The Buffalo Bills often, remarkably, find a new way to lose, and last Thursday christened the newly named “New Error Field” in front of a national TV audience when The Ryan Brothers defense was repeatedly shredded by Fitzy and the New Jersey Jets.
Then immediately did the most Billsy thing they could do after the atrocious defensive performance.
They fired their offensive coordinator, Greg Roman.
Granted, G-Ro as he was called, didn’t G-row in his 18 game tenure as the Bills OC. So G-Ro had to G-O.
After all, Roman wasn’t burnt in a day.
To this observer, the Bills offense had to do about six things to be successful: 1) Get the ball to their best player, Sammy Watkins, 2) Throw the ball deep because it’s Tyrod Taylor’s best quality, 3) Throw the ball down the middle to Charles Clay, 4) Roll T Mobile out on run-pass options to take advantage of his uncanny ability to make defenders miss and throw on the run, 5) Run the read-option with Shady McCoy to keep defenses honest and on their heels, and 6) run Shady in power formations up the middle and off tackle.
So they did precisely none of those.
Roman repeatedly tried to get too cute and outfox defenses rather than just outplay them.
The clock management was mind-numbing. The EJ sneak experiment should not be put on the back burner, it should be sent straight to hell. We thought Roman learned his lesson last year after wasting 13 games not throwing to Watkins, the last three, out of necessity, he did. And naturally, Watkins exploded. So what did G-Ro do this year? Decided not to get him the ball again. Sure, Sammy is hurt, but he’s also a star player and every team in the league with a star receiver repeatedly calls his number.
Except the Bills.
So G-Ro had to G-O.
Highly regarded RB coach Anthony Lynn takes over the OC duties, apparently much to the delight of the Bills players who didn’t give Roman high marks when asked behind closed doors by the Pegulas. Roman was also known behind the scenes to not have a high respect for his boss, Rex Ryan. And now Ryan has decided to sink or swim with all his own guys, which includes Lynn.
The offense plans to pick up the pace, simplify the game plans and play calls, and play to their strengths. Who knew that was even legal? We’ll find out quickly if it helps on Sunday when they play one of the best teams and defenses in the league in the Arizona Cardinals.
Speaking of good defenses, the Bills don’t have one.
After a very solid showing against the Ravens in week one, Rex and Rob got back to be-clowning themselves.
Normally reliable, sharp looking cornerbacks, Stepped-on Gilmore and Ronald Darby, were repeatedly undressed by Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and something named Quincey Enunwa. The Jets rarely punted and no matter what they tried, it worked.
After a ferocious start punching the Jets in the mouth, Jerry Hughes got smacked in his own and was seen on the sidelines spitting up blood. Hughes never really returned to wreaking the havoc he did earlier and the rest of the defense folded.
The Bills never even let Fitzy be Fitzy and lose the game at the end.
But all the talk after the debacle became about the scapegoat, G-Ro, instead of where it needed to be, on the deplorable play of the Ryan defense. And two weeks into the season, Team Turmoil, is teetering on the brink of disaster.
A win this week, however, resets the season, especially if the offense plays well against the stacked Cards. And the following week is against the stinking Patsies, who will likely be without Jeanine Garappolo as well as Tommy Boy. So the next fortnight will likely make or break the season, and perhaps the coaching career of the Ryan Brothers.
So come on down to the madhouse on Santa Monica, Busby’s, for cold beer, free wings at halftime, and a new look at the new Bills offense.
Let’s hope it’s a New Era and not another New Error.