Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bills' defense wondered why offense didn't run more


Many of us were dumbfounded at times during the 2012 season trying to figure out why former Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey repeatedly put the bulk of the offense's workload on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's arm despite boasting one of the most explosive rushing attacks in the NFL.

Bills players had their reservations, too. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

"There were definitely times when we had both of them (C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson) very healthy and on fire; guys were wondering why we don’t just run the ball a lot more," Bills linebacker Nick Barnett told Patrick Moran of Buffalo Sports Daily this week.

(Check out the interview... a lot of good stuff there.)

"But I have never claimed to be an offensive genius so it was never my job to second guess anyone," Barnett added. "As a player you need to have confidence in all your coaches and even if our record didn’t show it, we all did."

The questionable play-calling and game-planning that limited the role of Spiller, who is probably the team's best player, was a major reason Gailey was shown the door.

Buffalo had no choice but to throw at times, finding itself in some pretty hefty holes in the second half of games. However, there were many times when the Bills were within a score either way and had the run game rolling but opted to take the ball out of their tailbacks' hands.

One example is Spiller getting a whopping eight touches in a 15-12 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

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