Calling the audible...
It's a complicated process. A quarterback needs to read the defense, evaluate the called play, find a mismatch, decide to change, and select a play to exploit the strength. And all of that has to happen before the play clock hits zero.
It's a tough draw for a veteran against Bill Belichick, and says a lot when a rookie can do it. On Sunday, EJ Manuel pulled it off. He audibled into a pass to Stevie Johnson for an 18 yard touchdown that gave the Bills a 21-17 lead. Here's Doug Marrone's assessment:
"I think that you saw that they gave us a pressure type of look. We give the quarterback some different types of options to check to and that was one of the things I was pleased with with EJ, he wound up being able to go ahead and check to something. That’s when he hit Stevie (Johnson) with the touchdown. That was good poise by him and a good decision."
It's just one play, and it's a game that the Bills lost. But this could be an indication of EJ Manuel's ability, especially in a no-huddle scheme that will require a quarterback to be able to make changes at the line of scrimmage.
Click on the link to see Manuel's process..