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Rex Ryan, Greg Roman divorce was long overdue

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2015 file photo, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman calls plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Buffalo Bills have fired Roman.
The team announced the move in an email released on Friday, Sept. 15, 2016, a day after Buffalo fell to 0-2 following a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets.  (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File) AP

After the 2015 season, Bills coach Rex Ryan had no qualms about making the changes necessary to allow him to be as successful as possible, headlined by the arrival of his twin brother to help run the defense. It’s now clear that one change Rex didn’t make should have been made.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman, fired less than one full week into the 2016 regular season, should have been relieved of his duties months ago. According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, Roman told at least one person that he regards Ryan as a “buffoon,” and that working with him wouldn’t be good for Roman’s career. If that’s how Roman truly felt, he should have resigned.

“I know what kind of coach Anthony [Lynn] is, I know what kind of person he is,” Ryan said of Roman’s replacement on Friday. “And I think the direction he can take us, I think we need the change. I think we have a lot of talent on offense. I believe we’re going to do what we can to put the ball in our playmakers’ hands.”

If that’s how Rex truly felt, he should have fired Roman based on 16 games in 2015, not two more in 2016.

At a time when many are searching the entire organization for signs of dysfunction, the decision to dump Roman only 120 minutes into the 2016 season becomes Exhibit A. If this were a franchise that operates in the normal, usual, competent way, Roman’s relationship with Ryan would have been brought to a head at some point long before the first two games that count in what clearly has become an up-or-out campaign for Ryan.

Currently, it’s looking more likely that it will be out instead of up, with Ryan eventually having something in common with Roman: Getting paid to not work for the Bills.

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76 Responses to “Rex Ryan, Greg Roman divorce was long overdue”
  1. skinsrock says: Sep 17, 2016 11:47 AM

    Hard to work for people you don’t trust… Thinking about that… Let me get this resume together.

  2. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 17, 2016 11:47 AM

    by Halloween there wont be anyone else left to sacrifice…Ryan talks to much and he puts to much pressure on his team by doing that and they cant always back it up…hes on a short leash …..and doesnt even know it……..

  3. urmomsmyho says: Sep 17, 2016 11:48 AM

    Rex IS a buffoon.

    He should look to the guy who replaced him for how to handle things. Bowles didn’t like the approach of Bobby April w the special teams. He met with him after the season and relieved him of his duties.

    Rex is always looking for an excuse so he can extend the charade.

    He has no sense of accountability and it trickles down to the players.

  4. californiaqid says: Sep 17, 2016 11:48 AM

    WEEK 1 NFL TV RATINGS PLUMMETED 20% COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.

    THE NFL IS DONE.

  5. billsfan says: Sep 17, 2016 11:52 AM

    Who knew Roman was such a good judge of character?

  6. corkspop says: Sep 17, 2016 11:53 AM

    Roman probably thought he’d stick it out to protect his own viability as a head coach some day. Getting fired or quitting doesn’t look good on a resume. … Whoever made the call, with the Monday game still winnable, to go straight at the Jets D-Line on 4th and 1 is the person who should be fired. I suspect that was Roman.

  7. whatjusthapped says: Sep 17, 2016 11:53 AM

    Rex, much like his big mouthed father, writes checks with his mouth that his team can’t cash. In just a few short weeks, the GM will fire the whole lot of them and start from scratch.

    The bad news to come from that is the NFL will have one less entertaining interview each week but the good news is that the Bills might have half a chance after that.

  8. wwwmattcom says: Sep 17, 2016 11:53 AM

    Rex Ryan won’t hurt Romans career. Romans scheme will.

  9. scrp2 says: Sep 17, 2016 11:54 AM

    Calling Rex a buffoon. I think Greg was being rather polite.

  10. TheDPR says: Sep 17, 2016 11:55 AM

    I don’t agree that when you think your boss is a buffoon that you’re obligated to resign. Lots of people work for buffoons. Some of the highest-paid and famous/infamous business leaders in the world are buffoons and thousands of people work for them.

  11. bonitalocal says: Sep 17, 2016 11:56 AM

    My damned dyslexia….
    I was wondering why Greg Norman was with the Bills in the first place!
    Dog Dammit…..I need to get some pills for that.

