Rex Ryan may be one of the NFL coaches many pundits believe is on the hot seat, and he himself had said in a profanity-laced team speechthat he’ll be the first coach gone if his system doesn’t work. That’s why it came as a shock to many when the Buffalo Bills had fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman, following the team’s rocky 0-2 start to the 2016 NFL season. But who was behind the firing? According to a new report from ESPN, it’s all on Ryan, and not on Bills management.

Ryan’s decision to fire Roman was “his move”

Although earlier reports had suggested that Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula were behind the decision to fire Roman, Ryan said earlier today that the decision was unquestionably “his move” and no one else’s.

He added that after Friday morning’s meeting with the Pegulas, the husband-and-wife ownership team was willing to back him up on his decision to shake things up by firing the offensive coordinator.

Prior to his firing, Roman had spent close to two years with the Bills, having been hired in January 2015 alongside Ryan. He had unsuccessfully bid to replace Doug Marrone as Buffalo’s head coach when he stepped down after the 2014 season, but instead ended up as the NFL’s top-paid offensive coordinator.

RB coach Anthony Lynn will take over Roman’s position

With Roman fired after just 18 games as the Bills’ offensive coordinator, he will be replaced by Anthony Lynn, the team’s erstwhile assistant head coach and running backs coach.

The 47-year-old Lynn is no stranger to the Rex Ryan system, having worked with him when he coached the New York Jets from 2009 to 2014. He’s also an NFL veteran as a player, having served as a backup running back for the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers from 1993 to 1999.

Why fire the OC when the defense needs help?

Another thing that made Roman’s firing quite a surprise was the fact that the Bills had improved drastically on offense in their 37-31 loss against the Jets on Thursday night. In their season opener, Buffalo gained only 160 yards on offense as they lost 13-7 to the Baltimore Ravens.

In the Jets game, the Bills had a more than respectable 393 yards on offense, but still gave up 493 to New York, with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick passing for an impressive 374 yards.

This begged the question of why the Bills, through Ryan, fired Roman when the defense was a bigger problem against the Jets. According to Ryan, the defense does have its share of problems, but it was still more important and more “appropriate” to “help (the Bills) moving forward” by getting rid of the offensive coordinator.

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