Inside The Bills

Read option derailed run ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2012 – 10:30 am

For four straight weeks the Bills run defense had held opponents to less than 90 yards rushing for four straight games, something that hadn’t been done by a Bills defense since 1999. In the past two weeks however, Buffalo has given up 270 and 182 rushing yards in losses to the Seahawks and Dolphins. Head coach Chan Gailey chalks it up to one thing in particular.

Making his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning, Gailey said the main culprit is the read option run game.

“I think the quarterback read (option) has made everybody a little tentative, especially the backside pursuit,” said Gailey in reference to his team’s run defense. “So we’re leaving creases. We had misalignment on a couple of big runs (Sunday). Misalignment there’s no excuse for that and we had that twice yesterday. We had linebackers running around looking for where to line up and got gashed for big runs. The quarterback read has made everyone tentative.”

The Dolphins averaged 5.2 yards per carry. The previous week the Seahawks averaged 8.4 per carry.

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