Bills’ OC takes fall for 0-2 start
The Bills fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman on Friday in a bid to revive their sputtering Tyrod Taylor- led attack.
The team announced the move in an email released a day after the Bills fell to 0-2 after a 37-31 loss to the Jets.
Roman was in his second season as coordinator, and was hired by coach Rex Ryan when he took over the team in January 2015.
Running backs coach Anthony Lynn will take over as coordinator. Lynn also serves as an assistant head coach and has spent the last eight years working under Ryan.
The Bills offense is off to a rough start. It managed just 160 yards — the Bills’ lowest total in a decade — in a 13-7 season-opening loss to the Ravens.
Against the Jets, the Bills had 307 yards offense, with more than half that coming on two plays: Taylor’s 84yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin and a 74-yard TD pass to Greg Salas. Sharper firestorm: The inclusion of former NFL safety and convicted rapist Darren Sharper on the Pro Football’s Hall of Fame nomination list, shocked some people and has started a national debate over who should be eligible for induction.
Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowler, appeared on the list released Thursday because at least one Hall of Fame selector nominated him. He also was nominated last year — before he pleaded guilty in a case in which he was accused of drugging and raping up to 16 women in four states. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison last month.
Hall of Fame spokesman Joe Horrigan said there is no character clause in the bylaws, which are approved by the Hall of Fame’s board of directors.
Forty-eight voters nominate and select the players, coaches and contributors to appear on the ballot based solely on the contributions they have made to the sport, Horrigan said.
To make the first of several cuts, a candidate must be nominated by at least one selector. Horrigan said he didn’t know who nominated Sharper this year or last, and that everyone must abide by the rules that are approved by the Hall’s board of directors.
Sharper, who won a Super Bowl with the Packers and also played with the Vikings and Saints, is not likely to be elected.
But it’s certainly not the first time the character question has been raised in regard to Hall of Fame selections. Extra points: No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff will be the Rams’ backup quarterback in their home opener Sunday against the Seahawks. Goff wasn’t in uniform for the Rams’ 28-0 loss to the 49ers in their season opener Monday. Sean Mannion served as the backup to Case Keenum, who went 17 for 35 for 130 yards with two interceptions. ... The league fined Rams DT Aaron Donald $21,269 for his actions that led to his ejection in the team’s 28-0 season-opener loss to the 49ers on Monday night. Donald was docked $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $9,115 for unnecessary roughness after he was called for 15-yard penalties, including making contact with an official. ... Panthers G Trai Turner was fined $9,115 for taunting Chris Harris Jr. of the Broncos in the Broncos’ opening victory.