Inside The Bills

Value in run game and solid ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2012 – 2:57 pm

The Bills identity on offense is spread formations and throwing the football and staying just balanced enough in the run game. After seeing C.J. Spiller rip off 169 yards rushing last Sunday, and knowing last week for Buffalo’s defense was likely an aberration, might Buffalo make a slight shift in their offensive thinking?

Bills GM Buddy Nix in his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550 didn’t dismiss the idea. When asked about Ryan Fitzpatrick’s turnovers and how things quickly went the wrong way in Week 1, Nix mentioned the value of a solid run game and solid defense.

“It’s not always just the quarterback,” said Nix. “The quarterback gets the stats, he gets the praise and he’ll get the blame. That’s just the way it is. Ryan knows we can’t turn the ball over. Receivers know we’ve got to be on the same page.

“I think the encouraging thing is we can run the football and if you can run the football it makes it easier on (Fitzpatrick). Look at Alex Smith from the 49ers. He stunk, everybody hated the guy, he was a bust. He has not thrown an interception in eight games. There is something to be said for playing defense and being able to run the ball. That’s old school maybe, but it takes a lot of pressure off your quarterback.”

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