The Chalkboard

January 25, 1991|By Ken Murray

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills aren't the only team that uses the no-huddle offense. They are the only team that uses it the way they do, though.

Every team in the NFL employs a two-minute, or hurry-up, offense. It is used at the end of the half or game in a usually frenetic attempt to reach the end zone. Teams line up in a passing offense with as many as four or five receivers.

The Bills, however, take it one step further. They use the no-huddle almost exclusively, and keep their regular offensive complement of skill players -- two running backs, two wide receivers and a tight end -- on the field.

What's more, the Bills keep the defense "honest" by running draw plays to Thurman Thomas, who is used as both receiver and rusher.

Thomas scored on a 12-yard draw in last week's 51-3 AFC championship romp over the Los Angeles Raiders.

Primarily, the no-huddle limits defensive substitution. "It's a little unnerving," said Bills offensive coordinator Ted Marchibroda. "It's a change of pace the defense is not used to. It forces defensive coaches to make quicker decisions on what to send in."

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