According to ESPN.com’s Tim Graham, the Buffalo Bills 3-4 defense will be molded after Albabama Crimson Tide’s head coach Nick Saban’s 3-4 system.
That is all well and good, but they still have one main problem.
According to the article, this passage in one of Saban’s playbook from his time as LSU head coach.
“[Our] philosophy on first and second down is to stop the run and play good zone pass defense. We will occasionally play man-to-man and blitz in this situation. On third down, we will primarily play man-to-man and mix-in some zone and blitzes. We will rush four or more players versus the pass about 90 percent of the time.
“In all situations, we will defend the inside or middle of the field first — defend inside to outside. Against the run, we will not allow the ball to be run inside. We want to force the ball outside. Against the pass, we will not allow the ball to be thrown deep down the middle or inside. We want to force the ball to be thrown short and/or outside.
“Finally, our job is to take the ball away from the opponents’ offense and score or set up good field position for our offense. We must knock the ball loose, force mistakes, and cause turnovers. Turnovers and making big plays win games. We will be alert and aggressive and take advantage of every opportunity to come up with the ball. … The trademark of our defense will be effort, toughness, and no mental mistakes regarding score or situation in any game.”
Great speech coach, but the Bills main problem is they will be unable to stop the run with Kyle Williams as the nose.
I am excited about the overall possibility that the team will eventually become a winner under Bills head coach Chan Gailey, but that will not be for a wile as they have to get more pieces for the defense and a quarterback.
In the end, Gailey can do all the talking he wants, but Bills fans know that what really matters is their record at the end of the year.