ORCHARD PARK, NY -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone knows he has more than one running back he can trust to carry the ball. But he seems still undecided who he will trust to throw it.
Marrone likes that he has two quality running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, but indicated that he will not, by design, worry about an equal share of the workload.
Spiller (207 carries, 1,244 yards) was grossly underutilized by former coach Chan Gailey, averaging only 13 carries a game last season despite his 6.0-yards-per-carry average, which tied Adrian Peterson for the NFL's best.
Jackson, a former 1,000-year rusher, battled leg injuries again and finished with 115 carries for 437 yards, a 3.8 average.
"I really do not know the whole situation from last year," Marrone said. "I see that we have two backs that can produce results. ... I think when we get into it we will be able to spell the guys when we need it. My philosophy has always been that if someone starts off and they are running well, just keep feeding them the ball."
That is in contrast to Gailey, who sat Spiller when he was hot.
Meanwhile, the quarterback competition continues to see veterans Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson alternate first through the rotation in team drills, including 11-on-11.
Kolb told buffalobills.com he's not focusing on Jackson or rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel, but he is focused on the defense placed in front of him.
"I'm going against that defense, not the other guys in the red jersey," he said.
In his Wednesday press conference, Marrone wouldn't bite when questioned on whether he felt Kolb had the best control of the offense to date.
"I think Kevin has done a nice job, but I also think that EJ Manuel and Tarvaris have done a good job at times," he said. "All three at times have done a nice job. Again, Tarvaris and Kevin have experience. You would think coming in that they would feel very comfortable in those situations. I have been very, very happy, and I do not want to use the word surprised because our expectations are high, but I think EJ has done a very good job. For us, it is going to be tough with the decisions and the reps as we move forward.
By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: May 29, 2013 08:25:36 PM
Marrone will unleash Bills rushers, but mum on QB battle
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