Bills' Greg Roman fired right after team photo

You’d think that if you were asked to pose for the team photo, your job would be secure for at least a few hours. You’d think. And if you’re ex-Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman, you’d be wrong.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that Greg Roman, the first coaching casualty of the 2016 NFL season, got the boot from head coach Rex Ryan right after the Buffalo Bills posed for their team photo. The stone-cold firing came shortly after the entire Bills team got posterized by the New York Jets 37-31 on Thursday night.

Ryan rolled into Buffalo last year riding a wave of attitude and expectation, and now the attitude is all but gone while the expectations have gone unmet. The Bills are 0-2 on the year and already rank as one of the season’s most disappointing teams. Roman was a sacrificial lamb after Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula met with Ryan on Friday morning, and so, right after the photo, Ryan made the call.

Roman, who won acclaim while leading the offensive attack of the San Francisco 49ers under Jim Harbaugh, had been the NFL’s highest-paid offensive coordinator, and is still due $2.5 million this season. However, USA Today reported that many players were not exactly displeased that Roman was gone. “I haven’t talked to anybody that isn’t excited about the move,” one said, though no players would put their names to their sentiments.

Former Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman, fired soon after the team photo. (AP)
Former Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman, fired soon after the team photo. (AP)

Meanwhile, Roman was gracious after his firing, seeking to counter the narrative that he and Ryan feuded. “I have nothing but respect for coach Ryan and I thought we had a great working relationship,” Roman told Sporting News Sunday. “We met and he informed me of his decision. I thought it was handled very professionally. We then discussed how we could best make this work for everybody moving forward.”

Ryan is almost surely coaching for his job at this point; while the Bills have suffered injuries and suspensions, the team nonetheless has the talent to make a feasible run at a wild-card berth. We’re two games into the year and that seems like an unlikely end result, but it could be the only one that keeps the Bills from wholesale turnover.

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