The Buffalo Bills made Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel the first quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL Draft for a reason, and it was not to come in and sit the bench.
Manuel may not start right away, but it won’t be because the playbook is too hard. According to ESPN.com, Manuel told SiriusXM Radio that the system and offense at Florida State was may more difficult than his system in Buffalo.
“The funny thing is it’s easier to learn than the offense I had at Florida State,” the 16th overall pick in the draft said, via ESPN.com. “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. . . .
“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.”
Manuel should have no excuses then for not having this playbook down pat by September.