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Thurman: D will marry 2013 & 2014 schemes

Posted by Chris Brown on April 6, 2015 – 8:45 am

When Rex Ryan was named head coach of the Bills and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman soon followed most outside observers assumed that Ryan’s defense as it’s been previously drawn up would be implemented. After watching how effective Buffalo’s players were in a different scheme in 2014, finishing fourth in the league overall, Thurman is going to marry elements of the two schemes together.

“Our way of thinking is we’ll tweak some things,” Thurman told Buffalobills.com. “We have a talented group of guys on defense that played really well last year so we’re going to incorporate some of the things that they were doing along with some of the things we were doing and make the transition a little bit easier for them.”

While Thurman has a good number of players on the defensive side of the ball, who played well in Ryan’s scheme under former coordinator Mike Pettine in 2013, their consistency in former 2014 coordinator Jim Schwartz’s scheme convinced him to carry over parts of that defense to this season as well.

“We definitely took a look at what they did when Mike (Pettine) came in and installed the system,” said Thurman. “We looked at how the guys performed within it. Looking at that along with 2014 tape and how well they played you have to look at everything as a whole. We did that as well and we’re going to incorporate some of the things they did in 2014 as well because they played very sound fundamental defense.”


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