to a stronger reliance on the passing game.
On that note, it’s also unclear what the move means for Tyrod Taylor moving forward. His style of play is best suited for a run-first attack that opens up the deep ball, one that really isn’t seen in the NFL aside from Roman-led offenses. He’s largely struggled through the first two games, both as a passer (save for a few big plays) and a runner (only 36 yards rushing this season). Perhaps a change at the top of the offense will help, but he needs more than a new play-caller if he wants the team to pick up his option for next season.
One more interesting note:
Word spreads that #Bills fired OC Greg Roman in the Patriots locker room. Ex-Buffalo WR Chris Hogan's eyes LIT UP in surprise. "No comment."— Courtney Fallon (@CourtneyFallon_) September 16, 2016
It’s not clear what the reaction means (obviously, given his lack of comment). It’s also not clear what Roman’s standing in the locker room was, but Hogan is either excited about the possibility of Roman moving to New England or happy to see his old boss lose his job.