Inside The Bills

Chan: We’re pass-to-set-up-the-run

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2011 – 8:42 am

The Bills rank fourth in the NFL in yards per carry average at 5.3 per rush, but they’re 16th in carries on the season with 104 in four games. Part of that can be chalked up to coming from behind in games and having to throw, and part of it can be the recent struggles on third down conversions. But head coach Chan Gailey said it’s also part of their offensive identity.

“You’d love to run it more,” Gailey told “Really most teams are either pass-to-set-up-the-run or run-to-set-up-to-the-pass. You kind of fall into one category or the other. We have fallen more since the first of the year into a pass-to-set-up-the-run situation. We’re spreading Fred (Jackson) out, getting him some catches and trying to get him the ball some other ways. So our run totals have gone down. I’d like to get them back up as time goes on. I hope as we get to the end of the year we get to be somewhat balanced.”

More rushes come later in the season would be a wise idea, knowing the weather turns pretty sour in Buffalo come mid-November and throwing the ball a lot can prove to be a difficult approach when the winds start howling off Lake Erie. Three of Buffalo’s four December games this season are at the Ralph, and running the ball will be imperative, but more and more the NFL is becoming a passing league.

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