Now that Chan Gailey has watched the copious amounts of film he and Bills players claimed they were going to, he accepted fault for the poor showing of the offense. Gailey said on Monday, “Right now I feel like we maybe tried to do too much this ball game. I may have had too much in there for them and we have to get back to basics.”
I have some mixed feelings on Gailey’s assessment. As I recall, the Bills got rid of Turk Schonert last year because Dick Jauron wasn’t comfortable with all Schonert was attempting to throw at the team in its attempt to install a no-huddle offense. That resulted in the “pop warner” approach, as coined by Schonert, that became the eyesore the Bills called an offense a year ago. I had thought, coming out of Stanford, that one of Trent Edwards’ strengths was his intelligence. I’m beginning to wonder if that intelligence translates to the football field.
I am, however, pleased to see that Gailey realizes that the offense he attempted to run against the Dolphins was unsuccessful. Gailey talked about needing to find better ways to get the running game going, and the Bills definitely need to try some new things. I’m hoping to see Edwards under center much more, and have the Bills mix in some more conventional running plays, allowing for some play-action later in the game. I know Gailey was able to have some success in Miami calling plays for Jay Fiedler and Lamar Smith, who may not have been too much better than the offense he is working with now.
We will see if Gailey is able to make the same adjustments in the regular season that he appeared to make after the first game in the preseason. While it may be difficult to be too successful against a tough Packer defense, it will be important to see an improvement in game planning. Let’s see if the Bills can figure out a way to make Edwards throw the ball down the field and take advantage of the running back depth on this roster.