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Bills fire offensive coordinator Rick Dennison

The Bills have fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.

A replacement has not been named.

The team said it was not planning to make coach Sean McDermott available to discuss the change.

"I am proud to be a part of a group that worked so hard and did something that hadn't been done in a long time," Dennison told The Buffalo News, which was the first to report the story.

The offense was a disaster during the 2017 season. It ranked 29th overall in the NFL and 31st in passing. Thanks mainly to the remarkable talent of LeSean McCoy, the team ranked sixth in rushing, though it slipped from its No. 1 perch of the previous two seasons. The Bills also scored a mere 28 offensive touchdowns after generating 40 in 2016.

Dennison came under heavy criticism for his play-calling decisions. The final straw might very well have been giving quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who also regressed under Dennison’s watch, the option to throw on first-and-goal from the 1 in last Sunday’s 10-3 wild-card playoff loss at Jacksonville. Rather than run, Taylor attempted a pass to Kelvin Benjamin that was incomplete and also resulted in an offensive pass-interference penalty. The Bills wound up settling for a field goal.

McDermott said after the game it was a call the team would like to have back.

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McDermott said earlier this week that all decisions on the coaching staff would be his, but he did say that he would communicate with Brandon Beane, particularly as it pertains to the roster-evaluation element of hiring a new offensive coordinator or any assistant coach.

"We're building this thing together," McDermott said. "We are aligned philosophically on how we believe it should look and how we believe the building process should basically take shape. And so I'm not going to hold that away from Brandon, so we communicate on a lot of things."

The Bills now will be hiring their fourth offensive coordinator since 2014. The other two were Greg Roman, who was fired after two games of his second season on the job in 2016, and Anthony Lynn, who replaced Roman and became the Bills' interim coach for one game after Rex Ryan was fired. Lynn went on to become head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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