Buffalo Bills: Jackson or Spiller

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) avoids a tackle by New York Jets strong safety Yeremiah Bell (37) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Piggy-Backing on our poll from yesterday, and we will include it again in this post, Spiller vs. Jackson.  Marrone has provided an insight on his philosophy…

“My philosophy’s always been if someone starts off and they’re running well, keep feeding them the ball,”

With both the players being backs that can produce and be not only backs that can run the ball but catch it as well, Marrone does have a tough decision on how he is going to split the workload for the upcoming season.

Spiller has shown that he can take the load and run with it as he had a 5+ yard average for last season on the ground.  Not to mention he is a threat out of the backfield as well for the passing game.

The only real negative against Spiller, and it does not even come down to his ability, is that he was not used enough last year under the Chan Gailey regime.

I have to agree.  It was electrifying to see Spiller produce.  With the anticipation that he could take it to the house at any point in the game and turn the game around, that is what puts people on the edge of their seat.  Spiller needs to be the starting back as well as used in a more important and consistent role.  Jackson needs to take a back seat and support Spiller at this point.

Who will start the season at Running Back?

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Topics: Buffalo Bills, Cj Spiller, Fred Jackson

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  • NWBill

    Spiller is electric, to be sure – and an exciting player who I think hasn’t reached his full potential, exactly for the reason given in the article; Chan played too many games with his playing time last year. Trying to balance carries between two RBs is a nightmare waiting to happen. I agree with Marrone; let the guy with the hot hand (or legs) play. Use the other guy in various formations and roles; Nate Hackett is certainly capable of game-planning that pretty well. Spiller, I think, has the inside track right now …. but the one thing that you don’t want to do is underestimate Fred Jackson; especially a healthy one.
    Ought to be fun to watch!

  • davidmuscalo

    I voted for Spiller, but when the chips are down and we need those tough yards, I go with Jackson.

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