C.J. Spiller refuses to chide O-line

Updated: November 17, 2013, 9:12 PM ET
By Mike Rodak | ESPN.com

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- In the midst of his worst statistical performance of the season, Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller was instructed by coach Doug Marrone to confront his offensive line during Sunday's 37-14 win against the New York Jets.

"I told [Spiller] afterwards, 'You know what? I'd be pissed, too,'" Marrone said. "But the difference between me and you, and this is what you have to do now, is go over to that group right there, and you tell them you're pissed."

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Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports C.J. Spiller rushed for a season-low 6 yards on 13 carries in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Spiller rushed 13 times for 6 yards but said after the game he did not want to take his frustrations out on the offensive line.

"They [saw] that I was mad," Spiller said. "But I mean, everybody handles that situation [differently]. If I go over there and yell at my guys, y'all are going to blow it up and say [I'm] frustrated."

The Bills rushed 38 times Sunday against the Jets' top-ranked run defense, gaining 68 yards. Marrone pointed not only to his running backs for the performance, but also blamed the offensive line.

"When you let someone free on the inside, that's frustrating," Marrone said. "Whether you missed the block -- we fell down once and missed [the defender] the second time -- if you're a running back and getting the ball, that's something you don't expect."

Spiller battled a high ankle sprain for much of this season but was removed from the injury report two weeks ago. The former first-round pick has averaged under 2 yards per carry the past two games.

"There's certain ways that you handle it, and I have no problem doing it," Spiller said. "I'm always communicating with those guys, both on run and pass, letting them know what you see and trying to get them going. But there's only so much you can say."

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter



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