Installing an offensive system and having a new roster of players execute it effectively sooner rather than later is no easy task, especially when a good portion of the talent on offense is very green. Such is the case for Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. Fortunately for Buffalo’s offense Hackett has devised a way to develop synergistic thinking on his entire unit.

Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb shed some light on what the offensive staff does to have every member of the offense thinking like a unit instead of a collection of individuals executing assignments.

“The way that they installed the offense our sheet that Nate (Hackett) gives the quarterbacks he gives to all of the offensive players because he wants everybody to have a feel for exactly what every play is designed for while we’re putting it in,” said Kolb. “Anytime you can have that entire realm of the offense in your mind it gives you a better advantage out on the field of what the quarterback is thinking so now hey, ‘I know this one is coming to me so I better beat this guy up the field and win.’”

The idea was spawned from Hackett’s days as an offensive quality control coach. It’s a coaching position where you spend a good deal of time drawing up plays for the run game, pass game and protection schemes. Outside of the offensive coordinator and the quarterback, the quality control coach likely has one of the broader bases of knowledge on the offense as a whole.

Once he became an offensive coordinator Hackett felt it was important for all the players on offense to possess that all-encompassing view of the offense as well.

“A lot of times in this world everybody gets compartmentalized,” said Hackett. “As a quarterbacks coach and coordinator I still have to remember I am the coordinator and everybody has to see what’s going on through my eyes.

“I always did a tip sheet just for the quarterbacks which told them just what we wanted, and I realized that if everybody knows what we’re trying to accomplish with each play the whole team comes closer together. They understand why that play was called, what we were looking for on that play.”