Inside The Bills

Hostler’s two great strengths

Posted by Chris Brown on January 30, 2014 – 11:24 am

Bills newly hired senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler is a veteran offensive coach. His most recent coaching work has been primarily with receivers in Baltimore. So the John Murphy Show asked Ravens play-by-play man Gerry Sandusky for some insight on what Hostler will bring to the Bills staff.

“Jim has two skills that really stand out,” said Hostler. “One I think he’s an exceptional evaluator of talent. One of the things he’s blind to things like where you were taken in the draft and what college you played at. He has the ability to see a player and know what they can and cannot do. Jacoby Jones is a perfect example.

“Last offseason when the Ravens traded away Anquan Boldin that meant that Torrey Smith was the new number one and Jacoby Jones became the number two receiver. I talked to Jim Hostler about the new depth chart and he told me that they were not going to make Jacoby Jones your typical number two receiver because Jacoby is a fast guy, but he doesn’t have the ability to come back to the ball very well and he doesn’t have the built-in ability to get vertical and go up for balls the way Torrey Smith or Anquan Boldin did. So he was not the typical number two receiver.

“So he’s done this with a lot of receivers. Identify what their skill set is, see what they can grow into and see what they’ll never become and he doesn’t try to force players to be something they’re not. A lot of coaches do and he doesn’t.

“The other strength is he is a magnificent teacher of technique. Torrey Smith has become a fabulous receiver from the Ravens. The very first day we saw him at the first minicamp after the draft everybody wondered if the Ravens made a mistake on this kid. He was fast, but he didn’t have any skills, no ball skills, route running skills and in a couple of years with Jim Hostler he’s become a very polished and seasoned receiver sooner than any of us expected.”

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