EJ Manuel: Jimbo's offense is more complex than the Bills' offense

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday May 20, 2013


Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday May 20, 2013

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How complex is Jimbo Fisher's offense?

According to his former quarterback EJ Manuel, the Florida State offense was more difficult to learn than the Buffalo Bills' system.

Manuel told SiriusXM NFL Radio, "The funny thing is it's easier to learn than the offense I had at Florida State. It's a true West Coast-type progression offense. That's really what I wanted when I was coming through the pre-draft process. I wanted something that I could just go in and say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, check it down and run it. That's it, it's that simple. I love it."

Manuel added, "I've done great. The learning curve for me is a lot shorter simply because of what I had at Florida State. [The Seminoles' offense is] more complex and a little bit harder to catch on and learn. This offense is very simple. I've done a great job with it."

The Bills resume OTA workouts today.

As for Fisher's offense, statistics won't blow you away, but the Seminoles are 31-10 overall including 18-6 in the ACC since Fisher took over as the head coach in 2010. (Brief side note: Winning is the purpose of the game.)

When Fisher won the National Championship in 2003 as the offensive coordinator at LSU, the Tigers had the nation's best defense.  The offense averaged 71 snaps per game, 185 yards rushing, 232 yards passing, completed 63% of passes with 30 TD / 15 INT. The Tigers ranked 83rd nationally with 28 turnovers lost that year.

Manuel was 25-6 as a starter.  In his career, he finished with 47 TD / 28 INT and ended his career as FSU's all-time leader in completion percentage (66.9%).  He was only a full-time starter for 2 seasons.

At FSU, Manuel was coached by quarterbacks coach Dameyune Craig, althought the offensive coordinator was tight ends coach James Coley.  Fisher, however, called the plays.  In Buffalo, former Syracuse offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Nate Hackett followed Doug Marrone in the same capacity. Marrone has not announced to my knowledge whether he or Hackett will call the plays in Buffalo.  At Syracuse, Hackett served as the play-caller.

While the offense might be easier to learn, EJ won't see the vaunted Duke Blue Devils' defense. And he sure won't see Murray State and Savannah State right out of the game. Nope, this season, Manuel will open with a four-game stretch against New England, Carolina, at New York Jets, and Baltimore.

Here's the progression of the offense at FSU beginning with Jimbo's first couple of years as the offensive coordinator before taking over as head coach in 2010.

The statistics from 2003 reflect Jimbo's offense at LSU.  The Tigers won the BCS National Championship that season.

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