Chan Gailey Believes CJ Spiller Can Handle More Carries, and More AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball for a gain during an NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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It wasn't too long ago that Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said he didn't think running back C.J. Spiller could carry a heavy load.

Now, though, Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sportsradio reports that he believes Spiller can handle more carries.

Can he, yes he can. Will we ask him to, probably not. I’d like to not just go out there and run him 25 times a game, but if that’s what it takes to win the game, that’s what we’ll do, but you’d rather not. Choice did a great job, he did do a good job yesterday, but when you get Fred back, you feel a lot more confident splitting those carries and keeping both of them fresh.

Gailey has been inconsistent on this point, but after a big win in which the running game took off and the passing game took the day off, the Bills would be wise to continue to turn to the run.

Spiller has been the only good thing going for the Bills offense, totaling 292 yards and three touchdowns this season while averaging over 10 yards per carry.

But not only this year, Spiller has been the hot hand for the Bills offense over the past eight games dating back to 2011, amassing 997 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns. With that in mind, it would be foolish for Gailey to insinuate anything other than the fact that they'll be feeding Spiller quite often in the coming weeks with running back Fred Jackson out.

The Bills would be wise to continue to feed their big-play back. 

Here is some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.


New England Patriots

ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker points out that quarterback Tom Brady has been missing his deep accuracy for years.

Bleacher Report NFC West lead writer Tyson Langland breaks down how the Cardinals were able to slow down New England's offense.


New York Jets

Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus gives his postgame thoughts on the Jets loss to the Steelers, including an explanation for Mark Sanchez's roller coaster performance.

Brian Costello of the New York Post delivers his winners and losers from the Jets loss.


Buffalo Bills

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News points out that even though cornerback Leodis McKelvin was pulled from the defensive game plan, he was still a big part of the outcome against the Chiefs.

Chris Brown of breaks down a few pregame words from Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams that helped motivate the team to victory.


Miami Dolphins

According to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin knows his team still has "a million miles to go" after beating the Oakland Raiders in Week 2.

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post did some of his own charting from Sunday's game and came out with some interesting nuggets, including a base personnel package of two wide receivers, one running back, one tight end and one fullback.

Bleacher Report AFC West lead writer Christopher Hansen breaks down the holes in Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer's game that allowed the Dolphins to shut down Oakland's offense.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.