ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Throughout the week player after player has echoed this idea of “simplicity” when referencing new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn’s scheme and finally, the man calling the shots got to speak for himself on Thursday, highlighting the identity he wants to instill in his unit.
“I want to play smart, physical football. I want to be explosive down the field, and right now, I just want to stay on the damn field,” Lynn explained. “That’s what I want to do. So, we’re going to play a little bit faster and see if we can put a little pressure on the defense and just execute.”
Considering how bad the Bills offense has been at sustaining drives this year, that should be a reassuring statement.
So what else is new? Well, Tyrod Taylor will apparently wear a wristband now, with a list of plays attached and opposite of Greg Roman who called the plays from right on the sideline, Lynn will be up in the box communicating them down to field.
“When you’re in the booth, you know, you get to see the field. I was in the booth once in Dallas when I coached there. I kind of liked it and said if I ever called plays, I’d do it from up top, just so, take the emotions out of it,” Lynn said of the practice.
Rex Ryan has of course long been linked to a ground-and-pound offensive philosophy, but Lynn explained that with the personnel Buffalo has on their roster, they can be multifaceted.
“I just want to coach an explosive offense, doing multiple things, balance multiple personnel groupings and just take what they give us,” the Bills new OC remarked. “I’m a personnel driven guy. I believe in personnel. Get the ball in the hands of players and let them make the plays because if you do that, they’ll make way more plays than we’ll ever design.”
Unfortunately, Lynn may be without the services of one very important weapon, Sammy Watkins. Watkins was a non-participant in today’s practice as he continues to battle foot soreness, and Ryan noted that there is an increased level of concern over the third-year wideout’s availability for Sunday, after he missed the last two days of practice.
Another notable absentee was tackle Cordy Glenn who obviously sat out last week with an ankle injury. Missing both Watkins and Glenn on Sunday will certainly limit an offense that is hoping to get off on the right foot under new guidance.
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