November 24, 2014

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By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: May 20, 2013 01:39:45 AM


Manuel: Bills' offense simpler than FSU's

Perhaps he meant it as a compliment, but rookie quarterback EJ Manuel somewhat denigrated the Buffalo Bills' offense in comments made Sunday.
"The funny thing is it's easier to learn than the offense I had at Florida State," he said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, according to ESPN.com. "It's a true West Coast-type progression offense. That's really what I wanted when I was coming through the pre-draft process. I wanted something that I could just go in and say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, check it down and run it. That's it, it's that simple. I love it. ...
"I've done great. The learning curve for me is a lot shorter simply because of what I had at Florida State. (The Seminoles' offense is) more complex and a little bit harder to catch on and learn. This offense is very simple. I've done a great job with it."
The Bills have a new system under first-year head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, both of whom arrived from Syracuse in January.
Manuel, 23, was the 16th overall selection in last month's draft, the only quarterback chosen in the first round.
He finished with a 25-6 record as Florida State's starter, and he became the second quarterback in Football Bowl Subdivision history to guide his team to four bowl victories (joining Virginia's Pat White). His career completion rate, 66.9 percent, was a Seminoles record.
Last season, Manuel completed 263 of 387 passes for 3,392 yards. He threw 23 touchdown passes and was intercepted 10 times


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