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The Bills took a huge gamble by firing offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey

2T75X7C Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) celebrates after completing a two-point conversion to Gabe Davis (13) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

The Buffalo Bills firing of offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey midway through the season is a sign of desperation following an uncharacteristically rocky patch of play.

Monday night’s loss to the Denver Broncos dropped the team to 5-5, but in a wide-open AFC, that’s only half a game out of a wild-card spot, a game out of the division lead (albeit with the Miami Dolphins holding the tiebreaker) and even only two games out of the No. 1 seed.

The Bills have reached a crossroads in their season, but they haven’t been so bad that something needed to change so drastically.

In fact, although anyone can look at the offense and determine it’s not reaching its full potential, it’s difficult to find categories in which Buffalo's unit doesn’t rank near the top of the league.

Only three teams have scored more points than the Bills this season. Their offense ranks second in expected points added per play and successful play percentage. They rank third in yards per play (6.0) and touchdown drive rate (29.8%), and no team generates a positive EPA on a greater percentage of their offensive plays.

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By most measures, this is one of the league’s best offenses, and their biggest flaws have been player-driven mistakes.

They are tied for the league lead in turnovers on offense. Josh Allen now has the most interceptions (11) in the NFL, and Bills receivers dropped four critical passes on Monday night against the Broncos.

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