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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan fired the only coach he could - besides himself [1:53 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Many Bills players felt the offense lacked an identity under Roman – even last season, when the team led the NFL in rushing, people with knowledge of dynamics in the locker room told USA TODAY Sports after Ryan informed players of the decision Friday.'

Marker Already 0-2, here's why things are about to get worse for the Bills and Rex Ryan [1:52 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'It's not difficult at all to envision a 2-6 stretch over the Bills next eight games (best case?) and them sitting at 2-8 and effectively done for the year coming out of the bye.'

Marker New offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn's to-do list [1:51 AM] reports: 'Let the playmakers make plays.'

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Marker Are Bills on the verge of lost season? [11:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for the remainder of Buffalo’s season, let’s do some discouraging math.'

Marker Ryan pushes 'everything into the middle of the table' by firing Roman [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Among the biggest issues the Pegulas had with the offense was that it ranked 21st the league in fewest third-down conversions last season and are atrocious in that area again this year. The owners didn't like the fact there were communication issues the past two games between the sidelines and quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was getting plays from Roman slowly via the receiver in his helmet.'

Marker Bills fire Greg Roman, promote Anthony Lynn to OC [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The owners expressed their concerns to coach Rex Ryan during a meeting Friday morning, a team source said, and Ryan took action.'

Marker Richie Incognito: 'I don’t think we’re abandoning this offense' after Greg Rom [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A-Lynn spoke to us real quick, kind of a bang-bang thing. His message was we’re going to get this right. We have the people in the room to do it.”'

Marker When the defense fails, fire the offensive coordinator [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Real tough guy, that Rex Ryan. As soon as things got a little hot for the Bills' head coach, he proved what a fraud he really is by throwing Greg Roman under the bus. He presides over one of the most embarrassing defensive performances in Bills history and scapegoats his top offensive assistant as a result?'

Marker Five things to know about new Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After the Jets fired Ryan, Lynn interviewed for head coaching positions with the Jets and Dolphins.'

Marker Two very concerning quotes from the Bills' loss to the Jets [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was afraid to pressure," Ryan said, "because we weren’t holding up in man coverage."'

Marker Searching for positives: Three (sort of) good things that happened in the Bills-Jets game [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills played against one of the NFL’s best defensive lines Thursday – without starting left tackle Cordy Glenn – and still managed to get through the game without allowing a sack. Taylor did get hit hard enough that he had to briefly exit to be checked for a concussion – and, technically, there was a sack on that play that was nullified by a penalty – but putting a zero in that column in the official stats is still something to build off. And for a replacement left tackle like Cyrus Kouandjio, not being the story after the game may as well be a positive.'

Marker What They Said: Rex Ryan, Richie Incognito and more after Greg Roman's firing [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well, I recognize this isn’t an ideal situation to make a change, but we do actually have a couple extra days and I thought it’s better than doing it maybe after a Sunday game, so that’s kind of why we went with this decision today.'

Marker Statement from fired Bills OC Greg Roman [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just want to thank the Pegulas for the opportunity to work in Buffalo, Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley, Rex Ryan and the entire Bills organization -- all the great players and coaches I got to work with. I want to thank all the great fans of Buffalo for all and we love the community of Buffalo. I wish the Bills' organization the best moving forward."'

Marker Three up, three down following Bills' Week Two loss to Jets [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ronald Darby/Stephon Gilmore: It's impossible to separate the starting cornerbacks for this -- they took turns making one terrible play after another against New York. There's no better way to describe their performance than embarrassing. Ryan Fitzpatrick should not be made to look like Joe Montana. In Gilmore's case, fans are going to have a hard time shaking how awful he was when the topic of a possible contract extension comes up.'

Marker Rowdy tailgaters, traffic woes accompanied Bills home opener [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Much more active in terms of the fights, in terms of the traffic-related issues,” Wehrfritz said. “It seems like we had a lot more calls – fights, disturbances before the game. Normally, when the game starts, things calm right down, but we were still getting calls about fights and intoxicated people.”'

Marker Can Sal find 3 things he liked in the Bills loss to Jets? [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If nothing else, Roman’s firing deflects some of the attention away from the Bills’ defeat, but it won’t stop me from sharing some thoughts Upon Further Review.'

