While teams no longer rely solely on one strategy, it is important to understand the schemes, since they are really the philosophy of the head coach/offensive coordinator. While the plays that work are almost universally used, the philosophies (ball control, vertical stretch, horizontal stretch, and site adjustment) dictate how the team is going to approach offense.
Chan Gailey comes from a Erhardt-Perkins background. Buffalo fans can expect to see an offense grounded in ball control. Buffalo can expect to see a lot of the same in their opponents, since everyone in the AFC East is grounded in Erhardt-Perkins.
Despite formation and plays, expect to see a season formed by a great deal of ball control, with time of possession being a key statistic for Buffalo this season.
Who is this Guy?
Chan Gailey got some payback in the 2011 season opener on Todd Haley and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brad Smith notched his lone pass late in the season-opening 41-7 demolition of the Kansas City Chiefs. (It should be noted it was a long bomb that was picked off when it didn't really matter in the final score.) He also nabbed a rushing touchdown from the quarterback spot in a Week 5 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles from just outside the goal line. He'd like to hone his skills at the quarterback spot, and the opportunity presented by Smith excites the former Missouri quarterback.
Further complicating the picture at quarterback, the Bills added quarterback Vince Young to the mix this off-season. If Smith is going to take meaningful reps at quarterback, he'll have to fight off Young and Tyler Thigpen, who resumed throwing on a limited basis Monday following a small abdominal tear. Even with the uphill battle for playing time, it's where he wants to be. Link
What kind of mayhem is Chan Gailey planning in 2012? I really wish we were playing them late in the season. Week Two is going to be hard in Buffalo. Very Hard.