CJ Spiller was vocal during the week and adamant that he would be playing and wanted to play this past week against the Saints.
Spiller had been playing with an injured ankle and had been not as productive as He and Bills fans would like him to be. Not to mention the coaching staff and his teammates as well.
Spiller was going to be a game-time decision and Marrone felt it to be beneficial to keep Spiller out for this game in hopes of getting the running back this coming week, if not at 100% then pretty darn close to it.
“I wasn’t ready,” Spiller said, via the Buffalo News. “It was coach Marrone’s decision. I respected that. Everybody knew that I wanted to play. I wanted to help us win. But it was best for me so I can get back to playing normally.”
Without Spiller being healthy and able to run the rock 20-30 times a game along with Jackson, the effectiveness of the running game with Jackson and Choice really takes a back seat to what it could be with Jackson and Spiller.
Jackson has been able to hold his own and has been the one to keep the running game at where it is but we also have to take note that he is injured as well and needs his rest.
Was it smart for Marrone to hold Spiller out?
I think that it was something that had to be done rather than going week to week with him only being able to play a couple of plays in a half and hope for the best. We need him now and resting him this past week will get him back into the lineup sooner than later and right now the Bills need as much help as possible.