Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Buffalo Bills fire offensive coordinator Rick Dennison

Buffalo Bills fire offensive coordinator Rick Dennison

Dennison arrived in Buffalo before the start of last season after head coach Sean McDermott took over, previously having served as an offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos for two stints (2006 to 2008 and 2015 to 2016) and for the Houston Texans (2010 to 2013). His successor hasn't been announced.

Despite making the playoffs with a 9-7 record, the offense struggled over the course of the season, with the Bills even benching Taylor for one game before reinstating him a week later. Under the watch of the 59-year-old Dennison, the Bills finished 31st in passing offense (176.6), 29th in total yards (302.6) and 22nd in points (18.9).

The move comes five days after Buffalo was ousted in its first playoff appearance in 17 seasons, via a 10-3 loss at Jacksonville in the wild-card round. On another drive, the Bills had second-and-long and he called for a Mike Tolbert run that went nowhere. That could be enough to make McCoy among the first calls the Bills make when they reach out for Dennison's replacement. The team's rushing attack was the sixth-best in the NFL. Incumbent starter Tyrod Taylor has one year left on his contract, but could be cut loose this offseason.

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Buffalo has the No. 21 and No. 22 picks in April's draft, as well as its original second-round pick and the Los Angeles Rams' second-round selection.

General manager Brandon Beane, speaking on WGR 550, hardly gave Taylor a vote of confidence, saying that the Bills are "still in the process" of finding a franchise quarterback. He also was hired to coach the quarterbacks for the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. And for that reason, and likely many others, the Bills will be looking for a new direction for the 2018 season. There are some early candidates, including former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who has western NY ties.

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