At the outset of the season head coach Rex Ryan tried to combine his defensive system with some of what worked so successfully for the Bills defensive unit last season. The results were mixed through much of the first half of the season. Now headed down the stretch Ryan has swung the majority of the defensive scheme to what Ryan’s schemes have always been about, which is a myriad of blitz packages and simulated pressures. To his credit Ryan admits now that he probably tried to make everybody on defense happy coming in the door knowing the unit was very successful last year.
“I made a mistake in trying to tie in what was effective the year before, running similar defenses to what they did the year before, but to me, especially when you play New England, that’s probably not the way to go, obviously evident by our Week Two performance,” said Ryan. “I knew better. I was sitting back there telling [defensive coordinator] Dennis Thurman, ‘I know better,’ and I should have taken that approach instead of saying, ‘Hey, we have this talent. We can do this. This is what we know how to do.’
“Well right now, this is our defense, and this is what we’ll be moving forward. And each game is different. This game, they’re going to screen you a zillion times. They run all kinds of different things. The quarterback is different. I’m not saying he’s Tom Brady. He’s not, but he runs. There are different challenges on each opponent, so will it look exactly like it did this week? I doubt it. Do we think we’ll be effective? Absolutely.”
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