Report: Greg Roman expected to join Rex Ryan in Buffalo

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The inability to develop a quarterback and a consistent offensive attack helped Rex Ryan lose his job with the Jets at the end of the regular season, which means he’s fully aware of the problems that could arise if the Bills follow the same script under his tutelage.

With the benched EJ Manuel at the top of the quarterback depth chart and no first-round pick in 2015, that’s a fairly reasonable concern. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Greg Roman will be charged with making sure that things don’t go down that way.

Schefter reports that Roman is expected to be hired as Ryan’s offensive coordinator in Buffalo. Roman and Ryan spent time together as assistants in Baltimore before Roman went to Stanford and started a working relationship with Jim Harbaugh that took him to the offensive coordinator job with the 49ers.

That job went well for three years as the 49ers advanced to at least the NFC Championship Game each year and went to the Super Bowl with Colin Kaepernick, but they slipped to 8-8 this year with a passing offense that misfired on a grand scale. Roman will have to turn that around in Buffalo whether Manuel or someone else is the quarterback or Ryan’s tenure in Buffalo could play out a lot like his first stop in the AFC East.

89 responses to “Report: Greg Roman expected to join Rex Ryan in Buffalo

  1. I think I’m on the “no post list” my comments are regularly deleted. But, I’ll give it a try.

    I find it funny that the Dolphins, Patriots and now the Jets will have to put up with the Rex Ryan show twice each season!

  2. Rexy becoming headcoach of a team without a quality starting QB sounds like a repeat. He would’ve been much better off in Atlanta but perhaps he had doubts about his ability to rebuild a defense there.

  3. Rex Ryan has proven in the league as a head coach that he can get a team to play average to above average defensively and cannot develope a quarterback at all. So knowing the trash at the quarterback position in Buffalo, I don’t see that changing and him being fired in 2 or 3 seasons. So basically the Bills will remain in their treadmill of bad to mediocre football that they’ve been witnessing. And don’t tell me how good your defense is, because it really won’t make a difference until Brady gets old or retires.

  4. Well there you go niner fans. You all blamed roman for Kaperchokes terrible play. So if/when he chokes again next year what will be your excuse? Why am I even asking you. We all know your hibernating for the winter already. Haven’t heard from the usual trolls in awhile. Hope your enjoying watching the Seahawks do what you couldn’t do. We win championships, Russell and our defense don’t choke it away like the niners have done. Speaking of done. Your team is done.

  5. Bills are basically the 2010 Jets now.

    Defense is loaded.
    Inexperienced QB.
    Offense is mediocre.

    I hope they have success so the pats don’t continue to win the division by default.

  6. I think the general public is suffering from rex-lash.

    rex-lash is much less severe than a case of tannenberculosis.

  7. As a Pats fan, I see these as good hires. Miami and the Jets have been leapfrogged. The Pats will have some tough competition in the Bills. That said, Rex is like a guy who in a bad relationship with a woman but can’t move on. He should of picked a job away from Brady and Belichick.

  8. Not sure why everyone thinks the Atlanta job is so much better than the Buffalo job just because of Matt Ryan. The fact of it is that the Bills won more games in each of the last two seasons and had absolutely zero quarterback play. So I don’t see why people are saying Atlanta is such a better job. There is wayyyy more work to do in Atlanta. The Bills are a DECENT quarterback away from being a solid playoff team.

  9. Atlanta had the better QB than Buffalo but their defense is a dumpster fire. You can only scheme away so much. Remember Mike Smith was a defensive guy(Jags’ DC) and he had a terrible defense year in and year out.

  10. So two guys now that haven’t made progress with young QBs? Ryan seems like a D-coordinator to me. The Jets never were a complete team with him. They just usually had rowdy D. Good luck Bills.

  11. Rex will keep the defense in good shape and effective.

    That offense though. Don’t see it improving in any way shape or form under Rex.

    And what a shame the rest of the AFCE has to put up with his buffoonery for another couple years. Sorry Buffalo, your run of bottom feeding will continue.