  12. buds4grant says: Sep 17, 2016 11:58 AM

    Good for Roman….bad for Bills fans.

  13. motsuret06 says: Sep 17, 2016 11:58 AM

    Wrecks Ryan is a one man wrecking crew and he is wrecking the Buffalo Bills. They should never have hired the guy for a Head Coach. I predict that he will be fired by mid season. The do not call he Wrecks for nothing. Bills are in reverse at this point.

  14. araidersfan says: Sep 17, 2016 12:01 PM

    “Roman told at least one person that he regards Ryan as a “buffoon,” and that working with him wouldn’t be good for Roman’s career. ”

    ============

    Truer words have seldom been spoken.

  15. seatownballers says: Sep 17, 2016 12:04 PM

    Nfl isn’t done. It will have growth stints. Maybe some people had other things to do on 9-11.Plus some have lost interest due to players sitting and kneeling. Politics and sports rarely work well together

  16. jjpmn says: Sep 17, 2016 12:08 PM

    I remember Roman being listed as a head coaching candidate a few years ago. Is this is self preservation move by Ryan in that it removes the most likely internal replacement (even on an interim basis) from the picture?

  17. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 17, 2016 12:10 PM

    How do u fire a guy that just scored 31 points?

    No need to watch that crappy matchup either.

    Only 2 NFL games a week worth watching. Glad to hear the poster above saying NFL ratings plummeted 20 percent. The NFL is becoming very unwatchable and dont see TV.

  18. codiablo says: Sep 17, 2016 12:13 PM

    californiaqid says:
    Sep 17, 2016 11:48 AM
    WEEK 1 NFL TV RATINGS PLUMMETED 20% COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.

    THE NFL IS DONE.

    _——————————-

    I write in all caps, because I’m a stupid jealous be—-ootch

    Football will be played somewhere until someone drops the A-Bomb on us.

  19. jacoby66forhof says: Sep 17, 2016 12:13 PM

    Why is anyone surprised by this apparent dysfunction? There is a Ryan as HC. Enough said.

  20. thetooloftools says: Sep 17, 2016 12:14 PM

    Anyone who thinks Rex Ryan was a popular hire in Buffalo needs to check themselves.

  21. dietrich43 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:14 PM

    Greg Roman is a bad coordinator and Rex is a buffoon.

  22. xpensivewinos says: Sep 17, 2016 12:15 PM

    Hasn’t Rex Ryan proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is not head coaching material? How much more evidence could anyone possibly need? He’s the obnoxious, unlikable version of Wade Phillips. Know your limitations and just be a solid defensive coordinator.

  23. xsorethumbx says: Sep 17, 2016 12:20 PM

    how many OC’s has Rex fired over the years? dude needs a mirror

  24. ramfanmatt says: Sep 17, 2016 12:22 PM

    Rex should be fired too. If you go into the season with your OC on that short of a leash you probably should have gotten rid of them in the offseason so you would have time to implement your offense. Dumb move. Rex is a brilliant defensive mind, but not a good HC.

  25. allforfunnplay says: Sep 17, 2016 12:23 PM

    it probably came to a head after the Jets game. Rex probably got on Roman for the lack of sustained drives by the offense; the lack of consistency. Roman probably countered by saying his offense put up 24 points and Rex’s (and Rob’s) defense gave up 37. I could also see Roman defending himself by saying he actually improved the Bill’s offense since taking it over in 2015 while the Bill’s defense has declined since Rex and his DC’s took over.

  26. internetcommenter7 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:23 PM

    Rex Ryan accomplishments:
    Architect of elite defense that won SB for Baltimore
    Elite defenses, to AFCCG appearances for hapless jets despite serving under two comically inept GMs and a comically inept owner

    Greg Roman accomplishments:

  27. trainwrecksryan says: Sep 17, 2016 12:24 PM

    This has gotta be Rex’s last stop on the Head Coach express, right? The rest of the GMs must know what they’re (not) getting if they hire Capt. Clown Shoes…

  28. 12coltsfan12 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:31 PM

    Yes, he might be a BUFFOON, this is true.

    However, that buffoon WON THE OFFSEASON, tough guy.

    just sayin’

  29. cowboy2016 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:33 PM

    Rex Ryan only got the Buffalo job because he was able to hustle another Owner who knew nothing about football and who panicked when his franchise had a head coach opening.

