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Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Dawan Landry (26) tackles Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Can EJ Run This Up-tempo Offense?

Knowing we were going to go through the growing pains with a rookie quarterback I question as to how much EJ’s capable of doing. Can he run the up-tempo offense this coaching staff has in place?

The first few games we seen him play was definitely good to see from a quarterback transitioning to the NFL. He seems like a player that can grasp information pretty quickly but delivering exactly what is wanted from this playbook is not going the way people wanted it to. Watching all of his plays he seems flat out scared at times. He decision making hasn’t been very good and he has gotten away with a lot.

My question is this offense to fast for him to run? The way this offense runs its plays is go go go but what about him getting a chance to read a defense and do some things that could help this team? The plays this team has run so far have been basic and he’s struggled. I think the offense needs to slow it down a little bit and let him develop. He has a couple go to throws that he can hit but after that it’s hit or miss. Everything from his accuracy to his footwork needs work but can be coached. He has the smarts and I believe can do it but this coaching staff has to see that he can’t do what their asking right now.

Look there’s no way I’m going to take anything away from that game winning drive because it was great but what would have happened if that didn’t happen? 0-3 and people lose hope. This kid has the smarts and talent but it’s up to the coaches to get it out of him the right way.

What do you think?

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  • chas territo

    You are 100% correct. They need to have more plays he can be successful with and gradually add to that. GO BILLS!!

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  • Del Capp

    I don’t know that the speed of the thing is the issue. First, Hackett is asking Manuel to be a read-option QB, and he ain’t. He is a pure pocket passer who can run. Think Roethlisberger. Asking him to read-option is really asking him to hand off inside and the opposition figured that out really quick. Second, he has yet to display a fastball. He might have it, but it hasn’t been shown. Third, he is horribly inaccurate deep. I have heard the argument that he threw so many balls OB against the Jets to protect against interceptions. Throughout each of the first three game,s the bulk of his deep balls have 1. been to Woods, who does not appear to get much separation, 2. Been thrown before the receiver is more than three steps off the line, and 3. Been so short as to be comical. The only one he has overthrown was the one on the last 4th down against the Jets. Which, coincidentally, went OB, but at least it wasn’t intercepted. He is a rookie who looks like a rookie, with a big question in the accuracy department and an equally big question in the fastball department. These softballs are going to look ridiculous floating over the middle in December.

  • Del Capp

    Dude is looking an awful lot like Trent Edwards so far.

  • chas territo

    Being a jerk becomes you, lol. EJ does not look like Edwards, maybe you do butthead! GO BILLS!!
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  • Del Capp

    This doesn’t make any sense. He occasionally looks good but he is inaccurate deep, he is making questionable decisions, he is throwing a soft ball, he has been jittery in the pocket, and his winning percentage is .333. Why is the comparison a jerk move? Because Edwards has a career winning % that is higher?

    I get that he is a rookie, but he sure does seem familiar so far. Maybe he will improve. I hope he does. Right now, he has a lot of room for it.

    This looks really familiar, from coach to QB. The team needs a last-possession touchdown to win or even tie every week. Yeah, you got me, they are FANTASTIC. Huge upgrade over the last 13 years. This is awesome fun to watch.