The Buffalo Bills made a significant coaching change on Tuesday, parting ways with offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey following the team’s unexpected 24-22 loss to the Denver Broncos. In the aftermath of the defeat, the Bills announced that Joe Brady, the quarterbacks coach, would step in as the interim offensive coordinator.
During Monday night’s game, quarterback Josh Allen recorded 177 passing yards, a touchdown pass, and two interceptions. One interception was the result of a deflection off a receiver’s hands, leading to an interception by Broncos safety Justin Simmons. Although Allen’s rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter briefly put the Bills in the lead, defensive lapses allowed the Broncos to reach field goal range. A critical too-many-men-on-the-field penalty granted the Broncos a second chance, and Will Lutz capitalized, securing the game-winning field goal from 36 yards out.
Despite accumulating 369 total offensive yards compared to Denver’s 300, the Bills’ defensive shortcomings were evident. Head coach Sean McDermott expressed frustration, labeling the lapses as “inexcusable” and pointing out a failure to execute a routine substitution from dime to field-goal block.
In a post-game statement, McDermott acknowledged the need to address various team issues. “I think I need a little bit of time here after the game to assess that,” he stated. “Obviously, I’m not real happy right now, so I’ll evaluate that in the next 24 hours here and see where that takes us.”
The loss prompted speculation about Ken Dorsey’s job security despite the Bills ranking seventh in the NFL in yards gained and eighth in points scored. McDermott, while expressing confidence in Dorsey, noted a belief that improvement was possible. Quarterback Josh Allen’s league-leading 11 interceptions and the team’s failure to score more than 26 points in six consecutive games added to the growing concerns.