Red zone success rooted in variety, repetition

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2015 – 4:48 pm

The Bills currently rank second in the league in red zone touchdown efficiency with an 83.3 percent success rate behind only Arizona at a little over 91 percent. Buffalo credits their success to a couple of factors.

One is variety. Buffalo has five red zone touchdowns on six trips to the red zone this season and they’ve come from five different players on offense. Boobie Dixon (1-yd run, Wk 1), Tyrod Taylor (7-yd, run, Wk 2), Charles Clay (9-yd rec., Wk 2), Karlos Williams (2-yd run, Wk 2) and LeSean McCoy (10-yd rec., Wk 3).

“To me that’s the crux of what we do because in this league pretty much anybody can take away anybody if they really wanted to,” said offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “If you’re trying to force the ball to a guy all game as you see some teams do, the results aren’t what we’re looking for. I think it just speaks to our breadth of talent. Guys who are able to be involved in the game plan and the quarterback distributing the ball to the right person.”

“We have a ton of playmakers that are going out there and winning their one-on-one matchups and it’s up to me to find those matchups,” said Tyrod Taylor. “Coach Roman gives me an opportunity to pick a side on certain plays that we call based on the look that we get. And I’m finding the open guy and they’re doing their job as far as winning and the line is doing a good job of protecting even when they bring the blitz.”

The second reason for Buffalo’s offensive success in the red zone is repetition. According to Bills head coach Rex Ryan they spend extra time each week on their red zone plays.

“We spend a little more time in the red zone,” Ryan told Buffalobills.com in his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s. “More games are won and lost in the red zone than probably anywhere else. Third down is certainly important. You cover every facet, but we spend a big chunk of our time working on the red zone.”

 


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