Inside The Bills

Variety key to protections vs. Chiefs pass rush

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2014 – 10:15 am

They stand third in the league with 27 sacks and their top pass rusher leads the league with 12. Justin Houston and his fellow defensive teammates can wreak havoc on an opponent’s passing game, especially if they can force third and longs. Bills head coach Doug Marrone knows that their protection plans are key in keeping the Chiefs pass rush at bay.

In his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s, head coach Doug Marrone said the most important part of their protection plan will be variety.

“With the edge players and also with the pressure that they bring what happens is you have to make a decision as to whether you want to keep seven players in to protect,” Marrone said. “If they don’t pressure then we’re not going to be as fast getting into the coverage and displacing the underneath coverage. If you don’t leave anyone in and don’t protect the edges, now you’ve put yourself in jeopardy of getting beat.

“The next thing is do you set it up a certain way to slow them down where they’re wondering if this guy is going to crack block or who is blocking. You do some things like that and you also have some guys hit them on the way out. Some people call that a chip.

“I think there are a couple of different ways to do it. You can’t lock yourself into one. You have to keep mixing it up on them. To be successful you have to let those two ends know you have a plan for them and you’re not just going to let them take over the game.”

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