Did Greg Roman Deserve To Be Fired?
One fair knock on Greg Roman is that he was unable to get the ball into his best playmakers hands enough. Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy are two of the most talented players in the NFL and they have not been as productive as they should have been under Roman.
Sure Watkins and McCoy were both injured last year, and Watkins was injured again this year, but the fact is that Watkins is healthy enough to be on the field and you need to get him the ball. Roman has also struggled to get production out of Charles Clay with his play calling which is another shortcoming of his tenure in Buffalo.
If Rex Ryan isn’t lying and this was 100 percent his decision this could be the reason. According to the Buffalo News he said:
"“I think we need the change. I think we have a lot of talent on offense. I believe we’re going to do what we can to put the ball in our play-makers’ hands.”"
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If the report of the Pegula’s telling Rex he needed to make a high-profile move and remove someone from his staff is true, Roman was the only option for Rex. Ryan wasn’t going to remove someone from his defensive staff and Roman was the only person on the offensive side that made sense.
Rex only had two other coaches who were high-profile enough that it would send a message to the rest of the team. If he fired defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, the media would pounce and claim that he had planned this all along to put his brother Rob in that role. The chorus of people screaming about nepotism would grow considerably.
On the other hand, if Rex fired his brother Rob he may never talk to his brother again. On top of that, it would make all their talk this offseason about doubling down on the Ryan defense seem hollow. It would be damaging to their profile around the league and that’s the last thing they want to do to the Ryan name.
So in comes Greg Roman the scapegoat and the only person remaining that Rex could fire that would be acceptable to the owners. If this was the scenario, there really wasn’t a decision to be made at all. The answer was obvious.
That’s not the end of the plot twists here. There are reports that Roman didn’t like Rex Ryan. Check it out on the next slide.