    What a horrible hire to crush the fans hopes after they were so optimistic after the sale of the team

  12. Don’t really understand….they have a QB problem and they go out and get a HC and
    OC that have a track record of gross and I did say gross ineptness in developing QB’s

    Wow that is not ignorance that is pure stupidity lol

  13. Kissmysandwich: I hate to tell you but Roman had plenty of success. The niners offense had a rough year this year but besides that Roman was the offensive coordinator for Andrew luck, Alex smith who went on to be a starting QB elsewhere, and has been deep into the playoffs 3 out of 4 seasons with Colin Kaepernick. So to say Roman has not been successful is ridiculous.

  14. The haters assume that the Bills will be “stuck” with EJ Manuel as the starting QB for some time to come. Why? I expect the new owners to follow up this HC move by acquiring a viable starter at QB in this offseason. Get ready for another big splash.

  15. number1hawkfan says:
    Jan 11, 2015 11:21 AM
    Well there you go niner fans. You all blamed roman for Kaperchokes terrible play. So if/when he chokes again next year what will be your excuse? Why am I even asking you. We all know your hibernating for the winter already. Haven’t heard from the usual trolls in awhile. Hope your enjoying watching the Seahawks do what you couldn’t do. We win championships, Russell and our defense don’t choke it away like the niners have done. Speaking of done. Your team is done.

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    Dude, stop trolling. I’ve been a Seahawks fan since their inception, probably longer than you’ve been alive. Show some class and stop dragging us all down. Don’t be a troll. Just sit back, smile and know the Hawks are pretty damn good and who cares what the fans of other teams think or say.
    It’s all good man! It’s all good!!

    As they say, “Act like you’ve been there before!”

  16. oetoronto says:
    Jan 11, 2015 11:16 AM
    lol, perfect!
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    No, what’s perfect is that you still are a Raiders fan and will be watching the CFL…..no NFL ever coming to the armpit of sports……Toronto…..loser town.

  17. It will be great to keep Rex in the division, his defenses are a great challenge and his quotability and entertainment value is fantastic.
    But I wonder if the Jets will be his superbowl now or if that will still be the Pats?

  18. The first thing Roman is going to realize is that the WRs he had in San Francisco would have a hard time making the Bills’ team. Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods are both fine receivers. Watkins has HOF written all over him. Three years ago Roman was a genius in San Francisco, and I don’t think he got dumb all of the sudden. I think the 49ers’ front office imploded and the coaches luckily got out. The second thing he’s going to realize is that Bills don’t have a QB on their roster. Period. I’m sure Roman has started looking at film of the college QBs and hopes to find one in the second round. If the Bills get a good QB, Ryan and Roman will become great coaches. If they don’t, they’ll both get fired. Period. The funny thing is, we all know that.

  19. He didn’t go to the Falcons for two reasons. No defense and the Saints didn’t let go of his brother Rob. If Sam Bradford can stay healthy and sign with the Bills then they will have a very solid team.

  20. number1hawkfan says:
    Jan 11, 2015 11:21 AM

    We win championships, Russell and our defense don’t choke it away like the niners have done. Speaking of done. Your team is done.

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    You win nothing. The team you happen to root for has won one championship. Their accomplishments have nothing to do with you.

  21. @coseybedaman

    You do realize Jim Harbaugh ran the offense, right? on all those teams.

    It was his decision to keep Alex Smith, it was also his decision to replace Alex Smith with Kaepernick to start running the pistol and it was Harbaugh who recruited Andrew Luck to Stanford.

    But okay.

  22. dirtyharry44 says: Jan 11, 2015 11:44 AM

    number1hawkfan says:
    Jan 11, 2015 11:21 AM
    Well there you go niner fans. You all blamed roman for Kaperchokes terrible play. So if/when he chokes again next year what will be your excuse? Why am I even asking you. We all know your hibernating for the winter already. Haven’t heard from the usual trolls in awhile. Hope your enjoying watching the Seahawks do what you couldn’t do. We win championships, Russell and our defense don’t choke it away like the niners have done. Speaking of done. Your team is done.

