Dec 14, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz on the field before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffalo Bills have come to terms with the new offensive coordinator that will be under Rex Ryan, Greg Roman. Greg Roman is coming over from the San Francisco 49ers where he ran their offensive scheme for the past 3 years. Both Roman and Ryan worked together when they were assistants with the Baltimore Ravens. This deal will be finalized later today as Roman is coming in to sign the paperwork.
The bigger news on the front for the Buffalo Bills is that Jim Schwartz has decided to part ways with the Buffalo Bills and their 4th ranked defense that he put together this past year.
"Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will not return for the 2015 season, a league source said Monday night.– ESPN"
This will put the Buffalo Bills defense into their third coordinator for each of the past three years. Although, the defenses have been in the top 10 the past two years, what will be in store for the defense this year.
The source had cited difference of defensive philosophy as to the reason the Schwartz is leaving. Both Ryan and Schwartz spoke the other day about the direction of the defense and Schwartz obviously was not on board with where Rex Ryan wanted to go.
Will we see a 3-4 in Buffalo. The main scheme that Rex likes to run. It looks like that former New York Jets defensive coordinator, Dennis Thurman, who severed under Ryan in New York, will be the front runner to come in and take the reigns of the defense.
The Jets defense has been in the top ten for 5 of the 6 years that Ryan was head coach for them so seeing much of a drop would not be expected even with Schwartz leaving at this point.
Although I am not a fan of this move, and would have liked to see Rex Ryan give Jim Schwartz complete control of the defense, I understand why it is happening and wish Jim Schwartz the best of luck on where ever he lands.