It’s not 100 percent the same thing, but there are an awful lot of similarities between the Tennessee Titans defensive scheme and the one the Pittsburgh Steelers ran for years. That could be beneficial for Bills QB Tyrod Taylor today.
Titans Assistant head coach Dick LeBeau and defensive coordinator Ray Horton coached together on the Steelers defensive staff when LeBeau was running Pittsburgh’s defense. Now that they’re together in Tennessee it’s no surprise that their defense has a lot of the same principles.
“I think there’s definitely some similarities,” said Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “I think they, like a lot of teams, they kind of try to find their own little niche in where it fits. But there’s a lot of similarities, not 100 percent though. But I don’t know if they’ve gotten to that point yet but at some point maybe they will. I don’t know. But if they look like anybody it would be like the old Steelers.”
For Tyrod Taylor those defensive looks are all too familiar. Spending the first four years of his career in Baltimore and prepping with Joe Flacco for the Steelers twice a year, Taylor has a good handle on the looks the Titans will throw at him Sunday.
“Yeah definitely being in Baltimore and going against them twice a year there are definitely some things I’ll be taking with me into this game as far as preparation,” Taylor told Buffalobills.com. “We still have to be ready for them and everything they can throw at you, but they definitely do some of that stuff.
“Dick LeBeau is there and is giving his input on the defense. We definitely have to be aware of the things he did in Pittsburgh. There are different players, but a similar scheme. So there’s carry over from Pittsburgh. You know whenever they want they can always go back to that style. So we’ll be ready for that.”
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Bills fans might not be crazy about Dave Wannstedt, knowing he met with Buffalo’s defensive staff at One Bills Drive Thursday, because he used to be the head coach of the hated Miami Dolphins, but you can’t deny his defensive pedigree.
In talking with Chan Gailey about Wannstedt’s visit I found it interesting that he stressed that he didn’t need to meet with him as much as the defensive staff needed to. Buffalo’s head coach made it clear that he’s sold on Wannstedt having worked with him in the past, but the key is making sure there’s a way that Wannstedt and the current defensive staff can effectively blend together.
While some outside the organization might see this as a threat to defensive coordinator George Edwards, that’s not what is at work here.
Gailey made it sound premature to specify just what Wannstedt’s role would be, but a coach with his level of experience presumably would entail more than just the inside linebackers coaching job. Perhaps Assistant head coach?
Buffalo took that approach in the past when Dick LeBeau joined Buffalo’s coaching staff in 2003.
We should also note that while Gailey’s previous working history with Wannstedt helps, Chargers head coach Norv Turner also reportedly is interested in bringing Wannstedt in to talk about his vacant defensive coordinator position. Turner also coached with Wannstedt in Dallas under Jimmy Johnson.
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