How Do the Buffalo Bills' Running Backs Affect the No-Huddle Offense?

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How Do the Buffalo Bills' Running Backs Affect the No-Huddle Offense?
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The K-Gun style of offense defined the Buffalo Bills offense in the early 1990's. Named after tight end Keith McKeller, designed by offensive coordinator Ted Marchibroda, and run to perfection by Jim Kelly, the K-Gun is constantly at the forefront of Bills fans' minds when thinking about how an offensive coordinator will call his games.

Fans remember Kelly slinging the ball down the field to wide receivers Andre Reed, James Lofton, and Don Beebe. They clamor for those days to return, and perhaps this year they will.

However, due to limitations, the no-huddle offense will not be completely pass-based.

The no-huddle offense is built around running a series of plays called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage, removing the traditional huddle. Hence the name. The intent is to catch the defense off guard and tired, especially later in a half or towards the end of a long drive.

However, that does not necessarily mean that it has to be based around the pass. The Bills want to build their offense around a power running game. That is the way head coach Dick Jauron thinks. Ball control and good, stout defense.

The no-huddle offense can include running the ball in heavy doses, which seems to be a logical choice for the Bills especially as the season winds down in winter. Anyone remember the Bills-Cleveland Browns game in 2007? There were barely any passes thrown for good yardage in that game.

How can a pass-happy, no-huddle offense exist in the winter at Ralph Wilson Stadium once the snow starts falling? It does not sound likely. However, a run-based no-huddle offense can still be effective. It would be even harder for defenders to recover if they get caught by surprise.

Expect to see the no-huddle offense run by the Buffalo Bills this season. Just do not expect to see it dominated by the passing game, especially at home in the winter. That is why the Bills are making sure they are set at running back with players who can both run and catch.

They will be the ones, along with Edwards, who make the no-huddle offense work. Just like a certain Thurman Thomas back in the 90s.

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