Inside The Bills

Spiller’s touches product of game plan

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2013 – 4:11 pm

Bills RB C.J. Spiller got 11 touches on 64 offensive plays on Sunday and had trouble delivering a big play as he had the previous week against Kansas City. Head coach Doug Marrone was asked if Spiller’s ankle acted up again rendering him less effective. Marrone said it had nothing to do with the condition of his ankle.

“Game plan, how we’re putting those guys in there,” said Marrone as to why Spiller only saw four first-half carries. “It doesn’t have anything to do with his ankle. It could increase, it could decrease, we’ll see week to week. But it’s not a knock on injury or what we do, it’s what we’re trying to get done.

“We’re trying to be very productive in the run game, we’re trying to gain yards, keep things at a short distance, which we did at times (Sunday). We were not very good on third-and-four, or third-and-five or less. And that’s a point of when you look at both teams (Sunday), go back and see what Pittsburgh was on third-and-five or less, they were highly efficient, and we weren’t. We put ourselves in those situations where we have to be more efficient there.”

The Steelers converted 8 of 11 third downs when it was five yards or less.

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