Although it’s impossible to know exactly what an offensive or defensive unit will look like until they have at least a full game under their belts, certain aspects of the Buffalo Bills‘ new strategy have become apparent now that the team has wrapped up their OTAs. With an entirely new coaching staff and partially overhauled roster, the Bills are more of a mystery than most teams at this point in the offseason. However, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been noticeable trends in the team’s play-calling or personnel.
A recurring theme on both sides of the ball has been on emphasis on speed. On offense, Buffalo already has an explosive, lightning-quick running back in CJ Spiller as well as some legitimate track speed in second-year wide receiver TJ Graham. Through the draft, they added another burner in Marquise Goodwin who clocked in at 4.27 second in the 40-yard dash at the combine. In addition to this pure ground speed, a fast, uptempo attack has been a point of emphasis on offense thus far.
This style of quickfire play-calling extends to the defensive side as well, with every indication so far pointing towards a fast, aggressive, kinetic defense under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. This run-and-gun style of defense will rely heavily on the adaptability of its players, and the Bills’ new personnel is a good indication of that. Buffalo’s defensive roster is stocked with players who have shown both a willingness and ability to play multiple positions in multiple schemes. From DE Mario Williams, who has been featured in both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses throughout his career, to all-purpose rookie LB Kiko Alonso or DE/OLB Jerry Hughes, it’s clear that versatility will be essential to the Bills’ retooled defense.