With Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nate Hackett installing all of the playbook prior to training camp and quarterback E.J. Manuel going into his second year Bills fans can expect one thing. That is an intense training camp that has been seen since the 1990s.
In an article one WGR 550, something stuck me in this quote.
“We were a little frustrated, I know I was, a little bit throughout OTA’s, but I like the fact that he’s putting more on us, especially because we’ve got young guys in skill positions,” Manuel said. “It’s really put more of the onus on us to put the time in and study. This week’s easier because we pretty much know all the plays, we’ve done it a bunch of times, so there’s not going to be any new surprises as far as play calling goes.”
Being a person who has actually played the game I can tell you there is a learning curve when it comes to learning new plays. Some remember them quicker than others. With the majority of Bills being veterans, training camp will be about perfection.
Manuel knows it’s his offense and success starts and ends with him. So, it isn’t surprising that he is taking control of his own destiny, which includes plays in the playbook.
“I think it’s having the rapport with your coach.” Manuel said about talking about plays with Hackett, “Sometimes there may be plays I don’t like and I’ll tell him. Honestly there were a few plays we came into this week of minicamp and I just wanted to be clean, I wanted to have sharp reads and I told him, ‘I don’t like that play, I don’t like that play and he took it out.”
For a second year player to be able to say that to his head coach tells you one thing about Manuel. Manuel knows his football and it will be only a matter of time before he perfects his craft.
So, don’t be surprised if you see an animated Bills Training Camp this year. One filled with the whole ball of wax when it comes to emotions.