Maybe it’s just way too early for this, but I stopped looking forward to Bills games a few weeks ago and my mind has turned to the usual off-season hobby - looking for our next franchise QB. I’ve been kicking these ideas around in my head for a few days now and wanted to throw them out there to see what others think.
First, I’m looking at the offense the Bills run. I'm not the most sophisticated observer, but this is what I see. The base is a shotgun spread that depends on quick passes, and when they aren’t falling behind, a balanced running attack. There aren’t a lot of big plays, but I think this may have more to do with personnel – aside from CJ the Bills do not have any elite athletes at the skill positions (I know the jury is still out on CJ, and I’m not trying to take anything away from Freddy’s game which is simply awesome, but he’s 30 and he is not an elite athlete). Nonetheless, when it’s working, when the Bills aren’t so far behind that they’re forced give up the run, this scheme can steadily move the ball and is pretty effective in the red zone.
So, my first question is, are the Bills running this offense because that’s the best that can be done with the personnel (one of the standard comments about Chan is that he designs the O around the players) or because this is the philosophy the Bills have committed to and will continue building in this direction?
Last spring before the draft, Chan had this to say:
"Fifteen years ago, the pros were dictating to colleges what type of quarterback they were taking. I'm not so sure in the next 10 to 15 years the colleges won't be dictating to the pros what type of quarterback we use because (of) the type of offense they're developing in."
I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that Chan is anticipating the evolution of the game and his choice to run a “college” type offense is not just because the Bill’s personnel can’t be effective otherwise. The question then turns to what skill set at QB do Nix and Chan think is most effective in this sort of system?
As we know, Chan had a role in turning Kordell Stewart into an NFL QB. The Bills also signed Brad Smith and the move was sold to the fans highlighting Smith’s ability to play QB. Chan went as far as stating that he saw Smith as more of a QB than anything else. And then what names have the Bills been associated with? Vick, Tebow, Newton. I think its sort of clear what the Bills are looking for in a QB: a guy who can not only manage an up-tempo O and throw, but someone who can add another dimension to the attack with their legs.
I haven’t gotten deep into my youtube scouting program yet, but RGIII is very intriguing. Any suggestions on other guys worth looking at given that its likely he'll be off the board by the time the Bills pick? General thoughts, comments, criticisms?