Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) heads of the field after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Chiefs beat the Bills 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Watching the Bills this year I’ve been waiting just like everyone else to see Spiller get the ball until he pukes. Making guys miss, explosive runs and just getting into space to drive opposing defenses crazy is what we have been accustomed too but what happened? This new coaching staff may be to blame but could you see Spiller playing for a new team next season?
As Spiller is currently in his 4th season of his 5 year deal he has surely proven what he is capable of but is he considered a system guy? With Chan Gailey calling the plays it seemed like he dialed everything up perfectly for him. Last year there was even times where everyone thought he should’ve had the ball more than he did but still managed great numbers. Now it seems that no matter what Hackett does he gets bottled up and is lucky to get a few yards.
Looking at his stats this year I’m am seeing 9 out 12 games where he was unable to reach at least 80 yards combined both rushing and receiving. Being the focal point of this offense I would’ve expected that maybe he didn’t reach that goal once or twice. The problem I have about this now is wondering if this is to blame on the coaching staff or if this slump is strictly on Spiller. The injury argument will come into play here but in my opinion if you’re not ready to play you shouldn’t and if you’re on the field you should be ready to produce every play. If Spiller is telling the coaching staff that’s he ready and clearly looks like he hasn’t then I fully blame him for the wasted efforts this year. That’s something no one would really know as it stays behind closed doors in most cases.
I mean don’t get me wrong I’m a fan of Spiller but why hasn’t he done anything this year? He has 3 decent games and the rest of the time he has been invisible. I thought the roles would be reversed and Fred Jackson would be the one unseen. Hopefully he can get his game together in the last three games but is it to late?
The only reason I pegged Spiller as possibly moving on is words have been coming from within the Bills about a shakeup. I have heard that it could come now through the end of the season but anytime could really be a possibility. Many may look towards Stevie Johnson on this potential shakeup but what happens if it happened to be Spiller? If I’m not mistaken there is a clause in his contract where the Bills could get out of the last year of it or what if they look to trade him?
I’m not sure how I would feel if Spiller moved on to another team. What if he had another year like this year but on the other hand what if he returns to last season’s form. Like I stated this is just a thought but something may be happening by the end of the season that could change this team heading into next year.