Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Know What Sets Pace for Bills

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Know What Sets Pace for Bills

Article excerpt

Simulation is a good tool on the practice field. But there's a

warning that goes along with it:

There's nothing like the real thing.

Jaguars defenders have spent the week working against the

no-huddle, up-tempo offense this week in practice. But when the

Jaguars and Buffalo Bills meet tomorrow at Rich Stadium in

Orchard Park, N.Y., in an AFC wild-card game, the speed and pace

will be a whole lot different for the Jaguars defensive players.

Simulation is only half of the story when trying to prepare for

the Bills' "K-Gun" offense -- a no-huddle offense in which

quarterback Jim Kelly calls the plays at the line of scrimmage.

"You can never prepare totally for what's going to happen on

game day in practice," said Jaguars defensive coordinator Dick

Jauron. "But we have to make our players aware of their offense.

The most important thing is the players have to be comfortable

with their offense and what's going to happen."

The Buffalo offense, which ranked 17th in the NFL, has

struggled much of the season. But it is a group with veteran

stars such as Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas and wide

receiver Andre Reed that thrives in the K-Gun.

It is a group that seems to feast on getting into a groove with

the no-huddle. When it works, the K-gun can demoralize a

defensive unit, sucking the life out of them as well as their

breath.

"They are an up-tempo and up-rhythm offense," said Jaguars

coach Tom Coughlin. "When the ball is going to their first

choice, they seem to thrive on that. Up-tempo is definitely a

part of the K-gun."

So how do you defend it?

The first thing is to try and take away Thomas. Although the

offense is a spread formation, the offense feeds off Thomas. His

ability to slide and skate through holes is what gets the

offense going. …

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