Inside The Bills

Why Hackett prefers to be in coaching booth

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2013 – 10:23 am

Some Bills fans are asking if offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will be in the coaching booth calling plays from above all season. The answer is yes and here’s why.

With Buffalo’s offense predicated on calling plays quickly (every 5-10 seconds when operating at top speed), it’s essential that Hackett know the opponent’s personnel grouping and if it is changing. It is far easier to see if the opponent is making a personnel change from above than down on the sideline.

In many cases when Buffalo’s offense is running plays quickly the opposing defense doesn’t have time to change their personnel anyway, but if for some reason they’re able to do so, being up in the coach’s booth affords Hackett a vantage point where he can identify the defense’s personnel a few precious seconds quicker.

That allows him to get his own play down to offensive quality control coach Jason Vrable sooner, and then Vrable can relay it into Buffalo’s quarterback through the walkie talkie.

In essence quicker identification leads to quicker play calling and speed and tempo is what Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett want on offense.


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