New Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was introduced to reporters on Monday, but he didn’t reveal much about the scheme he’ll implement in Buffalo, calling it “opponent-specific.” He told the team website:
“We’re an attack scheme, 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 that can do that.”
Hold on a second, I need to stop licking my chops before I can continue.
The strength of the Lions was their defensive line – Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh were consistent forces under Schwartz – and it will be no different in Buffalo for Schwartz. Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus give him an immediate strength to work with and exploit to the Bills’ advantage.
“We’ll be fast, we’ll be physical, and we’ll attack. We are not going to be a reading defense,” Schwartz said. “There’s going to be a lot of defensive lineman that will be real happy to play in a system like that.”
The key is going to be finding some continuity. Schwartz is known to have more of a true “4-3” look than what was used by former coordinator Mike Pettine who used more of a “46” defense as his base. Schwartz will need to make the transition into whatever he’s doing quick and easy so that the defense can focus on assignments and attack the ball.
As a Bills fan, I’m excited. Not only did the Bills go out and immediately replace their departed up-and-coming defensive coordinator, but they got a name with a history of success at the position who has a track-record of getting the most out of his linemen, especially the talented ones.
I’m remaining cautious, but the upcoming season has me excited — at least on the defensive side of the ball.