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Buffalo Bills News - September 17, 2016

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.'

Marker The Walls Are Closing In On Rex Ryan And The Buffalo Bills [1:33 AM]
WBZ-FM reports: 'But really, it’s not all on Rob. It’s more on Rex. When Rex took over for Doug Marrone last year, he inherited the No. 4 defense in all of football. In just one season, the defense dropped to 19th in yards allowed and 15th in points allowed. This year, though very early, they’re 25th in yards allowed and 19th in points allowed.'

Marker Roman firing was best decision moving forward [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I recognize this isn’t an ideal situation to make a change, but we do have an extra couple of days," Ryan said. "I thought it’s better than doing it maybe on a Sunday game. That’s kind of why we went with this decision today."'

Marker Bills fire Greg Roman [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Roman was just starting his second season with the Bills as the offensive coordinator. In the first two games of the season, the Bills combined for just 553 total yards of offense.'

Marker What Now? [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Complicating the decision on Taylor will be what happens if this season spins out of control. 0-4 looks very doable sitting here right now and if big change were to happen do the new people coming in want to kick in the big money on Taylor? You might think new people would like to start all over again win their own new quarterback.'

Marker Bills fire OC Greg Roman, promote Anthony Lynn to OC [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills offense, which struggled to put together consistent drives in Thursday night's 37-31 loss to the Jets currently ranks 29th.'

Marker With Roman fired, Rex is betting on Rex even more [1:28 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'For the Bills lack of offensive prowess in 2016, Tyrod Taylor should earn quite a bit of the criticism for that. There were many times — five by my count — that he missed a wide open big play down the field against the Ravens. He hit the two deep passes against the Ravens, but there were players running open down the middle of the field that he just flat missed, again.'

Marker Wheel Of Misfortune [1:27 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Yes – there is one Y, as in yet another coordinator. The defense was horrific on Thursday, so the natural move to be made was to fire the offensive coordinator – if you’re in Bills management this all somehow makes sense. Certainly the offense has looked bad – Thursday reminded us all of the Trent Edwards years when you just prayed that the offense could find some way to stay on the filed longer than a minute and let the defense catch its breath – remember that?

Marker Rex: This move will help our team [1:26 AM] reports: '“I know the kind of coach Anthony is,” said Ryan. “I know the kind of person he is and I think the direction that he can take us, I think we need to change. I think we have a lot of talent on offense. I believe that and I believe we’re going to do what we can to put the ball in our playmakers’ hands and I think Anthony can do that.”'

Marker Offensive players prep for changes under new OC Lynn [1:25 AM] reports: 'The players really don’t have any choice. The good news is the anticipation is the offensive scheme will remain largely the same. The changes that will take place will be rooted in Anthony Lynn’s personal preferences for what is best to utilize against the opponent each week along with a more focused effort to get their premier playmakers the ball.'

Marker Bills relieve offensive coordinator Greg Roman of his duties [1:24 AM] reports: 'The Bills named Assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn as the team’s new play caller on offense, the first time he will man the coordinator role in his coaching career.'

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Marker At 0-2, Bills already find themselves in daunting spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Thursday night, their defense, which had held up well last Sunday, fell off a cliff. Ryan Fitzpatrick, the former Bills quarterback whose three interceptions killed the Jets' playoff chances in last year's season-finale in Orchard Park, was made to look like Tom Brady.'

Marker Bills follow historically anemic offensive display with historically meek defensive effort [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets also amassed 28 first downs, making them the fourth opponent to score so much, gain so many and move the chains so often when the Bills were at home. The three previous times, Tom Brady was the quarterback.'

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