Knowing each NFL club has three coordinators each for the three phases of the game, there are 96 total. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks ranked the top 20 and two of Buffalo’s play callers made the list. Here’s who and where they ranked.
Brooks ranked Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman 15th on the list with Buffalo defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman ranking 13th. Here’s his synopsis on the expertise of Buffalo’s two new schemers on offense and defense.
15) Greg Roman, offensive coordinator, Buffalo Bills: Despite a disappointing end to his tenure with theSan Francisco 49ers, Roman remains one of the top offensive tacticians in the game. He has the rare ability to blend creative personnel packages and odd formations into a smash-mouth attack that punishes opponents between the tackles. Considering his ability to also manage and develop young quarterbacks, it is hard to dispute his inclusion on this list.
13) Dennis Thurman, defensive coordinator, Buffalo Bills: Rex Ryan’s right-hand man doesn’t garner the headlines, but he is a key contributor to his boss’ defensive success as the pass-coverage specialist. Thurman masterfully builds coverage concepts to match Ryan’s exotic pressures, which is why the defensive scheme flusters even the most experienced NFL quarterbacks.
For the record not one special teams coordinator made the list. Danny Crossman had the league’s number two ranked special teams unit in Buffalo last season.
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