Inside The Bills

Offense getting it’s 3-4 prep work in

Posted by Chris Brown on July 26, 2009 – 6:18 pm

Just because Buffalo’s defense runs a 4-3 scheme doesn’t mean the offense isn’t getting itself properly prepared for the 10 games they’ll be playing this season against 3-4 fronts.

Trent Edwards explained how they’re making sure they get their reps in against the 3-4.

“It’s difficult to ask our defense to go into a live practice and run a 3-4 when that’s really not what they run,” he said. “We’re doing a lot in our walk through periods just to make sure we’re prepared for Monday night against the Patriots because we need to be ready and hit the ground running. That’s what we’re doing right now. We are working on it every day.”

Buffalo will also have the benefit of facing 3-4 defensive fronts this preseason when they play Pittsburgh and Green Bay, which should make them even more prepared for New England in Week 1 and the rest of their division.

The Bills offense struggled against 3-4 fronts last season more than they succeeded when it came to passing. The run game worked better against the 3-4s than the pass. What hurt were a lot of long down and distance situations when the opponent knew they were going to pass. New England, New York or Miami would then drop eight men into coverage and there were few places to even take a chance and throw the ball.

So they’ll have to get more yardage on first and second down against those teams (not easy) so that third down is not more often than not an obvious passing situation.


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