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    Dude, stop trolling. I’ve been a Seahawks fan since their inception, probably longer than you’ve been alive. Show some class and stop dragging us all down. Don’t be a troll. Just sit back, smile and know the Hawks are pretty damn good and who cares what the fans of other teams think or say.
    It’s all good man! It’s all good!!

    As they say, “Act like you’ve been there before!”
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    That was a really refreshing comment pal. Kudos to you. Your fellow fans are quite the obnoxious bunch. Speaking of obnoxious fans, Pats fans (at least the ones on here) are quickly starting to push the majority of Hawks fans as the most obnoxious. Just enjoy the fact that you win a lot of games, have one of the best coach/QB combos ever, and enjoy the show. Quit being such jerks to everyone else. It’s sickening.

  23. This is a year for great RB’s in the draft. Bills will get one in the 2nd round. Bills will add free agent Jet LB David Harris via free agency. With ground and pound the Jets made the AFC championship in Rex’s first two years with skill players at RB and WR. They beat the Patriots in the playoffs.

    Mark Sanchez made the AFC Championship game twice with skilled offensive players like Ladanian Tomlinson, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. He’d be a good fit in ground and pound for the Bills.

  24. I like the hire as that locker room needed someone to come in and calm the environment after what players thought was a stab in the back by Marrone. Bring in a guy who guys want to play for. Now maybe Hughes and Spikes looks at the HC situation and decide to stay.

    Whether it’s Trestman or Roman, it doesn’t matter as it’s leaps and bounds above Hackett. You see the success that those two OCs had and it’s encouraging. What I’m waiting for is to hear about Schwartz. Need to keep him on board and keep the defensive scheme intact as it has played to the strengths of this roster. Those two personalities together in the locker room though….

  25. billswillnevermove says:
    Jan 11, 2015 11:44 AM
    No, what’s perfect is that you still are a Raiders fan and will be watching the CFL…..no NFL ever coming to the armpit of sports……Toronto…..loser town.
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    I’m sure 99% of the population would rather live in Nairobi than buffalol.

  26. This is Chuck Knox all over again. So once Rex is out… say in 3 years, are we going to then sign Vince Ferragamo too? I’m a Bills fan but until they realize this team needs a new everything… complete change of direction from staff to logo, we will continue to suffer. With Miami developing and the Patriots holding the keys to the division, the Bills will keep spinning and twisting with only dreams of playoffs. Rex must have really sold the Pegulas on his skills as a HC, which suck if you ask me. I can’t believe that Ryan got hired. I’ve seen this type of move many times by the Bills… doesn’t matter who’s running the show. Mistake. Mark it down. Freakin’ Bills…..

  27. coseybedaman says:Jan 11, 2015 11:27 AM

    Not sure why everyone thinks the Atlanta job is so much better than the Buffalo job just because of Matt Ryan. The fact of it is that the Bills won more games in each of the last two seasons and had absolutely zero quarterback play. So I don’t see why people are saying Atlanta is such a better job. There is wayyyy more work to do in Atlanta. The Bills are a DECENT quarterback away from being a solid playoff team.

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Bills are a way better job than Atlanta right now. Their defense is top 3 in the league and their position players on offense are young playmakers who can explode for a touchdown on any given catch. I think Roman coming in will definitely give a boost to their run game because it stinked this year. Even though he’s a conservative coach, his run packages are the best in the league. He really mixes it up and it throws the defense off. And they also don’t need to be a pass heavy team in order to be successful. Just find a decent qb and they’ll be good.

     

  28. Ryan- so the head coach runs the offense, defense, special teams? Not quite. That’s why there is coordinators. There is also a reason Harbaugh brought an unproven coordinator everywhere he went for 7 years. Roman is a very good coach and many teams were after him. Just like everyone said that Mike Pettine had no influence because “Rex runs the defense”. Now he is a head coach a year later. Whether Jim ran the offense or not the coordinators learn, and mimic their mentors.

