Dennison liking what he's seen from his offense

October 6, 2017
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At the start of the 2017 season, not many had projected the Buffalo Bills to have much success with the team they had established. This especially after the team traded Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams and acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews as his replacement. Shortly after that, wide receiver Anquan Boldin decided to retire to pursue his community work off the field. These moves left a significant dent in the receiving game for quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

That meant the Bills' offense would heavily rely on the run game, which was the best-ranked unit in the NFL last season. Through the first four games this season, Buffalo’s rushing attack has averaged just 112.8 yards per-game, and has been shut down by some of the best defensive units in the league.

However, the Bills are 3-1 despite the fact that their offense has averaged only 18.3 points per game. One could make a case that the defense is much-improved from last season, but the offense is showing signs of improvement as well.

Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison really likes what he’s seen from the entire unit.

“I really think that they’re a bunch of grinders; a bunch of people who have practiced hard,” Dennison said with Howard Simon on Friday. “They’re focused on the task at hand; handling the guys up front, and trying to find creases in the run and voids in the pass.”

Despite the low scoring average, the offense has contributed to wins by taking time off the clock while possessing the football in the second half of the past two games against Denver and Atlanta. Dennison likes winning, even though there’s still much more progress to be made.

“It certainly helps to win. We can correct some things that aren’t as they should be while we’re winning," said Dennison. “It’s great to win but we’ve got to keep improving. We haven’t arrived and we certainly know that.”

Perhaps one big reason for the Bills' success on offense over the past two weeks has been the play of Taylor. Taylor has been very efficient in the air, not turning the ball over and using his feet to escape pressure and extend plays.

This is the second time that Dennison has had the opportunity to work with Taylor in his coaching career, and has been impressed with his command of the offense.

“He’s doing a great job of leading," Dennison said. "He’s taking into that role of getting everybody on the same page; making some adjustments as we go through the game.  He’s got great input and he’s done a very good job studying the opponent.

You can hear Dennison's entire interview with Howard below: