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Thurman: ‘D’ can’t get bogged down in 3-4 or 4-3

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2015 – 10:54 am

While outside observers openly wonder what the foundation of Dennis Thurman’s defense will be for the Bills in 2015 under head coach Rex Ryan, most are assuming it’ll be predominantly a 3-4 front. Thurman warns that fans and others shouldn’t make such an assumption.

Ryan and Thurman consider their defense to be a hybrid, capable of morphing into a number of variations. It’s partly by design to create confusion and partly in response to the capabilities of the defensive personnel.

“It’s whatever our talent dictates,” said Thurman. “We’ll play a 3-4. We’ll play a 4-3. We’ll get in a 46 (defense). We’ll give them an odd front. It’s whatever our guys do best and we’re going to play to their strengths and when you do that, you’re giving your guys a chance to be successful and that’s what it really comes down to…is those guys that are out there on that field, are you giving them the opportunity to go out and succeed? So it doesn’t matter. The scheme will be dictated by the personnel that we have.”

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