5 Roman/Thurman Press Conference Takeaways

Greg Roman and Dennis Thurman were officially introduced as offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator of the Bills on Tuesday. Here are 5 takeaways on the coordinators based on their press conference comments.

Greg Roman and Dennis Thurman were officially introduced on Tuesday as the offensive and defensive coordinators of the Buffalo Bills. A full transcript from their press conference can be found on The Buffalo News website. Here are five takeaways after their initial press conference.

1. Roman wants to establish a running game that other teams "respect and fear."

This isn't a shocking statement as Roman's offenses were towards the top of the league every year with the San Francisco 49ers. Roman mentioned that you can't just run the ball in the NFL, but you want to establish a running game that opposing teams respect and fear. He earned bonus points for comparing his vision of the Bills offense to the city of Buffalo.

"I think part of that is being smart, tough and making Buffalo a place that nobody wants to come in December, January, etc."

2. Thurman will model his defense around the talent on the team

Thurman is aware of all of the talent that is currently on the Bills. The new defensive coordinator is used to running out of a 3-4, but he is willing to do whatever works best for his personnel.

"Whatever talent dictates. We'll play a 3-4. We'll play a 4-3. We'll get in a Forty-Six. We'll give them an odd front. It's whatever our guys do best and we're going to play to their strengths and when you do that, you're giving your guys a chance to be successful and that's what it really comes down to...is those guys that are out there on that field, are you giving them the opportunity to go out and succeed? So it doesn't matter. The scheme will be dictated by the personnel that we have."

3. Roman is also flexible about his offense and molding it around his personnel. 

Roman followed Thurman's lead in regards to working to the strengths of his personnel.

"Whatever we end up being, whatever we end up looking like is going to be a reflection of what our players can do. It might look a lot of different ways. Maybe our tight end position gets really beefed up. We like our receiver position. Where does a fullback fit into all this? It might look a lot of different ways, but ultimately we're going to try and do what our players do well and try to minimize what they don't do well."

Roman snuck in the fact that he likes Buffalo's receivers. Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods are a strong 1-2 combination but some depth is needed behind them. The beefed up tight end and fullback comment just shows that Roman is going to look for ways to improve his running game. He used Bruce Miller in San Francisco and a free agent like Henry Hynoski may be a great fit for his blocking ability. He'll also look to add a blocking tight end, which may mean that Lee Smith could return.

4. Roman wants offensive linemen who can do it all

Perhaps my favorite comment from Roman was what he is looking for in an offensive lineman. After being asked about any preferences for linemen, Roman said the following:

"I want to eat the whole pie. I want guys that are big, strong, fast, can run, can pull, can pass protect, can run block. I want it all. I hope that answers your question."

Buffalo has some interesting internal candidates like Cyrus Kouandjio and Cyril Richardson who will get a clean slate with Roman, but the team needs to add a top notch guard in free agency. Roman will have options like Mike Iupati, Orlando Franklin and Clint Boling, among others. The Bills will certainly look to address the situation by any means necessary.

5. Thurman is happy to have talented cornerbacks again

The defensive coordinator wasn't asked about every cornerback on the Bills, but Stephon Gilmore was mentioned. Thurman had the following to say on Gilmore:

"I can tell you this, he's a talented individual. I like what I've seen so far. I liked him when he was coming out of cllege, but we'll see moving forward how we choose to use him but we expect him to play at a high level because he's talented enough to do so."

One of the biggest reasons why the Jets struggled so much defensively was their weak cornerback play. In Buffalo, Thurman will have Gilmore, Corey Graham, Leodis McKelvin and Nickell Robey. McKelvin and Robey both played extremely well under Mike Pettine in 2013 and Thurman's defense will be very similar. 


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