Despite another playoff disappointment, the Buffalo Bills should retain interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady.
Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Bills are starting their OC search and will interview Brady. The reporter adds that quarterback Josh Allen recently vouched for Brady to get the full-time job.
“I would fully embrace it,” Allen said of keeping Brady on Tuesday, via Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith. “I love Joe. I love what he brings to this team, to our offense, the juice that he has, the passion that he has for football. And obviously, there’s stuff that needs to go on before that, and I understand there’s probably an interview process and all that, but he’s got my vote.”
Brady entered a difficult situation when he assumed the role after the Bills fired Ken Dorsey following a Week 10 loss to the Denver Broncos. However, he flourished. According to PFT’s Charean Williams, Buffalo averaged 27.4 points per game in nine games with Brady. It also won six of its last seven regular-season games en route to its fourth consecutive AFC East title.
Brady developed a more balanced attack, too, after taking over. Second-year running back James Cook finished with a career-high 1,122 rushing yards in 17 games, the fourth most in the NFL.
The main concern is the regression of wide receiver Stefon Diggs. The former Pro Bowler recorded one receiving touchdown in nine games with Brady. Still, that might tie to Buffalo’s lack of depth. The 31-year-old wideout accounted for more than 25% of the team’s targets (160 out of 545).
The Bills must make significant changes after three straight divisional-round losses, but letting go of Brady shouldn’t be one of them. Instead, they should acquire more play-makers in the draft, which could in turn help them capture their first Lombardi Trophy.