Offensive Woes Continue In Training Camp


Jun 18, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Kraig Urbik (60) performs a drill against center Macky MacPherson (76) during the Bills Minicamp at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills are coming into their second week of training camp with their first preseason game, and the first preseason game for the entire NFL to come in 7 days.  With the hype of Sammy Watkins and the questions around whether it was a good pick, and all eyes on the Bills for the first week of training camp, as well as the constant statements of breaking the 14 year streak, all eyes will be on Buffalo come Sunday.

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The offensive woes continue in training camp, mainly with the offensive line.  Earlier last week, players, coaches and fans all saw Doug Marrone throw up his hands in disgust after the offensive line repeated broke down and missed assignments.  Yesterday was no different, except no hands were in the air.

The Bills ran a 16 play 3rd down series of 11 on 11 as their main drill for offensive.  Let’s just say it was cut short because of the offesnive breakdowns.  Here is the break down of the 16 plays that occurred yesterday:

"EJ Manuel, first play: Screen pass to Anthony DixonManuel, second play: SackedManuel, third play: SackedManuel, fourth play: SackedManuel, fifth play: Hand-off to Bryce BrownJeff Tuel, first play: Defensive offside penaltyTuel, first play: SackedTuel, second play: False start against Cyrus KouandjioTuel, second play: Completion to Marcus Easley for first downTuel, third play: Completion to Marcus Easley for first downTuel, fourth play: SackedManuel, first play: Completion to Chris HoganManuel, second play: SackedManuel, third play: Pressured and scrambledManuel, fourth play: Pressured and completion to C.J. Spiller on dump-offManuel, fifth play: Scramble, good protectionLewis, first play: Sacked– ESPN"

Right tackle had some issues with both Erik Pears and Cyrus Kouandjio struggling, but it wasn’t just the right side, pressure came from the outside and the inside.  Eirc Wood summed it up well;

"“We’re putting a lot in and we have some individual breakdowns right now where 10 guys are doing the right thing and one guy [is] not,” center Eric Wood said after practice.– ESPN"

The Bills offensive line doesn’t have an easy task, they have what could have been 4 pro bowlers coming at them, that set a franchise record in sacks and lead the league in the same category.  If the Bills offensive line can protect Manuel and open holes for the backfield against this front four, then we might be in for an electrifying offensive season this year.  They have their work cut out for them, but they aren’t going up against scrubs any no means.