Buccaneers prepping for challenge of Buffalo's no-huddle attack
The Buccaneers' offense faced a challenge last week against the Cowboys' 3-4 defensive configuration.
This weekend, Tampa Bay's defense finds itself staring at a tough assignment of its own: defending the Buffalo Bills' no-huddle offensive attack.
The Bills have been running a simplified offense that aims to limit the defense from changing personnel or adjusting to Buffalo's moves. The Bills used it extensively against the Patriots on Monday night with some success.
It's not something players see often, but every team has a plan for defending it since it's used from time to time at the end of halves within the 2-minute offense.
"It's unorthodox as far as what we see every week," defensive coordinator Jim Bates said. "But we have to practice no-huddle (for) . . . the half and at the end of the game. We have to have a plan for it. And we have to adjust – they're doing it so we have to be able to adjust and do it."
Buffalo QB Trent Edwards said the plan started to come together in that heartbreaking loss to New England.
"The preseason didn't go the way we wanted it to," he said. "I thought Monday night went a lot better than what we've shown. We’re staying in some pretty simple formations and personnel groupings that the Patriots weren’t really allowed to do too much defensively. They weren’t really showing all of the different disguises and different looks. . . I think that's kind of what a no-huddle does to the defense, kind of forces their hand a little bit."
This is an issue particularly for a defense like Tampa Bay's. The Bucs have repeatedly said they plan to play with multiple combinations and personnel groupings. But if the Bills stick with their no-huddle philosophy, substituting will be very difficult.