The hiring of Chan Gailey was not a popular choice with Bills fans, and the drafting of RB C. J. Spiller was met with puzzled faces. But the way we hear it, both moves are turning out to be intelligent ones.
According to team observers, Gailey has been a calming influence on starting QB Trent Edwards, who was effective in the preseason, completing more than 68.3 percent of his passes and getting sacked only twice. A year ago, Edwards was hearing from three different coaches: offensive coordinator Turk Schonert, who was fired before the first regular-season game; Alex Van Pelt, who took over as coordinator despite having no experience as a play-caller; and head coach Dick Jauron. Now Gailey is the only one in Edwards' ear, and the undivided guidance is paying dividends.
Spiller has been the preseason star for the Bills, who didn't appear to need a running back at the time of the draft. But with 2009 starter Fred Jackson limited with a broken hand and backup Marshawn Lynch appearing to be on his way out of Buffalo, Spiller looks to be the primary runner, at least to start the season. One of Gailey's bigger tasks early on will be getting touches for all three players.
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