Bills fans still are waiting for running back C.J. Spiller to make a giant play this season. Spiller has been stuck behind Fred Jackson in the Bills' backfield, and Jackson's season is off to a great start.
Bills coach Chan Gailey said he is confident Spiller will make a big impact but acknowledged it's going to have to happen within the structure of the offense.
“There’s only one football,” Gailey said. “When you’ve got some good receivers and you’ve got a tight end who has done some good things and you’ve got a running back playing well right now, you can’t do everything you’d like to do. We’ve got some ideas and thoughts (on Spiller), but it just hasn’t presented itself at this time the way we’d like to do it. Unfortunately right now it’s like he’s the odd man out. It may not be that way the whole season. But right now it is. I still think he’s going to be a very good player for us over the long haul."
Spiller had four touches in Cincinnati - 3 carries for 12 yards and 1 reception for 9 yards. He had a hard, 9-yard run on a third-and-2 situation that helped the Bills on a field-goal drive in the fourth quarter. He was encouraged by that play.
“I definitely feel like I’m making strides, making the proper reads, trying to get north and south as much as possible,” Spiller said. “A big run I had in the game, it wasn’t a big run but I got my shoulder square, put my foot in the ground and got north south for probably about 6 yards (it was 9 yards). That’s stuff right there gives me the confidence. I know I can do it. It gives the coaches confidence too. Fred is a great running back, a veteran guy, a guy everybody loves, a guy I admire. I tell him every game he does a wonderful job running the ball.”