Doug Marrone not a fan of using C.J. Spiller at wide receiver

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With Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson out for Sunday’s game against the Jets, the Bills are awfully short at wide receiver.

During an appearance on WGR 550, coach Doug Marrone was asked if he might try to fill that spot by moving a player from a different position to wideout. Specifically, he was asked about moving running back C.J. Spiller to a spot he played in 2011 when the team was similarly ravaged by injuries at receiver. Marrone doesn’t sound like it’s an idea he’ll be putting into action.

“Well I think in the backfield it’s much easier to hand him the football than it is to throw him the football, especially vertically down the field,” Marrone said, via the team’s website. “Intermediate throws I have no problem, screens, intermediate routes, but it’s really difficult to push that ball downfield to running backs at any position. The only route that backs run that push vertically down the field that you see in offenses in this league, and you see this with Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush, are wheel routes.”

Marrone talked about using multiple tight ends as a way to deal with the shortage at receiver, but it probably wouldn’t hurt if the Bills found a way to get Spiller the ball a bit more often than they did last week regardless of where he lines up.

12 responses to “Doug Marrone not a fan of using C.J. Spiller at wide receiver

  1. “Marrone talked about using multiple tight ends as a way to deal with the shortage”…unfortunately of late the TE’s especially Chandler, have been having problems holding on to the ball…..

  2. one would think a guy coaching a 3-7 team wouldn’t care what other coaches do with their running backs. if your best athlete is a running back, and you can’t block up for the running game, try getting it to him in space…

    what’s the worst thing that could happen by running spiller out there, that they lose the game? they are most likely gonna do that regardless of where they line him up…..

  3. jmblosser82 says:
    Nov 15, 2013 2:57 PM
    All 3 of those guys would hasten the sinking ship

    ~~~~~
    To be honest – it is less of a “sinking ship” and more of a “heading out for sea trials after a refit”… 🙂

    Seriously – I’m fairly certain NOBODY sane expected the Bills were going to contend for the playoffs this year. New coach, new staff, new system, few star quality players, an almost comedic number of QB injuries – thus forcing us to start our “has potential but needs development” rookie QB for he tfirst game…

    Nope – for most of us die hard Bills fans – the rest of the season is “get experience for the rookies and continue to evaluate our needs for hte next draft…”

    Which, again – to be honest – is about what i expected going into the season.

    Heck – if the Bills go 8-8 or *gasp* have a winning season – it is STILL better than they’ve done in years.

  4. I thought Marrone and Hackett were going to give him the ball until he vomited? I even took him in my fantasy league partly because of that statement. Injuries aside, they don’t use him any more than Gailey did and at least Gailey used him at WR to create mismatches. Where are my fantasy points Marrone! Ha.

  5. Bench all receivers, load the line with back up tackles, guards and TEs, a full back if you have one and go smash mouth every play. You win you’re a genius, you lose, you were going to anyway.

  6. thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    Nov 15, 2013 3:35 PM

    one would think a guy coaching a 3-7 team wouldn’t care what other coaches do with their running backs. if your best athlete is a running back, and you can’t block up for the running game, try getting it to him in space…

    what’s the worst thing that could happen by running spiller out there, that they lose the game? they are most likely gonna do that regardless of where they line him up…..
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    Marrone doesn’t want to risk one of his two star running backs to injury and derail the above average, top 5 ground attack the Bills currently have in order to fill two vacant spots that could be filled in by Easley(massive potential, has not had much of an opportunity yet), Gragg(TE that has the potential to be very productive) or Chris Hogan. I think this week, the Bills will try to get the ground game going before resorting to the pass.

  7. I didn’t expect playoffs from this team(non bills fan here)but there has been a few games that could’ve went in their favor, the defense has been amazing most of the season but the offense is still finding its kegs, and with EJ going out for a month hurt the progress of it.

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