The Buffalo Bills Should Be A Run-First Team
I know that is in direct conflict with Chan’s philosophy, but I don’t understand why. Chan is supposed to be known for designing offensive schemes that highlight the talents of his specific players. Now, to some extent, I believe he has done that. But I also think he is missing something that, to me, is blatantly obvious. The Buffalo Bills have more running threats than passing threats. Think about it:
1) The Bills have a power runner in Fred Jackson and a speed runner in CJ Spiller. Both deserve 25 carries a game at least. So give it to them both! Keep offenses guessing about how and where the ball is going to be run, but run often. Pound and punish defenses with Fred and have CJ burn them with speed.
2) The Bills have a fast, versatile, and dangerous player in Brad Smith. He has speed to run, but can also throw. Our 3rd down conversion percentage was much higher when Smith was running from the Wildcat. In 2012, Gailey should run Wildcat formations with both Fred and CJ on the field as well. This would be a nightmare for defenses. Smith could run himself or handoff to either option. Defenses would never know what’s coming. And, on top of that, Smith could still throw (and should throw short passes from time to time) to Fred, CJ, or any open receiver. Why Chan has not done this already confuses me. Defenses would have no way to know what to expect from the Wildcat, as opposed to this season, when it always meant a run up the gut.
3) Fitz has definitely shown us magic, but cannot consistently win us games with his arm. Why not run the ball often with a dynamic and versatile set of running tools, and then slip in a quick slant or a deep throw at unexpected times. I believe this would make Fitz much more effective. He would throw less, but would have a higher completion percentage and fewer interceptions because defenses wouldn’t expect his throws.
The Bills offense has some of the best running talent in the NFL. I suggest we use it to its full potential in 2012!