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Schwartz says flexibility in defensive scheme

Posted by Chris Brown on January 24, 2014 – 9:19 pm

Bills new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has a reputation of being aligned with a 4-3 base front philosophy. While the majority of his defenses in his NFL coaching career have lined up this way he has always said there is flexibility in his system, and that he has employed its ability to morph and change in the past.

About a year ago DetroitLions.com’s Senior Writer Tim Twentyman outlined Schwartz and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham’s willingness to adapt and change the defense to better fit the personnel they have on the field or to improve production in an area where it might be lacking.

Here’s the direct description of the approach by Schwartz and Cunningham as written by Twentyman.

Both Schwartz and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said after the season that they aren’t married to any particular scheme and there’s always tweaking that goes on in the offseason.

“We evaluate every Monday after every single game. Adjustments we need to make, things we need to do better, things that work, things that didn’t work,” Schwartz said.

“You also do that on a yearly basis. Part of it is also tied into personnel that you have and you want your schemes to match your personnel. You have a general philosophy, but there’s some flexibility within that philosophy.”

What also needs to be understood is at this day and age of defensive football in the NFL most teams are in a nickel look more often than not with four players on the line of scrimmage, a pair of linebackers and five DBs. So the 3-4 and 4-3 debate doesn’t carry the significance it once did.


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Chiefs head coach understood Bills 4th qtr. passing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2008 – 5:01 pm

According to one post game radio report, Kansas City defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham was hot after Sunday’s loss to the Bills vowing to get back at Turk Schonert some time down the road in some way, shape of form after the Bills continued to throw midway through the fourth quarter despite being up comfortably on the scoreboard.

Cunningham’s head coach Herman Edwards however, appeared to understand the motives of the Bills.

“They kept throwing because they were trying to get their quarterback back because he had been struggling in the passing game,” said Edwards. “I think at the end there when you would expect them to run the ball, they didn’t do it. They kept throwing the football, I think, because they wanted to get their quarterback going.”

Head coach Dick Jauron was asked about all the passing in the fourth quarter despite their sizable lead and offered the following, which seemed to run in concert with Edwards’ theory.

“We felt like we did what we needed to do to win a game and that was all we were trying to do,” said Jauron. 
“We have a young quarterback who needs to see situations and finish games, but I wasn’t aware that that was an issue at all particularly the way both offenses seemed to be making big plays. At about nine minutes left in the game we had a 30 point lead, I’ve seen 14 points in 42 seconds, but our opponents didn’t think it was over. I didn’t realize that was an issue with anybody.”


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