Bills offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt spoke for the first time since calling the Monday night opener in Foxborough on Thursday following practice and shared some of his thoughts on how things went.
“I thought we had a good plan going in,” he said. “I thought we had a good idea of what we wanted to get done and the things we wanted to have in the plan. I felt we had a good rhythm and a good feel for what we’re trying to get done offensively. There were some bumps in the road for me as first time guy calling it. As you get down into some of the specialty areas of the game plan, but I thought we knew as a staff what we wanted to get done. I thought we had a good rhythm early.”
With respect to making better use of the downfield passing game Van Pelt believes they can utilize it more.
“Absolutely. I think any time you have an offense like that you have to play to its strengths no matter what it is, and those are two of our strengths,” said Van Pelt in reference to Evans and Owens. “But you really can’t manufacture plays. If it’s not for the good of the offense and going in historically coach Belichick does a good job of taking away your weapons and makes you beat him in other places. That was kind of the approach going in. Obviously with those two guys we’d like to stretch the field at times.”
When asked if there were some missed chances to go deep in the New England game Van Pelt offered the following.
“I think there were some opportunities that we didn’t see and they did a great job,” said Van Pelt in reference to the Patriots. “That’s a well-coached defense. Some of the disguises and coverages were some that showed like there would not be an available shot downfield and then it ends up that we did (have a shot). So there were some opportunities that we had where we could throw downfield. For the most part Trent did a good job of managing the game, keeping us in good situations and making good checks at the line of scrimmage. Terrell (Owens) is right there were some opportunities, but for the most part Trent did a great job.”
So it sounds as if the Pats defense did a good job of disguising some of their coverages in an effort to make Edwards think they had the deep parts of the field accounted for. In reviewing the game on film the players and coaches now see that was not the case. Hopefully it help makes for better recognition as to what New England is trying to pull defensively the next time they face them.
For what Van Pelt was up against in terms of competition and the time he had to slide into the coordinator’s seat it’s hard not to be impressed with the job he did. I’m looking forward to see what he has in mind for the Bucs on Sunday.
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