Posted May 19, 2013

EJ Manuel: Bills’ offense easier to grasp than Florida State’s

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Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel said the team's offensive system has been easy to pick up. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel said the team’s offensive system has been easy to pick up. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel said in a radio interview Sunday that the team’s offensive scheme has been extremely simple to learn under new head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

Manuel said that the Bills’ offense has been easier to learn than the offense at Florida State.

“The funny thing is it’s easier to learn than the offense I had at Florida State,” Manuel, the Bills’ first round draft pick, told 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.”

“The learning curve for me is a lot shorter simply because of what I had at Florida State,” he added. “[That 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 selected Manuel with the 16th overall pick in the NFL Draft, making him the only quarterback selected in the first round. Marrone has said that Manuel will compete with returning backup Tarvaris Jackson and veteran Kevin Kolb.


11 comments
Bundy714
Bundy714

1st week of camp, I'm sure they've put in their whole offense, and I'm sure they've thrown all the defensive looks at him using the defensive starters, right?  NOT LIKELY  Just shows he doesn't have a clue what's coming.   Heck, you can't even hit the QB in practice.  Like a kid with training wheels thinking there's nothing to this bike riding stuff.

infidel1375
infidel1375

So the biggest 1st-round reach of the 2013 draft demonstrates why he is the biggest reach of the 1st-round 2013 draft.  

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Anyway, simplicity of playbook won't mean much in the face of pass-rushing and safety coverage exponentially less forgiving than what he faced in the ACC.  If Manuel doesn't realize this yet, he will all too soon.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

"I wanted something that I could just go in and say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, check it down and run it. "

 

lol, a rookie claiming that he'll go through 5 read progressions every snap, like it's no big deal?

 

Delusional much, E.J?

 

The Bills will be fortunate if he's composed enough to just go through two before checking down / running.

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

Read: Syracuse had a simpler playbook than FSU. To be expecteed. Paulus ran it after 4 years without football. No surprise here. Simple doesn't mean bad.

JamesGrigsby
JamesGrigsby

in college coaches have more freedom to experiment nfl coaches are a bit more conservative so yeah I could see FSU having a more complex play book than the Bills doesn't mean the Bills are bad because of it

moe06281983
moe06281983

When I read the title of the article my first thought: he just slighted the bills. Then I see your comment and it appears I'm not alone.

Mel
Mel

So an NFL offense that's very easy to learn as compared to a college offense. Perhaps we now know why Buffalo has sucked for so long....