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Carucci: Taylor 'excited' about working with 'Coach Rico' again

Tyrod Taylor is entering his third season as an NFL starting quarterback with a third different offensive coordinator.

Hardly an ideal situation for him or the Buffalo Bills, but that's what happens with a franchise that continually hits the reset button.

"It’s a challenge, but it’s also the NFL," Taylor said Thursday during a news conference to discuss restructuring his contract to remain with the Bills. "Circumstances happen sometimes."

They've happened quite a bit since 2015, when Taylor went from No. 3 on the depth chart to a first-time NFL starter. Back then, his coordinator was Greg Roman, who was teaching Taylor to become more of a pocket QB than a scrambler while also helping him to enhance the knowledge he had from spending the previous four seasons as a backup with the Baltimore Ravens.

Then, after only two games of the 2016 season, Roman was fired and assistant head coach/running backs Anthony Lynn was promoted to offensive coordinator. Lynn tried to keep things fairly simple by not overhauling the playbook, but his approach was distinctly different than Roman's. He gave Taylor more freedom to use his legs, although that eventually become problematic after he suffered a groin injury that would require surgery after the season.

After Rex Ryan and his coaching staff, including Lynn, were shown the door, Sean McDermott took over as coach and brought in yet another new OC, Rick Dennison. This relationship, however, isn't starting as much from scratch as the previous two because Dennison was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2014, Taylor's final season as Joe Flacco's understudy.

"Is it the ideal situation? No," Taylor said. "But I believe Coach Rick Dennison is a great coordinator."

Taylor actually knows him well enough to refer to him as "Coach Rico."

"And I’m excited to see what he brings to this team," the quarterback said.

The changes to the offensive approach won't be dramatic. The Bills will still lean heavily on the NFL's top rushing attack. But Dennison is expected to take fuller advantage of play fakes and having Taylor do more of what he does best -- throw from the perimeter.

"It has some similarities, but also being in the system one year in Baltimore, (there will) definitely (be) some changes in it as far as the play-action pass and getting on the edge," Taylor said. "Just a very player-friendly system. Definitely a system that LeSean (McCoy) is going to like. Get a chance to move Sammy (Watkins) around into different places.

"Definitely excited about us having our talent in this scheme and definitely think that we can have a lot of big plays in this scheme."

And maybe this time Taylor will get to operate it for longer than a season.

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