  30. allforfunnplay says: Sep 17, 2016 12:39 PM

    Rex Ryan accomplishments:
    Architect of elite defense that won SB for Baltimore
    Elite defenses, to AFCCG appearances for hapless jets despite serving under two comically inept GMs and a comically inept owner

    Greg Roman accomplishments:

    ——————————————————————–
    Rex Ryan accomplishments with the Bills:

    2014 Bill’s Defense Ranked #4 in total yards & scoring (HC: Doug Marrone. DC: Jim Schwartz)

    2015 Bill’s Defense Ranked #19 in total yards & 15th in scoring

    Greg Roman’s accomplishments with the Bills:

    2014 Bill’s Ranked Offense #26 in total yards & #18 scoring (HC: Doug Marrone and OC: Nathaniel Hackett)

    2015 Bill’s Ranked Offense #13 in total yards & #12 in scoring (HC: Rex Ryan OC: Greg Roman)

    So Roman improved the Bill’s Offense and Rex and his DCs made the Bill’s Defense worse. Against the Jets the Offense put up 24 points and the Defense gave up 37 points.

  31. jag1959 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:42 PM

    “Roman told at least one person that he regards Ryan as a “buffoon,” and that working with him wouldn’t be good for Roman’s career.”
    _____________________

    And he was right on both counts

  32. AtheistsareIdiots says: Sep 17, 2016 12:47 PM

    Takes one to know one Greg. Your vanilla offense featuring Frank Gore up the middle for 3 yards every play doesnt work in the NFL

  33. knowspinzone says: Sep 17, 2016 12:48 PM

    As a Pats fan I do genuinely feel sorry for the Bills fan. That was once a proud and feared franchise. I hope the new owners see the error they made and start fresh, the sooner the better.

  34. lostsok says: Sep 17, 2016 12:50 PM

    The only real accomplishment in Rex Ryan’s career is surpassing his dad for head coaching ineptitude. Well, and doing 31 other NFL teams a favor by making his overrated brother the DC.

    This week sums up Ryan’s entire ability. His team’s defense yaks up a massive fur ball of suck…so…fire the offensive coordinator!

  35. heymister24 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:53 PM

    What is going on in Buffoonalo?

  36. nfl1818 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:55 PM

    allforfunnplay says:
    Sep 17, 2016 12:39 PM
    Rex Ryan accomplishments:
    Architect of elite defense that won SB for Baltimore
    Elite defenses, to AFCCG appearances for hapless jets despite serving under two comically inept GMs and a comically inept owner
    ****
    plus

    4-time offseason winner
    5-time best draft ever
    3-time best FA signings
    6-time winner coaches calorie consumption award

  37. agroaltomar says: Sep 17, 2016 12:56 PM

    As I said yesterday: How is it that the O.C. of an NFL team that just “won the off season” get canned?

  38. jasons81 says: Sep 17, 2016 1:29 PM

    Should have fired the defense coordinator instead

  39. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 17, 2016 1:40 PM

    They will no longer be ridiculing each other for being overweight and lacking fashion sense.

  40. toybkshr says: Sep 17, 2016 1:46 PM

    I wish the NFL & Rex would divorce! He’s as talented a head coach as Jeff Fisher only he makes a lot more noise

  41. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 17, 2016 1:47 PM

    The Colts need to hire Greg Roman next off season. He knows how to maximize Andrew Luck’s talents.

  42. jmd0722 says: Sep 17, 2016 1:51 PM

    The only divorce from the Bills should have been the two Ryan brother. They are the most overrated, over blown and the worst coaches in the league. Why the press think they are so cute is a mystery. Only way the Bills will improve is to get rid of both now.

  43. piratefreedom says: Sep 17, 2016 1:53 PM

    thetooloftools says:
    Sep 17, 2016 12:14 PM

    Anyone who thinks Rex Ryan was a popular hire in Buffalo needs to check themselves.
    ———————————————-

    you need to check what happened with season ticket sales after Rex was hired.

  44. johncrut says: Sep 17, 2016 2:03 PM

    Rex Ryan and a divorce from coaching is long overdue. That idiot gets more slack from the press because they like interviews than the next 10 coaches put together.

