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Pettine: We’re going to pressure you

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2013 – 4:58 pm

Mike Pettine in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with Bills play-by-play man John Murphy explained the vision for his new Bills defense.

“We’re going to be smart, we’re going to be tough, we’re going to be relentless,” said Pettine. “We’re going to pressure you. We’re going to force you to make decisions under uncomfortable circumstances. If you’re going to make decisions you’re going to have to make them quick.

“Our other thing too falling under the smart category is we’re going to disguise what we do. NFL quarterbacks are too good. They know what you’re in pre-snap it’s over. If they’re going to figure out what we’re doing, let them figure it out post-snap, so disguise is a big part.

“To me the foundation of what we do is going to be based on fundamentals. You could have the greatest playbook in the world. Draw up all these exotic blitzes and there are five guys coming the field and it’s two safeties and a corner, you can have all that. But if your guys can’t tackle, can’t get off blocks and play with good fundamentals then any playbook you have is worthless.

“To me where we felt we’ve had success before one of the reasons we’ve been able to put together a top defense every year is we’ve found the blend and been able to mix old school football fundamentals with cutting edge scheme. That’s what we’re bringing here to Western New York.”

Pettine also said he’s not married to the 3-4. He said the defense will be “all of the above.” So it sounds like a multiple front defense based on the strengths of the players he has in his lineup.


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