  29. number1douche-bag says:
    Jan 11, 2015 11:21 AM

    Well there you go niner fans. You all blamed roman for Kaperchokes terrible play. So if/when he chokes again next year what will be your excuse?

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    Dig deep and try to show some class. You have a good team in Seattle. You don’t have to continue to act like a total fool.

  30. Samgeyser- as a die hard Bills fan I definitely would love to know how the Dolphins are developing, but the Bills are not? The only difference is that Miami thinks they have a good QB and coach. However, they both prove over and over that they are not . At least Buffalo knows they need one a QB. The Bills have never made a move for a big name head coach so I am baffled by this whole argument. We always get the Jauron, Gailey, Williams, Marrone type guys who were on nobody’s radar.

  31. roman will have a better qb and better fans. fans that don’t have to be taught “when on offense (kaepernick has the ball) be very quiet. fans that can afford to go to games telling the loud people to be quiet and sit down.

  32. Roman should be head coach and Ryan defensive coach. Roman will make Ryan shine. Just don’t see why people think Ryan is a leader or good coach. I’m not a pro but he has poor click mgmt, poor use of coaching staff and players and a poor eye on talent. So glad he is not w Niner. He would have kill that team in 3 years hands down let alone failed in his first year with all that talent. Hood luck Buffalo all though Roman will help out immensely. He was a Harbaugh scape goat this past season. That was not his idea of offense…

  33. Omg why. Roma. Is HORRID. Need we look at the niners offense with all the talent in the world. I hate being a Bills fan

  34. Roman is a better fit here than Trestman. Trestman doesn’t want another Cutler. He is either better suited to a cerebral veteran QB, evident by the great work he did with Anthony Calvillo, or a promising youngster he can develop, like he may get if he gets the Tampa OC job and gets to work with Mariota.

  35. Toronto is not an armpit of anything buddy. It’s a great city with a rich hockey tradition. Sure the Leafs are disappointing but no worse than the Sabers. I’ll gling to the glory days of the Blue Jays winning back to back world series and while they haven’t done a whole lot lately – they always compete and play in the toughest division in baseball. (Yankees, red Sox, orioles and rays). The Raptors have been one of the better teams the last few seasons and have a solid core of young players coming into their own. Just because Ralph Wilson and Ted Rogers made a deal to have Buffalo games in toronto don’t hate on the city. They didn’t do their homework, assuming everyone up here loves the bills. While there are fans of Buffalo here, there’s a lot of diversity and there are pockets of most nfl team fan bases here.

    As a niners fan, while it’s not a popular train of thought but Roman wasn’t as bad as some niners fans say he is. He’s very creative and did some wonderful things especially with regards to the running game. It just seems like he outsmarts himself at times and doesn’t adjust during the games. Might be a good fit for you guys for a few years. Good luck.

  36. what was rex supposed to do with the qbs he was given? did anyone watch sanchez with the eagles. he was lost all year, the system allowed him to put some stats up but any mediocre qb takes that team to the playoffs. geno is just not an nfl calibre qb.
    saying rex isn’t a good coach because he couldn’t develop those plugs is like telling someone they cant cook because they can’t turn eggs into bacon.

  37. First, I want to thank the Buffalo Bills for hiring Rex Ryan. Now there is no way he can come to Chicago and make the Bears even more dysfunctional . I thank you from the bottom of my heart. For this, I wish Buffalo a great and kind rest of the winter.

    Now @ tigerlilac , I just have one small comment to your comment. How does the hiring of Ryan make the Bills leapfrog BOTH the dolphins and the Jets, when the Bills had a better record than the Jets ?? They were already ahead of the Jets . ( not sure what the Dolphins record ended at. ) So at best, Ryan can only “leapfrog ” the Dolphins and frankly, I don’t think Dolphins record was better than the Bills.

