Gailey's got himself a problem. It's one we all see. Some have alluded to it here on Rumblings, but our Backs just put it on the table. In the media center tab at buffalobills.com Brown interviews both Jackson and Spiller. It's not hard to read between the lines, neither back is going to be happy unless he's the workhorse.
Brown asks Fred if Spiller's emergence is going to effect his role next year. Jackson responds by saying, "I EXPECT to go back to playing the way it was. He (Spiller) makes plays, he's a playmaker. Without a doubt. But... I also feel like I did enough to show what I'm capable of doing. We'll see what happens."
Then, when Spiller is asked if he would be ok going back to the role he had at the beginning of the year, he responds by saying, "What, sitting on the sideline?! Psh... if that's what they want to do, then that's what I have to do, but I mean it's like having a diamond in the rough on the sideline."
Part of me is happy to hear this. It proves backs are competitors, and that neither is willing to sit back and collect their paycheck. Both have confidence in their skills and want to be on the field, producing. It also says something about Nix's philosophy of stacking talent on talent. Both of these backs will NEED to push themselves next season (and consequently each other) in order to stay on the field. Having both backs playing at their highest level will undoubtedly benefit the team, and as Spiller says, "We can be the best 1 / 2 punch in the NFL"
This COULD be a problem. We COULD be back to the Bickering Bills (at least in the backfield). Or... Gailey can turn the situation into something special. This summer, Gailey absolutely needs to deduce a plan to give both backs the perfect number of touches. Just enough to get each back to produce and keep them hungry for more carries / catches (to maintain that competitive pushing of one another), but not favor any one back at any one time (else the situation will blow up and destroy the locker-room). It's a knife's edge balance....
But, regardless of the specifics, Jackson sums the situation up best, "(Gailey's) definitely got some thinking to do." Question is, how would YOU assign touches to Jackson / Spiller and how would it effect the passing game (too much emphasis on the run and S.Johnson might start to get B*tchy)?