Stevie Johnson wants Ryan Fitzpatrick calling more plays

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The Bills fell to 4-7 on Sunday in Indianapolis thanks largely to an offense that never mustered much of a threat to the Colts.

It’s not a new story in Buffalo. The Bills have scored zero or one offensive touchdown in four of their last seven games and their fourth quarter touchdown on Sunday ended a more than seven quarter drought on that front. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson thinks that one of the problems with the offense is play calling and he’d like to see Chan Gailey share the duties in the future.

Who should be the other party? Johnson wants to kick it old school and let quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick handle more things by himself.

“How I see it, I think we need to let our quarterback call these plays. He’s out there on the field. He sees the adjustments that need to be done. I think we just need to let him make adjustments on the go. I think that’s the way we can move the ball better,” Johnson said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “He did it a little bit in the game, and we moved the ball. … He was hitting C.J. [Spiller], getting his run plays, doing the pass plays, and I just think we should do it more often.”

Johsnon credited Fitzpatrick for calling audibles to more aggressive plays, including a 63-yard completion to Johnson that set up a field goal in the second quarter. Gailey had already spoken to the media by the time Johnson spoke, so we’ll have to wait for his next media session to hear his thoughts on Johnson’s suggestion.

8 responses to “Stevie Johnson wants Ryan Fitzpatrick calling more plays

  1. The more I see of Chan Gailey’s play calling, the less I like it. The fact that the players are on the verge of a munity does not bode well for bringing Gailey back next season, especially when the Bills will fall well short of the playoffs (yet again) despite significant roster improvements during his tenure at head coach.

  2. This morning on his weekly radio show, Chan Gailey said that there was very little room for improvisation in his offense and that as a general rule, the QB is not allowed to audible into a different play at the line of scrimmage. How the heck is an offense supposed to move the ball if the QB is unable to change plays at the line of scrimmage based on what looks the defense is showing him… unreal.

  3. Bills seem to be getting close. But this year Chan has been terrible, and refuses to budge. If more players speak out, might force Ralphs hand to fire him, hopefully the Bills D and spiller can make them an attractive spot for a new coach.

  4. I have been saying this for weeks. It goes all the way back to the interception in the Titans game. Do you really need to throw the ball there? I know, Fitz could have just thrown it away, but what about a strip/sack? A botched shotgun snap, a tipped ball at the line of scrimage even. Your QB should not be handcuffed to a play if he thinks it’s a poor decision. Fitz can definetly handle it, he called the right coverage to signal Stevie on that bomb yesterday. However, the underlying fact is that Chan Gailey doesn’t know what he is doing, he even said it multiple times in his post-game presser. CJ Spiller will demand a trade if Gailey sticks in the offseason, he has already made it clear he wants the ball more. Buffaloninas need to stop blaming Fitz for this teams troubles, with the way he has played this season, they could easily be 6-5, now thats with some help from the defense, but he is playing above-average football for an above-average QB. That interception doesn’t hurt as bad yesterday when your only trailing by 4 instead of 7, which is what it would have been with 3 runs instead of 1 at the end of the half. Also, these WO need to help Fitz out too, they have had the “drops” lately and it has killed alot of momentum. Personally, I think Fitz is playing near the level he was when he got that contract, and if the defense keeps it up, Wanstache saved his job.

  5. Yes, Fitz should be given the option to decide how he wants to turn the ball over at a crucial time in the game – being striped from behind or a good old fashioned interception thrown right to the defender. His call.

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