The Buffalo Bills came out gunning in 2011, leading the NFL in three and four wide-receiver sets. Chan Gailey wanted to spread teams out, but defenses eventually caught on to what the Bills were doing.
Once the familiarity with the spread attack set in across the AFC, teams were able to expose the Bills' limited offensive weapons and force signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick to play outside of his skill set.
A vanilla offense in the preseason didn't shed on any light on how the Bills will approach their offense this season, but it better change to a more balanced one.
The Bills have two talented running backs at their disposal. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both had career years in 2011 on limited touches, which has fans wondering what they could do with a bigger role carved out in Gailey's playbook.
Jackson is an above-average pass-blocker, but Spiller has supposedly also improved in this regard. If that is the case, Gailey has the opportunity to play both on the field at the same time in a four-wide set with one of the players lining up outside.
The Bills left themselves thin at receiver after cutting all the roster bubble players at the position. The team will roll with Stevie Johnson, Donald Jones, David Nelson and T.J. Graham as the full-time players at the position with Brad Smith splitting time there also.
Buffalo doesn't have the worst receiving unit in the league, but the lack of a true No. 2 creates more questions than it does answers.
Buffalo will need to use Fitzpatrick for his strengths while also being aware of his weaknesses. Despite shelling out a huge contract to him last fall, the team needs to understand that they can't ride his arm to a divisional crown.
They'll need to figure out a way to get their running backs involved and keep defenses honest rather then be a telegraphing pass-first offense.