In hindsight, the dismissal of Greg Roman wasn’t surprising. In fact, it was brewing in Buffalo last season.
Just not for good reasons.
“Even though they were on their way to leading the league in rushing and hanging in there despite a defense that was miserable, there was extreme tension because the GM, Doug Whaley, had hitched his wagon to Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Just go back and look at what he gave up for Sammy Watkins and what other wide receivers were in that (2014) draft.”
Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks and Mike Evans, among others.
“Watkins was kind of hurt when they drafted him, and they’ve had a history of drafting hurt players,” La Canfora said. “Then they don’t play and the GM goes to the owner and says, ‘We got the players; they just don’t know how to use them or they’re always getting hurt.’ So that goes on and then you have a start like this. You’re not going to fire the defensive coordinator. You might as well just fire the coach then. You’re not going to convince him to fire his brother.”
Watkins has just six catches for 63 yards through two games. The Bills want to get him the ball as much as possible, which is a good idea – at least in theory.
“That would be great if he didn’t have screws in his foot, if he could practice,” La Canfora said. “I’m not saying Greg Roman is the most creative guy in the world, but you’ve got to look at the hand he’s dealt. Sammy Watkins is a guy who, for a four-week period, can look as good as any receiver in the league (and then doesn’t play for the next four weeks). Look at the rest of that receiving core. Fire all the Greg Romans you want. Your roster is no good.”
The Bills (0-2) host the Cardinals (1-1) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Green Bay, meanwhile, is looking to right the ship after scoring just 41 points through two weeks. Aaron Rodgers, who is completing just 57.1 percent of his passes, no longer looks like a guy who can throw for 40 touchdowns.
La Canfora, for one, believes the play-calling and red-zone efficiency are lacking.
“You can go back to a 5-7 year stretch there where inside the red zone, it was like he was playing a different sport than everybody else,” La Canfora said. “That’s not quite there anymore. I think part of that had to do with losing Jordy, who does so much dirty work for him around the goal line. I think it’s a combination of things. The offensive line in Green Bay is doing no one any favors. The play-calling by Mike McCarthy, it doesn’t seem in sync with Rodgers. They both (don’t) want the same thing at the same time; it looks like a collection of plays. It’s a struggle.”
Green Bay used to call plays to set up other ones. Now, however, it seems there’s no rhyme or reason to it.
“It’s not a symphony,” La Canfora said. “It’s a collection of musical notes. If they hit the right note at the right time, it’ll sound really beautiful, but then it’s like where do we go from here? It’s not part of this larger scheme. It’s a lot of different things there. The roster is not as good. Clay Matthews isn’t what he was three or four years ago. (Julius) Peppers wasn’t what he was three or four years ago. The offensive line, they’re all right. They’re all okay. (But the depth is lacking).”
Green Bay (1-1) hosts Detroit (1-1) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.