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Bills did not use much no-huddle in 2017 — for good reason

The Buffalo Bills did not use a no-huddle offense much in 2017, which probably made sense, given they had one of the most inefficient attacks in the NFL.

The Bills ranked 29th in yards, 22nd in points and 30th in time of possession. With that kind of attack, a hurry-up offense is a good way to hurry up onto the sideline.

So it's no surprise that the Bills used the no-huddle the eighth fewest plays in the NFL, not counting two-minute drills, according to the website Sharp Football Stats.

The Bills ran 30 plays in no-huddle mode, not counting two-minute drills, and 48 plays no-huddle overall under former coordinator Rick Dennison. That amounted to just 3 percent and 4.49 percent of their plays, respectively. It made sense for the Bills to play to the strength of their defense in 2017. That's not likely to change dramatically under head coach Sean McDermott, at least until the offense becomes a lot more explosive.

The NFL average not counting two-minute drills was 73 no-huddle plays, according Sharp Football Stats. New England ranked 16th in the league at 69 no-huddle plays.

New Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll got much of his NFL experience as an aide in New England. The Patriots are great at scoring within the last two minutes of halves. They could be considered "selectively effective" with their use of no-huddle in normal situations, running it on a play or two on third-and-short or even after a third-down conversion when the Pats think the defense is a bit slow to line up.

There is not a clear-cut correlation between great offense and heavy use of the no-huddle in non-two-minute situations.

New Orleans ranked No. 2 in offense in 2017, but coach Sean Payton used the no-huddle just nine non-two-minute plays all season. Kansas City ranked fifth but used it only 14 plays, second least.

Teams that used no-huddle a lot mostly had veteran quarterbacks. The top five in use of no-huddle not in two-minute situations were, according to

  1. Detroit, 296 plays.
  2. New York Giants, 259 plays.
  3. Pittsburgh, 146 plays.
  4. L.A. Rams, 142 plays.
  5. Minnesota, 110 plays.
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