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All Bills division rivals still 3-4 defenses

Posted by Chris Brown on January 19, 2009 – 6:45 pm

With Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan set to be named the new head coach of the Jets, it looks like the 3-4 defense will remain intact for Gang Green, meaning the entire division for Buffalo will continue to be 3-4 fronts.

In the first run through the division it was difficult for Trent Edwards to dissect and even harder for Buffalo’s offensive line to handle. To the Bills’ credit they were better the second time through the division against their division rivals including a season-high 187-yard rushing day against New York.

But the bottom line was the Bills were 1-8 against 3-4 fronts in 2008, and 6-1 against 4-3 fronts. If none of Buffalo’s 2009 opponents change their defensive schemes from this season the Bills will have seven games against 3-4 fronts next fall.

It’s likely that Eric Mangini will keep the 3-4 front that existed in Cleveland prior to his arrival. The only potential addition to the 3-4 front list on Buffalo’s 2009 schedule is Kansas City. Knowing GM Scott Pioli has seen the success of that front during his time in New England, it’s possible he’ll hire a coach that will make the Chiefs a 3-4 front as well.

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