Monday, November 18, 2013

Marrone, Spiller differ in approach to O-line


The Buffalo Bills' offensive line didn't give its running backs a whole lot to work with Sunday against the league's best run defense.

While the Bills blew out the New York Jets on the scoreboard, their elite tailback tandem of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson gained just 40 yards on 25 carries. Spiller averaged less than half a yard a carry, picking up a whopping six yards on 13 rushes.

Coach Doug Marrone said after the game that he suggested Spiller go to his offensive line and "tell them you're pissed."

The fourth-year tailback, however, wasn't up to taking as strong of an approach in confronting his blockers, instead opting to encourage his lineman by putting the negative behind them.

"We sit there and dwell on the last series, then we can't do what we want to do further [in] the game," Spiller said Monday, via's Mike Rodak. ". . . I'm not going to sit there and put my hands up in the air and do all this other stuff."

Spiller reiterated the team's need to hold itself accountable between positional groups, noting that the same goes for any problems the offensive line has with his running style and decision-making.

"I won't shy away from that. I'll go look at the film and I'll go agree with them," Spiller said.

Buffalo will have some extra time to look over said film, if it so chooses, as it is slated for a long-awaited bye week. The break will also give Spiller some extra time to get his ankle back to 100 percent.

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