Dick Jauron's offensive scheme has been called "vanilla" and "pop warner" from multiple people around the league, including former coaches. I will agree and I feel that is one of the biggest problems this offense has. The "No Huddle" was a bust and I'm glad to see it go. Our offense is too young to not regroup and get a new play set in the huddle. Below are a few things I think the Bills coaching staff needs to do to try and improve this offense.
Formation Variety: Over the first 5 weeks of the season while the no huddle was employed, the offense used about 2 different formation types. Either double TE's or 3 WR's. Those are good base formations to either pound the rock or spread out the defense but you need to switch it up more. Even this past weekend when we did huddle they didn't offer much variety and that HAS to change for the offense to start to be effective. We have a wide array of WR's and RB's so why not use them? 4 and 5 WR sets, bunch WR's, motions and movements. Buffalo's coaches have to do something more to get our playmakers on the field...Johnson, Parrish and eventually Hardy.
Pound the Rock: Marshawn Lynch made his first Pro Bowl last season. How? Because Buffalo was committed to running the football despite the inconsistent play of their offensive line. We have one of the best, if not the best, RB duo's in the league and our coaches are waisting their talent by running vanilla and predictable plays. This past weekend it was either a run up the middle or a sweep to the outside. How about try some counter traps, draws and stretchs? Let the RB's use their talent to make a play...we all know they can!
Stretch the Field: My favorite type of offense is to run the football, move the chains and take your shots down field and our offense hasn't done a good job of any of those. Yes, they have gone deep a few times and look at the results! We get defensive penalties and score TD's (TB and NYJ games). Common sense says continue that attack but obviously our coaching staff didn't receive the memo. Play action passes, sluggos and just taking shots downfield on 2nd and 3rd and short will move the safeties back and open up lanes for the RB's.
Now I know this all seams elementary in regards to fundamentals, but it's obviously something our coaching staff hasn't figured out how to do. We have the offensive weapons to be a very dangerous team, unfortunately we have a defensive minded coach who is more about not losing the game then trying to win the game.