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Jackson one reason for Spiller disappointment

Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:16 am
SpillerPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Fred Jackson has been so effective these past two years -- some would say “so surprising,” although Jackson wouldn’t use that verbiage -- that it’s made C.J. Spiller, the Bills first-round pick last year, and free agent pickup Brad Smith all but irrelevant in Buffalo’s offense this season.

Which, quite frankly, has surprised those in the Buffalo front office, especially considering Spiller was supposed to do great things after leaving Clemson.

"I don't think anybody foresaw how good Fred Jackson was going to be," Bills coach Chan Gailey, said via the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "When we drafted (Spiller), we thought there would eventually be a need there that has not shown itself to be. It's not his fault. Fred Jackson's playing extremely well right now. How do you take him out of the ball game? Receiver is not (Spiller’s) natural position, so we'll just have to see how it works as time goes on. It may be one of those things where this year he doesn't get as involved as we all would maybe have thought he might. That's the way it is."

Since Jackson has been so good for Buffalo’s offense -- he’s averaged 5.6 yards per carry (a league-leading 913 yards overall on the season), he’s scored six touchdowns and he’s made 34 catches -- the coaching staff moved Spiller to receiver earlier in the season. But he’s only got 13 catches and 18 rushes this year, and for now, he’s biding his time.

"I'm playing behind a great player in front of me, and I'm trying to soak up as much as I can from him," Spiller said. "Sooner or later my opportunity is going to come and I'll be ready. I'm not discouraged and I'm not going to stop working. I'm going to continue to be prepared and be ready to go."

The problem with Smith is that he’s been used mostly in the Wildcat offense the Bills occasionally use, and lately, that scheme has become almost non-existent for Buffalo. Smith also was hurt by the lockout, meaning he had no offseason with his new team and, therefore, couldn’t learn the offensive intricacies, and by the new kickoff rules which have limited his abilities as a returner.

"I didn't come with any preconceived thoughts," Smith said. "I was hoping to (play more), but it hasn't necessarily been that way. As a competitor and a player I want to be out there. I'll keep working, stay focused and be ready to help the team at any time."

For now, though, it looks like Jackson isn’t ready to give away any of his playing time.

“We did draft C.J. last year. I knew I had to keep working and keep working, even at the beginning of (last) year when I had my hand broken,” Spiller said in a September edition of Five Questions (or more). “I had to keep plugging away at it. I was accustomed to working and seeing how things work out afterward. But C.J. still wants to play, and he still wants to start. That’s what we’re here for. I expect nothing less of him.”

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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 9:09 am

Jackson one reason for Spiller disappointment

It shouldn`t be tough to admit another 1st round pick wasw asted on CJ Spiller, who is not ever going to be a RB at the NFL level.  He might be a dangerous kick returner, but the Bills have shuffled through the likes of Roscoe & Parish and McKelvin....small guys with speed and not much else.  Trying to put Spiller at WR just shows how hurting the roster is for depth. The Bills are going to get better, but they`re so banged up they won`t finish strong. Might as well use Spiller as much as possible before Ralph wants his paycheck cut.
2012-2013 Draft linemen.

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:19 am

Jackson one reason for Spiller disappointment

this is total dont have to cut down on fred jacksons touches to get cj the ball just call more runs.....

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:47 pm

Jackson one reason for Spiller disappointment

@Dreek: I completely agree with you on not ever giving Fred less touches. I'm saying get rid of some attempts to throw 3 yd completions and give CJ some extra touches. We've invested too much to not let him play. We already see that Stevie can't do it by himself, Jones sucks, Nelson can be taken out of the game, Fitz never throws to Roosevelt and Chandler is mostly a red-zone threat. Instead of trying to force a balance in the offense with these pathetic 2yd completions and frustratingly-predictable screens, let's just give CJ some extra touches. He's averaging 5+ yds a carry, which takes the Bills 2 throws to even gain (If you don't count Fitz's INTs)
A good coach knows how to get his best players on the field, Gailey is too stubborn to realize his passing game is a joke and he needs more than 8 plays.
Also, on these 3rd and 2s and stuff, we HAVE to put Brad Smith in cuz he's a 1st down machine, but Gailey fails to do that too and always goes to the Fred Ex screen, which the defense saw coming since October, and we lose a yard or two. Nix is doing a decent job building the team, and Gailey runs it pretty well maybe, but he should NOT be calling plays.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:57 pm

Jackson one reason for Spiller disappointment

They act like they don't need min two RB's. Spiller is number 2. It's always one hit away that number 2 becomes number 1.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:42 pm

Jackson one reason for Spiller disappointment

Btw, CBS, proofread the last paragraph. Some people would be mean enough to rip you to shreds for it.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:40 pm

Jackson one reason for Spiller disappointment

I think it really does have more to do with Jackson being that good than Gailey calling plays. Gailey's scheme is spreading defenses out, leaving holes for Jackson. It doesn't help Spiller's chances when Jackson rarely gets taken down by the first man hitting him. We aren't going to run with both, and here's why: Freddy is too hot to take out. He's a back that needs those 25+ touches a game. He has to get rolling, and when he does, he doesn't stop. If the run game isn't broken, don't try fixing it because someone who has "looked pretty good" only gets two touches a game. I'd be more concerned with our defense that hemmorages points...

Worry not, Spiller Time will come... It's just not happening anytime soon with #22 in the way.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:03 pm

Jackson one reason for Spiller disappointment

The biggest reason Spiller has been dissapointing this season is not Fred, it's Chan Gailey. The guy has playcalling-alzheimer's.
*Typical Bill's drive - 1st down, 2 yd completion 2nd down 5 yd run by F. Jackson 3rd down, 1 yd completion* Spiller gets one touch a game. Last year, he was not impressive. This year when he's gotten the ball he's shown something. It makes no sense.. last year he wasn't doing s*** but would get like 11 touches a game, this year he's looked pretty good, hell, he's even been running through people instead of just juking them out, but he's getting 2 touches a game? WTF Gailey. Ditch our pathetic 3 yd compltion passing game and pound the rock with BOTH of our RBs. Christ, it's not hard to figure out... And Fred has been a monster the past couple seasons, he's just always had to fight to play. In '09 he had Marshawn in front of him on the depth chart and STILL surpassed 1000 yds. Last year, he was buried on the depth chart and still was a monster. He's showing what he can do when he's an undisputed starter.

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