Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Schwartz out on defense, Roman in on offense for Bills


If you weren't already sure, Rex Ryan will be calling the shots for the Buffalo defense next season.

Hired only a day ago to replace former head coach Doug Marrone, Ryan announced in his first press conference as new team leader that he's terminated the contract of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who led the unit to a fourth overall ranking in 2014.

Ryan acknowledged Schwartz's efforts with the squad Tuesday, saying the move was aimed at giving the 48-year-old coach a chance at another gig.

"I wanted to give Jim the opportunity to pursue other opportunities and so we have terminated his contract," Ryan said via buffalobills.com. "He did a terrific job with the Bills defense this past year and our plan is for our defense to continue to play well and be a dominating force."

While rumors continue to fly about Dennis Thurman -- Ryan's defensive coordinator with the Jets this year -- making his way up Route 87 to join his old boss, Marty Mornhinweg, Gang Green's ex-offensive coordinator, officially will not be taking the trip. 

Buffalo announced that Greg Roman will take the reins for the Bills' offense, a position he held with the San Francisco 49ers for the past four seasons. Roman has ties to Ryan as well, spending time with him during his coaching days in Baltimore as an assistant.

Since being brought on with San Francisco, Roman's offenses finished 26th, 11th, 24th and 20th, respectively.

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