After C.J. Spiller’s breakout preseason, most were not surprised to see him listed as the starting back for the Bills to start the season. However, when head coach Chan Gailey wanted to re-establish the running game against the Green Bay Packers, he called on former first-rounder, and four-year veteran Marshawn Lynch. Lynch had 64 yards on 17 carries, while Fred Jackson added 39 yards on nine carries and scored the lone touchdown. Spiller only had one carry for three yards.
The team felt a need to simplify the offense and put the ball in their three talented running backs hands. Leading up to the Green Bay game Gailey stressed the importance of playing more fundamentally sound football, and it was clear that getting one particular back in a rhythm was a focus for the offense.
“We wanted to get Marshawn and Fred a lot more involved” Gailey said. “We didn’t put C.J. in there as much. We were going to use him (Spiller) on third down and work him in slowly as time goes on. We just felt that was the best way to attack them.”