Joe Brady took over play-calling duties after the Buffalo Bills fired former offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey back in mid-November. The overall offensive numbers were much different, and the offense was not without its struggles and inconsistencies at points. The biggest change was that the Bills got their running backs far more involved in the running and passing game.
James Cook finished fourth in the league in rushing with 1,122 yards, with 4.7 yards per carry and two touchdowns. He was also third among running backs for all-purpose yards and sixth overall in the league. He added 44 receptions, 445 yards, and four touchdowns in the passing game. Ty Johnson became a bigger part of the offense under Joe Brady as well.
The Bills became one of the league leaders in rushing as well under Brady. I fully expect that to continue next season as well and Cook will be the beneficiary, plus the addition of Nyheim Hines into the backfield will give Brady a lot of options out of the backfield. We can't forget Josh Allen too. Johnson is one of 21 pending free agents, so we don't know yet if he'll be returning.
Joe Brady has a lot of weapons at his disposal to work with going into the 2024 season and the Bills will likely add another weapon or two from the NFL Draft. The part that excites me the most about Brady getting the full-time job is he'll have a full offseason to build his own offense. A full offseason to put his stamp on offense. For the last two months, Brady has been calling plays from Ken Dorsey's offense. Now we will get an opportunity to see just how good an offensive coordinator Brady can be.