I’m not one to put a ton of stock in OTAs. It’s good to hear the players are practicing and working hard, but until the pre-season and regular season, it’s a little tough to believe the Buffalo Bills are or aren’t showing progress.
I did like a quote from E.J. Manuel following an OTA session earlier this week though. Asked about how there had been some mild trash talk between the offense and defense, Manuel responded.
“I think intensity is good and I think that’s what we need, especially on offense,” Manuel told Chris Brown of Bills Insider. “So many times the defense has an aggressive nature and I think that’s something I want our offense to have an attacking nature to go out there and apply pressure not take pressure off a defense. I think intensity is fine, being passionate out on the practice field and trying to treat it like a game is important for us.”
It’s Manuel’s offense to a certain extent and if he wants it to be attacking and aggressive, I’m sure Bills fans are all for it. The Bills can differentiate themselves this season if Manuel takes the next step and the offense puts fear in defenses around the league. With Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, C.J. Spiller and Manuel – yes, put pressure on defenses all day long. Take shots down the field, try a bit of trickery, be bold and be fearless in your pursuit of the end zone.
I agree with Manuel. Intensity, aggression and attacking offenses are good. Hearing it in OTAs is a great sign and it leaves you hopeful we’ll see it on the field in 2014.