  45. tonebones says: Sep 17, 2016 3:07 PM

    I’m losing so much respect for Rex Ryan. I guess I’m finally realizing that he’s just a con man. Unless he’s totally clueless about what makes a winning QB. He got hired because he told the owners he could win with their talent. They don’t have a QB. Ryan and the GM should both have office jobs. The unemployment office.

  46. kissmysandwich says: Sep 17, 2016 3:25 PM

    Rex Ryan is a buffoon. He should stick to D coordinator. This will end badly, as expected. He has no objective lens in his brain. He’s a rube for his own mediocre team. Their offense is devoid of talent. Their defense is average.

  47. crackinbones says: Sep 17, 2016 3:39 PM

    WEEK 1 NFL TV RATINGS PLUMMETED 20% COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.

    THE NFL IS DONE.
    ========================
    People are cutting cable finding alternative ways to watch the games.

  48. bruceroy1 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:39 PM

    How can OC Greg Roman be responsible for the Jets scoring 37 points on the Bills? His offense scored 31 points that usually is enough to win most games

  49. styro1 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:41 PM

    Well at least as Ryan has said the Bills won the off-season, LOL!

  50. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:44 PM

    “If that’s how Roman truly felt, he should have resigned.”

    Easy for you to say give up that several hundred thousand dollar a year paycheck just because he didn’t like his boss.

  51. styro1 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:57 PM

    I love teams where the owners think they know the game. If they are in the same division of the team I root for that is! Especially when the wife of the owner gets involved. Double the fun!

  52. huggybear2014 says: Sep 17, 2016 4:39 PM

    When the offense has the ball about half the time of its opponents, there is a problem.

    Rex and his defense share some blame. Even with all the injured and those suspended. But that offense was completely a hit or miss proposition. You can not put that much pressure on your defense that early, and expect them to not be based in the 4th.

  53. blahblahblah says: Sep 17, 2016 4:41 PM

    Your title does not mesh with your conclusion. Title should be Buffoon Rex Ryan likely next to be fired in Buffalo. But your buddy Jimmy Sexton probably wouldn’t like that!

  54. davemishsr says: Sep 17, 2016 4:49 PM

    And the sideshow that is Rex Ryan continues. The Bills made a huge mistake by giving him a five year contract. Rex is a good defensive coordinator that has risen above his station.

  55. joetoronto says: Sep 17, 2016 4:52 PM

    We all need something to laugh at, we need Buffalo to keep on being Buffalo.

  56. wolfman55h says: Sep 17, 2016 4:53 PM

    Cheer up Bills fans . Only 14 more games and Buddy’s Boy will be gone

  57. sorosbolshevism says: Sep 17, 2016 4:59 PM

    #Ryanara

  58. michaele11111 says: Sep 17, 2016 5:01 PM

    So what if it was overdue? Firing Roman won’t have the slightest effect on what is wrong with the Bills. Wrecks Ryan is still the head coach in Buffalo and his brother is still employed there. The two comprise what is about the worst brother-brother clown act the NFL has ever seen. As long as Wrecks and his brother work there the Bills are doomed.

  59. michaele11111 says: Sep 17, 2016 5:04 PM

    bruceroy1 says:
    Sep 17, 2016 3:39 PM
    How can OC Greg Roman be responsible for the Jets scoring 37 points on the Bills? His offense scored 31 points that usually is enough to win most games
    =================================

    Of those 31 points, the Jets scored 21 for Buffalo. The Bills offense gets credit for 10 points regardless of the 31 on the scoreboard.

  60. thefootballdispatch says: Sep 17, 2016 5:41 PM

    allforfunnplay says:
    Sep 17, 2016 12:39 PM
    Rex Ryan accomplishments:
    Architect of elite defense that won SB for Baltimore
    Elite defenses, to AFCCG appearances for hapless jets despite serving under two comically inept GMs and a comically inept owner

    Why do people think Ryan was DC for either of the Ravens’ SBs? Marvin Lewis was the DC in 2000; Ryan, along with Mike Smith (who made HC before Ryan), was a DL position coach; Jack DelRio (who made HC before Ryan) was the LB coach.
    When Lewis became the HC of Cincinnati in 2002, the Ravens tapped their WR (!) coach, Mike Nolan, to be the new DC.
    Nolan brought in Mike Singletary (who made HC before Ryan) to replace DelRio as LB coach.
    When Nolan left to become a HC (before Ryan) only then did the Ravens make Ryan DC.
    Ryan’s last two Ravens defenses were ranked 22nd and 11th in points allowed; his replacement as DC in Baltimore, Greg Mattison, led the defense to 9th and 3rd rankings in points allowed. Meanwhile, Ryan’s last five defenses for points allowed: 20th, 20th, 19th, 24th, and 15th.