Marker Bills fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills offense scored 24 points in the 37-31 loss to the New York Jets Thursday, but that was definitely deceiving. The offense really only made two big plays, long touchdown passes from Tyrod Taylor to Marquise Goodwin and Greg Salas. Otherwise, there wasn’t a whole lot of production, and Roman’s play-calling for a second week in a row was highly questionable.'

Marker Rex Ryan says his job security 'never came up' during discussions with Pegulas [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That never came up," Ryan said. "You know, I'm here to do a job. That's my ability and I'm accountable for everything. I'm accountable for the offense, defense, special teams, you name it. I'm accountable for it. And as I mentioned, I'm accountable for making decisions like this. It falls on me, and I accept those responsibilities."'

Marker Transcript: Bills coach Rex Ryan explains decision to fire Greg Roman [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Well first off, I think, as I've mentioned, I think Greg is an outstanding coach, there's no doubt. To be honest, I'm going to answer questions that are about moving forward. I'm not going to get into the past and all that, I'd rather look at the way Anthony is and understanding that we have a coaching staff that's been together and it'll be an inclusive staff that obviously Anthony is going to be the guy making the call, but we have a terrific coaching staff and we're going to lean on that expertise of the coaching staff as well, and that's why I think it's going to be very successful.'

Marker Report: Buffalo Bills front office called for a significant coaching change [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo also was among the league's worst teams in three-and-out drives. The Bills were 31st in the league last year with 50 of 186 offensive drives (26.88%) resulting in three-and-outs. Through two games this season, 19 total drives, the Bills have gone three-and-out seven times according to Sporting Charts.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman, according to report [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Roman's fire comes at a strange time, however. The Bills lost 37-31 to the New York Jets on Thursday night largely because the Bills couldn't stop Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets' passing offense, which finished with 374 passing yards.'

Marker Rex Ryan, Bills ready to 'change offensive identity' after firing Greg Roman [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's really kind of tough to tell right now what the major change will be," Bills guard Richie Incognito said. "We'll have things grouped differently. Our bread and butter will change. As we go through the week, we'll go through the process a little differently. We'll see. I'll be one of the first to see it next Sunday when we play the Cardinals. We have to find our identity now, and obviously our identity is going to change."'

Marker Problems for Buffalo Bills run deeper than Xs and Os [1:41 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Being beaten by an opponent is one thing. Being beaten by yourself is another, and it’s inexcusable.'

Marker Bills fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman six days into season [1:40 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'To fire Roman two games and six days into the next season looks, feels, and seems exactly like what it is — a classic, panic-coated, scapegoating move by a short-sighted, over-reactionary front office and a head coach who must believe his own neck now rests squarely on the guillotine.'

Marker Bills fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman after 0-2 start [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Running backs coach Anthony Lynn will take over as coordinator. Lynn also serves as an assistant head coach and has spent the past eight years working under Ryan.'

Marker Rex Ryan: 'My move' to fire OC Roman [1:38 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'm accountable for everything that goes on," said Ryan. "And I'm also accountable for these decisions."'

Marker Bills' defensive woes exploited by Jets [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Shocked. You can definitely say that," outside linebacker Jerry Hughes said of a defensive meltdown that saw the Bills allow 28 first downs and 493 yards, including 374 through the air by Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "We just didn't play good football today. Just bad all the way around. We just didn't show up."'

Marker Bills' Ryan on dumping Roman: 'We need a change' [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"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. "With Anthony, I know the kind of coach he is, the kind of person he is, and the direction he can take us.'

Marker Bills' offensive coordinator firing Rex Ryan's idea, coach says [1:35 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I think we need a change," Ryan said Friday. "I think we have a lot of talent on offense. I believe that. I believe we're going to do what we can to put the ball in our playmakers' hands. I think Anthony will do that."'

Marker Buffalo Bills fire their offensive coordinator after scoring 31 points on the Jets [1:34 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'More worrisome for the Bills, however, is the Rob Ryan-led defense. Buffalo gave up 37 points to the Jets on Thursday night, and New York QB Ryan Fitzpatrick roasted the Buffalo secondary on his way to 371 yards passing. This is the same Fitzpatrick, of course, whom the Jets nearly refused to sign this offseason.'

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