Buffalo Bills' C.J. Spiller frustrated by lack of touches
By Kevin Patra
Updated: Dec. 10, 2012 at 08:23 a.m.
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller must feel like coach Chan Gailey's personal Ferrari. Gailey rarely takes him out of the garage, but when he does, Spiller doesn't disappoint.
Heading into Week 14, Spiller averaged 6.6 yards per carry, but he had just seven rushes for 37 yards in Sunday's 15-12 loss to the St. Louis Rams. After the game the running back sounded exasperated.
"Of course I want to touch the ball more, but there's no need for me to sit around and mope and groan and do all that stuff. That's high school. That's childish. That's not what I'm all about," Spiller said, via the Buffalo News. "Is the frustration there? Yeah, deep down inside your gut as a competitor, yeah it's there, but there's nothing I can do about it, so I'm not going to sit around and pout."
Gailey has seemingly had to answer the same question after every loss: Why aren't you riding one of the best running backs in the NFL?
The third-year Bills coach's reasoning has ranged from keeping Spiller fresh, to saying it was Fred Jackson's turn in the backfield.
Monday morning on WGR-AM 550, Gailey said defenses are stacking the box against Spiller and not as much against Jackson and, "we tried not to run against a loaded box," via the team's Twitter account.
Jackson was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss and will be out a minimum of 2-3 weeks, according to Gailey. The coach said Spiller would see more touches with Jackson out, and Tashard Choice would spell him.