Cosell’s Watching: Scheme + Spiller Keyed Bills Offense

Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Bills offense vs. the Broncos defense.

  • Broncos played primarily man coverage v. Bills 3 WR personnel, It was predominantly “man free”
  • This game matched Bills 3 WR spread shotgun offense v. Broncos nickel sub-package, Harris very solid year as Broncos nickel slot corner
  • Spiller 38 yds came out of 3 WR personnel v. Broncos nickel sub-package, An inside zone run with TE crossing formation for back side seal – Very effective concept v. man coverage and Broncos played ”man free”

  • Broncos matched Bailey on Johnson, both outside and in the slot
  • Rookie S Carter does not have the athleticism and movement to be a quality NFL starter, Change of direction and short area quickness lacking
  • For the 3rd consecutive week Hagan played significant snaps at WR for the Bills
  • Johnson 55 yds was a coverage bust by the Broncos off an overload 5 man blitz concept, Looked like LB Woodyard made the mistake
  • Because of the Bills predominant 3 WR personnel starting MLB Mays only played 9 snaps in the game
  • Spiller showed great acceleration in this game, He ran by safeties Carter and Bruton a number of times; Plus showed ability to make defenders miss in the open field, like he did S Moore on 25 yds in the 3rd quarter ; Spiller adds a lot of dimensions to an offense
  • Big Spiller runs came out of 3 WR personnel v. Broncos nickel sub-package
  • Bills excellent 2:00 drive at the end of the 1st half, Featured a big time throw by Fitzpatrick to Nelson at corner route v. Harris
  • Bills excellent job with pass game concepts and play design to get the ball out of Fitzpatrick’s hands quick, Broncos pass rush not a factor in the game
  • Bills also did an excellent job with their multiple screen game and with Fitzpatrick boot action, Gailey negated both the overall speed of the Broncos defense and their pass rush
  • All 3 Spiller long runs – 38, 25, and 26 yds – were the same play: Inside zone with the TE crossing the formation to seal the back side
  • Bills had a strong tactical game plan but their major shortcoming was in the red zone: 1 TD in 6 trips

Later today: Greg’s notes from the Patriot & Packer games.

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