FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — I asked New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on Thursday afternoon whether the fact the Bills plan to occasionally put running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson on the field at the same time — one at RB, the other either at slot or wideout — creates any unique matchup challenges or problems for his D.
“It does. Because Spiller I think is one of the few players in the NFL that has legitimate wideout skills, but also has legitimate running back skills. So that makes it very difficult. When he’s in the backfield you want to treat him like a back; when he’s out of the backfield you want to treat him like a wide receiver, and that sometimes makes for a tough matchup. If he’s in the backfield you want a linebacker on him. If he’s out of the backfield, you want a defensive back on him, and you don’t want the reverse to be true. So we’ve spent a decent amount of time and energy planning for that. They showed it a year ago. They’ve also shown it some this pre-season, having them both out there together. And that’s certainly to their advantage.”
Regarding the Bills’ offence in general, Pettine said:
“They’re about execution. They don’t change a lot week to week. That’s been (head coach Chain Gailey’s) M.O. since he’s been there. A lot of times it’s the same plays, maybe dressed up a bit differently. But they’re all about execution and they do it well.”