When Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey was the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, he pushed for the team to draft Jamaal Charles. Unfortunately he never saw the explosive running back’s career take off before he was fired due to Charles’ fumbling issues. Now that he is with the Bills, Gailey told The Star about his situation with another running back trying to hold onto the ball.
”The big thing for (Charles) was ball security,” Gailey said today at the NFL’s scouting combine in Indianapolis. “Where he was his first year was very similar to where C.J. (Spiller) was this past year. The similarities are striking. He learned to hold on to the football, Jamaal did. If C.J. can, I think he’ll have some big years.”
Charles last season finished second in the league with 1,467 rushing yards and had a spectacular per-carry average of 6.4 yards. He fumbled three times in the regular season, losing two.
The similarities between Charles and Spiller are everywhere. They are both speedsters that are 5-11 and less than 200 pounds with the ability to take the ball to the house every time they touch the ball. But like Gailey mentioned, Spiller still needs to learn how to hold onto the ball.
In his rookie year, Charles had 357 yards on 67 carries, but also lost two fumbles in his limited duty throughout the season. Spiller, in his debut campaign, carried the ball 74 times for 283 yards to go along with two fumbles, one that he lost.
As Gailey attempts to get his team off the ground next season, look for Spiller to get an increased workload the same way Charles did his second and third years.