Bills fire offensive coordinator amid 5-5 season

The Buffalo Bills have fired offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, the team announced Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know:

 

Dorsey became the team’s offensive coordinator in 2022 after starting as the Bills’ quarterbacks coach in 2019.

Quarterbacks coach Joe Brady will take over as interim offensive coordinator.

Brady served as offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers from 2020-2021 and passing game coordinator at LSU in 2019.

The Bills are sliding as they’re 5-5 and have lost three of their last four games. They lost to the Denver Broncos on Monday night.

 

 

Backstory

 

The Bills rank eighth in the NFL in scoring averaging 26.2 points per game. Buffalo ranks seventh in total offense averaging 370.1 yards per game.

 

Last season, the team ranked second in total offense (397.6) and points per game (28.4). Dorsey’s offense translated into team success as the Bills ranked second in the NFL and led the AFC with a +169 point differential while tallying a 13-3 record.

 

Dorsey’s firing is no knee-jerk reaction

Although a somewhat controversial firing given the way the Bills ultimately lost to the Broncos on Monday night, the build-up to Dorsey’s firing has been a slow burn since the beginning of the year, and really a continuation of the disjointed end to their 2022 season. Outside of the second half against the Raiders in Week 2 and their full-game effort against the Dolphins, problems have persisted over their other eight games.

 

Even with enhancements on the offensive line and to their pass-catching group, the Bills have been unable to finish drives consistently. The play-calling has been predictable and they’ve relied on go-to plays far too often. Outside of an opening drive, the play selection and sequencing has seemed more of someone coaching to save his job rather than one with a plan to set up a defense.

 

Coach Sean McDermott has been adamant that the Bills need a threat to run the ball with the backs, and Dorsey didn’t deliver that consistently enough. The offense lacked the true dynamic qualities that made them special, and when the team needed to rely on the offense more after several long-term injuries to their defense, there was no response. — Joe Buscaglia, Bills staff writer

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