Inside The Bills

Fullback profile might change for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2009 – 8:31 pm

With limited production at the fullback position in 2008 and Corey McIntyre a free agent, Buffalo’s coaching staff is re-assessing how they make use of the fullback role in their scheme.

“Right now we’re evaluating our offense and what we did last year and how much we used it,” said offensive coordinator Turk Schonert of the fullback position. “We haven’t determined how much we’re going to use the fullback this year. We have some tight ends that we can put in the backfield as well, they’re versatile guys. All of that evaluation is happening right now. I don’t know how much we’re going to use that guy and what type of guy that’s going to be.”

With fullbacks harder and harder to find in the college landscape, Schonert sounds as if he might be leaning toward using tight ends Derek Schouman and Derek Fine on occasion in that role and even Fred Jackson, meaning that a true lead fullback would be phased out, especially considering the fact that the Bills were more productive in the run game out of the two tight end formation.

“We were more productive in the run game there and that’s something we’re going to look at,” said Schonert. “Our productivity with two backs in the backfield, in some cases with Fred Jackson in there with Marshawn was very productive for us because you don’t know if we’re going to be a two back or a one back offense with Marshawn out there too.

“We have to look at those things and see how much we’re going to use a two back or a one back and the thing with Fred or the two tight end system, we could be a one back or a two back. It gives defenses problems where if you put a true fullback in they know you’re going to be a two back and scheme for it.”

If the Bills do in fact bring in a fullback in free agency or the draft it will likely be a more athletic fullback that can do more than just lead block.


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