Buffalo Bills Fire OC Ken Dorsey Amid Struggles on Offense

Quarterback coach Ken Dorsey with the Buffalo Bills in 2019
Quarterback coach Ken Dorsey with the Buffalo Bills in 2019. Photo by JC Ridley/CSM/Shutterstock (10481249ev)

The Buffalo Bills made a significant move on Tuesday in an attempt to address their struggles on offense and turn things around after a disappointing 5-5 start of the 2023 NFL season. The team fired their offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, ending his stint with the franchise after four and a half years. 

The Bills confirmed the news on Tuesday while also announcing that quarterbacks coach Joe Barry will take over the OC duties on an interim basis.

The Bills have lost three out of their last four games, including a Monday Night Football loss to the Denver Broncos, and find themselves in danger of missing the playoffs if they don’t turn things around quickly. This would be a disaster for a team that was considered one of the Super Bowl contenders entering the season.

“Just felt like it was time for a change,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott told reporters about the move. “You know, we need to be a confident offensive football team and find consistent production, and that’s really what it came down to.”

Ken Dorsey joined the Bills in 2019 as a quarterbacks coach after previously serving five years in the same role with the Carolina Panthers. He added passing game coordinator to his title in 2021 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2022 following Brian Daboll’s departure.

The Bills were a potent offense in Dorsey’s first year in charge, finishing second in points per game (28.4) and total offense (397.6) in 2022. However, Buffalo’s offense failed to perform on the same level this season while becoming alarmingly inconsistent. McDermott now hopes that Barry will manage to instill some spark and get quarterback Josh Allen and co. performing the way they showed they could.