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Pettine: Versatility will keep ‘D’ in disguise

Posted by Chris Brown on May 22, 2013 – 10:03 am

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has a lot of descriptions for the defensive style that his unit will play this season. Attacking and relentless are two of them, but there’s another quality that’s perhaps even more essential to the success of his defense.

That quality is versatility, something that Pettine explained in greater detail this week.

“I think a cornerstone of the system is flexibility,” said Pettine. “You have to have the ability to have guys play multiple positions and play multiple jobs. If you want to confuse an offense, you have to have guys who can be a defensive end and an outside linebacker-a safety and an outside linebacker. A nickel, an outside corner, a safety. A big part of the NFL is identifying guys pre-snap. We want to limit the amount of pre snap information we put out to an offense. That’s why we look for guys that have that type of versatility. And then at the same time, you’re cross training guys to play other positions.

“Injuries are part of the game, and we’re always as a coaching staff in the business of putting our best eleven out there
and we want to be in a position to do that. When you have guys that know multiple jobs, that makes it a lot easier.”


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