Last year was one of transition for the Buffalo Bills. They had a first year head coach in Doug Marrone, and on top of that they drafted E.J. Manuel in hopes that he will be their next franchise quarterback.
Of course, they still had plenty of holes in their roster and ended up going 6-10. Manuel also hurt the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his left knee and ended up only playing 10 games on the season. Still, there was signs of hope that maybe the Bills will soon turn things around.
Another change that the Bills made was to start playing at a faster pace. And this year, they want to play even faster.
The Bills ran a fast-paced offense last year under first-year coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and first-year quarterback EJ Manuel. But with a year under their belts, the Bills plan to be faster in 2014.
Hackett said the Bills’ offense struggled when Manuel got hurt last year, but this year everyone is ready to be the fastest offense in the league.
“We look back at last year, and those first four games when EJ had a lot of run going on, it was awesome,” Hackett said, via the Buffalo News. “We were really rolling. It’s funny. You look back on it and as the season went on, with the changes we had at that position, it slowed down. The better we get, the more we have of the understanding of the offense, the faster we can go.”
A lot of teams have success when they go to a fast paced, no huddle offense once in a while because it catches the defense off-guard and doesn’t allow the defense to rest. While the Bills aren’t suggesting they’ll play no huddle, they certainly want to play fast, and it will be interesting to see if that leads to more success this season.