New Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn is now 4-0 since taking over from Greg Roman. Lynn is doing a great job.
But how nice must it be for Lynn to watch his two elite offensive athletes defeat defensive schemes all by themselves?
LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor showed off their magic feet in the Bulls’ 45-16 rout of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.
McCoy slipped out of tackles all day and scored three touchdowns.
Taylor made San Francisco pay for aggressive blitzes by scrambling eight times for 68 yards and keeping drives alive with his feet.
Two amazing plays by the Bills’ stars, in which talent overcame schem:
1. What play looks good on third and 20 from your own 26? How about let McCoy make magic. The 49ers rushed three and sat back in a zone. McCoy took a handoff off left tackle that would have been a 10-yard gain for 98 percent of NFL running backs. But McCoy made a jump-cut to the right. Niners linebacker Michael Wilhoite, in position, could only watch as Shady blew by him to the right sideline for 22 yards. First down. It allowed the Bills to get a field goal to end the half.
2. Taylor scrambled for 18 yards on the Bills’ final TD drive. The Niners had a safety blitz, and Eric Reid had the Bills’ QB dead in his sights. Nope. Taylor ran outside of Reid, then was too fast for diving linebacker Nick Bellore.
All that said, Lynn’s scheme was pretty good again. The Bills keep imposing their power gap running will. McCoy followed Route 64 – Richie Incognito – for a 38-yard gain in the second quarter and an 18-yard TD in the fourth quarter.
On the other side of the coaching coin, this was a mentor-schools-pupil exhibition.
Niners defensive coordinator Jim O’Neill got his start in the NFL from Rex Ryan. O’Neill worked for Ryan with the Jets for four years before jumping with Mike Pettine to Buffalo in 2013. O’Neill became Pettine’s defensive coordinator in Cleveland for two years. But O’Neill might have been better off blitzing Taylor less and having someone spy Taylor. That’s what Ryan did a bunch of plays against Colin Kaepernick. The Bills did not have as many five- and six-man rushes as they normally do, in order to keep Kaepernick bottled up.