After switching back and forth from a 3/4 defensive front to a 4/3 front the last couple of seasons, there’s a lot of speculation about the type of defense new coordinator Mike Pettine might bring to the Buffalo Bills.
In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, Pettine says he’s not committed to either the 3/4 or the 4/3. In fact, host John Murphy asked Pettine if the perception that the Jets were primarily a 3/4 front during his tenure there is correct.
“I would say that’s inaccurate,” Pettine responded. “I’ve never been a guy to characterize what we’ve done as 3-4; 4-3; ’46.’ We are a multiple front, multiple coverage defense. And my foundation has always been, we are going to build what we do defensively based on the talent that we have. I’m not one to say, ‘this is my system, and you guys have to run it.’”
“We’re going to run the Buffalo Bills defense,” Pettine continued in the radio interview. “That means taking advantage of the strengths, and that will be the job of the staff we put together. We’re going to look at what do we do well. And let’s make sure that we highlight what we do well.”
During his four year run as the Jets Defensive Coordinator, Pettine’s team finished in the top ten in total defense each year. And one of the trademarks of their defense was pressure on the quarterback. They did that through mixing up their blitzes and giving opposing quarterbacks multiple pressures.
“You can’t be predictable in what you do,” Pettine told John Murphy. “The days of playing defense that way—if you line up in a simple front and play simple coverage behind it, your talent better be better than everybody else’s. And even then you’ll still get beat.”
“I think you have to have a healthy combination of scheme, where you have to exotic, you have to change things week to week. You have to be able to bring it from the field , the boundary, up the middle. Show like you’re going to blitz, and then back out. Show like you’re not coming, and then send it late. I think you have to have all that, because you have to have offenses guessing.”
The entire interview with the Bills new Defensive Coordinator airs at 8pm Thursday night.
The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio Radio 550.
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