Inside The Bills

Further info on 3-4 switch

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2010 – 2:09 pm

Appearing on the Shredd and Ragan show on 103.3 The Edge, Chan Gailey shared some of his reasons why he and his defensive staff elected to move to a 3-4 alignment.

“First, it allows you to get an edge rusher very quickly off the back side and he may get locked up with a back or a tight end from time to time, which is a great matchup for you (as a defense),” said Gailey. “The other thing that it does is it puts more linebackers in your whole scheme and it improves your special teams a result.

“The third thing it does, and we were sitting in offensive meetings all day, and facing that you’re concerned about who is coming and who is not coming and make sure you protect all those seven guys. When you have three linebackers stacked behind the line it’s a little easier to determine who is coming and who is not coming.”

As Gailey said himself when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Bills, the reason he was more open to a 3-4 defense as a head coach than he had been in the past is because of the problems it has posed to him over the years as an offensive play caller.

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