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The delicate Fred-C.J. balance

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2012 – 10:17 am

Finding enough opportunities for both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller has been a weekly challenge for Buffalo’s offensive staff. They try to keep the workload as even as possible.  Head coach Chan Gailey however, was asked about whether C.J. Spiller’s league-leading 7.3 yards per carry average would change or shift that balance.

Making his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning, Gailey acknowledged that there could come a time when one back’s production could cost the other time on the field, citing last year as an example.

“Could it come to that? It sure could,” said Gailey. “Last year if Fred had gotten back (from injury), he was playing at such a level that you couldn’t get C.J. on the field. If C.J. is playing at such a level you might not be able to get Fred on the field as much as you want, that may be the case. That’s the way it is in football.”

Spiller averaged a shade over 10 yards per touch in Sunday’s game against the Patriots, which exceeded his season average (7.3). Jackson averaged a very respectable 5.75 per touch.

“We try to balance it out as much as we can,” said Gailey. “Some weeks he’ll have more touches, some weeks Fred will have more touches. That’s not by design. That’s just the way it happens in the game sometimes. If we feel like we need to run it and Fred happens to be in there, if C.J. is in there and we’ve got a screen called. They both run the screens well. They both run the ball well.

“We don’t make that much disparity with some of those things, but there are some plays we want C.J. in there for and some that we want Fred in there for. I just think it’s going to work out as time goes on some days one will get more and some days the other will get more, and it may not be an issue this week if Fred can’t play.”

Gailey said Jackson has concussion-like symptoms after the hit that forced him from the game late in the fourth quarter Sunday.


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