    One side note, if your post was sarcastic, congrats, you got me, I am claiming the head cold for missing it . 🙂

  38. dontbugmeonsundays says: Jan 11, 2015 12:10 PM

    coseybedaman says:Jan 11, 2015 11:27 AM

    Not sure why everyone thinks the Atlanta job is so much better than the Buffalo job just because of Matt Ryan
    ………………………………………………………

    Because Rex Ryan has proven he can build a defense. It’s the offensive side of the ball where the Jets struggled. The thinking is if he can improve Atlanta’s defense, the offense is already in place for him. If he goes to Buffalo he is still going to have the same issue that plagued him in NY. No quarterback.

  39. The Bills are going to draft Brandon Bridge now. Projected 4-5th round draft pick, after the combine this guy is going to shoot up to 2nd round. Same mold as Colin.

  40. I feel sorry for Bills fans…GEt ready for the most boring the worst offense in the league.

    Buffalo deserved better

  41. Rex Ryan is a better coach than he is being given credit for on this thread. He has some baggage but he is an exciting hire for Buffalo and new ownership. Atlanta is a horrible sports town. As an outsider, Bills fans are better in my opinion.

  42. number1hawkfan says:
    Well there you go niner fans. You all blamed roman for Kaperchokes terrible play. So if/when he chokes again next year what will be your excuse? Why am I even asking you. We all know your hibernating for the winter already. Don’t see the usual trolls here. Hope your enjoying watching the Seahawks do what you couldn’t do.
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    Speaking of trolls that have nothing to do with the article…

    I find it interesting that some SeaHawk’s fans still don’t understand why they have become The Most hated fanbase in the NFL.
    Stay classy Seattle.

    Roman should be an upgrade for the Bills.

  43. This proves Rex Ryan has completely lost his mind.

    Leaves a team with no quarterback and not much offense which caused his firing to join a team with no quarterback and not much offense which will likely cost him his job.

    There’s only one word for this… DUH !!!!!!!

  44. coseybedaman says:
    Jan 11, 2015 11:39 AM

    Kissmysandwich: I hate to tell you but Roman had plenty of success. The niners offense had a rough year this year but besides that Roman was the offensive coordinator for Andrew luck…
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    Yes he was. And he chose to build the offense around around Toby Gerhart, for some reason…

  45. Rex already knows what type of was established by Pettine two years ago and the talent. Pettine worked under Ryan. Ryan feel comfortable going to a team playing at a high level. The Bills just lack a QB and offensive play. The Atlanta has just been under achieving all the way around.

  46. Rex gets unfairly criticized for his qb’s. he doesn’t pick the qb’s he wasn’t the gm Rex just plays the hand he is dealt. the gm’s of the Jets are the people who should have been criticized for not getting Rex a decent qb.

  47. Yes Bills fans you are in luck hiring Roman if…

    – You don’t like scoring in the fourth quarter or halftime adjustments

    – You like the opposing defense calling out the play before the snap

    – You don’t like getting plays in on time

    – You’re a big fan of field goals not touchdowns in the red zone

    These are just few things off the top of my head. Yeah, Roman is going to be great!!!

  48. Not a Bills fan , but I think the Bills made a solid move. I’m also quite amused at some of these comments . So many people here have labeled Manuel a bust and unable to be coached have forgotten about QBs like Alex Smith , Sanchez , etc. Same label – different results. Not saying he’s in his caliber , but at one time , people were saying Flacco was a bust too , and half of the clowns on ESPN , NFL network , etc , and probably most of the people bemoaning Manuel now , we’re saying it too . And half of the clowns on here have probably never seen a Bills game ( understandable ) , let alone seen Manuel play , yet have it all figured out after 14 games. Yeah , ok . And joetoronto, I know you might be a little but hurt about the Bills not coming to Toronto , but bro , stick to the CFL and give it a rest . You hitched your wagon to BonJovi. Just go play some of his records , cry about what could have been and stop trolling Bills fans. They’ve been through enough.

  49. Funny to see people bag on Roman as being inept or boring. You guys do know what he would be replacing Hackett who could have been the worst OC in the league. Whether you think Roman sucks or not, the step up over Hackett is pretty significant.

