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Split backfield just a tidbit

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2012 – 9:17 am

Though Buffalo’s offensive staff is going to make every effort to have Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller on the field simultaneously more often this season, don’t expect to see a ton of split backfields.

Buffalo’s offense did show a bit of that look in the spring practices, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a common occurrence this season, and there’s a reason why. Injury.

“If you lose one of them then all of a sudden you’ve lost a majority of your offense,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “You can’t make the split backfield the main thing. You can make it a part of it. The great thing is we have some other weapons that can play the game as well. If they’re both in there somebody has to come out of the game. Does Scott Chandler come out? Does a receiver come out? Who comes out of the game?

“So you have to make some decisions about having a balanced type of offense where you’re keeping everybody involved and keeping the defense off balance and trying to incorporate both of them in the game plan and using them to their abilities.”

Even Fred Jackson gave indication that the split backfield would be something they’d make use of just from time to time, not necessarily on a weekly basis.

“That’s something else we’re working on,” said Jackson. “C.J. and I were joking with each other when we go in what position we’re at. The more we get used to doing it the better we’ll get at doing it. Hopefully it’ll be something we can use as a tool throughout the season.”


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