Inside The Bills

Opponents foiling Bills screen game

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2012 – 9:13 am

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.

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