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Doug Marrone on the goal-line play-calling

By Mark Gaughan

Bills coach Doug Marrone gave an explanation of why they ran Fred Jackson three straight plays to the right side of the offensive line in the goal-line situation against Cincinnati during his radio show on WGR this morning. Here was the explanation, and below is the link to the audio.

Marrone's quote begins with an explanation of why spreading the field and having the quarterback run is difficult when the offense is on the 1 or 2 yard line and the defense has its goal-line defense on the field.

“On the goal line, what happens is when you start spreading out the formations, they can dictate whether you can run or pass –- the defense. They can put everyone up there and play Cover Zero, because they don’t have to defend much of the field. And pretty much not many people are making any yards against that type of coverage. So they can dictate. You can go ahead and call a play as a run, and then when they bring everyone up there, go ahead and throw it. So in other words, the defense can dictate whether you run or throw down there by the numbers they have in the box or the numbers they play in coverage. Then when we go into those bigger formations, where we have the wing and the fullback and two tight ends, you’re looking at leverage and things like that. The defense may have some leverage. But you still have numbers on your side where you can go ahead and run the football. Now we can say we’re calling this play and we can go ahead and run it. There’s no chance of maybe one player doesn’t get it. Or there’s no chance of miscommunication. Really, the whole goal is to impose your will on that defense when you go down there. It is hard, there’s no doubt about it. I talk to the players all the time. But if you want to be a good football team, you’re going to have to be able to at some point line up in a formation, we’re coming at you, and we’re going for it. And obviously, you still have the pass in those formations.”

http://audio.wgr550.com/a/82869987/10-18-doug-marrone-on-wgr.htm

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Tim Graham

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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

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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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