Rex Ryan: 'My move' to fire Bills OC Greg Roman

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said Friday he made the decision to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman earlier in the day.

Ryan said he met with team ownership the morning after the team's 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on Thursday night and expressed his desire to make the change. Ryan said owners Terry and Kim Pegula supported his decision.

"I'm accountable for everything that goes on," said Ryan. "And I'm also accountable for these decisions."

A report circulated Friday afternoon that Ryan was pressured by the front office to fire Roman.

"This is my move, without question," Ryan said.

Roman was replaced by assistant head coach/running backs Anthony Lynn. Ryan said he wants to see the offensive playmakers more involved and expects to see quarterback Tyrod Taylor's abilities showcased.

Roman's offense produced just seven points and 160 yards in a Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Those numbers improved to 24 points and 393 yards against the Jets, but clock management was an issue down the stretch after Buffalo closed the deficit to six points.

With no game this weekend, Lynn will have extra time to prepare for his next two opponents, a home date with the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 followed by a trip to New England for the Patriots' final game without suspended Tom Brady.

Roman joined Rex Ryan's staff last year after running the San Francisco 49ers' offense the previous four seasons. The Bills finished 13th in offense in 2015 but led the league in rushing yards.

The Bills have not reached postseason since 1999, so the pressure on Ryan and everyone else in Buffalo is greater than ever.

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