[picappgallerysingle id=”9747505″]A little more than a year ago, two weeks before the 2009 season got underway, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley decided that offensive coordinator Chan Gailey wasn’t cutting the mustard. After having worked for him for six months, Haley fired Gailey citing philosophical differences.
According to Gailey, there are no hard feelings, telling the Kansas City Star, “it’s business, I understand it.”
However one has to wonder if the new Bills’ head coach may just have a few tricks up his sleeve when his team comes to Kansas City to take on Haley’s Chiefs.
Buffalo has yet to win a game this season, but they have been competitive, losing close games to Baltimore, New England, and Miami. The bright spot thus far for the Bills has been the play of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has thrown 11 touchdowns against just 4 interceptions. In Gailey’s offense, Fitzpatrick’s passer rating is 102.2 and second in the league to just the Colts’ Peyton Manning (103.4).
One area where Gailey’s offense hasn’t particularly excelled is in the running game. The team traded running back Marshawn Lynch a few weeks ago to Seattle, opening the door for dynamic rookie C.J. Spiller. Spiller has yet to make a big splash on offense, averaging just 4.3 yards on 26 carries, with a season-long of just 19 yards. Spiller’s rushing numbers probably won’t improve much against a Chiefs defense that ranks 6th in the league at stopping the run.
One area where Gailey could incorporate Spiller more and throw the Chiefs a wrinkle would be in the passing game. While the offense has revolved around Fitzpatrick getting the ball to receivers Stephen Johnson and Lee Evans early in the season, Spiller has just 13 catches.
If Gailey wants to have success against the Chiefs, it makes sense for him to borrow a page out of Haley’s playbook by spreading the offense out with Spiller in the backfield, and then setting up screens and short pass plays for the former Clemson playmaker. If Spiller does get the ball in the open field against the Chiefs, lookout because like the Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles, Spiller can turn any play into a touchdown.