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Hughes: We’re still working with this playbook

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2015 – 9:34 am

Last week head coach Rex Ryan admitted he made an error in trying to combine some of the successful principles of Buffalo’s defense last year in with his own defensive scheme. During the bye week he decided to go exclusively with his style of defense. With those adjustments the players on defense claim they’re still adjusting to the new scheme with a little over a month left in the season.

“This isn’t the same defense (as last year),” said Jerry Hughes. “We’re a 3-4 defense, we have interchangeable parts. We have guys coming in and you have to be able to communicate and work in a new playbook, so for us to come out and say we’re going to be great without even looking at the playbook, I just kind of rolled with it in the offseason, but I know how the football season’s going to roll. You got to be able to work with the playbook and we’re still doing that. This is our first year in it.”

Hughes didn’t want to buy into the preseason hype about his team’s defense and understandably so. New schemes often take time to adapt and adjust to, but after he and his defensive teammates were able to successfully implement a new defensive scheme in 2014, which was in stark contrast to the one in 2013, there was a realistic expectation that the defensive unit, which was largely unchanged, would be able to make the transition.


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