Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Bills fire offensive coordinator Rick Dennison

Bills fire offensive coordinator Rick Dennison

It wasn't the best one-year audition for Dennison, whose offense managed just 263 yards in the playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dennison joined Buffalo shortly after Sean McDermott was hired as the team's head coach a year ago. But McCoy took the Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator job and was sacked midseason.

Shula was on staff with McDermott in Carolina for six years, so there's an obvious connection there. There are some early candidates, including former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who has western NY ties.

"We're not satisfied with the whole offense, and it wasn't just about [quarterback] Tyrod [Taylor]", general manager Brandon Beane said Tuesday.

The Bills' change at offensive coordinator will likely coincide with a change at quarterback this offseason. Everyday stuff here, things that happen in the week, in the games, and we talk about those decisions and plan them out. "We are aligned philosophically on how we believe it should look and how we believe the building process should basically take shape". Averaging 176.6 passing yards per game, the Bills were second-to-last in that category, but thanks largely to stud running back LeSean McCoy, they were sixth in rushing offense at 126.1 yards per game.

The play resulted in an offensive pass interference penalty on wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and the Bills settled for a field goal in the 10-3 loss. We will go through a lot of those scenarios leading up into the draft, but you do have to have one final voice to make that call.

The Buffalo Bills ended their 17-year playoff drought this season but bowed out in the wild-card round. Dennison previously had two stints as the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator (2006-08 and 2015-16) and Houston Texans' offensive coordinator (2010-13), working primarily under Gary Kubiak.

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