Inside The Bills

Fitz not opposed to upping tempo

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2011 – 10:48 am

With their offense in a rut for the better part of the team’s seven-game losing streak, the idea has been raised by outside observers to speed up the tempo of the offense. Some of Buffalo’s greatest success as an offense has been in an up tempo style this season, even at times going no huddle. While one can argue that a two-minute offense often sees softer coverage from an opposing defense at the end of halves and games and that’s why there’s more success sustaining drives, Ryan Fitzpatrick, eager to do just about anything to give the offense a spark, is not against the idea.

“We’ve done a decent job this year when we’ve been in hurry up mode and even not hurrying up, but calling plays at the line and seeing what the defense si giving us and changing the play, that kind of thing,” said Fitzpatrick. “We’ve been successful at that. At times some of it is because of what the score is, some of it is they’re hanging back trying not to give up the big play. Sometimes we work better as an offense at a higher pace. That’s something we’ll continue to look at and something that maybe has some merit. We’re running out of games here obviously but it’s something we’ve been decent at this year.”

The reason that head coach Chan Gailey has probably not gone up tempo more often this season on offense is probably due to the porous play of his defense, which ranks 26th overall, 29th against the run and 27th in points allowed. A hurry up attack if unsuccessful gives the ball back to the opposition that much quicker, something that they probably would prefer to avoid.

Still, knowing the offense needs to rediscover some of its mojo before the season is over, it might be an option worthy of the risks involved.


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