  61. mongo3401 says: Sep 17, 2016 5:53 PM

    San Francisco fans were happy when Roman was not brought back. He is great his first year at OC but starting the second year teams figure his smoke and mirrors act out. GR is not HC material.

  62. Clocker Bob says: Sep 17, 2016 6:25 PM

    I’ve got a novel idea. How about giving your OC a real NFL level qb to work with.

  63. cross300 says: Sep 17, 2016 6:39 PM

    Greg Roman is the lucky one in this deal. He gets to be pushed off the titanic early with his golden parachute. The Buffoon and his twin get to go down in flames. Dumpster fire burn on.

  64. mclennon99 says: Sep 17, 2016 7:33 PM

    What’s sad is that there really is decent talent on this team but it’s very unorganized and undisciplined. The right coach and GM would thrive here. I sense Pegula is an open wallet owner who would be willing to spend for the right guys. I’m still in favor of Tom Coughlin. Would love to see what he could do here.

  65. jackedupboonie says: Sep 17, 2016 7:49 PM

    Why are they so bad!!!

  66. jackedupboonie says: Sep 17, 2016 7:51 PM

    I could literally coach this team to a couple of extra wins…how does he have a job

  67. jackedupboonie says: Sep 17, 2016 7:53 PM

    Imagine your team being run by this clown. There is no excuse to why he is still employed.

  68. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 17, 2016 8:03 PM

    californiaqid says:
    Sep 17, 2016 11:48 AM
    WEEK 1 NFL TV RATINGS PLUMMETED 20% COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.

    THE NFL IS DONE.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    I have been saying it for about 12 year now, GREED will Kill the NFL. They cannot pay the kind of contracts Baseball and Basketball players get because they only play a fraction of the games. There is no way the average Family can go to more than a few games a year!
    The NFL seriously needs to learn from the lesson Boxing taught starting in the 80’s.
    Boxing was HUGE, and had been since first being Televised. Then they got greedy and started forcing pay-per-view for key fights. Soon fans stopped paying the high prices and supported other sports. Now Boxing has a fraction of the followers it had
    and major fights are being shown on HBO and even CBS
    in a Desperate effort regain fans. The first sign will be teams moving due to unsold games, the Blackouts will cause disinterest among fans. Since Free agency started look at how many NFL Moves there have been compared to she same time before!
    Don’t think it could happen? Just ask the St Louis Cardinal/Ram_____Houston Oilers____Cleveland Browns____LA/Rams-Raiders etc.

  69. nhpats says: Sep 17, 2016 8:20 PM

    Roman called Rex a buffoon? Lol!

  70. riverhorsey says: Sep 17, 2016 10:19 PM

    Ryan lost the first two games and needed a scapegoat.

  71. damujazz says: Sep 17, 2016 11:21 PM

    Ryan may be hard to get along with, but Roman is extremely limited in his knowledge of the game and players. He relies on a couple of schemes and opposing coaches no this. Many believe Roman was the key factor in the 49ers decline…he is simply not a good coordinator.

  72. eddiea25 says: Sep 18, 2016 7:18 AM

    Bills fans are like Packer fans, cold weather towns,where people are resilient and passionate. They deserve better. Long ,long, overdue.

  73. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 18, 2016 8:39 AM

    I guess even coaches need a fall guy…

  74. pisano says: Sep 18, 2016 12:58 PM

    The real story is Rex won’t be with the Bills long either. He has a tendency to wear out his welcome.

  75. mclennon99 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:22 PM

    All I hear now when Rex speaks is Charlie Brown’s teacher.

    REPORTER: “Rex…how do you intend to slow down the Cardinals offense?”

    REX:”Waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa”

  76. laffers says: Sep 21, 2016 2:28 AM

    Poor Rex. He’s better suited as a coordinator a position coach NOT a head coach.

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