Knowing the difficulties in completely remaking a roster in one offseason to fit a scheme switch like the one the Bills are undergoing this offseason, it would almost be surprising if the Bills did not employ a hybrid defense of sorts in 2010.
Talking to Bills DC George Edwards, who was kind enough to carve out some time in his busy schedule, it’s clear his coaching background has prepared him well for adjusting to the strengths of the players he has at his disposal. Having been through scheme changes before like the one the Bills are about to undergo in just over a week’s time when OTAs begin, he sounds like he has a firm grasp of how to begin to implement the 3-4 scheme, but not at the cost of reducing the playmaking ability of some of the players at his disposal.
“It’s like coach (Gailey) said when we came in here,” Edwards told Buffalobills.com. “We’re going to implement the basic fundamentals of the 3-4, but we’re also going to do what the skill set of our players allows us to do.”
Translation, if alignments and assignments have to stray from the core principles of the 3-4 in order to maximize a player’s effectiveness we’re going to do it. It’s just encouraging to hear coaches being open to maximizing player strengths instead of pigeon-holing them into a system.
Tags: George Edwards, OTAs
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