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Doug Marrone's no-huddle attack not some Dick Jauron experiment

By Tim Graham

I have a feeling Doug Marrone isn't going to ditch his offseason plans to pick up the pace like Dick Jauron did four years ago.

In today's Buffalo News, reporter Mark Gaughan shines a spotlight on the Buffalo Bills' up-tempo offense through the eyes of the offensive linemen.

"You're putting a lot more yards under your feet and just getting ready for an offense that's not gonna stop," Bills tackle Chris Hairston said. "We're going to try to put pressure on all the teams and dictate the tempo and pace. We've done that since we've gotten back here. You're just really pushing yourself to go as fast as possible."

Bills linemen were saying similar things when Jauron spent an entire offseason installing a no-huddle offense.

They ran no-huddle almost exclusively in voluntary workouts, minicamp and training camp. Then they fired coordinator Turk Schonert a few days before the season opener and eventually abandoned the offense in the regular season.

Marrone, however, is an offensive-minded coach with an offensive staff that he brought with him from Syracuse. Marrone knows what he wants and will proceed with conviction.

It's safe to assume he won't fire Nathaniel Hackett in August.

That said, Gaughan raises some significant questions about how Marrone will implement his no-huddle attack.

  • Will the Bills be efficient enough on third downs to make the no-huddle effective?
  • Will the Bills' defense be good enough to help maximize the pace?
  • Will it be wise for the Bills to get into shootouts with teams such as the New England Patriots?

Bills center Eric Wood

"We're gonna put the defense in some compromising situations with our tempo and the different schemes we have," Wood said. "It'll be a little bit of an adjustment.

"The no-huddle brings a level of toughness for us. We have to be in better shape, we have to communicate quicker. It's going to create its problems for us, but that's why we're out here practicing."


Chris Hairston | Dick Jauron | Doug Marrone | Eric Wood
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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