Bills firing Rick Dennison is start of offseason makeover on offense

Bills fire offensive coordinator Rick Dennison

While Buffalo made the playoffs for the first time since 1999 with a 9-7 record, it struggled mightily on offense throughout the season, ranking 29th in total yards per game (302.6) and 22nd in points per game (18.9).

"Dennison was criticized for giving quarterback Tyrod Taylor the option to pass on first-and-goal from the 1 instead of handing the ball off to star running back LeSean McCoy in the wild-card game against Jacksonville. That's probably one of them", McDermott said after the game. The Panthers fired Shula in a staff shakeup this week, and McDermott and GM Brandon Beane (another Carolina import) have not been shy in bringing their former team's assets north with them to Buffalo.

Dennison was Kubiak's offensive coordinator in Houston from 2010-13 and had a previous stint as the Broncos' offensive coordinator from 2006-08.

Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski: He served the past three seasons under Chuck Pagano, who was sacked.

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He has also been a special teams coordinator and offensive line coach, and he was the Baltimore Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2014.

As fair as it might have been to Dennison to afford him the opportunity to develop a young quarterback and mold him to his system, it makes more sense for the Bills to part ways now and find someone better for the task. But there is one interesting connection: McDermott and McCoy have the same agent, Bob LaMonte. He was the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012 when McDermott was Carolina's defensive coordinator, so there is a level of familiarity there.

The 59-year-old Dennison has extensive experience as an offensive coordinator.

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