Daboll happy with how the offense is coming together

August 14, 2019 - 12:16 pm

The start of the 2019 NFL regular season is only a few weeks away, and the Buffalo Bills are gearing up to try and get back to the playoffs after missing out in the 2018 season.

A lot of the focus this offseason has been centered on the offense and supplying help for second-year quarterback Josh Allen. The Bills made a number of moves to either add pieces to protect Allen up front on the offensive line, or help out Allen by giving him another weapon to give the football to.

Also heading into his second year with the Bills is offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who seems to have some more solidified pieces on his unit at this time compared to last year. After a troublesome start to the 2018 season offensively, Daboll's unit was able to bounce back nicely in the second half of the season, especially when Allen returned from an elbow injury later in the season.

The Bills grabbed a 24-16 win in Week 1 of the preseason on Thursday over the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field. The first-team offense was able to move the ball relatively well in the limited action it saw, but failed to produce any points on the board in the two series played. However, the confidence and chemistry of the offense seems to be firmly in place with a number of the players on that side of the ball.

This week, the Bills took part in joint practices with the Carolina Panthers at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina before their Week 2 preseason matchup on Friday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is the second time this preseason that the Bills were able to get some work against another team, which was a welcomed sight for Daboll and the rest of the Buffalo offense.

Daboll spoke with the media before practice on Wednesday. Here is some of what he had to say:

Daboll on taking part in joint practices with another team:

"I've been in the league for a little bit and had done this a few times, sometimes twice during training camp. It's always good to practice against another opponent. You get different looks, you compete against different talent and different players. Give credit to Carolina too, they came out here. We practiced the right way, we got a lot out of it. It was a good practice."

"It's not a preseason game, but it's almost like a preseason game in these practices. They're very competitive. They're not live, but you're getting good tempo, you're getting a variety of different looks that maybe you didn't get for the past two or three weeks up at training camp. The communication process is very important. The more looks we can get, the better off it is for us. I hope they come out with many different looks as they can today."

Daboll on Josh Allen's performance at Tuesday's practice:

"This is like a little bit more of an up-tempo [practice]. We try to practice with good tempo. That's our standard, what we like to do. Obviously when you get in against another team, it kind of ramps up a little bit more. [We want to see] continual improvement, make good decisions, throw the ball where it needs to be thrown, and get us out of bad plays. It's things that he needs to do every day."

"Josh is a smart player. He has a good grasp of what we want to do. If I give him a bad call or there's a bad look on defense, he has the freedom to get out of those things."

Daboll on putting together the offensive line:

"I think it's still a fluid situation. I think you try to get as much continuity as you can, whether Cody [Ford] is playing guard or tackle, or whether Ty [Nsekhe] is in there.It's a good competitive situation that we have right now, and there's a long way to go. Got a lot of work to be done. We're going to continue to mix and match guys, and the cream will always rise to the top."

Daboll on rookie offensive lineman Cody Ford:

"Cody is a smart, tough player, and [general manager Brandon Beane] and [assistant general manager Joe Schoen] did a great job of evaluating him and bringing him in. I have a lot of confidence in Cody that wherever we put him, he'll do whatever we need and he'll have success."

Daboll on the slot wide receiver competition:

"It's always better to have tougher decisions to make rather than easier ones. [Ray-Ray McCloud and Isaiah McKenzie] have been battling back-and-forth, and even throw Nick Easley in there. He's a young player out of Iowa as an undrafted guy. It's a good competition for the slot position. Whatever number you want to give it, those guys have been battling back-and-forth."

You can listen to Daboll's entire press conference below:

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