Bills have decisions to make on Rick Dennison, Tyrod Taylor

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Buffalo finished 29th in total offense and 22nd in points, and the Bills scored only three points in the playoff loss to the Jaguars. It could cost offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and quarterback Tyrod Taylor their jobs.

Dennison did not get a public vote of confidence from Sean McDermott on Tuesday, as the head coach declined to speculate about the future of any coaches. McDermott said he will evaluate everything in the coming days and weeks.

The Bills have two months to figure out what to do at the quarterback position. It appears they are ready to move on from Taylor, who has gone 22-20 (plus a playoff loss) as the team’s starter the past three seasons.

“We’re not satisfied with the whole offense, and it wasn’t just about Tyrod,” Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said, via Mike Brown of the team website. “There are a lot of hands in the cookie jar so to speak. Sean and I are going to talk about everything. We know we have to get better on offense, defense and special teams. We are far from a finished product. We have a lot of work to do and we know that. That’s going to get started pretty quickly after this press conference.”

If the Bills are committed to moving on — and by all appearances they are — they will try to trade Taylor first before cutting him. He took a pay cut before the start of the season and now has only $1 million guaranteed next year with another $6 million due on the third day of the 2018 league year, which essentially becomes the Bills’ deadline for moving on from him. His salary cap hit for 2018 is $18.08 million.

The Bills would take a $3 million cap hit by cutting him and a $2 million hit by trading him.

Beane wasn’t giving anything away Tuesday, praising Taylor’s work ethic.

“The great thing about Tyrod is you can never question his work ethic,” Beane said. “He does so many good things and gives himself the best chance to succeed on the field by what he does off.”

The Bills, though, will have to find a quarterback if they decide to part ways with Taylor. Joe Webb becomes a free agent, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only other quarterback on their roster, and the Bills surely aren’t ready to entrust the offense to him.

The Bills do have two picks in each of the first two rounds of the draft, and Beane said that gives the team flexibility to address any position of need, including quarterback.

20 responses to “Bills have decisions to make on Rick Dennison, Tyrod Taylor

  1. Tyrod will be starting for JAX next year and all the derps will be like “DUUUUHHHHHHVAAAAAALLLLL” herp durp we don’t even know what that means

  2. I find it funny when a team that has a crappy QB and offensive “weapons” decides to fire it’s OC, as if it’s his fault that he can’t get a SB win out of Tyrod, Shady, and Benjamin.

    It’s not the coaches fault that the mess he has on offense can’t score or win, that’s all on the GM who picked or traded for these guys.

  3. Tyrod will be gone because they made it clear they wont adjust the offense to his skills all year. Once you have decided the system is more important than the players skills, what is the point of keeping him?

  4. Tough deal… like the Bronco’s having to talk about Siemian and Lynch.

    The entire discussion is painful without upside.

    I’ve never seen a group of guys blow so many easy throws… easy easy easy throws.

  5. 1) Bills don’t seem to be an attractive option for a lot of free agent QBs
    2) Peterman ins’t ready, and may never be
    3) Too high up in the draft to pick a QB this draft
    4) Tyrod probably doesn’t have a lot of starting options

    Tyrod comes back in a cheap deal, makes sense for everyone. Open the competition up between Tyrod, Peterman and a third random QB

  6. grumpysal says:
    January 9, 2018 at 4:43 pm
    I find it funny when a team that has a crappy QB and offensive “weapons” decides to fire it’s OC, as if it’s his fault that he can’t get a SB win out of Tyrod, Shady, and Benjamin.
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    Uh, I hope you aren’t throwing Shady under crappy offensive weapons, because if you know anything about football he is one of the better all around backs in the league. And based on the praise some other RBs get here, he is a likely HOFer.

  7. Dennison’s WC offense needs a Pocket Passing QB. TT was nowhere close to that need. His O relies on quick passing, short routes, play action and occasional long passes, none of which TT could do. Predictability is an over used wrong term. All O’s are predictable most of the time. It’s about efficiency. Dennison is a decent OC having proven it elsewhere. Does that mean all of a sudden he lost that efficiency? Or is it because he didn’t have his type of players to implement it? Truth be told, I am 50-50 on keeping him or finding someone else. He did have some good games calling plays. One in particular stands out. The Indy Snow game. He had a game plan drawn up, saw the conditions and scrapped it. Then called plays without any plan. We won because he called the right plays at the right times.

  8. Charles Territo says:
    January 9, 2018 at 6:54 pm
    Dennison’s WC offense needs a Pocket Passing QB. TT was nowhere close to that need. His O relies on quick passing, short routes, play action and occasional long passes, none of which TT could do. Predictability is an over used wrong term. All O’s are predictable most of the time. It’s about efficiency. Dennison is a decent OC having proven it elsewhere. Does that mean all of a sudden he lost that efficiency? Or is it because he didn’t have his type of players to implement it? Truth be told, I am 50-50 on keeping him or finding someone else. He did have some good games calling plays. One in particular stands out. The Indy Snow game. He had a game plan drawn up, saw the conditions and scrapped it. Then called plays without any plan. We won because he called the right plays at the right times.
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    Hate to tell you this, but Dennison never did anything elsewhere except hold Gary Kubiak’s clipboard.

  9. You just don’t know. Gary did call plays but Dennison did too. They shared play calling. Thoght most fans knew that. I was wrong, there’s you.

  10. The problem is more Taylor than Dennison. Taylor misses or doesn’t even see wide open receivers. There wouldn’t be any wide open receivers if Dennison wasn’t doing a good job. The yards that Shay McCoy gets without any passing game is astounding. Good QB play plus a better passing game and McCoy is a 1500 yard back in Buffalo.

  11. As much as I don’t like Dennison, anyone actually watching the games see WR’s wide open. Despite the limited offensive weapons, we still should have had better production. Taylor is clearly not wanted by the coaching staff otherwise they would have built around him instead of despite him…..

  12. Am I the only Bills fan that thinks we should acquire a new QB, preferably in this year’s draft (any but Allen and Rudpolph IMO) and keep TT??
    Dennison is forgettable.

  13. It’s hard to keep TT and then groom a younger QB behind him. I mean if TT would agree to a pay cut, maybe…but it’s likely he’ll get starting money somewhere making him too pricey to keep and build the team. I don’t know who, I’ll have to dig and see who outside the few big names might be available in the ‘veteran’ category. They’ll likely have Vet, new draft pick and Peterman…give Peterman a year in camp and preseason to show something (backup/3rd string) and let the vet lead the team, while the draft pick learns. If it’s TT theres too much chatter to pull him and start rookie…..coaching staff made it clear he’s not their guy…probably better for both to go sep ways and maybe works out for both.

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