Inside The Bills

All about winning one-on-ones

Posted by Chris Brown on February 16, 2012 – 5:30 pm

In going over what he needs for his defense, Bills DC Dave Wannstedt talked about pass rushers. Knowing the NFL is all about matchups he wants guys that can win the one-on-ones up front.

“If you look at the teams that have had the most success with pressure schemes they’ve been the ones who have won the one-on-one battles,” he said. “It doesn’t make any difference if it’s the Giants or the Steelers in a 3-4 scheme. [James] Harrison gets one-on-one because they fire someone inside and he has to win that one-on-one battle against the tackle. That’s kind of how I’m looking at it more from a standpoint of we need guys who when they aren’t being double teamed and they aren’t being chipped we win those one-on-one battles.

“Whether it’s man or it’s zone, that’s really what it comes down to. You’re just trying to get guys isolated and you might try to get a Nick Barnett isolated on an offensive lineman or back that you feel athletically we have an advantage. Now that all works good on the board when you draw that up, but once the ball snaps now Nick is going to be one-on-one with that guy and he has to win that battle. So I kind of look at that across the board, if we can get Kyle and Dareus singled up inside we feel pretty excited that those guys are going to win those one-on-one battles.”

Wannstedt is taking a wait and see approach on Shawne Merriman possibly being that guy, so adding a pass rushing defensive end that can win the one-on-ones is obviously on the team’s shopping list.

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