Bills’ OC takes fall for 0-2 start

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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.

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