Inside The Bills

A new approach on 4th down?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 10:20 am

Last season the Bills had all of 14 fourth down situations in which they chose to go for it. They converted just four of them. In the preseason the Bills were pretty aggressive in choosing to try and convert on fourth down. Might we be witnessing a more aggressive approach on the part of head coach Doug Marrone when it comes to an offense’s last chance to move the sticks?

In the preseason the Bills went for it on fourth down nine times in just five games. That pace would more than double their total from the 2013 season. Sometimes coaches experiment a bit more in the preseason, which may account for one or two of their fourth down attempts. But in our exclusive ‘Coffee with the Coach’ interview presented by Tim Horton’s, we asked coach Marrone if fans should expect a more aggressive approach on fourth downs this season.

“I think it depends on the situation that we’re in, who we’re playing, what our philosophy is going into it, but yes there’s a good possibility that that can happen,” Marrone said. “A lot of it depends on where you are in the game and where you are on the field, so there’s a lot of things that go into it prior to going into the game.”

So in situations where time, score and field position all cater to a ‘go for it’ approach it sounds like Marrone will leave his offense on the field on fourth down.

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