Offseason Playbook: Bills
A look at Buffalo's philosophy, team needs and a key free-agent move
In a new offseason series, Insider takes an in-depth look at NFL teams before free agency begins March 12. What is each team's philosophy on offense and defense, biggest needs and one player who could make for an ideal signing in free agency?
Offense -- This new coaching staff has kept their projected schemes under wraps, and it's a little tough to tell what they will run. This is a teaching staff with strong college backgrounds, so this offense will be very assignment oriented. It will be an aggressive scheme with creative personnel groupings and a lot of different looks under coordinator Nate Hackett, Paul Hackett's son.
Head coach Doug Marrone has a terrific offensive mind, but Hackett will call plays. Marrone has a strong run background so you can look for some power run sets to set up the passing game and they will likely build the running game around C.J. Spiller. The screen game will be a part of their passing attack. Also, expect some read-option looks and even some old Buffalo "k-gun" passing formation that was so productive under Jim Kelly. This will be a fun offense for the players and fans.
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