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Bill’s GM Gives Important Hint About Buffalo’s Offensive Coordinator’s Future

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Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane discussed several topics during his hour-long session press conference on Tuesday, January 24, but his comments about offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey drew the most attention.

Dorsey was slammed by fans and analysts alike after the Bills’ 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional round as he appeared to have no creative game plan other than hoping quarterback Josh Allen switched to full superhero mode to turn around to achieve victory. However, Beane made it clear that he does not judge his offensive coordinator based on this one game, but on the season as a whole.

The Bills averaged 24.8 points per game during the regular season that ranked second in the league, and based on Dorsey’s experience as a quarterback at the University of Miami, Beane said there’s room to grow “when he gets into the second year is coming”, strongly suggesting there will be no changes at the site.

“You have a guy who played the position at a very high level, who won national championships on a big collegiate team, and that’s a win too,” Beane said. “I know what Josh is going through in this case. So Ken will be very self-critical. We’re all going to put our heads together, hey, these things have been going well and these are some areas that we might want to grow in. [Head coach] sean [McDermott] talks about the growth mindset and I think Ken has that. And we’re going to continue to look for ways to help him and that’s our job to support him as he comes into his second year.”

Dorsey has been in the hot seat since the Bills lost to the Minnesota Vikings in overtime in Week 10. While Allen admittedly made several costly mistakes, his mistakes weren’t just down to that one defeat and it became impossible to ignore Dorsey’s questionable shenanigans. Between Weeks 8 and 10, the Bills only scored 12 second-half points, and Allen had not thrown a second-half touchdown since Week 6.

Another problem was his inability to use running back Nyheim Hines after the Bills took him on at the close. While his two punt return touchdowns against the Patriots in Week 18 were incredible, he had overall 13 touches on offense in 11 game appearances.

“Like every time you go through anything in freshman year, I’m sure he felt like he was drinking out of a fire hose at times,” Beane said of Dorsey. However, when preseason expectations are Super Bowl or Bust, the patience for a learning curve wasn’t there.

Bill’s mob reacted violently to Beane’s comments on Twitter. Perhaps the frustration of not making it to the AFC championship game for the second straight year is still too great, but learning Dorsey will likely get nowhere unless the Carolina Panthers hire him as their new head coach and have the fans lost hope for next season.

A person tweeted“Really excited to be wasting another year rooting for an incompetent offense,” while another fan complains“Beane just assured me in his interview that they don’t plan to change anything and that the scenario next year is the same as this year. I can’t even take care of it. It’s cool to win 14 games, but without Lombardi it means nothing.”

Another Bills fan tweeted“Cool. I’m looking forward to 17 more weeks of Heroes’ Ball on the 3rd and shortly.”

The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia mentioned how McDermott cut ties with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison in 2017 after just a year and urged the Bills to keep a close eye on Dorsey this offseason.

“These are precious seasons in Allen’s prime, and they are not guaranteed even in two or three years,” Buscaglia wrote. “With Dorsey as offensive coordinator, are the Bills a better offense or do they have room to grow with a more creative spirit? Also, did Dorsey bring out the best in everyone with his play-calling? This isn’t a situation where the Bills are trying to build anything… They were ready to win now. And they stayed behind, with a disjointed attack as the salient feature.”

In addition to Beane, Dorsey has a big advocate in the team’s $258 million quarterback. Dorsey was Allen’s first choice when Brian Daboll left to become the head coach of the New York Giants and believes it’s far too early to ditch him. When asked if there’s room to grow with Dorsey on Monday, Allen said without hesitation, “Lots of room.”

“The relationship we have, the trust we have in each other, that’s going to stay high. Recency bias from that last game – I know everyone is going to lose their minds but we’ve done a lot of good things this year. he works so hard He works tirelessly. He’s always in the building. He’s going to facetime me at 11pm, still here, just trying to figure out a new way to get the ball in certain guys’ hands. I respect him deeply. I really do.”

“These are precious seasons in Allen’s prime, and they are not guaranteed even in two or three years,” Buscaglia wrote. “With Dorsey as offensive coordinator, are the Bills a better offense or do they have room to grow with a more creative spirit? Also, did Dorsey bring out the best in everyone with his play-calling? This isn’t a situation where the Bills are trying to build anything… They were ready to win now. And they stayed behind, with a disjointed attack as the salient feature.”



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