Bills new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz served as a defensive coordinator for seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans (2001-2008). Over that span his unit’s numbers were very impressive in comparison to the rest of the league at the time.
Schwartz’s defenses over that eight-year span ranked in the top half of the league in the following categories.
5th in run defense – Titans gave up 103.5 rush yards a game (2001-2008)
6th in 3rd down defense – total conversion pct. allowed of 36.1%.
9th in interceptions – total of 138 in those eight years.
13th most turnovers – 230
13th in sacks – unit had 293 sacks.
14th in pass breakups – 642 PBUs
The run defense is what is most encouraging. Tennessee in 64 home games with Schwartz as defensive coordinator allowed just nine 100-yard rushers.
Knowing the Bills finished second in the league in INTs and in sacks this past season, one would expect similar success in those two categories, and with Schwartz’s strong run defense resume Buffalo’s run defense may finally move into the upper half of the league.
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