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Gailey on Spiller

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the record, if you haven't seen it, here were the comments of Bills coach Chan Gailey on running back C.J. Spiller. I didn't fit them into my story in Friday's paper. They just expand on what Gailey previously had said about the 2010 top pick:

On Spiller's rookie year: "It didn’t work out like everybody planned. He planned, I planned, any fan out there planned. It didn’t work out like any of us planned. I still think he’s going to be a very good to great player for the Buffalo Bills. There’s no question in my mind about that. I think I'll do a better job this year of creating ways to use him more. When you are establishing what you’re trying to get done offensively, you have a hard time deviating too much to do things for one guy to create things for one guy, because we were in the process of evaluating everybody and tyring to create things for everybody on our offense. Because it was just the getting to know you year. So I think I'll do a better job next year of incorporating him and I think he’s got to get better at ball security and pass protection. Those are the two areas he’s got to get better at. I’m not telling you anything we haven’t told him."

Did the season change his thinking about taking a running back in the top 10? "No it doesn’t. The issue is the situation C.J. found himself in and we were in. He’s still a great player. He’s still a great young man. He’s going to be very productive in this league for a long time. Just because it didn’t work out that wasn’t his fault. I don’t think it was the processes fault of who to draft. I think it was more a product of the situation. If we had been in the third year and taken him, I don’t think it would have had the same results. I think there are a lot of factors. We put the expectations on the 'ones,' everybody in the football kingdom puts expectations on the 'ones.' That’s what we do."

---Mark Gaughan


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