Buffalo’s screen game has been wildly productive this season, but in recent weeks opponents have been keying on it. Jacksonville assigned one of their defensive ends to specifically look for the screens. St. Louis held back their pass rush on certain down and distances and even assigned linebackers to cover it. Seattle was just as determined to foil it Sunday.
“They’re just putting guys out there, they’re playing a lot of man to man,” said C.J. Spiller. ”The whole game, last couple of weeks, teams have been ‘watch the screen, watch the draw.’ They prepare for it, because they know how effective that is for us, so they’re on their toes. When he hear that, other things work for us. There’s nothing we can do when they got us, especially man for man, it’s pretty much just try to sell it as much as you can, and just try to help the offensive linemen out with the blocks.”
Head coach Chan Gailey recognizes opponents keying on it as well.
“People are assigning guys to the screen game a ton now,” said Gailey. ”We’ve got defensive linemen that are not rushing in certain situations because of screens. We find they assign a linebacker or two sometimes to the screen game, so it’s becoming more and more difficult because of our success with the screen game to get some screens done.”
When asked what can be done to counter that, Gailey offered the following.
“Right now it takes you out of it until you take their awareness away a little bit,” he said.
Tags: C.J. Spiller, Chan Gailey, screen game
Posted in Inside the Bills
The Indianapolis Colts defense has a healthy respect for Buffalo’s screen game, something that had the Dolphins on full alert last week.
“It’s just the weapons that they have,” defensive end Cory Redding said of the Bills offense. “They have two outstanding (running) backs. Both of them are fast, elusive, quick. A quarterback that can get the ball down the field. Receivers that can run deep, intermediate routes that give guys trouble. They pose a lot of weapons and trouble for us. On the defensive side of the ball, we have to stay fundamentally sound, know where we’re supposed to be, be there when the play is to be made and make our plays.”
“They probably lead the league in screen yardage,” said Colts interim head coach Bruce Ariana. “Imean they’ve got every type of screen known to man. Middle screens, running backs are devastating on screen passes and they do a very good job of their screen game. They are the best in the league, I think they’re averaging 11-yards per completion on a screen.”
Eric Wood told Buffalobills.com earlier this week that on about 40 of Buffalo’s 61 plays in the Miami game, Dolphins defenders were shouting, ‘Watch the screen, watch the draw!’ Looks for Colts defenders to be doing the same on Sunday.
Tags: Bills-Colts, Eric Wood, screen game
Posted in Inside the Bills