    This does not bode well for Manuel. He now has to learn another system after struggling with the one already in place. I hope management monitors the QB situations in Washington and Philly. Maybe shake a few trees to see what those teams do with guys like Cousins or Foles as the FA pool is less than impressive.

  50. 49ers fans could not be more annoying. Pretty cheap cop out to blame the same OC for their failure of a season when they loved him two years ago. Hope he succeeds in Buffalo to stick it to them.

  51. Seahawks fans could not be more annoying. Pretty cheap to talk smack when your team is classless. Marshawn, no professionalism at all, can’t bring himself to be an adult and answer a few questions. Dick Sherman is on the opposite end of the spectrum and talks too much. Don’t you guys have some addys to go pop? Or some NFL practice rules to go violate? Maybe you can help your qb to find another wife to divorce when he signs his next contract. Wow is that one fake guy, every time he talks I get contact embarrassment from his corny fakeness.

  52. I’m not apologizing for anything I say about the niners. For the last three years since I’ve been reading PFT they’ve been talking trash. Don’t confuse what I’m saying. It’s been 3 years reading this website, been a diehard fan since I was a kid. That’s why I post about them. They talk like our fan base just started watching football. They put a billboard up on I-5 in fife, about 45 min south of Seattle. They talk about how Russell is nothing and how”nobody has it better”. Sorry , it’s fun rubbing their nose in it. That’s how you watch sports. I got friends that are bears, eagles and believe it or not niner fans and all we do is talk trash to each other. Has nothing to do with class, it’s sports. This win with class talk is so lame. It’s entertainment. Richard Sherman is entertaining. Mike Bennett saying we have the best defense is entertaining. When I watch my kid play sports, that’s a different story. Sportsmanship is important. But this is the nfl, give me a break. Does everyone have to get but hurt about everything.

  53. number1hawkfan,

    One would sound weak if he’s still talking smack to a foe while he’s down. Do you see Seahawk players putting down the Niners when they had a rough season? No, Pete Carroll even felt sorry for Harbaugh’s rough season with the media. What kind of “fan” are you, 2012th man?

  54. Hopefully Baalke can start hitting on some of his draft picks so he can keep a roster as talented as the current one that McCloughan mostly assembled. No more throwaway draft classes, Baalke Boy.

  55. Seahawks fans could not be more annoying. Pretty cheap to talk smack when your team is classless. Marshawn, no professionalism at all, can’t bring himself to be an adult and answer a few questions. Dick Sherman is on the opposite end of the spectrum and talks too much. Don’t you guys have some addys to go pop? Or some NFL practice rules to go violate? Maybe you can help your qb to find another wife to divorce when he signs his next contract. Wow is that one fake guy, every time he talks I get contact embarrassment from his corny fakeness.

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    Sour grapes?

    Roman is better than you guys want to admit. Just watch next year when Kaepernick is still bad with a new OC.

  56. I am a 49ers fan that lives near Buffalo and most of my friends are Bills fans. They were knocking on the door of the playoffs and finally turning things around this past year…….. I feel so bad for the city of Buffalo. They deserve better than this.

  57. Ryan was unsuccessful with Jets with a top flight defense, a solid but not spectacular running game, a sub-par stable of WR’s and bottom of the barrel QB’s.
    So he signs onto a team with a top flight defense, a solid but not spectacular running game, a sub-par stable of WR’s and bottom of the barrel QB’s.

    Heck even the same divisions.

    What’s the definition of insanity??

  58. As a niner fan, I watched a lot of Roman coordinated games. He has got some good points and some bad ones. He does do power running well and he occasionally has really good game plans. He does pull back too quickly when his team is up, which leads to a lot of close games that could have been 2-3 score wins. The plays come in really slowly which means his teams have a hard time getting into a rhythm. His teams struggle in the red zone and have better first halves than second. Hopefully for the Bills, Ryan can bring out his good points and help him improve his bad ones.

  59. Roman seems like a good hire (if they hired him). they will need a QB (unless Manuel is it), but if they find a QB, i think Roman’s a good enough play caller to win with.

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