Inside The Bills

How Miami’s 4-3 ‘D’ impacts Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2012 – 10:32 am

The Miami Dolphins have gone public about changing from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defensive front for 2012. Under new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt the Bills may choose to do the very same thing, especially knowing they played a good deal of 4-3 the second half of the 2011 season and Wannstedt’s DC history. The concern here is that the Dolphins will now be targeting the same kind of players in the draft that the Bills will on defense, provided that is Buffalo’s defensive plan. And in round one Miami picks 9th, one spot ahead of Buffalo.

Though Cameron Wake will be moving back to his more natural defensive end position for the Dolphins as their primary pass rusher in their new 4-3 set, word out of Miami is they’re seeking another pass rusher as well. North Carolina’s Quinton Coples has had a good week at the Senior Bowl and is considered a primary target of the Dolphins provided he makes it that far. A lot of draftniks see him off the board to Jacksonville at 7.

Buffalo was going to need pass rushers regardless of what any other team is doing. GM Buddy Nix and head coach Chan Gailey have admitted as much. The point here is if the Bills are in fact moving primarily to a 4-3 defense they’ll be looking for the same types of pass rushers as Miami, a division rival they’d like to stay a step ahead of going into 2012.


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