Inside The Bills

Chan: Don’t put our offense in a box

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2012 – 10:47 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey has established a ‘pass to set up the run’ identity for his offense over the past two seasons with three and four wide sets the dominant formations for his attack. That all changed Sunday when Buffalo made a point of establishing the run early.

Gailey however, doesn’t like his offense being labeled with a specific identity. His approach to offense is a bit more straightforward. Appearing on the Howard Simon show on WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning, Gailey had a simple answer for what an NFL offense should be.

“It’s supposed to be productive,” he said. “That’s what it’s supposed to be. You try not to draw a box around it and make it fit into that box. To me if we can run the football and we’re effective at it that’s what we’re going to do. If we can’t run it and we need to throw then we’ll throw it.

“I think sometimes people want to put a box around who you are and make you define yourself and make you stay in that box. To me you’ve got to change. If the run is working, guess what? We’re going to run. If the run is not working or we think that the matchups are not good, we’ll throw the football. We have confidence in both areas.”

What may be surprising to some is Gailey is not a ‘throw it around the yard’ offensive coach, even though that’s what Buffalo’s offense has largely been the past couple of seasons.

“We’ve won doing both things, but which one would I rather do? I’d rather control the clock, run the football, that’s old school, that’s me from way back when I first started this thing,” he said. “I’d rather run the football. I was a wishbone coach when I first started on offense. That’s the mentality I come from.”

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