Inside The Bills

Versatility of defense=mismatches

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 28, 2013 – 9:45 pm

It’s been talked about a great deal, since Mike Pettine took over as the Bills Defensive Coordinator back in January. He wants to play a “multiple” defense that stresses versatility of several players.

The Bills have been putting Pettine’s vision into practice on the field this month in Organized Team Activity workouts. And Tuesday night, on The John Murphy Show, Pettine said lining up key players in a variety of positions leads to mismatches on the field.

“You can have a guy that can do multiple jobs and it’s hard to identify,” Pettine said. “An offense can’t come to the line of scrimmage and say, ‘he’s your strong safety, he’s your weak side linebacker, he’s a strong side linebacker, he’s a defensive end.’”

“If teams have trouble identifying who’s who, that forces them to think, ‘We really can’t block it by individuals, we have to block the look. How did they line up–we have to block the look a certain way.’”

“That’s where your mismatches come from,” Pettine told host John Murphy. “Now you can get a guy, like a Mario Williams, one on one in pass protection, or one on one on a tight end. A big part of it there is to create mismatches.”

The entire interview with Bills Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine is available here

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