Appearing on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s ‘No Huddle’ show with Steve Tasker, Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine revealed that their approach to the pass rush became less about the blitz than he anticipated walking in the door.
Even though Buffalo has had a healthy blitz percentage this season, Pettine explains that with an elite pass rusher like Mario Williams rushing just four has proven effective with proper adjustments in alignments.
“Part of it was overcoming myself. We never felt we had an elite pass rusher in New York, but here we realized very quickly that sometimes simpler is better and we’ve been a lot more four-man rush here,” said Pettine. “We’ve put a little thought into how we were going to line those four guys up and what matchups we were going to use. Who was going to be to the back, away from the back, identify which way the center slides and it’s freed those guys up. They’ve done a good job preparing each week to rush the passer and I think that’s shown up in our sack numbers.”
Pettine also credited head coach Doug Marrone in helping them to beat offensive line protections.
“Doug Marrone it’s kind of his specialty, pass protection,” Pettine said. “He’s helped us with opposing offensive linemen, these are the moves they get beat on and this is the type of protection that they’re running. He’s given us some helpful things throughout the year.”
Tags: Doug Marrone, Mario Williams, Mike Pettine, Steve Tasker
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