Bills quarterback EJ Manuel to get fresh start under Greg Roman
Greg Roman said that quarterback EJ Manuel will get a clean slate going into 2015. Of course that doesn’t mean he is ready to name a starter
“We’re really going to focus on rolling the balls out on the field and getting our hands on them, working with them and going from there,” he said. “Everything else at this point is watercooler talk.”
Roman admits that inconsistency was an issue with Manuel.
“What they might have been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant,” Roman said. “So to sit here and pontificate about this or that and the other is a little premature.”
Manuel’s development was hampered in his rookie season, when he was sidelined three times by knee injuries. Overall, he has thrown 16 touchdowns versus 12 interceptions.
Roman takes over an offense that finished 26th in yards gained. Roman is best known for consistently putting together an offense of top rushers.
During his last four seasons as the offensive coordinator in San Francisco 49ers, the 49ers finished among the top 10 in yards rushing all four times, including fourth or better in each of the past three years.
Roman will bring a similar approach to Buffalo.
“We want to run the football to a level where people respect and fear us in our ability to do so.” he said. “If you can exert your will at the line of scrimmage, it’s going to open a lot other things in the offense.”
Roman was also one of 12 candidates the Bills interviewed for the head coaching position, before losing out to Ryan. That didn’t stop Roman from accepting Ryan’s offer to join him in Buffalo.
“It didn’t take a lot of cajoling, because Rex is somebody I have a lot of respect for,” Roman said. “I think we both felt if we ever got together at some point, it would be pretty good.”