LB Davis knows Miami DC

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2010 – 8:02 am

Yes, Bills LB Andra Davis knows Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan well after playing under him last season in Denver, but as far as what he can offer Buffalo’s offensive staff with respect to his scheme is limited.

“There might be certain little things in terms of formations, but it’s nothing that the film doesn’t already show,” said Davis.

Davis believes with a whole group of different personnel in Miami that Nolan’s scheme will be different.

“He did the best he could with the group he had out in Denver. In Miami it’s a whole new group,” Davis said. “When he was in San Francisco, they did it totally different than what we did (in Denver) because we’ve got different players and different personalities, so he had to switch stuff around.”

What Davis did say was that Nolan has a definitive style to his play calling.

“I think he’s very aggressive,” said Davis. “That was our mindset last year in Denver, to be aggressive. Other than that, he’s been in this league for a while. So, everybody knows he’s a really good coach. I expect him to be aggressive though.”

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Another candidate suggested

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2010 – 1:33 pm

FOX Sports Jay Glazer in being asked on on his twitter account about Marty Schottenheimer’s chances of landing in Buffalo mentioned another possible name that could soon be in the Bills head coaching hopper.

Glazer was asked if Schottenheimer had recently spoken to Buddy Nix about the coaching job. Glazer said they had spoken, but not for Schottenheimer to coach. Here’s his tweet in response to the question.

Jay_Glazer: Marty & Nix talked last wk. 2 are tight, but it wasn’t so much to hire him but more to talk shop. Another name I’d look at is Nolan.

The Nolan being referred to is Mike Nolan, who is currently the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. Nolan impressively turned the Denver defense into top 10 unit in the league a year after ranking 29th overall. The Broncos went from being 30th in points allowed in 2008 to 12th in 2009 under Nolan. And he did it switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense in one offseason.

Nolan did have an unsuccessful tenure in his first stint as a head coach in San Francisco (2005-2008), though his defense was effective against the run in his time there.  And as defensive coordinator in Baltimore his unit was tied for the league lead in takeaways over the three-year span that he was there.

Whether he officially becomes a candidate remains to be seen.

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