Tyrod Taylor's passing numbers declined in each of the last two seasons following a quality first year in Buffalo, but the Bills' turnover at offensive coordinator certainly didn't do him any favors.
Taylor had three offensive coordinators in the last three seasons, and will have a fourth in 2018 if he is retained this offseason.
Taylor's tenure began with Greg Roman as OC. Taylor won the quarterback job in 2015 after a training-camp battle with Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel. Roman was fired after the Bills' 0-2 start in 2016 and replaced with running backs coach Anthony Lynn, who did his best to carry out Roman's vision the rest of the season. In 2017, the Bills' offense was directed by Rick Dennision, who was fired Friday.
Here is a look at how Taylor performed under each coordinator.
Roman is seen as the coordinator most willing to adjust to Taylor's strengths, while Dennison is lowest in that regard. Those sentiments are reflected in the numbers above, which show Taylor played best under the direction of Roman. The Bills seemed to make a concerted effort to force Taylor into more a of traditional pocket-passer role in 2017, which is not Taylor's game.
"I’m going to put the players in position to be successful. That’s what a coach does, a coach adjusts to what he has and I just believe in that," Bills coach Sean McDermott said in his introductory press conference, which speaks to part of the reason Dennision was fired.