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Buffalo Bills’ New Defensive Coordinator Leaks His Plans for 2014-15

January 28th, 2014 at 1:06 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Out with the old and in with the new.

Buffalo Bills head coach, Doug Marrone, has made a change in the coaching staff with high hopes of a better season come fall. Jim Schwartz is in to replace Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator for the Bills. Pettine has been hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, which ironically, is the team Schwartz began his NFL career with.

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Schwartz has a history of coaching in the NFL, however it is not exactly successful. As defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans and head coach of the Detroit Lions, Swartz only made it to the post season a handful of times in 10 seasons.

Schwartz insists that his past style of coaching will not be carried over, unless it is what is best for the team.

“We weren’t trying to force the issue of putting a square peg in a round hole. I think that’s part of coaching is you want to put players in good position and let them do what they do best. We’ve been in other situations where we didn’t have the talent up front and we had to blitz more and be a little more creative in our packages. We’ll be multi-dimensional enough to handle any of those situations.”

The new defensive coordinator has ambitious visions for his squad.

“We’ll be fast, we’ll be physical. We want to attack. We’re not going to be a reading defense. There are going to be a lot of defensive linemen who are going to be pretty happy to play in a system like that. I think that over the next few months we will be looking at what is best rather than that is the way it has been done. There is going to be some carryover and there is going to be some things that we’ll wind up changing because we think it is in our best long-term benefit to be able to do that.”

Schwartz continues,

“It’s a scheme built on the guys up front getting after the quarterback. As much as you want to be multi-dimensional with personnel groups, this league comes down to one-on-one and I think we have some guys win those.”

Marrone is on board with Schwartz to get this defense in shape.

“Jim said it himself, it’s our responsibility as coaches to put the players in the best situation possible. Our goal is to make sure that they can just go out there and play. If we can make something easier for them and make them more productive then that’s what we’re going to do.”

Note: This story was written by Bills101′s Lea Natalello.

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