Monday, May 20, 2013

Manuel: Bills' offense 'easier to learn' than FSU's


Less than month after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills, E.J. Manuel says his new offense is a piece of cake.

“It’s easier to learn than the offense I learned at Florida State,” the first-round quarterback recently told Sirius XM NFL radio. "To be honest, it’s a true West Coast-type progression offense and that’s really what I wanted coming through the pre-draft process where I could just go in and go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and just check it down or run.

"It’s that simple and I love it." (photo: Dave Wilkinson, Flickr)

Manuel has yet to hit training camp, let alone the core part of OTAs, so he might be getting ahead of himself a bit. Then again, new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is bringing over a version of the system he most recently ran at Syracuse, so it may just as well be less complex than Florida State's.

Whether that's a good or bad thing, however, remains to be seen. Regardless, Manuel, who will battle with veterans Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job, is confident it'll all work out.

"I’ve done great and the learning curve for me is a lot shorter simply because of what I had at Florida State, which is a little harder to catch on and learn," Manuel said. “... But this offense is very simple, and having Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin doesn’t hurt either.

"And Stevie Johnson when he’s healthy and C.J. Spiller, we’re going to have some fire power on the offense.”

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