If you’re a fan of the Buffalo Bills or just a fantasy owner who was lucky enough to have the explosive CJ Spiller on your team last year, chances are you were incredibly frustrated by how the third-year back was utilized by Chan Gailey throughout the season.
Spiller averaged an unbelievable 6.0 yards per carry in 2012, which was good enough to lead the league. Aside from the numbers, good things just seemed to happen on offense when the ball was in his hands. Even so, Spiller was relegated to the bench for more than half of the Bills’ run plays, making way for Fred Jackson and, for some mind-blowing reason, Tashard Choice.
Thankfully, it seems that Buffalo’s new coaching staff has at least a bit more common sense than was evident on the sideline last year. According to Spiller himself, the Bills plan to use him in a bigger role on offense this season. This comes just days after Bills new head coach Doug Marrone denounced the perception of Spiller as a situational back saying: “My philosophy’s always been if someone starts off and they’re running well, keep feeding them the ball,” Marrone said on Wednesday.
In a Friday interview with Lindsay Rhodes on ‘NFL Total Access’, Spiller confirmed this philosophy and elaborated on how he might be worked into the team’s game plan during the upcoming season.
“We’re gonna try to use me as much as possible and not let teams get one beam on me and say I can just run the ball. Hopefully I’ll be utilized in space, in the slot, whatever the case may be to try to help us find those mismatches to take advantage of.”
I think I speak for Bills fans everywhere when I say it’s about time.