The Bills first round pick in the 2010 draft is coming off his breakout season, a season where many felt he was under utilized.
Spiller ended up 8th in the NFL in rushing with 1,244 yards but he was just 22nd in total carries with 207. If you go by rushing attempts per game, Spiller was 29th in the league with an average of just under 13 a game.
His 6.0 yards per carry average was tied for the best in the NFL with rushing leader Adrian Peterson. Spiller’s 12 runs of 20 or more yards was second in the league to Peterson as was his total of five runs of 40 or more yards.
Spiller will probably receive a greater work load from the new coaching staff. The Clemson product was a guest on the WGR morning show on Wednesday and said the “get to know you”process is moving along with Head Coach Doug Marrone and Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
“Its coming along well” Spiller said. “They’re very energetic, very down to earth, straight shooters, and that’s what you want from your coaches. You want someone to be up front with you and you respect that as a player.”
Hackett is installing an offense that will operate at a much faster pace than last year’s with plans calling for a lot of no huddle. Spiller is a big fan of the plan.
“You're always attacking the defense and that’s good” said Spiller. “Anytime you can have those guys off balance and able to move the ball downfield is always good. The biggest thing we have to work on is not having too many three and outs and put the defense back on the field where they can get tired.”
Spiller will be running behind an offensive line that lost its starting left guard and most durable player to free agency as Andy Levitre bolted for Tennessee but the speedy back thinks the line will be fine.
“We lost a great player in Andy. He did great things for us ever since I've been here” Spiller said. “I've got all the confidence on the guy that will be in there to get the job done. We can't sit back and dwell on the loss. We've got to move on and attack.”
You can listen to the entire interview with Spiller and hear what he has to say about the quarterback competition among EJ Manuel, Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson.