With the added offensive weapons, this is a breakdown of potential offensive formations for the Buffalo Bills this upcoming season.
It is the age old question for coaches, and the Buffalo Bills are no different, do coaches scheme to the talent they have or try to get the players to fit the scheme coaches want to run.
In the two years that Brian Daboll has been offensive coordinator, a case could be made that he was limited in what he wanted to run due to the talent. The first year, he had a rookie quarterback who was dynamic with his feet but had plenty to develop as a passer. Not to mention the skill players he had didn’t help in any fashion with an aging LeSean McCoy at running back and Robert Foster, an undrafted rookie at wide receiver, as his top receiver.
This past season, there was new wrinkles thrown into the game plan as Josh Allen showed some development, along with an improved offensive line and improved skill players like Devin Singletary, John Brown, Cole Beasley and Dawson Knox.
The surprising thing, that in terms of formation, it didn’t change. According to Sharp Football Stats, the Bills ran 70% of their plays out of a 1-1 personnel grouping, which is one running back, one tight end and three wide receivers.
Entering this year, the Bills have even more weapons with the addition of Stefon Diggs and rookie running back Zack Moss. If Brian Daboll wants to change up his formations, this is the year to do with the talent he has.
This is a breakdown of what the different personnel groups could look like for the Buffalo Bills, based on the talent they currently have on the roster.
*All personnel grouping percentages are courtesy of Sharp Football Stats.