Even though the Buffalo Bills announced that they’ll be shifting to a 4-3 base defense in 2012, the team still plans to use some 3-4 fronts.
Much like offenses don’t only use one formation to attack stingy defenses, defenses are evolving into complex, flexible and versatile schemes to try to outmatch potent offenses.
In 2011, when Buffalo was supposedly a 3-4 base, the team still reverted to a lot of 4-3 looks due to injuries and personnel. The same will be true in 2012 as the defense continues to become a coherent unit.
Now that Dave Wannstedt has been named the new defensive coordinator, the Bills will continue striving to find an identity on his side of the ball, and it begins with the front seven.
Buffalo will most often employ four-man fronts next year, which will affect some players more than others. Here is a quick look at some of the winners and losers of the Bills’ move to a 4-3 base defense.