Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson would like to see quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick have more leeway when it comes to calling and/or changing plays at the line of scrimmage.
Johnson is not going to get what he wants. That’s the message Bills coach Chan Gailey sent during a radio interview on WGR 550 in Buffalo on Monday morning. Gailey said that Fitzpatrick sometimes has the ability to audible and sometimes he does not, with the answer depending on what the Bills are trying to do on a given play.
“If you ended up doing that every time, then he has to know every situation about pass protection. He has to know how many times you want C.J. Spiller to get the ball. He has to know do you want to run it here to set up third down? You’ve thrown it a couple of times, he has to know ‘lets run the football here.’ There’s a lot more to it than just seeing what they do and calling a play,” Gailey said. “It’s setting up a play to set up the next play. Fitz is really good, he is smart. He can make adjustments on the field and sees things and knows what’s going on but we’re doing things today just like we did them last year and the year before that. We have been successful in times past. We just need to continue to execute in all phases of what we’re trying to get done and then we can get back to where we’ve been offensively.”
Fitzpatrick also did an interview with the station on Monday and said he doesn’t feel like there’s a need to change the way the offense operates in that regard so it would seem that the Buffalo offense from Sunday will be the same one we see over the final five games. Based on their play in the last two weeks, that’s good news for Buffalo’s final five opponents.