At this point, it’s really no surprise to see the Buffalo Bills end the regular season with a losing record considering it seems to happen every year after they went 6-10 in 2012. The organization of Doug Marrone as head coach will help change things around in 2013, but if this team really wants to take their game to the next level and compete in the AFC East next season, they need to take full advantage of running back C.J. Spiller.
With all of the injuries surrounding Fred Jackson, Spiller led the team in rushing this past season with 1,244 yards to go along with six rushing touchdowns. In fact, there was a time at the beginning of the regular season when Spiller looked like he was on his way to being one of the top breakout stars of 2012 after recording 292 rushing yards and three touchdowns over the first two games of the season.
Unfortunately, those types of dominant numbers didn’t last long for Spiller and one of the main reasons why was simple–he wasn’t as involved in the ground game as he should have been. There were times when Spiller may not have been 100 percent, but the fact he was held to single-digit carries in six games this season shows the Bills weren’t using him to his full potential.
If Buffalo were smart about doing whatever it takes to win as many games as possible in 2013, they would figure out a way to make sure Spiller received more carries in the ground game.
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