Tonawanda News


September 24, 2012

Gailey has offense up and running

Tonawanda News — ORCHARD PARK — Chan Gailey refuses to be pigeon-holed as a pass-first coach just because he's introduced several fancy four-receiver spread formations to the Buffalo Bills repertoire.

Gailey still has plenty of old-school throwback in him to appreciate a good ground attack. If he had his druthers, he'd prefer running the ball.

"Every snap," Gailey said Wednesday.

That's not going to happen, of course, so there shouldn't be any worries about the wishbone making a comeback.

Without abandoning the pass attack, Gailey does find himself leaning more toward running the ball given the early season success the Bills have enjoyed.

"We'd rather be a physical run team that throws it when we have to, or throws it on surprise situations," he said. "So we'll continue to work down this path as much as we can."

It's been working so far for Buffalo (1-1), which prepares to travel to play at Cleveland (0-2) on Sunday.

C.J. Spiller hasn't missed a step filling in for Fred Jackson, who will miss at least one more week with a sprained right knee. Spiller is leading the NFL in both yards rushing (292) and yards from scrimmage (364), while also being the NFL's only player to post two 100-yard games.

The 2010 first-round draft pick is off to such a hot start that his 10.1 yards per carry is the highest total two games into a season — and with a minimum 25 carries — since Jim Brown averaged 11.3 yards in 1963.

"You have to have to be able to run the football. It's not going to always look pretty," said Spiller, who's had four rushes of 20 or more yards. "They're going to get us sometimes, sometimes we're going to get them. Hopefully we'll get them more than they get us, but you can't just get away from the run game."

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