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Defensive staff meetings going very well

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2013 – 1:09 pm

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has the luxury of having two former defensive coordinators on his defensive staff in Donnie Henderson and Chuck Dreisbach. That will a host of other top assistants has Pettine very happy with how their meetings have gone in the first couple of months at One Bills Drive.

Appearing on the Howard Simon Show on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Pettine shed some light on just how far along the staff is in completing the defensive playbook and how they took a fresh approach in putting all their concepts together.

“It’s a work in progress. Again I don’t think we’re going to dial in on it 100 percent. We’re going to highlight in our playbook what we do well,” said Pettine. “So again it’s going to be more roster based. We have our base concepts that we’re going to run and those have been put in from a playbook standpoint, but we’re still trying to rebuild it.

“As a new staff we took what we built over four years in New York and then add the experience of the other coaches on the staff. We’ve basically hit the reset button on everything. I didn’t want to come in and say, ‘This is what we’re running.’

“Over time you accumulate a lot of tweaks and adjustments. We wanted to go back to the baseline and say, ‘Here is the way we’re going to teach it and then understand that these are all the variations of it.’ We still need to have a base way to teach it and we’ve had great meetings.

“I’m just thrilled with the knowledge and experience we have in the coaching staff. It’s a very open discussion that our guys have on there being more than one way to do it. It’s been very productive. I don’t think the playbook will be finalized until we’re ready to go to training camp.”

Obviously the coaches have to see what the players are able to execute consistently and effectively before deciding what stays and what goes and what’s used more often and what’s used less often in their scheme. Until they see their players’ level of execution they can’t finalize the playbook.


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