Inside The Bills

Execution trumps play calling

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2015 – 4:13 pm

More than one of Buffalo’s coaches said it this week. When it comes to performance on the field, execution carries the day. That’s not to say that play calling doesn’t matter, but in the eyes of Buffalo’s coaching staff execution is what will improve the team’s consistency from start to finish in a football game.

“It’s not about any calls that are made,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. “It’s never about a call. It’s really about how you execute the call and we have to go out and we have to execute, and we have to get our job done.”

“It’s the execution of the play call, not the play call itself. If you just think you’re going to go out there and with my call sheet I’m going to out coach you this way or whatever, it’s the execution of the calls and that’s the thing that we’re trying to make sure we’re dialed in on. Is there a give and take on what you’re asking your players to do? I think there’s always some of that.”

The coaches on defense admitted they simplified the scheme slightly, but it’s ultimately on the players to make plays within the framework of the scheme.

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